After half-heartedly resisting them for most of the year, McCarthy has faced reality—in order to remain speaker, he must do the Republican fringe's bidding.
The idea of using language in the 14th Amendment to remove Trump from 2024 ballots for president has gone from fringe idea to mainstream discussion point with shocking speed.
Vivek Ramaswamy is the encapsulation of today's GOP— a vacuous, camera-mugging culture warrior exploiting the far right's closed-loop information system and Boomer-centric grievance complex to turn himself into a household name.
Despite whatever desperate spin you might hear today from the far right's prolific media apologists, this is not good news either for the former president or for his effort to reclaim the office.
People like attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro may also be facing legal jeopardy. What should their punishment be?
While Trump's other indictments are all important, this one is the only one that really matters for the future of America's deeply flawed democracy.
It's been easy for people in certain parts of the country to look at weather-related disasters like wildfires in California or hurricanes in Florida, Texas and the Gulf Coast and think these places will bear the brunt of global warming.
Well, it was another banner week from the six unelected zealots who apparently make all of America's public policy decisions.
There are so many investigations closing in on him that there might need to be an interagency summit to determine where Trump goes to prison and for which crimes.
Can Sen. Dianne Feinstein still do her job at 89 years old? And what does her situation mean for how Congress works?
In their quest for a scalp, any scalp, in the debt ceiling fight, House Republicans have fallen back on an old hobbyhorse from the pre-Trump GOP.
Declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional. Do it now and maybe Chief Justice John Roberts' reactionaries will finally take notice.
The settlement should be a moment of reckoning for the network and those who continue to profit from it, but it won't lead to much of anything unless we take concerted action.
Once again, millions of Americans were hit with the bleak realization that no matter who is in the White House or which party runs Congress, the country is governed by an outlaw judiciary appointed by a long-vanished Republican political majority.
By entrenching their preposterous state legislative majorities with bare-knuckle gerrymandering and using the state supreme court to reinforce their ill-gotten political gains, the Wisconsin GOP has been able to maintain its grip on state politics and policy despite the presence of now two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis squares off with the College Board over Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies, continues to lead the movement to muzzle free speech in schools and prepares to transform the state's public colleges and universities into taxpayer-funded versions of far-right Liberty University, it is worth asking if there is anything connecting these seemingly disparate maneuvers.
Last night, President Biden gave the annual State of the Union address, stuffed with data-infused tidbits about his administration's accomplishments. The president was unusually lucid and buoyant in his hour-plus speech,
It's only been a little over two weeks since the GOP took official control of the House of Representatives by electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaker on the 15th ballot. Yet somehow the United States has already plunged itself into a crisis over the so-called "debt ceiling"—the statutory limit on how much the U.S. government can borrow to pay its obligations, which was technically breached Thursday.
On Wednesday morning all domestic flights were grounded for hours after the F.A.A.'s flight safety data system experienced an outage caused by a "damaged" database file, creating chaos from coast to coast. But it was the unprecedented holiday meltdownof Southwest Airlines that should have been the impetus to create the kinds of protection and compensation that European passengers take for granted.
Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) lost several embarrassing floor votes for the House speakership, after a fiery closed-doors meeting of the GOP caucus. It was day one of what is likely to be a contentious two years for the fractious, razor-thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a very bad omen for the country's near-term governability.
Former President Donald Trump could use a lot of referrals—to a tailor, for example, who could outfit him in clothes that are his size. But this week he got the referrals that he most deserved: to the Department of Justice, recommending his criminal prosecution for trying to thwart the peaceful transfer of political power.