For anyone not paying close attention to the furor over Georgia's election laws, Republican leaders are offering benign sound bites that are almost believable.
Gov. Brian Kemp will explain how the new law provides additional days for early voting, provisions to prevent long waiting lines and extra ballot drop boxes in certain counties. He ...Read more
Talking about the challenges faced by the United States and its allies in a world always ambivalent about democracy, President Joe Biden said a few words the other day that bear directly on his own confrontation with authoritarian forces at home. What he aimed to explain is more important than any specific aspect of his infrastructure proposal...Read more
The frightening story of a "crisis" at the U.S. border with Mexico, with an "overwhelming surge" of destitute and possibly disease-bearing humans, is now repeated constantly by Republicans and their eager echoes in the mainstream media. But what interest beyond partisanship is served by that narrative? What would serve us all far better is to ...Read more
It is hard to imagine anything more exhausting than the constant indignation of so-called conservatives, who somehow sustain a state of rigid, barking anger over the state of American culture. To them, every advance for human rights represents the imminent end of civilization, and every small effort to assuage historical injuries signals the ...Read more
Despite all the lamentations over the Republican Party -- the respectable party that supposedly existed before you-know-who ruined everything -- it would be more honest to admit that the Grand Old Party wasn't so grand even way back when.
To take one timely example, Republicans have always resisted investigation of their leadership failures, ...Read more
Despite the compelling facts and arguments mustered by the House impeachment managers during their presentation to the Senate, it is depressingly clear that Donald Trump almost certainly will escape conviction for encouraging, inciting, allowing and then praising his mob's assault on the U.S. Capitol.
A courageous handful of Republican ...Read more
With their cowardly refusal to discipline Marjorie Taylor Greene, the House Republicans' retreat from integrity is now complete. Only under the threat of sanctions against Greene by House Democrats did House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., even pretend to address the Georgia representative's many offenses against decency, comity and ...Read more
For the senators who will sit in judgment of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment, a crucial question will be his state of mind on his day of rage, Jan. 6, and his days of rage leading up to the attack on the Capitol.
Trump's defense cherry-picks a few of his words that day, pointing out that he used the word "peaceful" while ...Read more