Biden 303
image description
Trump 235
image description
Click for Senate
Dem 51
image description
GOP 49
image description
  • Strongly Dem (208)
  • Likely Dem (18)
  • Barely Dem (77)
  • Exactly tied (0)
  • Barely GOP (46)
  • Likely GOP (63)
  • Strongly GOP (126)
270 Electoral votes needed to win This date in 2019 2015 2011
New polls: (None)
the Dem pickups vs. 2020: (None)
GOP pickups vs. 2020: (None)
Political Wire logo Quote of the Day
McConnell Names His Price for Ukraine, Israel Aid
Some Hamas Killers Were High on Amphetamine
‘There’s Enough for Mayor Giuliani to Worry’
Democrats Tie Vulnerable Republicans to Mike Johsnon
Mike Johnson Has Never Reported Having a Bank Account

TODAY'S HEADLINES (click to jump there; use your browser's "Back" button to return here)
      •  What Kind of Man Is Mike Johnson?
      •  More Crimes Against Statistical Analysis
      •  Today in House Musical Chairs
      •  Trump Legal News: Still Crazy After All These Years
      •  The War in Israel, Part VI: Israel Is Tearing the Democrats to Pieces
      •  The War in Israel, Part VII: Readers Weigh In, Yet Again

Happy Halloween from the staff dachshunds and from everyone else at

Otto as Batman, Flash as Superman

We hope you get some good candy. And, if not, then Otto says you should at least treat yourself to a nice roll in the dirt:

Otto as Batman, rolling in the dirt

What Kind of Man Is Mike Johnson?

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) emerged from such (relative) obscurity that reporters are still hustling to try to get the measure of the man. And in the first week, there are two themes that keep coming up, over and over.

To start, and to be blunt, he is a religious extremist. Even if Johnson were a garden-variety post-World War II evangelical, that is something we haven't seen in the speakership before. The last half-dozen Republican speakers were all religious enough to be Republican politicians, but not a lot more religious than that. Do you even know what religion, for example, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is? We had to look it up (he's a Baptist). The last half-dozen Democratic speakers, meanwhile, were mostly Catholics who kept/keep their religious practice in private, with the occasional unassuming Methodist thrown in.

But Johnson isn't a garden-variety post-World War II evangelical. Matthew Taylor of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, & Jewish Studies, writing for The Bulwark, has an interesting piece about how there's now a clear divide in the politics of Christian evangelicals. Some of them merely want to work within the democratic process to secure policy victories consistent with their worldview. The others want to forcibly impose their worldview, and if democratic processes have to be shunted aside, then so be it. Johnson is in this second group.

In particular, according to Taylor, the Speaker is closely associated with an extreme far right Christian movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The NAR believes in, and is responsible for crafting, what is known as the Seven Mountain Mandate. Consistent with the well-worn truism that religious movements WILL FIND scripture to support whatever it is they want to do, the NAR is laser-focused on Revelation 17:9, which reads: "Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits." They couple that with Isaiah 2:2, which reads: "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains."

From this relatively scant bit of scripture, NAR concludes that what God wants is for Christians to position themselves to establish control over seven aspects of society: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government. Once all of those things are operating in line with hard-right Christian precepts, then the Christian nation (a.k.a. the theocracy) will be realized, and the end days will be near (or, at very least, nearer). NAR leaders, you will not be surprised to learn, played a significant role in whipping many of the 1/6 insurrectionists into a (religious) frenzy.

That brings us to the second theme that keeps coming up in the articles about Johnson: He's disingenuous. Or, if you prefer, duplicitous. Or two-faced. Or slimy, if you don't like typing a bunch of letters. Consider his approach to marriage, which is as far outside the mainstream as that of Mike Pence. What Johnson and his wife entered into is called a "covenant marriage." Basically, they have agreed (with state sanction) that they cannot divorce but for a very limited list of reasons: abuse, abandonment, imprisonment of a spouse, or lengthy separation. That's actually pretty much how divorce worked 250 years ago, so the Johnsons are taking the institution of marriage back to the eighteenth century. Perhaps, if Kelly Johnson is unfaithful, then Mike will skip the divorce (since adultery is not one of the qualifying conditions, anyhow) and go right to burning at the stake.

Officially, the motivation for covenant marriages—which the Johnsons have pushed states to allow, with limited success—is to solve the social issues that allegedly come from divorce, such as children who suffer because of problems in their parents' relationship. However, anyone who knows anything about children and divorce (including the many, many people who have experienced this as children themselves) knows that the negative impact on the kids comes from the parental conflict, not from the divorce itself. Indeed, on the whole, kids tend to be happier after a divorce, because the conflict in the household goes way down.

