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What Did You Do During the Political War, Daddy?

We are living through a renaissance of democratic activism—and the Washington Monthly needs your help.

Quick Takes: McMaster Called Trump an Idiot

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

Honoring What You Love

How the Grateful Dead explains the need to support the news organizations you love.

How Republicans Are Undermining Charitable Giving

The current tax cut bill could reduce contributions to churches and nonprofits by $13 billion a year.

Robert Byrd Would Be 100 Today, but in Some Ways He Lives On

The late West Virginia senator is vexing the Republicans from the grave.

The More Difficult Conversation We Need to Have About Sexual Assault

'It's about the culture that empowers white men to abuse their power in a million ways.'

Technical Foul: Trump Goes There Again

It’s as though demonstrating class would cause him physical pain. President Donald Trump directed a message at LaVar Ball on Twitter on Sunday, less than 24 hours after Ball downplayed the President's role in helping Ball's son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA basketball players return to the ...

Jerry Brown is Not the Enemy of Climate Hawks

Earlier this year, Bill Maher declared that progressives must learn to understand the difference between an imperfect ally and a dangerous enemy. Apparently, some progressives still haven’t bothered to learn that lesson: Spare a little pity for Jerry Brown. The California governor has been ...

Remembering Byrd’s Rule

Legendary Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd would be 100 years old today—and appalled by what his beloved Senate has become.

The Melting of Republican Snowflakes

That sound you hear is the playing of the world's tiniest violin for Republican Governors who didn't have enough sense to walk away from the party once Donald Trump secured the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, and who now fear the consequences: For nearly a decade, meetings of the Republican ...

Wingnuttery Loses, Equality Wins

In a time when there’s a limited supply of good news, this moment was a relief—and a blessing. A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian ...

Moore’s the Pity: The Moral Horror of Alabama’s GOP Senate Nominee

C’mon. Despite the revelations of this past week, despite the polls showing his Democratic opponent ahead , you might as well start calling him Senator Moore right now. It seemingly still has not dawned upon rational and logical Americans just how deep the rabbit...

Quick Takes: Is Trump Planning to Go After Social Security and Medicare?

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

Trump About to Be Hit With a Legal Tidal Wave

Mueller is going to bring a legal tidal wave down on Trump and his crew in the near future.

Is a Blue Wave Coming in 2018?

Democrats are poised for major victories in the midterm elections.

Why Trump’s Elephant Trophy Policy Is all About Hillary

The preservation of elephants in Africa was a personal cause for Hillary Clinton.

Flynn and Papadopoulos Were Questioned by the FBI at the Same Time

How did Papadopoulos arouse such suspicion and why was he such an early focus for the FBI?

Why Trump Announced a Policy That Will Contribute to the Extinction of Elephants

For Hillary Clinton, the preservation of elephants in Africa was a personal cause.

Republicans Keep Failing Because They Have Mutually Exclusive Goals

They can't claim to be fiscally responsible while cutting taxes.

Democrats Are Taking Advantage of Mounting Women’s Anger

The wave of women voters in New Jersey and Virginia is preview of what's to come in 2018.

Quick Takes: A Case of Restorative Justice

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

How Congress Has Handled Sex Scandals in the Past

Sexual assault by men in power is not a partisan issue. But the response to these behaviors couldn't be more different.

A Year Ago, Obama Warned Us This Would Happen

President Obama warned us that Trump would be a giant failure and an ethical mess.

As Tax Bill Moves Through House, the Senate Is Still Gridlocked

The House passed Trump's tax cuts, but the Senate will have trouble following suit.

Amherst To Take In Puerto Rican Students Displaced By Maria

Amherst College announced it is planning to admit Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria seven weeks after the story devastated the island.

Will the Ghost of Tracking’s Past Haunt Youth Apprenticeship’s Future?

New youth apprenticeship programs must grapple with the ugly legacy of career tracking.

Are Hazing, Sexual Assault, Drinking and Unabashed Racism Inevitable on Campus?

NEW YORK – A few days after headlines exploded about yet another university president suspending Greek life activities after yet another hazing death, a group of college presidents sat around a dinner table expressing concern about bad behavior at fraternities. But somehow, they couldn’t ...

An Interesting Answer for Democrats Is Emerging: Reverse Coattails

Can a focus on local elections help build the party from the ground up?

The First ‘No’ Vote on the Senate Tax Cut Bill Gets the Ball Rolling

It's the same jam Republicans got themselves into when they tried to repeal Obamacare.

The Trump Scandal That Democrats Aren’t Talking About

Did ISIS escape Raqqa with Trump’s connivance?

The Trump That Scandal Democrats Aren’t Talking About

Did ISIS escape Raqqa with Trump’s connivance?

Quick Takes: Trump’s ‘Major Announcement’ is a Nothingburger

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

Are the Trump Tax Cuts Bad Politics or Not?

The GOP knows their tax cuts will be unpopular, but they can't face a future without big donors.

Doug Jones Could Win in Alabama

It's not just because his opponent is awful; Jones is running a great campaign.

Democrats Have a Reason to Be Mobilized by Hope

Regardless of Trump's surprising win, the laws of politics still apply.

Is Ted Cruz Texan Enough for Texas Republicans?

Is Ted Cruz authentically Texan enough to withstand a primary challenge from the white charismatic evangelical right?

Is Trump Getting Worse, or Has He Always Been This Delusional?

He seems to have made up a fantasy about Obama and the Philippine president that has no basis in reality.

States Will Soon Be Free to Transform Standardized Testing, But Most Won’t

Even states that only grudgingly rely on multiple-choice tests may sit out an “innovative assessment” pilot

Quick Takes: In Addition to Everything Else, Roy Moore is a Liar

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

Where I Agree With Mo Brooks

Senate seats are valuable. Policy matters. But Rep. Mo Brooks is still wrong to stick with Roy Moore.

An ‘All Hands on Deck’ Approach to the Resistance

Older, white suburban women are an important part of the resistance, but they are not its totality.

WikiLeaks Looks Like a Russian Front Organization

Communications between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks show that the organization was doing Moscow's bidding.

Trump Said He Would Tell His Attorney General to Appoint a Special Counsel

This president showed himself to be the kind of person who would abuse his power to punish his political opponents.

Trump’s Colossal Failure on Trade

While this president stumbles, the rest of the world is moving on without the U.S.

One Possible Ending to the Roy Moore Saga—Expulsion

The Senate has essentially unchecked power to remove its members.

Quick Takes: ‘You Are Just a Child…No One Will Ever Believe You’

A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

What Kind of Economic Populism Is This?

Trump picked a Big Pharma executive to head Health and Human Services. Is this what he promised?

The Alternative for GOP Reformers Already Exists

Pragmatism means embracing Democratic policies that actually work.

How the Republican Party Will Die

The big donors are getting close to closing their checkbooks and building something new to replace the GOP.