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Midday open thread: Nearly 900 immigrants drowned last week; Hawking’s climate remarks ignored

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Intelligence tests of our times: • 880 immigrants traveling from Libya to Italy drowned last week: It was the worst known tally for a single week in a year. A spokesman for the United Nation Human Commission for Refugees, William Spindler, said some 2 [...]

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — With just one week to go before this state’s primary, supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are starting t [...]

When Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of Congress’s most hard-line immigration lawmakers, became the first sitting U.S. senator to endor [...]

The Great White Dope

Many pundits opine about Donald Trump, but few do so with the special authority of Pat Buchanan. While Trump has several important precursors such as George Wallace and Ross Perot, no other political figure prefigured Trump quite so exactly as Buchanan. As Sulla was to Julius Caesar, as J [...]

If Trump Isn’t a Change Agent

Mitch McConnell is trying to reassure concerned conservatives that their presidential nominee won’t be an apostate. And even as the presidential nominee, Trump won’t redefine the Republican Party, McConnell says. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Trump predicted h [...]

For the bajillionth time in this campaign, Bernie Sanders was asked over the weekend about the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary [...]

The Next Frontier of Climate Change: Climate & Social Justice

Event Summary The Next Frontier of Climate Change is a policy series hosted by the New Republic with partners across the country, examining the public policy opportunities to address climate change and its impacts. On Wednesday, June 1, we will be examining the effects of climate chang [...]

Trump to the Media: Stop Scrutinizing Me!

A press conference called by Donald Trump to discuss his donations to veterans’ groups devolved into a lengthy bout of bickering between the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and members of the press over media treatment of his campaign. While Trump has fought with the pre [...]

Greg Sargent is a little tired of the current conventional wisdom about a Trump-Clinton general election: Democrats should not underestim [...]

Donald Trump insists that his path to winning the White House includes victory in a number of states that have been won by the Democr [...]

Trump: ‘The press should be ashamed’ for asking questions about his veterans’ donations

Donald Trump is on the defensive over his claims of having raised $6 million for veterans’ organizations in January, and a defensive Donald Trump is an angry Donald Trump. Let’s recap: Back in late January, Trump wanted a good pretext for ducking out of a debate moderated by Megyn Kelly,  [...]

Trump will do to national Latino voters what Pete Wilson did to California Latino voters

I’ve been writing this for … oh, about a year now. Suddenly, national Republicans are realizing it.  “I’m hearing the music and that’s taking me back to 1994,” [former George W. Bush administration official Ruben Barrales] said, adding that the decades-old ad offered a “cautionary tale. [...]

Donald Trump tussled with reporters Tuesday amid sharp scrutiny over the delayed distribution of millions of dollars he promised to v [...]

Wooing the Amish

It’s not quite accurate, but close enough, that if I walk out my front door and turn right I’m in Philadelphia’s tony Main Line suburbia and if I turn left I am in Amish country. In truth, I live in a cabin in the woods, and I probably need to drive ten to twelve minute [...]

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 108: Hey, did you know Mitch McConnell has a memoir out?

It’s Tuesday, May 31 and Day 108 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It’s also Day 76 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia’s replacement. Wh [...]

The potential for the 2016 election to widen America’s racial voting chasm even further is nothing new. But Washington Post [...]

Here’s a picture of the dashboard on my Mazda 3: Answer: it points to the side of the car with the gas tank. This has become a stand [...]

On Monday, Donald Trump finally made public an accounting of the $5.6 million in charitable donations to veterans groups he gave  [...]

At least one super PAC that was left hanging after the end of the presidential bid of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will now focus on he [...]

McConnell on Rubio #FLSEN: "We're doing everything we can to encourage him to win." — Rick Klein (@rickklein [...]