In memoriam: Nashville’s mass transit plan
By Hermes • May 18, 2018
In municipal elections, voters chose to ignore the infrastructure crisis facing the Music City.
Can Missouri elect a centrist senator?
By Aristophanes • April 22, 2018
Missouri’s unique political atmosphere could be the epicenter of a centrist revolution.
Nashville’s mayor resigns in disgrace
By Hermes • March 8, 2018
Megan Barry lost the trust of her city. It’s only fitting for her to step aside.
Marsha Blackburn is spouting false narratives — again
By Hermes • February 16, 2018
Rep. Marsha Blackburn might say she’s a feminist, but her actions say otherwise.
Nashville’s mayor should consider resigning
By Hermes • February 3, 2018
Extreme partisanship often blinds us to the faults of our own side.
Should journalists call Trump a racist?
By Aristophanes • January 15, 2018
In the wake of shithole-gate, newsrooms are unsure how to describe the belligerent speaker of clearly racist rhetoric.
You won’t get away with this, Greitens
By Aristophanes • January 12, 2018
The Missouri governor is eliminating his enemies one by one in a dramatic display of anti-democratic tyranny.
4 takeaways from Trump’s Nashville trip
By Hermes • January 12, 2018
What I learned from the president’s latest jaunt.
Scandal consumes Missouri governor
By Aristophanes • January 11, 2018
Just call it 50 shades of Greitens.
Trump won’t kill the GOP
By Aristophanes • January 6, 2018
If Watergate didn’t, almost nothing will.
Missouri’s GOP civil war, explained
By Aristophanes • January 6, 2018
Republicans are in conflict with an increasingly dangerous governor of their own party.
Top 10 news stories of 2017
By Aristophanes and Hermes • January 1, 2018
The American Unionist politics crew ranks the most important events of the past year.
Rex, you did the right thing
By Aristophanes • December 15, 2017
Our secretary of state isn’t perfect, but his call for peace talks with the North Koreans — without stringent preconditions — is an admirable move.
Alabama election puts Congress up for grabs
By Aristophanes, Hermes and Dolos • December 14, 2017
The crew discusses Democrats’ win in the Alabama special election, and how it shapes the 2018 midterms.
Alabama draws a line in the sand
By Aristophanes • December 13, 2017
Roy Moore deserved his loss, plain and simple.
Bredesen’s Senate candidacy gives Democrats a chance
By Hermes • December 7, 2017
Tennessee’s Senate race is suddenly looking like a toss-up.
So long, fiscal conservatism
By Aristophanes • December 2, 2017
Republicans are on the verge of passing a massive tax cut. Does no one care about the national deficit?
Worried football fans suddenly care about sexual abuse
By Hermes • November 29, 2017
Tennesseans are holding their flagship public university’s football coach to a higher standard than they do the president of the United States.
Rights of the accused are for courts, not politics
By Aristophanes • November 26, 2017
“Innocent until proven guilty” is a legal standard. In the court of public opinion, voters are free to render judgement by whatever metric they desire.
Roy Moore should stay in the race
By Hermes • November 23, 2017
If Trumpism is to continue as a viable political force, it just can’t lose in a state like Alabama.
Roy Moore will lose
By Aristophanes • November 22, 2017
We can expect Roy Moore’s campaign to fall the same way Todd Akin’s did.
Too bad Trump isn’t a Democrat, I guess
By Aristophanes • November 14, 2017
Our Republican-controlled Congress would have impeached him long ago. But removing a president is still virtually impossible.
Men won’t save Alabama. Women can.
By Aristophanes • November 9, 2017
Senate candidate Roy Moore is an alleged child molester. For too many men, it won’t even matter.
Democrats are favored to retake the House
By Aristophanes • November 8, 2017
Tuesday’s Democratic wave in Virginia and elsewhere has some thinking Congress might be in play.
Local news is under attack
By Hermes • November 2, 2017
Local television news no longer has to be local, destroying newsrooms’ journalistic integrity. This is not a partisan issue.
Rallies show Trump emboldens racists
By Hermes • October 30, 2017
Demons from the past are rising from the grave. It’s up to true patriots to fight back.
Mueller is draining the swamp
By Aristophanes • October 30, 2017
Wasn’t this President Donald Trump’s job?
Should we forgive Trump voters?
By Aristophanes • October 27, 2017
They voted for a demagogue and put our nation in peril. Here’s why we should give them a second chance.
Bob Corker might run for president
By Hermes • October 26, 2017
He’s the best candidate to marshal the Republicans’ floundering Never Trump movement.
Can Democrats win in deep-red states?
By Aristophanes, Hermes and Dolos • October 24, 2017
The crew discusses high-profile Senate contests in Missouri, Texas, Alabama and Tennessee.
