Political Science

Is Roy Moore Losing?

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. (Coming to you early this week thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday.) Today’s theme song: “Walk …

Elections

Out of 42 top economists, only 1 believes the GOP tax bills would help the economy

But all of them think it will increase the debt.<p>The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business runs an ongoing survey of top economists spanning a wide number of specialties and political outlooks. The panel includes multiple Nobel Prize winners, White House veterans, and former presidents of …

Politics

Sexual-harassment scandals imperil Democrats more than Republicans

WHEN asked how he went broke, Mike Campbell, a drunken lout in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”, replies, “Two ways...Gradually and then …

Economics

How The GOP Tax Plan Actually Affects Your Wallet

A massive debate is playing out over legislation that affects the lives of every American: taxes. But are the changes under consideration actually …

Retirement

Contract Scandal May Say More About Puerto Rico Utility Than Trump

The executive director of Puerto Rico’s public electric utility stepped down Friday in the wake of a contract scandal that connected the embattled …

U.S. Politics

South Africa in the top ten most dangerous countries in Africa for personal safety

Image Credits: pixabay.com<p>The latest <b>Ibrahim Index of African Governance</b> (IIAG) paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to personal safety in South …

Africa

Don’t Mention Trump On Thanksgiving

President Trump has proven to be a lightning rod the likes of which the world has never seen. He has consolidated the nation’s political conversation …

U.S. Politics

Robert Mugabe, who bragged he would rule until death (and perhaps beyond) has resigned

SUDDENLY the dictator was no more. As Zimbabwe’s parliament began impeachment proceedings against Robert Mugabe, who had stubbornly refused to step …

Africa

Rebecca Traister and Ross Douthat Debate the Post-Weinstein Moment’s Lessons

<i>A conversation about liberal versus conservative pigs, structural ways to address sexual harassment, the legacy of the sexual revolution, and why</i> …

Feminism

Trump Finally Addresses Roy Moore Controversy, and It's Sparking a Firestorm

President Donald Trump offered supportive words Tuesday for embattled Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday.<p>Asked about the allegations …

Donald Trump

Significant Digits For Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

<i>You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news.</i><p>29 percent<p>That’s the percentage of New Jersey Democrats who …

Bob Menendez

The Values That ‘Values Voters’ Care About Most Are Policies, Not Character Traits

Roy Moore has been abandoned by Republican leadership in Congress, the Republican National Committee and even some national evangelical leaders. But …

U.S. Politics

Trump’s recklessness is magnifying the military’s political power — and independence

“The military is restraining the civilian leadership rather than the other way around.”<p>“This should calm some nerves,” wrote Peter Daou, the former Hillary Clinton staffer and founder of Verrit. Daou was referring to a CNN report in which Gen. John Hyten, head of the US Strategic Command, warned …

Politics

Here’s why the Trump administration may actually want Congress to pass a new authorization for military force

Last week, in honor of Veterans Day, the Monkey Cage ran several military-themed posts, including a survey of how those in uniform view President Trump, research on how many veterans serve in Congress (and why that matters), and the current standing (and ongoing expansion) of the 2001 Authorization …

U.S. Politics

Politics Podcast: Alabama Is Tied

The Alabama special Senate election is a dead heat, after more women accused Republican candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. The FiveThirtyEight …

U.S. Politics

Why Menendez Is Still A Favorite In New Jersey’s Senate Race

One of the biggest wild cards in the 2018 battle for the U.S. Senate may not be so wild after all. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal …

Elections

An unexpected result moves Chile into uncharted political territory

“WE’RE content,” declared Sebastián Piñera, after the results of the first round of Chile’s national elections were reported on November 19th. Few …

Latin America

What Trump won't tweet: 4 reasons for a free press

<b>(CNN) —</b> You're not going to read this in a tweet from President Donald Trump; but it can be said in a Twitter-length post: The free press is not an optional part of our democracy, it is an integral part of it. Without it, our political system can never be its best.<p>Yet clearly, the tensions between …

Opinion

Personal Statements

When I’m writing a letter of recommendation for an undergraduate applying for graduate school (one of the many parts of my job for which I have …

Medicine

Handwriting Analysis Can’t Exonerate Roy Moore

In an attempt to disprove one of several sexual misconduct allegations against him, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has turned to a dubious …

U.S. Politics

‘Justice League’ is a stupid, plodding CGI spectacle

Gal Gadot (from left), Ray Fisher, Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller in "Justice League"<p>“Technology is like any other power,” Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman says …

Gal Gadot

Progressivism, Trump-Russia, and Transnational Kleptocracy

By Bin im Garten (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s commonplace to remark on the irony that right-wing nationalism has gone …

Fascism

Vox Media workers seeking to join union

Vox Media, one of the editorially strongest of digital news newcomers, is confronting a new and similar reality to their print and broadcast …

Ezra Klein

If The GOP Wants A More Popular Tax Plan, Minor Tweaks Won’t Be Enough

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today’s theme song: “You Can Count on Me” from the television show “My Two Dads.”<p>Poll of the week<p>…

U.S. Politics

The Moore Allegations Haven’t Changed How People See Trump

Does Roy Moore still have a chance in the Alabama Senate race? Some recent polls show him flagging, but an average shows the race to be tight. Watch …

U.S. Politics

Climate Science Isn’t Being Silenced Everywhere In Washington

<i>As Trump tweets, government acts. Welcome to Meanwhile, our recurring look at what federal agencies are up to and how their work affects people’s</i> …

U.S. Politics

Democrats Missed A Chance To Draw A Line In The Sand On Sexual Misconduct

At about 11:15 this morning, an hour or so after Leeann Tweeden published an allegation that Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota had groped and …

Politics

Trump tweeted about that Al Franken photo and it didn't go well

People in glass houses, huh?<p>President Donald Trump came under fire for a tweet slamming Sen. Al Franken, who's facing allegations of sexual …

Donald Trump

Al Franken should be investigated, and he should be held accountable

And so should Donald Trump.<p>The allegation that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped a woman with whom he was performing a comedy skit is serious, and should be taken seriously. It has also kicked off an energetic round of but-your-side-does-it-too on Twitter, where conservatives exhausted by the Roy …

Politics

If The GOP Kills The Health Insurance Mandate, We May Finally Find Out If It Works

Insurers want it, but Republicans want it gone. A Supreme Court case over it nearly brought down the Affordable Care Act. And now the individual …

Health Care