Reading Time: 8 minutes President Donald Trump’s close friend, billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, and his company, Blackstone, have interesting Russia connections. Thus far, though, they’ve flown beneath the radar.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March for Our Lives, calling for gun restrictions. Where will this lead?
Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s possible Donald Trump might not have won — might not even have run for president — were it not for the action of a panel of judges years ago.
Reading Time: 4 minutes President Donald Trump once again had people scratching their heads over his (in)actions involving Russia. Why does he so frequently seem to act with Vladimir Putin’s interests in mind — at the expense of the American people?
Reading Time: 3 minutes General Counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing Donald Trump’s business dealings and getting closer to the president’s friends who have Russian connections.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Economists warn that President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of tariffs on aluminum and steel could backfire. That’s exactly what happened when the administration imposed tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber last year.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is in court this week defending one of his voter disenfranchisement schemes. And hardly anybody is paying attention.
Reading Time: 5 minutes As Congress prepares to pass a spending bill, the war against riders intensifies. When one party holds power in both the legislative and executive branches, these additional bill provisions may be the best way to amplify and solidify a partisan agenda.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A group of children and teenagers has been trying to force the US government to take action on climate change for years. Now it looks as though they will finally see their day in court.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Raised age requirements and background checks for gun purchases won’t fix absent-mindedness. Or stupidity.
Reading Time: 8 minutes When Barack Obama said segments of Pennsylvania were clinging to guns and religion, he identified the dynamic that would lead to Donald Trump’s election. That sentiment was on display once more at a gun-blessing ceremony that most of the media covered — and got totally wrong.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The US military budget is now bigger than ever. But the war machine that’s been built up over many decades is not making America any safer, and leaders in Washington aren’t dealing with the asymmetric warfare that has caused real harm.
Reading Time: 10 minutes For decades, conservatives have panned left-leaning judges for disregarding constitutional protocol to enact a “liberal agenda.” But history shows these critics should take a good look at their own side before rushing to judgement.
Reading Time: 2 minutes House Republicans who are supposed to be investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election say there is no need to look at Deutsche Bank. Here is why they are wrong.
Reading Time: 5 minutes After a strong year in 2017, Democrats hope that a blue wave will give them control of the House in 2018. But GOP gerrymandering guarantees that it will be an uphill battle.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Gerrymandering is a political problem that requires a non-political solution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and an expert in California have now restored a semblance of fairness to one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The latest school shooting in Parkland, FL, has prompted another round of fights over gun control measures. But a bipartisan readiness to end the sale of bump stocks is emerging.
Reading Time: 27 minutes With the passing of Billy Graham, we can expect all the usual homilies and hagiographies. But there’s another side to the role of such very public “men of God” in America’s cynical politics.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Over his 30-year tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote on major issues. Though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he has often disappointed conservatives, for example on abortion and same-sex marriage. But on democracy issues, his legacy is more mixed.
Reading Time: 3 minutes President Donald Trump should be judged by what he does in office and not what he did with a consenting adult years ago.