Politics Chat: Howard Schultz, Ralph Northam and the future of the Democratic Party
By Aristophanes and Hermes • February 2, 2019
Aristophanes and Hermes discuss recent political news.
Don’t abolish the Senate. Reapportion it.
By Aristophanes • January 27, 2019
Congress’ upper chamber may be undemocratic, but there’s an elegant and constitutional fix.
Top 10 news stories of 2018
By Aristophanes and Hermes • December 31, 2018
The American Unionist crew ranks the most important news events of the year.
Trump administration doesn’t understand school safety
By Hermes • December 27, 2018
Gun control has proven effective in many other countries, yet the United States still demurs.
Bill Haslam will be Tennessee’s next senator
By Hermes • December 24, 2018
Let’s end the speculation. Tennessee’s next senator is as good as elected.
Democrats can win the Senate in 2020 by targeting these 7 seats
By Aristophanes • December 8, 2018
Senate elections tend to favor Republicans, but Democrats can make gains if they focus on the right states.
Would a larger House of Representatives actually help?
By Aristophanes • December 2, 2018
The size of Congress is an international outlier. Maybe that’s not as bad as it seems.
Should I vote in Republican or Democratic primaries?
By Aristophanes • November 12, 2018
Political polarization is asymmetric. For voters like me, that’s a problem.
Politics Chat: Who won the midterms?
By Aristophanes, Hermes and Dolos • November 10, 2018
Democrats captured the House, while Republicans held the Senate. Who had a better night during the 2018 midterm elections?
Phil Bredesen is wrong to support Kavanaugh
By Hermes • October 5, 2018
On Friday, the Democrats’ Senate candidate in Tennessee said he was a “yes” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Politics Chat: Will the Senate confirm Brett Kavanaugh?
By Aristophanes, Hermes and Dolos • October 2, 2018
The crew discusses the latest news in the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Politicians shouldn’t choose our judges
By Aristophanes • September 28, 2018
To depoliticize federal courts, we must first depoliticize the selection of federal judges.
Nike isn’t woke — it’s smart
By Aristophanes • September 8, 2018
The company is shrewdly taking advantage of Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests to boost sales.
Bureaucrats may contain Trump, but only voters can defeat him
By Aristophanes • September 6, 2018
An anonymous op-ed from a senior White House official is indeed “gutless,” but not in the way the president thinks.
President Trump’s beef with Google is his most asinine yet
By Hermes and Aristophanes • August 30, 2018
In criticizing Silicon Valley, Trump is attacking the very technology that fueled his rise.
Green Party voters: cast your protest vote another time
By Hermes • August 19, 2018
A vote for a Green Party candidate in November is as good as a vote for a Republican-controlled Congress.
Presidents shouldn’t have the power to silence media
By Hermes • August 19, 2018
The Fourth Estate is a vital defender of public knowledge — and it’s under attack.
6 takeaways from the 2018 Tennessee primaries
By Hermes • August 3, 2018
Hermes analyzes an exciting election day in Tennessee. Can Democrats pick up a Senate seat or reclaim the governor’s mansion?
We cannot afford another constitutional convention
By Aristophanes • July 29, 2018
Many reformist state legislatures are calling for an Article V constitutional convention — a dangerous notion that might actually come to pass.
Missouri Democrats stage a constitutional coup
By Aristophanes • July 22, 2018
Does the Missouri Constitution allow the governor to appoint a lieutenant governor when the office becomes vacant?