People who plan to run for elective office and want to know the value of opposition or vulnerability research should ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring. You also may want to...
On the latest Axis of Reason podcast, Ronald Reagan’s OMB Director, David Stockman joins us to talk about his new book, Peak Trump, which examines the serious challenges facing the economy and Washington’s failure to address them.     Buy the book...
The pomp and pageantry of the State of the Union as we currently know it is largely a 20th Century invention. Up until 1947, what we now call the State of the Union Address was officially known as the...
The Democratic Party is riding high. They took the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. They bested President Donald Trump in the most recent round of the shutdown fight. And, judging by Mr. Trump’s poll numbers, 2020 holds...
There remains no easy solution to this mess. The shutdown fight is emblematic of an era of governing in which the affairs of state are in direct conflict with the political forces shaping both parties. Until the politicians find a way to strike a balance between the two, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers going without a paycheck will continue to be caught in the middle.
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin discusses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that President Trump not deliver the State of the Union address in light of the government shutdown with the BBC's Clare McDonnell.
A week into the partial government shutdown, Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin explains what you need to know. READ MORE https://www.roughlyexplained.com/2018/12/the-government-shutdown-fight-explained/
A stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall threatens a partial government shutdown. As of Friday afternoon, there was little optimism that a deal to keep the government open could be struck...
James Mattis, President Trump's Defense Secretary, has resigned his post. A reserved, yet forceful when necessary former Marine Corps General, Mr. Mattis is widely respected and had long managed to stay in Mr. Trump's good graces despite fundamental disagreements...
Republican Mark Harris narrowly defeated his Democratic rival, Dan McCready, by a scant 905 votes in North Carolina's Ninth District Congressional race last month. But, allegations of election fraud have thrown the outcome into question and a new election...
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Bush 41 locomotive, gleaming in its Air Force One style blue and white color scheme, has sparked a lot of curiosity. We asked Dan Gurley, who spends his days toiling in politics and his spare time...
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling it quits and everyone wants to know who could replace her, why is Russia choosing to remain silent in the midterms, and the Kavanaugh fiasco has splintered the Never Trump movement by separating the principled conservatives and metropolitan Republicans. Is the Never Trump movement DOA?
Roughly Explained's Taylor Griffin and the Financial Times' Katrina Manson joined BBC Radio 5 to discuss the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle and rising tensions with China. Oct. 9, 2018
The FBI‘s extended background check into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is complete and the wheels are in motion for a final confirmation vote this weekend. The 46-page confidential report, which...
A chaotic, emotionally-charged week in the bitter partisan fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court took another dramatic on Friday. Jeff Flake, the Senator from Arizona, broke ranks with fellow Republicans to join Democrats' call for a...
As the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick seemed to be headed for easy approval by the full Senate. Now, his nomination has hit rough waters after two...
Let me start by acknowledging my bias. Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most decent people I have ever known. There is nothing in my experience working with him at the White House in the early 2000s or since...
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin joined BBC Radio 5's Rhod Sharp and Democratic Strategist Chris Kofinis to discusses Hurricane Florence, the anonymous anti-Trump NY Times op-ed and President Obama's return to the campaign trail.
The week after Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the midterm election season. The 2018 midterms, like most midterm elections, will be a referendum on the President. But, the current occupant of that office, Donald Trump, cuts an...
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin talks with the BBC's Rhod Sharp about John McCain's legacy, Trump's trade deal with Mexico and the Manafort and Cohen cases.
Today's special election in OH-12 will be the last time voters will go to the polls in a Congressional election before the crucial midterm elections this fall. With its mix of Democratic-leaning suburbia and rural working-class communities, Ohio’s 12th...
A politician knows he is in trouble when he turns around that there is no one behind him. President Trump, after his post-meeting press conference with Vladimir Putin, has no one watching his back. The President expected to be...
In his first proper State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump set out to strike a more unifying tone. And in this, he was reasonably successful. But, one speech will not erase the depth of the country's political...
The disinformation business is booming. Last year’s main product line, breathless speculation that Donald Trump was the instrument of Vladimir Putin’s conquest of the United States has given way to absurd conspiracies about the FBI and secret societies and...
An impasse over immigration threatens the first government shutdown in four years. If the Senate doesn’t vote to pass a temporary bill to fund the government by midnight tonight, the federal government will be forced to close its doors. Increasingly,...
Michael Wolff's new book on President Donald Trump is either an abject work of fiction or among the scariest documents in recent memory. Recent developments argue for the latter. The story it tells, of a chaotic White House occupied by...
The Republicans are finally at the finish line of a massive tax cut bill, the first major legislative accomplishment of Donald Trump’s Presidency and the biggest overhaul of the tax code in three decades. But, tax policy is mindbogglingly...
In a stunning nail-biter, Democratic Senate Candidate Doug Jones managed to prevail in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, a state that hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in decades. Democrats were thrilled by the victory. The defeat...
Looking at Monday’s polls of the Alabama Senate race, Republican Roy Moore is either up 9 points, according to Emerson College, or Democrat Doug Jones is up 10, according to Fox News. Both Fox and Emerson produce reputable polls...
This story was updated on Dec. 21, 2017 to reflect the Justice Department's renewed interest in the Uranium One deal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving a probe into Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2010 approval of a deal that...

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