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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PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH (1924-2018)

The 41st President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died. He was 94. His final words were sent over speaker phone to his son, President George Walker Bush: "I love you, too." I don't remember anything from the Bush 41 Administration (obviously), but I do know that it was led…

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,…

Supreme Court Shenanigans 2: Electric Boogaloo

Today, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States, effective July 31st. Kennedy has been an Associate Justice for just over thirty years now, and his moderate conservative-ish voice made him a swing vote on the court of nine. Upon his retirement, Kennedy will likely be replaced…

2018: The Maryland Primaries (6/26)

MARYLAND MY MARYLAND

The fun never ends, does it? On June 26th (or between now and the 21st, if you feel like voting early), Marylanders will cast their primary ballots for the gubernatorial election, congressional races, and various county council races, and a bunch of other things. Of the races, three are worth paying attention to: The Democratic…

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

make america meme again

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…

Brief Thoughts: What the Jones Victory Means

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)

In roughly 20 days, Doug Jones will be sworn in as a United States Senator from the state of Alabama. Jones, a Democrat, will replace Republican Luther Strange and narrow the GOP's already-slim majority from 52 seats to 51. The official election results have not yet been certified, but it appears that Jones has beaten…

2017: WE’RE BACK! SORTA!

kill me

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…

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…