So the "social good" argument for covenant marriages doesn't really fly. And indeed, that argument is just a façade. The real point here is for states to sanction the version of marriage that many evangelical (and, to be fair, many non-evangelical) Christians believe the Bible calls for: "till death do you part." Of course, laws prohibiting, or strongly discouraging, divorce went out the window generations ago, so this cannot be achieved directly. Wrapping it in the guise of "it's for the kiddies" is just a backdoor means of trying to once again make divorce difficult-to-impossible.

And that is just part of the reason we describe Johnson as duplicitous, two-faced, slimy, etc. Like most people, even people who watch politics closely, we were only vaguely familiar with him until last week. And since then, his fundamental disingenuousness keeps coming up, again and again. His marriage operates under one publicly stated notion, but in reality is about something very different. He's a member of the Freedom Caucus... or maybe he isn't. He's actually not formally a part of the NAR; he just pals around with the leaders of the movement, goes to many of their events, and believes what they believe. He's a "nice guy" according to everyone, but one who believes things that leave him squarely in line with Christian fascists like the John Birch Society.

Since there's never been a speaker—or, for that matter, a high-ranking member of the American government—with Johnson's worldview, we haven't the faintest idea how this will play out. We do know that his proposal for military aid "We'll fund Israel now, and get to Ukraine later... for sure!" seems consistent with his less-than-forthright approach to life and to politics. If he keeps that up, he's going to alienate a lot of colleagues, some of whom he needs to get things done. And if he tries to put his "burn it all down if you have to" approach into action, he's going to do a lot of damage to the country and to the Republican Party, probably in that order. (Z)

More Crimes Against Statistical Analysis

We were less than impressed with a piece from CNN's numbers guy, Harry Enten, about 6 weeks ago. Pull up a chair, because we are unimpressed once again, this time with his two most recent pieces.

The first piece that stoked our ire is headlined "Analysis: World Series or not--viewership is baseball’s big problem." The basic thesis is that, based on viewership numbers for the World Series, Major League Baseball (MLB) is in deep trouble. Here are the main observations that Enten makes in service of his argument:

  • Baseball is no longer Americans' favorite sport to watch; it's down to third, after the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Among "young Americans" (people 18-29), eSports (televised video gaming) is more popular than baseball.

  • The ratings for the World Series are down 75% from the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s. Football draws many more viewers; so much so that MLB did not schedule a game on Sunday of this weekend (i.e., NFL day).

And that's actually... pretty much it. Enten unpacks the numbers a little more, but this is pretty much his (very thin) case.

And now, let us apply our critical lens to Enten's argument:

  • "Most popular," "second most popular," etc. is a red herring. There are dozens of sports competing for eyeballs. Plenty of them are doing just fine without being people's "favorite" to watch.

  • The NFL and MLB operate under radically different business models. By virtue of its schedule, there are a grand total of 272 NFL regular season games and 13 playoff games every year, spread over 22 (or 23) weeks. Thanks to limited supply, as well as the interest stoked by fandom, fantasy sports and gambling, it is plausible to make every game a national event, to a greater or lesser extent. Consequently, the league has gone for, and has perfected, maximal TV exposure. The NFL gets higher ratings than anything on TV (sports or scripted), and derives most of its revenue from TV contracts.

  • MLB, by contrast, has 2,430 regular season games (around ten times as many), plus between 28 and 47 postseason games. There is no plausible way to get national attention for that much inventory. So, MLB has built its model around maximizing local revenue, including local TV contracts and ticket sales. National TV is a fairly small part of the MLB pie these days. When the World Series was drawing 40 million people back in the 1960s, it's because televised sports were still somewhat scarce. With cable and streaming, that's not true anymore and... baseball has adapted.

  • The NBA, incidentally, uses a model about halfway between the NFL and MLB models.

  • It's true that youth viewership is down for baseball, but... that's actually a problem for all sports (except the NBA). In fact, it's a problem for all TV. MLB is doing what it can (it changed the rules this season to speed up games). In any case, implying that this is an MLB-only problem is somewhere between "misleading" and "outright dishonest."

We will note that the NFL is the world's most successful sports league, with revenue of $17 billion. Where do you think MLB ranks on the list? Keep in mind, we not only live in a world with the NBA and eSports (eek!), but also English Premier League soccer, the National Hockey League, Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga, Indian Premier League cricket, etc. The answer is that MLB is the world's... second most successful sports league, with revenue of $10.5 billion. This is hardly a sport at death's door.

