The Government of the United States of America

History began on July 4th, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake.

After putting this project off for nearly a year, I'm finally writing a "brief" explainer about how the U.S. government works, because this isn't taught as widely/deeply as it should be. This is mostly intended for non-Americans who don't have a deep background in American history, but I don't doubt that some American readers might…

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Midterm Elections

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver is a steely-eyed missile man.

I've been waiting for this election for a very, very long time. With two days left until the 2018 midterm elections, I feel like it's time to dust this thing off and give everyone a "brief" rundown of this year's House, Senate, gubernatorial, and state legislative elections. Donald Trump himself might not be on the ballot,…

Super Duper Fun Reaction to the 2018 State of the Union Address

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Once again, I'm procrastinating my homework to deliver analysis and a reaction to President Trump's State of the Union. This was his first real SOTU address, although he gave an address to Congress last February (and you can catch my reaction to that speech here), so this is kind of a big deal. Presidents usually…

2017: WE’RE BACK! SORTA!

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No, Jeb! Bush isn't back. But the Democrats are. Sorta. In case you haven't heard, November 7th, 2017, was a pretty great night for the Democratic Party. In the first real general election since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Democrats took back the governorship of New Jersey, held on to the governorship of Virginia,…

Trump Fired Director Comey Because of Russia (Probably)

On 9 May, President Trump ordered the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey with a written letter. In true Trump Administration fashion, Comey learned of his dismissal by watching a news report and only received the letter afterwards. If you want to read the letters from the President, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General…

The 41-Vote Calculation Part II: Electric Boogaloo

At 9:30 AM on 10 April 2017, Neil Gorsuch's official job title changed from "Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit" to "Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court." Welcome to the bench, Justice Gorsuch, and congratulations. Normally, any nomination to the bench requires 51 "yes" votes on the nominee…

Super Fun Reaction to the President’s Address

This evening, the President gave a surprisingly competent speech to the nation, laying out a number of his major policy initiatives. I'm going through his address while watching it on TV (thanks, spring break, for giving me this free time). Afterwards, I'll back up some of my statements with links and stuff. In the coming hours and…

Brief Thoughts: On DNC Chairman Tom Perez

Today, 435 of the Democratic National Committee's 447 members voted to select their Chairman. With a majority of 235 out of 435 votes, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez edged out Representative Keith Ellison and secured his place as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As Chairman, Perez has the ability to help dictate and…

Really Brief Thoughts: General H.R. McMaster

Today, 20 February 2017, President Trump nominated Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to fill General Michael Flynn's role as his National Security Advisor. I don't know much about General McMaster's current policies and how he stands on Iran and Russia and stuff, but I can say that McMaster is one of the most highly-respected field commanders…

The United States Election of…2017?

If you thought November 8th marked the end of the election season and a brief respite from the barely-organized chaos of political campaigning, think again. It turns out that while the United States only holds federal elections for the Senate and House every two years, there are some states that hold elections for their governors…