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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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.


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Politicians shouldn’t choose our judges

By Aristophanes  •  September 28, 2018

To depoliticize federal courts, we must first depoliticize the selection of federal judges.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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?