We continue to be mystified as to how a person with a major national platform can produce such low-quality material. Maybe Enten doesn't know the subject matter. Maybe he has to rush to meet deadlines. Maybe he's under an order to produce clickbait. We don't know.

What we do know is that if Enten drops the ball so badly when he's out of his lane, it makes us nervous about his writing when he's in his lane, namely politics. And guess what? The MLB piece was followed, in short order, by a piece about Mike Johnson headlined "Mike Johnson is well within the mainstream of today's GOP."

The heart of Enten's case is contained within these three paragraphs:

[Johnson's being a mainstream Republican] is best seen through aggregate statistics compiled by the academics at Voteview. Since entering the House in 2017, Johnson has built a voting record that is more conservative than 81% of all members currently serving. He is, however, only more conservative than 63% of his GOP colleagues. In other words, 37% of House Republicans are more conservative than the new speaker. That puts Johnson right in the middle third of today's House Republican Conference.

In fact, Johnson has voted with the Republican majority 94% of the time this Congress. That almost matches the median House Republican member (93%).

To put that in perspective, take a look at failed speaker hopeful Jim Jordan. The Ohio congressman's voting record is more conservative than 91% of other House Republicans. Unlike Johnson, Jordan really is out of the mainstream not just within Congress overall but the House Republican Conference, as well.

Being more conservative than 63% of the Republicans does not make you a moderate or a centrist within the House Republican Conference, even if it (barely) puts you "in the middle third." And it may well be that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has a more extreme voting record than Johnson, but that's because Jordan has been in the House much longer. There are far fewer chances to be to the right of the House Republican Conference in the last 6 years (since Johnson began his tenure) than there were 10 or 12 years ago, when there were still some GOP centrists.

In short, we don't buy that Johnson is somehow near the center of his conference (particularly if you consider things not captured in his votes, like his extreme religious views; see above). And even if he is... what does that really matter? The Republicans in general are quite extreme these days, and being slightly left, slightly right or right in the middle of them still makes one an extremist. And that is what is going to matter when Johnson tries (and very possibly fails) to get things done.

Anyhow, forgive our potshots at Enten, but we cannot help but notice, and pass along, that one of the half-dozen most prominent numbers-crunchers in the American media... is doing subpar work. (Z)

Today in House Musical Chairs

As we've noted a few times in the past week or two, we are in prime "put up or shut up" territory when it comes to next year's House elections. The holidays are right around the corner, and then the primaries are right around the next corner, and so now's the time for members and wannabe members to make their moves.

Yesterday came three bits of news on this front. First, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has decided that 14 terms will be enough for him, so he's retiring from his seat representing OR-03 at the end of this Congress. Blumenauer is known for being laser-focused on one issue, and that issue is... bicycling. He always wears a bicycle pin on his lapel, he is founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, and he's constantly pushing for more funding for bike lanes and related infrastructure. OR-03 is D+22 and hasn't been represented by a Republican since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, so Blumenauer is surely going to be replaced by a member of the blue team. Let's see, is any member of the Oregon legislature fanatical about roller skating? Bobsledding? Gondoliering?

Meanwhile, to the south of Blumenauer, defrocked speaker Kevin McCarthy now has a mega-MAGA challenger in the form of perennial candidate and person of questionable sanity David Giglio. McCarthy's district, CA-20, is R+16 and he won it 67.2% to 32.8% in 2022. Given California's top-two-finisher system, we suppose we could see a situation where a MAGA candidate gets 40% of the vote in the primary, leaving McCarthy with just 27%, and thus out of a job. But we don't think it likely, since McCarthy is pretty popular in his district and he has more money in the bank than any four other House candidates. And if it does happen, it probably won't be Giglio who does it.

Finally, we have our first hot, hot member-on-member action of the cycle. In view of the new maps in Alabama, there is going to be a current member of the House tossed out on his white, conservative rear end. It is the district of Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL) that will be all Black and blue next cycle, and rather than try to swim upstream, he announced yesterday that he will take on Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL) in the R+16 AL-01. Playing the victim card, or perhaps the underdog card (we can't tell), Moore decreed: "I am a true conservative, and the system doesn't like a true conservative." Surely a fair assessment—if there's one place a right-winger can't get a fair shake, it's Alabama, right? In any case, Carl is familiar to the voters of the district, so we presume that when the current Congress expires, Moore will be packing his bags and leaving Washington. (Z)

Trump Legal News: Still Crazy After All These Years

Former Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell just can't leave well enough alone. After taking a plea deal from DA Fani Willis, she is apparently trying to... save her reputation in conservative circles? Remain in Donald Trump's good graces? Something else?

