Last week's duplicitous stunt by Florida's Republican governor and human outrage generator Ron DeSantis, who chartered a plane to deposit 50 Venezuelan migrants on Martha's Vineyard, has so far done nothing to stanch the GOP's bleeding in the midterm elections.
The powerful demonstrated effects of Trump's ongoing contempt for democracy and the efforts of his political allies in the Republican Party to reroute American political institutions so that the GOP can never lose power, already serve as a template for other aspiring tyrants.
Since 2014, Republicans have often significantly outperformed their polling averages in statewide races in the Midwest (and Florida). This was true in 2014, but it was in 2016 that it went from a few mildly inaccurate polls to a much-discussed trend.
The Justice Department released an extensively redacted version of the affidavit that federal authorities used to justify the warrant to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound earlier this month. Trump allies hoping that more information from the DOJ might reveal the whole thing to be an overreach are likely quite disappointed.
À la carte streaming was supposed to be liberatory. We would cut the cord. We would no longer subsidize the minority of people who mainline sports all day with our monthly fees. We would pay for what we want, no more and no less. If you wanted to watch only Babylon 5 reruns every day for the rest of your life, this new world would be for you!
Trump is a living, breathing security hazard, whose opaque finances, history of bankruptcy and shady real estate deals, longstanding business ties with tyrannical regimes, and open fondness for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin make him vulnerable to any and all types of subversion.
As Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine staggers through its sixth month, the risk of a catastrophic nuclear war between Russia and NATO grows with each bloody day.
The good news for Democrats, and the Earth, is that the party's two chief obstructionists in the Senate, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have signed off on a huge climate, energy and tax package. The bad news is that, as always, Sinema put the interests of her lobbyist paymasters over those of the country by forcing Democrats to abandon a tax increase on hedge fund managers and private equity wizards.
In a red-leaning state like Pennsylvania, amid a difficult political environment for Democrats, the GOP candidate should be favored rather than trailing by double digits. And while there are still huge risks, both short and long term, to elevating their worst opponents, in this cycle it just might pay off for Democrats.
To hold or expand their majorities in this difficult environment, Democrats must run a fear-based campaign that ties all Republican candidates to broad themes most voters despise: the imposition of fundamentalist religious ideas, the rollback of civil rights and the embrace of far-right authoritarianism.
After all, without Texas' 40 electoral votes, double-digit House of Representatives delegation edge and two GOP senators, the national Republican Party would immediately lose any chance at a majority. So, if Texas wants to leave and take the political fortunes of the increasingly radicalized GOP with it, who on the left would stand in their way?
After promising to treat Saudi Arabia like a "pariah state" during the 2020 presidential campaign, it looks like President Biden has been brought to heel, just like virtually all of his predecessors, by America's unending thirst for cheap oil.