national-politics

COMMENTARY

What’s behind McConnell’s support for coal miners’ pension bailout? Political self-preservation, most likely | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - November 27, 2019

The Senate's top Republican is up for re-election in 2020 and faces a stiff Democratic challenge.

When a state attorney general picks a national fight: What’s the end game? | Analysis

BY: - November 12, 2019

Attorneys general are stepping up, particularly on consumer issues where the federal government has largely stepped away.

COMMENTARY

Ag Secretary Perdue to small farmers: Stop whining, your demise is inevitable | Opinion

BY: - October 4, 2019

The Trump White House's contempt for rural Americans, who helped them win the White House in 2016, could not be more on display.

COMMENTARY

If Trump is so concerned about Baltimore, there’s much he can do to fix it himself | Opinion

BY: - August 27, 2019

Trump's Charm City critique missed some of Baltimore's most pressing problems. And the White House, not Congress, can fix them.

COMMENTARY

On impeachment: Will Democrats put country over party? | Dick Polman

BY: - April 29, 2019

It's pretty clear we can't count on Republicans to do the right thing. Democrats need to step up.

COMMENTARY

This is Trump’s big, new lie | Dick Polman

BY: - April 1, 2019

Yeah, some exoneration.

COMMENTARY

Trump’s Title X gag rule is an attack on the most vulnerable | Opinion

BY: - February 26, 2019

The irony of taking away family planning services in the name of reducing abortion is startling.

COMMENTARY

One nation under who? New poll paints perilous picture for American pluralism | John L. Micek

BY: - February 22, 2019

America has a bunch of foundational myths — George Washington and his famed cherry tree; the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just work hard enough; and the stubborn belief that our occasionally sputtering constitutional republic is still more exceptional than any other nation on Earth. They’re core to our conception of ourselves […]

Stronger together, Pa.’s ‘Fab Four’ women lawmakers make their mark on Capitol Hill

BY: - February 22, 2019

For the first time since 2015, women are representing Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill - and they're making their presence felt.

COMMENTARY

Can Congress or the courts reverse Trump’s national emergency? | Analysis

BY: - February 17, 2019

Relying on the Constitution as a basis for emergency power is controversial, and less likely to stand up to meaningful congressional or judicial review.