Since Powell entered her plea, she's spent a lot of time doing two things. The first is continuing to insist that the 2020 election was fraudulent and was stolen by Democrats. She's sent out dozens of tweets on the subject, and also promoted the latest masterpiece from Dinesh D'Souza, which just so happens to be on that theme. After all, a grifter's gotta eat. Anyhow, "Go see this movie!! It is so important and terrifying because it is true," was Powell's review.

Meanwhile, Powell has been using her newsletter (yes, she apparently has a newsletter) to explain to her... fans (?) that she didn't really plead guilty, so much as she was "extorted" by Willis. Powell claims she could not possibly get a fair trial from "a jury culled from deep-blue Fulton County" and so she was left with no other choice but to plead out.

Perhaps Powell has forgotten that when she entered her plea, she affirmed that it was "voluntary" and that the charges against her have "a sufficient factual basis." If so, well, we bet Willis and Judge Scott McAfee have NOT forgotten. So, we could be looking at a perjury charge here; we don't know. Given Powell's lack of enthusiasm for her ostensible testimony, maybe she's not such a great witness, and maybe she won't be called. Even if that's how it works out, we suspect Willis got what she wanted, in that she has a recorded statement from Powell and, perhaps more importantly, Powell's defection led to Kenneth Chesebro's plea. And Chesebro is a more valuable witness than Powell, since he's considerably more knowledgeable about the Georgia scheme while also being considerably less crazy.

Meanwhile, a pretty clear distinction has emerged between Trump co-conspirators. The little fish can reportedly still have deals, if they want them. However, the four biggest fish, namely Trump himself, America's former mayor Rudy Giuliani, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Trump lawyer John Eastman, have received no phone calls and no offers. It could not be clearer who is in Willis' sights. And given Powell's behavior, maybe even the little fish will find that plea deals have become much harder to get. (Z)

The War in Israel, Part VI: Israel Is Tearing the Democrats to Pieces

Hamas may have made a terrible mistake attacking Israel, but not for the obvious reasons. The attack is tearing the Democratic Party limb from limb. Older Democrats, especially white ones, are solidly behind Joe Biden's strong pro-Israel stance. Younger Democrats, especially nonwhite ones, and left-leaning ones, are unhappy with him and want him to condemn both Hamas and Israel. This divide is convulsing liberal America, from D.C. to Hollywood, and from college campuses to union halls. Once the IDF gets going in Gaza and many more people are killed, the battle within the Democratic Party will only get worse.

By November of next year, most Democrats will probably see the choice is not Israel vs. Hamas, but Biden vs. Trump and will vote for Biden. But some nontrivial number will be so angry with Israel and Biden that they will vote for some protest third-party candidate, maybe Cornel West or whoever the Green Party puts up. If enough Democrats do this, in the expected close election, then Donald Trump will win.

If the war in the Middle East is still on by Jan. 20, 2025, that's when the rubber hits the road. What happens if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks President Trump for permission to use (tactical) nuclear weapons in Gaza, to teach Hamas a lesson it won't quickly forget? Biden would instantly veto the idea and that would be the end of it. Would Trump veto it? We're not so sure. If he didn't, we do think Hamas would not forget it for a while, but it would not likely lead to peace in our time. Or anybody else's time.

The big problem here is that young voters tend to be impulsive and idealistic and not interested in arguments like: "If you decide to punish Biden for strongly disagreeing with you, you are going to get something much worse." Think about those 92,000 people who voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in Florida in 2000. Did they really want George W. Bush as president? No, they wanted to send a message. And look what they got. Older voters tend to be better at seeing the consequences of their decisions and realizing that "sending them a message" isn't always the best course of action. (V)

The War in Israel, Part VII: Readers Weigh In, Yet Again

We got some very positive feedback in response to the reader letters we ran about Israel last week. And so we're going to run some more, so as to reiterate the theme of the item above, namely that opinions on the war in Israel are very divided, and deeply endowed with feeling:

