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,…

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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…

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…

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!

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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,…

Brief Thoughts: On Amateur Hour

hahahahahahhahaha you dumb idiots cant even repeal my law

Just 90 minutes after midnight, 51 United States Senators voted against Majority Leader McConnell's latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I spent the evening worrying about the bill, labeled a "skinny repeal" by the Senate Republican Leadership. The repeal promised to get rid of Obamacare's individual/employer mandate (the thing that requires everyone to…

Director James Comey’s Statement: A Complete Guide

Image Credit: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

This post was written on the night of 7 June 2017, in anticipation of former FBI Director James B. Comey's public testimony before members of the United States Congress, slated to take place 8 June 2017. If you're reading this post, you are probably aware that former FBI Director James B. Comey is going to…

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…

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…

The 41-Vote Calculation

  Last Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch¬†to fill the ninth seat on the United States Supreme Court, replacing last year's nomination for Judge Merrick Garland. Gorsuch's nomination may fill the shoes of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who had served thirty years with distinction as the Supreme Court's conservative lion. In picking Gorsuch,…