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The chief frustration among Democrats regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump, aside from his brazen disregard for the law, is his unprecedented stonewalling. By ignoring lawfully issued subpoenas and refusing to allow members of his administration to testify before Congress, Trump has effectively forced Democrats into a political corner. Waiting for the battle to play out in the courts will take longer than the limited timeline of 2020 will allow. Moving forward without the “smoking gun” that undoubtedly lies somewhere within Trump’s Fortress of Criminal Solitude leaves room for Trump sycophants to defend him and muddy the political waters. Both paths seem to lead to a place that allows Trump to proclaim victory not based on the substance of the allegations, but on his continuous and unprecedented disregard for…

Ask any Democratic political junkie what their favorite television show is, and the response will almost unanimously be “The West Wing.” For me, Aaron Sorkin’s political masterpiece came along at a pivotal point in my life. As a young college graduate and then law school student, I was looking for a way to make my mark on the world but wasn’t entirely sure of the best way to do it. It’s no exaggeration to say The West Wing was the thing that drove me to embrace public service, and I know I’m not the only one. I bring this up because yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of the West Wing on NBC. Honestly, it’s hard to look at the show and not feel depressed about how it…

One of the cardinal rules for Thanksgiving dinner in recent years is to avoid talking about politics at family gatherings. In fact, the concept of the racist Drunk Uncle is now equally identifiable with Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce, with the common denominator being that nobody wants to put either of them anywhere near their mouth. But if you’re looking for some cutesy Buzzfeed-style garbage about “navigating politics at Thanksgiving”, look elsewhere. This year, with some notable exceptions we’ll discuss shortly, you need to talk about politics with your family at Thanksgiving. Here’s why. A Country Divided (Like Crazy Divided) Not only is America now more divided than any time in recent history, but our ability to pick and choose our news sources based on our political biases also leaves us…

As the 2018 Election Cycle begins its wind into the homestretch, some Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania State House and Senate will wake up one day in early October to realize those months of planning, personal sacrifice, and hard work will likely not be enough to put their campaigns over the top. Most voters may not understand this, but many campaigns are decided well in advance of Election Day; not by the voters, but by “the Stakeholders” who fund most closely-contested political campaigns. Who are the Stakeholders and why do they matter? It’s not as clandestine as it sounds. In Democratic politics, the stakeholders are composed mainly of labor unions, the legal community and other professional groups that have a vested interest in what happens in the State Legislature. Because most…

American Exceptionalism, a phrase coined by Alexis de Tocqueville nearly two centuries ago, refers to independence, strength, and superiority of the American experiment. Well, at least that’s what it used to mean. These days, American Exceptionalism means you get to be a dick whenever you want because… ‘Murica. Not only do you get to be a dick, but you’re also pretty much required to be a dick if you want to earn respect and adoration of a large swath of an electorate so oblivious to their self-destruction it’s almost impossible to believe. Not All Heros Wear Capes, But Most of Them Are Dicks And hey, not that we’re keeping score or anything, but if you’re a white guy, you get to be an even bigger dick. Oh, you’re a rich…

So this happened yesterday: Listen: Republican candidate Greg Gianforte ‘body-slams’ Guardian reporter. Full story: https://t.co/5dNBnS1gAx pic.twitter.com/fRtxnQWuLo — Guardian US (@GuardianUS) May 25, 2017 Yup, that’s Greg Gianforte, a candidate for the United States House of Representatives body-slamming a reporter who had the audacity to ask him a question he didn’t like about public policy. Because ‘Merica, that’s why. While news outlets across Montana are withdrawing their support for Gianforte and national media outlets are making the obligatory (and in this case, accurate) noise about the treatment of a journalist being unacceptable, it all reinforces one undeniable fact. Greg Gianforte will absolutely, without a doubt, be the next Congressman from Montana, because that’s exactly how broken American politics are today. I know virtually nothing about this race, but I can tell…