  • J.W. in North Canton, OH: I think it's very telling that no Arab country wants the Palestinians. This is in stark contrast to Israel, who has a long history of getting Jews out of places where they are being persecuted. It happened in Russia and Ethiopia multiple times. As you have mentioned, Egypt has made a conscious, deliberate decision to keep the Palestinians out with the wall they erected. Even when Israel tells Gazans to move from the north to the south they do not let them into Egypt. It's not a physical space problem; the Sinai has more than enough land if even to house them temporarily. Of course, if Egypt were to allow innocent Palestinians in, Hamas would not allow them to leave because Israel would eradicate Hamas in a matter of days. Hamas relies on human shields. In their mind, it's their best defense, even if it's morally reprehensible. Israel makes mistakes like any person or country. Israel is not perfect. They are also not the problem. Hamas is a cancer on the Palestinian people. With Hamas in the picture, there will never be peace. It will be long and bloody and world opinion will turn against Israel at some point. I suspect, however, that most Arab leaders will be happier when Hamas is gone.

  • R.L. in Alameda, CA: As an American Jew, all I can say today is that I am offended at the action of the Israeli government in Gaza. The victims of World War II have grown up to become the bullies of the Middle East. Hamas' sneak attack and use of innocents and infrastructure as shields is equally reprehensible. My mother taught me that "two wrongs don't make it right". I get the need to respond. But is leveling the entire territory, including all of the innocents (adults who aren't Hamas fighters, children, hostages, aid workers and journalists) really an appropriate response?

    I am an American Jew. Like it or not, there is a segment of our population that will hold me responsible for the government of a country of which I am not a citizen and in which I cannot vote. This thing that has been done cannot be undone. How many more generations must live and die before there is a critical mass of untraumatized people who can say, "Enough!" and sit down to work out the two-state solution that should have (could have) happened years ago? I no longer have any hope that this will happen in my lifetime.

  • S.Ó.C. in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (but from Galway, Ireland): If you have ever wondered why the Irish so often get annoyed at people from the U.S. claiming how they themselves are in fact Irish, just look at Joe Biden as a perfect example. He always proclaims how incredibly Irish he is. Yet, when this Ethnic Cleansing has started in Gaza he has whole heartedly endorsed and participated in this endeavor. Telling 2 million people to leave their homes for "their safety" while they bomb the entire area with no plan to let them return. As they have done repeatedly for 75 years, while government officials keep talking about their plans to commit war crimes. The Irish do not forget, the Irish do not close their hearts to their oppressed siblings. Joe Biden is not Irish, nor are any in the U.S. who back this monstrosity happening in front of our eyes.

  • J.L. in Glastonbury, CT: All right, I'll bite.

    You blame the war in Israel on Netanyahu and Hamas, but write, "Meanwhile, the people of Israel, on the whole, bear relatively little responsibility for their government's actions, given the parliamentary system and given Netanyahu's ability and willingness to do whatever it takes to stay in power." and "The people of Gaza, by contrast, are largely innocents. Undoubtedly some of them are pro-Hamas, but most are stuck, since the Israeli government won't let them leave, and Hamas persecutes (and often executes) any 'voter' who does not give their 'support.'"

    I don't agree. The people of a nation are ultimately responsible for their government. While it may be tempting to blame the Canadians for the policies of the Israeli and Gazan governments, political power is ultimately derived from the consent of the governed. It surely will be difficult or dangerous for the people of Israel and Gaza to accomplish, but if they don't want to suffer the repercussions of their government's actions they need to change their government.

    People often say they hate politics and just want to go about their lives. But avoidance only renders people subjects and not citizens. Consequences of political choices are unavoidable; the adults of every nation (including the U.S.) need to understand that the very lives of our children depend upon our choices. It has always been thus, and always will be.

  • A.F. in Boston, MA: As a Jew, I am intimately familiar with the complex Gordian Knot that is Israel/Palestine. I greatly appreciate your turning over the reins to readers when you are uncomfortable with a subject or readers know more than you.

    I too, desperately want to know what a realistic, peaceful solution looks like. However, G.T.M. in Vancouver (and other readers) seem to have come to the issue only in the last 25 years because they seem to be missing the first 50 years of the modern conflict, which perfectly matches G.T.M.'s "peaceful" solution.

    G.T.M. proposes two states and everyone sorts themselves out according to where they want to live. If one nation attacked the other, the winner of the ensuing war could subjugate the loser or annex them entirely.

    What do they think happened in 1948? 1967? 2005? Israel has been under assault its entire existence by actual nation states and has, under G.T.M.'s framework, rightfully conquered lands beyond the original U.N. partition plan including the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt, respectively. Israel even unilaterally left Gaza in 2005 to allow the Palestinian Authority to run the enclave. It was only when Hamas won elections and began firing rockets at Israel that the borders were hardened and blockaded by both Israel and Egypt.

