When There Are No More Rabbits in Nancy Pelosi’s Hat

From The Center This view is from an author rated as Center. When an armed mob invades the U.S. Capitol and threatens the lives of their elected representatives, it seems reasonable to investigate the causes for the insurrection to keep it from happening again. But for congressional...
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When Joe Biden Stops Talking

For most of his career in Washington, Joe Biden was known as… voluble. In other words, he talked a lot. A LOT. During his years in the Senate, he was renowned for his long-windedness, and during his time as Vice President frequently veered from the Obama Administration’s prescribed...
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When Selective Outrage Takes Over Congress

I’ll admit that I have little use for Marjorie Taylor Greene. Similarly, I’ve never thought that highly of Maxine Waters either. Both represent an ideologically extreme and unnecessarily combative approach to representative governance that I find counterproductive. As a result of their...
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When Biden Channels His Inner FDR

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. When Joe Biden ran for president last year, there were times when it sounded like he was campaigning for Barack Obama’s third term in office. But at this early stage of his own presidency, Biden has decided that he would prefer...
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Reducing Polarization: Research Says Typical Republicans and Democrats are Moderate, Only Talk Politics Occasionally

Animosity towards members of an opposing political party has substantially worsened in recent years. But much of what we know about polarization and citizens’ attitudes to their political opponents may be wrong. When Democrats and Republicans say they reflexively dislike each other, they...
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These Famous Political Opposites Have Been Married for Over 25 Years. How Do They Make It Work?

A View from the Left This piece is from a writer rated Lean Left. The relationship began when they were political rivals. Mary Matalin was a campaign director for Republican George H.W. Bush. James Carville was the chief strategist for Democrat Bill Clinton. Yet at the start of Bill...
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Remember Those Heartwarming Campaign Ads for Utah Governor? Here’s What’s Needed to Make Them the Norm

In a year when partisan rancor was rampant on the national political stage, glimmers of hope for positive campaigning still shone through. One case of this was the Utah gubernatorial election. Chris Peterson and Spencer J. Cox, opponents in the election, produced very popular shared ads...
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It's Time to Think About a Third Party

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. As Democrats and Republicans retreat toward their respective ideological end zones, frustrated voters have often wondered about the possibility of a third party emerging that could target that vast, yet largely unseen political...
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Past Electoral College Vote Objections by Democrats, Explained

From the Left Editor's Note: This viewpoint is from a writer rated Lean Left. In today’s bipolar political discourse, it’s easy to wave away controversies because “both sides do it.” This dynamic has reared its head once again, this time regarding Republican senators and House members...
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What Causes A Vicious Cycle of Polarization, and How Can It Be Reversed? Highlights and Takeaways from New Research

Political polarization in the United States has been on the rise , with partisanship and gridlock increasing in Washington. This impedes the country’s ability to overcome urgent challenges. Affective polarization, such as increased animosity towards political opponents, is especially...
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Story of the Week: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Creates Supreme Court Opening

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last Friday created an influential opening on the Supreme Court, setting a partisan power grab into motion and reframing the stakes of the 2020 presidential election. President...
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Media Bias Alert: Biden, McConnell, Others Switch Stances on Supreme Court Vacancies

The Supreme Court vacancy left after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing last Friday is up for grabs, and the media is all over it. Politicians and lawmakers from both parties are taking sides on whether to fill Ginsburg’s open seat before or after the 2020 presidential election . News reports...
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