Phil Bredesen, please run
By Hermes • October 23, 2017
Help us, Phil Bredesen. You’re our only hope.
Trump doesn’t care about our troops
By Hermes • October 19, 2017
Sen. John McCain criticized “half-baked, spurious nationalism.” Right on cue, the president fired back.
What is Jeff Sessions hiding?
By Aristophanes • October 19, 2017
What the attorney general wouldn’t say during his Wednesday testimony is quite telling.
Boy Scouts refute gender binarism
By Aristophanes • October 16, 2017
Everyone will benefit from the Boy Scouts’ decision to accept female members.
McCaskill just lost re-election
By Aristophanes • October 11, 2017
Republicans have an impeccable frontrunner in the race for Missouri’s Senate seat.
Blackburn bad for Tennessee, US
By Hermes • October 10, 2017
Unfortunately, right-wing extremist Marsha Blackburn will win Bob Corker’s Senate seat.
Rex Tillerson shouldn’t quit
By Aristophanes • October 9, 2017
The secretary of state’s replacement, appointed by President Donald Trump, could be much worse than what we currently have.
Was Pence’s NFL walkout a planned political stunt?
By Hermes • October 8, 2017
The vice president surely knew players would kneel during the national anthem.
Corker blasts Trump, speaking truth to power
By Aristophanes and Hermes • October 8, 2017
Republicans in Congress should grow a spine and follow Sen. Bob Corker’s lead.
Gun control isn’t debatable
By Hermes and Aristophanes • October 3, 2017
The United States continues to have some of the laxest gun laws around. Consequently, American shooting deaths are abnormally high.
6 picks to replace Sen. Bob Corker
By Hermes • September 28, 2017
The conservative committee chair has announced his retirement, leaving a deep-red seat up for grabs in the 2018 midterms. Who will replace him?
Trump should stick to politics
By Hermes • September 28, 2017
Doesn’t Trump have better things to do than pick Twitter fights with beloved sports icons?
In Alabama, Trump loses, but Trumpism wins
By Aristophanes • September 27, 2017
Roy Moore’s victory in the state’s Republican Senate primary is hardly an anti-Trump statement.
Kushner’s private email shows Trump family hypocrisy
By Aristophanes • September 24, 2017
These darn email scandals just won’t go away. Can we agree to judge them apolitically?
Bernie Sanders might have killed Obamacare
By Aristophanes • September 22, 2017
By introducing single-payer too early, Bernie Sanders just handed Republicans a loaded gun.
Is it time to forgive Sean Spicer?
By Aristophanes • September 19, 2017
Sean Spicer abetted a disgraceful demagogue. We can still forgive his mistakes.
Leader of the free world? Forget it.
By Aristophanes • September 18, 2017
Under the Trump administration, the United States is abdicating its role as an international torchbearer.
Trump is making more deals with Democrats
By Aristophanes • September 14, 2017
President Donald Trump is cozying up to Chuck and Nancy. What’s the end game?
Single-payer is coming
By Aristophanes • September 13, 2017
A nationally run health care system has been anathema to American voters in the past. That’s changing — and fast.
Without Texas, Republicans are doomed
By Aristophanes • September 9, 2017
Texas is going blue. If it flips, the GOP may never control the White House again.
Trump isn’t pivoting
By Aristophanes • September 8, 2017
The president is working with Democrats. That doesn’t make him a moderate.
Trump ditched DACA. Congress should make it law.
By Aristophanes • September 5, 2017
In rescinding Obama-era immigration policy, the president gives Congress an opening to defy him.
Woodrow Wilson espoused utilitarian justice
By Aristophanes • September 3, 2017
President Woodrow Wilson rallied against postwar political retribution. The Allies should have listened.
Trump’s $1M Houston pledge is meaningless
By Hermes • September 2, 2017
The president promised $1 million to Hurricane Harvey victims. Will he follow through?
‘Nashville Statement’ shows evangelical hypocrisy, tone-deafness
By Hermes • August 31, 2017
Evangelical Christians are in a symbiotic, and highly hypocritical, relationship with President Donald Trump.
Trump’s politics are far from irrational
By Aristophanes • August 28, 2017
President Trump is trying to regain lost support by shoring up his base.
Trump’s Arpaio pardon disgraces justice
By Aristophanes • August 27, 2017
President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio shows contempt for the rule of law.
Yellow journalism left a nasty stain — and a few good ideas
By Aristophanes • August 24, 2017
The yellow journal war left a lasting legacy on the journalistic profession — good and bad.
Stephen Bannon ousted by Trump, returns to Breitbart
By Aristophanes • August 20, 2017
Stephen Bannon is out of the White House. Up next? A return to Breitbart.