    I once again want to remind readers that history has shown that if the Arabs/Palestinians lay down their arms and offer peace, Israel will accept it. If Israel were to lay down its arms and offer peace, they will be slaughtered or expelled from a land they have inhabited for thousands of years.

    While Israel is not blameless, especially in the past decade, the path to peace still solidly runs through acceptance by the Arab world in general and Palestinians in particular that Israel isn't going anywhere and has a right to exist as the historical homeland of the Jewish people.

  • L.B. in Boise, ID: Let's be realistic. There are no easy or simple solutions. It takes plenty of people to build a barn, but only one to burn it to the ground. The extremists (on both sides) know that God is on their side, so they will act as terrorists which will make the other side act as terrorists and the cycle will continue. The majority of people will not change their beliefs, and it will continue. The only way for most people's minds to change is when they die. So you can kill every last extremist on both sides or just wait for them to age out and die. Their imaginary god gave both of them the same piece of land, and being imaginary he can not intervene while they duke it out. There is no peaceful solution, come to terms with it.

Thanks to all contributors. We'll have some more letters tomorrow, including a very good one from a reader who has expertise related to Palestine. (Z)

If you wish to contact us, please use one of these addresses. For the first two, please include your initials and city.

To download a poster about the site to hang up, please click here.

Email a link to a friend or share:

---The Votemaster and Zenger
Oct30 Could Haley Break Through?
Oct30 Mike Johnson, Mystery Man
Oct30 Johnson Is Starting to Govern and Will Soon Discover What It Is Like
Oct30 Ivanka Must Testify
Oct30 Poll: Republican Voters Say Trump Didn't Try to Overturn Election Results
Oct30 Nevada in the Spotlight
Oct30 Democrats Are Worried
Oct30 New York Republicans Want to Expel "Santos"
Oct30 Virginia Removed 3,400 Eligible Voters from the Rolls
Oct29 It Just Didn't Fly
Oct29 Sunday Mailbag
Oct28 Saturday Q&A
Oct27 Johnson's Carriage May Soon Turn into a Pumpkin
Oct27 Maine Site of Latest Mass Shooting
Oct27 One Zombie Presidential Campaign Ends, Another Begins
Oct27 House 2024: It Is About Time to Put up or Shut Up
Oct27 I Read the News Today, Oh Boy: Witch Hunt
Oct27 This Week in Schadenfreude: Biden Is a Real Joker
Oct27 This Week in Freudenfreude: The Student Becomes the Teacher
Oct26 Now Comes the Hard Part
Oct26 Were the House Republican Women Too Smart to Run for Speaker?
Oct26 Trump Took the Witness Stand Yesterday--and Was Fined $10,000
Oct26 Support for Israel Will Be a Key Issue in the Iowa Caucuses
Oct26 Biden's Support for Israel Angers Muslim Americans
Oct26 Meadows Got Immunity and Spoke with Jack Smith at Least Three Times
Oct26 Clarence Thomas Had a Loan Canceled--with Ethical and Tax Consequences
Oct26 Early Voting Is Underway in Virginia
Oct26 Dan Sullivan Wants to Make an End Run around Tuberville
Oct26 Gavin Newsom Meets with Xi Jinping
Oct26 RFK Jr. Moves to the Right
Oct26 Suppose There Is a Contingent Election in the House on Jan. 6, 2025
Oct25 Queen for... 6 Hours?
Oct25 Trump Legal News: Turn, Turn, Turn!
Oct25 Biden Tells Granite State to Kick Rocks
Oct25 It's a Two-Way Race in Maryland
Oct25 The War in Israel, Part IV: He Who Controls (Mis)information...
Oct25 The War in Israel, Part V: Readers Weigh In, Again
Oct24 Eight Men Out
Oct24 Trump Legal News: A Saucerful of Secrets
Oct24 Presidential Field Is Minus One Johnson...
Oct24 ...Meanwhile, Pence, Scott Go Where Campaigns Go to Die
Oct24 The War in Israel, Part I: The Future of the World Is in the Hands of 8 or 10 People
Oct24 The War in Israel, Part II: The Buck Stops Here
Oct24 The War in Israel, Part III: Readers Weigh In
Oct23 Here Are the Nine Contestants
Oct23 What the Polls Say about the Mess in the House
Oct23 The House Is Forcing the Senate to Act
Oct23 Sidney Who?
Oct23 Case about Disqualifying Trump Can Go Forward in Colorado
Oct23 Sen. Scott Is Toast