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The Next DNC Chair Won’t Save the Democratic Party

Most Democrats have yet to learn the central lesson of the 2016 election: grassroots organizing only works for candidates who have real grassroots support.

The Fight for D.C. Statehood Enters the Trump Era

  “Taxation without representation is tyranny” is perhaps one of the most iconic phrases of the American Revolution. It artfully combined indignation towards the oppressive British government and the patriot belief in representative democracy. Today, over 200 years later, the phrase is proudly displayed on license plates in Washington, D.C., the center of political power […]

The Court and the People

“No matter whether the country follows the flag or not, the Supreme Court follows the election returns,” wrote the Chicago humorist and author Finley Peter Dunne in 1901. More than a century later, many legal scholars and historians take Dunne’s famous quip—which identified a relationship between Supreme Court decisions and popular opinion—as gospel. There has […]

A Modern Choice on Life

In 1939, a bill was placed before Congress seeking to allow 20,000 Jewish refugee children into America to escape the horrors of the Holocaust. In a flurry of America-first sentiment, the bill died on the Senate floor, and the would-be refugees were left to their fate. Seventy-one years to date after the largest Nazi death […]

Battle Lines: Bipartisanship in the Age of Trump

In the age of Trump, unlikely bipartisanship has blossomed. Ever since President Trump’s shocking victory last November, he has shown no signs of giving up his raucous and bombastic style, much to the dismay of his opponents and some of his supporters. In addition, his administration has become embroiled in a series of embarrassing PR […]

The Coddling of the Republican Mind

Young Republicans are more likely than young Democrats to feel that politics are becoming less civilized, even though conservatives regularly criticize young liberals for being too sensitive in their rhetoric