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What This Country Can Learn From John McCain

Last week, the public learned that Senator John McCain has a brain tumor, and the response has been overwhelming and, at least to me, deeply moving. Former President Obama, McCain’s one-time rival, called him “an American hero” and “one of…

Four Years of Black Lives Matter: Where We Are Now

On July 13, 2013, a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, took to her Facebook page to respond. “Black people,” she wrote, “I love you.…

Independence Day: Retaining Hope in the Power of the American Idea

I once asked a college professor what he found most fascinating about American politics. I suspect I was trying to figure the answer out for myself, too. He said it had to do with the power of ideas in American…

GA 6 Race: A Sign of Things to Come?

The race for Georgia’s 6th congressional district was the most expensive House race in American history, and now it’s over, and the Republican Karen Handel has won. Beyond that, I want to avoid the temptation to draw greater meaning from…

The View From Stonewall: One Year After Pulse

What is it that brings people out to vigils? When a tragedy befalls a nation, it’s normal, I think, to want to do something. There are political responses, and calls made to loved ones, and social media sermons—and always, there…

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu and the Politics of Redemption

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech on taking down the last Confederate monuments in New Orleans, I strongly encourage you to do so. It was a welcome reminder, in this age of 140-character…

“A Nation of Takers”: Why the Republicans are still fighting to repeal the ACA

Despite rumblings of impeachment and the seemingly endless revelations of impropriety on the part of our Republican president, the Republican Party’s struggle to repeal their much-reviled Obamacare continues. According to reporting by Politico, President Trump is contemplating ending federal Obamacare…

Trump, Comey and the Struggle for the Truth

A few nights before the 2016 election, I walked to Trump Tower. Kellyanne Conway was giving an interview outside the front door. She was surrounded by Trump supporters who had just concluded a day of calling swing-state voters. This was…

Is Repealing Obamacare about Racism?

The picture, as the saying goes, was worth a thousand words. A beaming President Trump stood behind the podium, flanked by his allies in Congress, as he declared a long-awaited legislative victory: passing the American Health Care Act, a bill…