I don’t take domestic American politics seriously. While I write and comment about it, I view myself as the equivalent of a sportswriter or an entertainment writer, and not as someone who believes there is genuine value to all of this nonsense. While there are peripheral exceptions, it’s […]
By Paul Butler, Washington Post A jury of his “bubbas.” That’s what the defense lawyer for one of the three White men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery wanted for his client. Thanks to the judge, that’s pretty much the jury the defendants got, plus some bubba-ettes. Arbery was […]
W. James Antle III, The Week After Republicans swept all the statewide offices in bluish Virginia with a successful campaign that partially turned on critical race theory in public schools, Democrats are gravitating toward a response: There is either no such thing as critical race theory or it’s […]
By W. James Antle III, The Week Crime wasn’t one of the top issues in last week’s elections. But it was among the reasons Democratic number-crunchers concluded their party underperformed at the ballot box last year and is primed to do even worse in the midterm elections of […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley I didn’t know Daphne Dorman but she was one of my people. Daphne was a transgender comedian and a Queer rights activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a gifted software engineer who created her own […]
The Reagan Revolution of the 1980s represented an insurgency within the capitalist class by the Sunbelt against the traditional northeastern establishment. But the rise of digital capitalism has resulted in the tech oligarchs aligning themselves with the northeastern establishment against the Sunbelt and, of course, the media and […]
In Virginia, a moderate pro-business Republican was elected governor. A black woman whose parents were immigrants from Jamaica was elected as the Republican lieutenant governor. A Latino man whose parents were Cuban refugees was elected as the Republican Attorney General. There is a lot more going on with […]
Team Rising reacts to shocking polling on whether Americans believe political violence may be justified, and/or necessary,
Team Rising reacts to Josh Hawley’s speech on, what he calls, “the Left’s attack on America – and American men.”
I tend to agree with Caitlin Johnstone’s observation that the overlords of the empire are the real extremists. Idiots like these two are at best a quaternary problem. By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, KATHY GANNON and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press In the months before he was charged with storming the […]
The main lesson I would take from recent elections is that normies dislike establishment politicians, and outsiders are guaranteed at least some kind of audience, but normies don’t like perceived extremists, either. By Nick Corasaniti and Tracey Tully Mr. Sweeney, the second most powerful lawmaker in New Jersey […]
This interview with Ann Coulter seconds what I have often said about Trump, i.e. that he is simply a neo-Nixonian, a Rockefeller Republican who masquerades as a right-wing populist. Immigration was probably the issue that Trump was the furthest rightward on, and on that issue, he was way […]
By ProphetBattlestone I have begun reading Georges Sorel’s “Reflections on Violence”. Syndicalism interests me, and Sorel was referred to quite a bit by James Burnham in “The Machiavellians”. The section in quoting further down comes from the ‘Letter to Daniel Halevy’, which precedes the third edition of the […]
By Noah Millman, The Week Our pandemic rules increasingly make no sense — and it’s hurting public health. I spent about a week in October at the Austin Film Festival and Writers’ Conference, attending panel discussions, round-tables, pitch competitions — and, of course, parties. Because there’s still a […]
By Joel Mathis, The Week It’s never easy being the Democratic governor of a famously red state. Still, it was a surprise Friday morning when Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) came out strongly against President Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate. “While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a […]
Ryan Cooper, The Week Why liberals need to stop doing collective guilt over election results. Democrats whiffed the Virginia elections this week, and the dread “Karen” is to blame. So argues Wajahat Ali at The Daily Beast, pointing to exit polls finding that a 57 percent majority of […]
More Loundon County drama, apparently. By Peter R Quinones Look, you all know that I am very susceptible to getting emotional, especially when children are involved. But here goes. The backstory to this and how it started is crucial. It wasn’t even news until, Scott Smith, the father […]
My tentative assessment of the Virginia election is that, at least in some geographical areas, the essence of the culture war is shifting from the Right vs Left to the Center vs Left. The culture of the US has moved considerably leftward over the past decade, and elite […]
By Joel Kotkin The stunning defeat suffered by the Democrats in Virginia, a surprisingly close race in deep blue New Jersey and the defeat of a “police defunding measure” in Minneapolis represent a remarkable turning point in American politics. It is less an affirmation of a resurgent Trumpism […]
Author of TK News and co-host of Useful Idiots podcast, Matt Taibbi, gives his take on why Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor failed, and what it means for Democrats in 2022 and 2024.
Saagar and guest host Marshall Kosloff respond to the media reactions that took place during the live coverage of election night where narratives about why the GOP won already began to unfold
Ryan Grim breaks down the story behind the tiki torch-touting ‘protestors’ at a Youngkin campaign event late last week.
Robby Soave details the origin of the “let’s go Brandon” chant by protestors.
This analysis is right on the money and represents something I’ve been noticing for a while. The framework of the “culture war” has started to shift where it is no longer a matter of “liberals” vs the “religious right” but “wokesters” vs “normies.” The “Hidden Tribes” study published […]
Ryan Grim and Robby Soave discuss Rahm Emanuel’s future as Ambassador to Japan, plus new reporting from The Intercept on the NIH’s role in helping Ecohealth Alliance police its own funding of risky bat coronavirus research.
By Jason Wilson, The Guardian A Guardian investigation has revealed that a controversial church whose leader has openly expressed the ambition of creating a “theocracy” in America has accumulated significant influence in the city of Moscow, Idaho. Christ Church has a stated goal to “make Moscow a Christian […]
By Joel Mathis, The Week Defund the police” is a dead idea. That’s actually been true for some months now, but any doubts about the notion’s viability should be ended entirely after Tuesday’s election results in Minneapolis, where voters rejected an opportunity to replace the police department with […]
By Ryan Cooper, The Week Now the fate of American democracy depends on proving me wrong. On election night in 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney conceded defeat around 1 a.m. After calling then-President Barack Obama to offer his congratulations on re-election, Romney gave a speech to his supporters. […]
By Jeva Lange, The Week Tuesday was a night of upsets, shoo-ins, nailbiters, and way too many cats. Here’s our scorecard for the 2021 elections. Winner: New York City night owls The 110th mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, called it “almost silly” to suggest he shouldn’t have […]
By Matt Taibbi Notes on a “realigning” election. The drama that played out in upscale Loudoun County, Virginia over the last year or so, and cost Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe the governorship last night, is a book waiting to be written. In fact, if companies like HBO or […]
By Kimberly Kindy Washington Post As Mark Lomax campaigns for the top law enforcement position in Bucks County, Pa., there’s one question some voters keep asking: Will he be a “constitutional sheriff”? The 62-year-old former state trooper has largely avoided the polarizing label, which refers to a movement […]
Trad News Voters in a U.S. state have got bored with their Blue Centrist governor of a few years and have voted in a Red Centrist governor. A few years later they will quite possibly vote in another Blue centrist, in what may be described as a “daring […]
On today’s What America’s Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds that a plurality of voters consider coronavirus to be the most important issue today.
Normies aren’t going to vote to abolish the fuzz during a time of rising violent crime and in the immediate aftermath of a wave of riots. Most people prefer safety and security above all else. See Maslow. Team Rising discusses the failure of Question 2 in Minneapolis.
In Virginia, Democrats are acting like we just had a March on Rome, and Republicans are acting like the Berlin Wall just fell. Youngkin is a moderate Republican “pro-business” type whose only real issue is taxes. He’s light years away from being a right-wing populist or far-right. Youngkin […]
Youngkin ran a very shrewd campaign. He knew exactly what buttons to push. He made opposition to CRT, mask/vaccine mandates, and being pro-“parents rights” and “tough on crime” the centerpiece of his campaign. Meanwhile, the Democrats got caught with their pants down. But Youngkin is just a Mitt […]
Some of the discussion of the rural/urban divide and state/city divide in this is interesting. Ryan Grim, Robby Soave, and national director of the Working Families Party, Maurice Mitchell, discuss last night’s election results.
There is a lot of wild hyperbole in this. What Hedges is describing in this is not “fascism” but good old-fashioned American Protestant bourgeois-liberal know-nothing populism. Nothing new under the sun. This guy Paul Street being interviewed by Hedges is a perfect illustration of what I call a […]
By Matt Taibbi and Matt Orfalea In the first installment of “TK Mashup,” a piece of a Joe Biden speech quickly becomes the ostensibly original thoughts of cable news anchors. On April 28th of this year, Joe Biden gave one of the first big speeches of his presidency, […]
What is America going to look like if its current ways persist? In this video, Andrew shares an article from zerohedge.com to discuss his thoughts and prediction on what can happen in America if its situation doesn’t change.
Krystal and Saagar are joined by investigative journalist Tim Mak to better understand how corruption and grifting led to the downfall of the NRA at the expense of ordinary Americans
Krystal and Saagar cover some shocking polling ahead of the 2024 Democratic primary that shows Democrats in disarray and how bitter the partisan divides are in America
Krystal and Saagar provide the details on the most recent wall street CEO discovered to have lied about having deep connections with serial pedophile and sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein
Robby Soave gives his postmortem analysis of Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin’s campaigns for Virginia governor.
Saagar looks at how the majority of the public has moved on from the covid pandemic as the loud minority of resistors have made their voices heard against Biden’s vaccine mandate
By Matt Taibbi A Southwest pilot earns ISIS comparisons for joking into a loudspeaker, as pundits continue to mass-forget the previous four years. FBI Special Agent-turned-CNN Political Analyst Asha Rangappa — gosh that resume sounds unsurprising, doesn’t it? — tweeted this yesterday night: Asha Rangappa @AshaRangappa_ As an […]
Freddie Sayers meets Amy Chua.
Washington Post For 187 harrowing minutes, the president watched his supporters attack the Capitol — and resisted pleas to stop them. President Donald Trump had just returned to the White House from his rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 when he retired to his private dining room […]
Krystal and Saagar respond to a CNN segment where transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was confronted about taking paid family leave and then letting it get taken out of Biden’s budget bill
Ryan Grim, Kim Iversen, and Robby Soave debate the investigation into a Southwest Airlines pilot accused of announcing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ during a flight.