Out of the foggy mists of time, Neanderthals emerged this week. With them came the dim outlines of a world far distant from the present: the world of 2012.
Suddenly, it is the era of derp again. Derp was the defining complaint about politics in the early teens of the 21st century. With a relatively prosperous country and both parties nominating well-disciplined candidates who were clearly qualified for the Oval Office, the 24-hour cable news cycle needed to cover something. …
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump presents a series of unusual constitutional questions. There is little argument about the facts of the case: Donald Trump repeatedly tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election and then, on January 6, 2021, egged on a crowd that would later storm the Capitol, terrorize lawmakers, damage historic property, and kill a policeman. Instead, the debate and Trump’s likely defense have pivoted on questions of law. Can a federal official be impeached after leaving office? And were Trump’s actions an impeachable offense? …
On Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump became the first person in American history to be impeached twice. By a vote of 232 to 197, Trump was once again branded with the political mark of Cain by the House of Representatives. Unlike the 2020 impeachment, the 2021 vote did not divide neatly along party lines. In the end, 10 Republicans broke ranks to support removing Trump from office, and another four failed to vote, even by proxy. Trump now faces the prospect of a Senate trial, which will take place after he leaves office on January 20.
The longest, ugliest presidential election in modern American history reached its formal conclusion with a joint session to formally certify the presidential election on January 6. It didn’t end until 3:39 a.m. on January 7, after a mob invaded the Capitol building and delayed proceedings for hours. Here is how one of the strangest and most chaotic days in Washington, D.C. history played out.
The day begins with a “Save America March” and rally held on the Ellipse in front of the White House, featuring President Donald Trump and die-hard supporters once again embracing false claims about the 2020 election…
So this is what it takes to make all the resistance fantasies come true. With 14 days left in his term, there are starting to be real rumblings about the 25th Amendment being invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office. The provision, which allows for the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to declare the chief executive unable to discharge his duties, has been the subject of liberal fantasies since before Trump took office.
Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the presidential election has made the ceremonial counting of electoral votes by Congress on January 6 a consequential event for the first time in modern American history. Is there anything that can happen on Wednesday that would allow Trump to actually remain in office for a second term? Let’s look at the precedents — and what will be unprecedented about January 6, 2021.
Because everything is unbearably dumb.
There have been presidential elections so narrowly decided that they spawned full-scale political crises. There have been presidential elections that have fallen just within…
With weeks to go before Joe Biden enters the Oval Office, speculation is running rampant around whom President Trump will decide to pardon. Trump has several family members and allies under investigation, and the list of names ranges from Jared Kushner to Rudy Giuliani to the president himself. But are there any limitations on Trump’s presidential pardon power, or does he have the ability to bestow Get Out Of Jail Free cards to whomever he chooses?
Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and accept the results of the presidential election has sparked anxiety from many about the state of American politics in 2020. Despite it now being mathematically impossible for Trump to win 270 electoral votes, the incumbent’s insistence that only massive fraud has prevented his reelection has led many to question the stability of American institutions.
But, is there anything Trump can actually do to change the result of the elections, or will his 18 Brumaire simply be an extended tweetstorm and scurrilous litigation?
No. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will be.
It’s that things could…
So much for a “blue wave.” While Joe Biden is still favored to become the next president of the United States, the remarkable pre-election polling errors reached a magnitude not seen since the Chicago Tribune’s infamous “Dewey Beats Truman” headline and left Democrats feeling uneasy on Wednesday.
As the country waits for ballots to be counted in the Rust Belt states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, Democrats reckoned with the fact that they lost House seats and appear to have fallen short of a Senate majority. After all that buildup, Tuesday was not a stinging rebuke of Donald Trump.
With Election Day here, Republicans are feeling more optimistic about the prospects for Donald Trump’s reelection than they have in weeks, thanks to Trump’s improved poll numbers, a strong economic rebound in the third quarter, and mammoth crowds that have turned out for the president’s rallies despite an ongoing pandemic.
Trump has stumped the country in recent days with an amplified version of his long-standing laundry list of grievances, grudges, and resentments. Appearing on stages alongside a video of Biden gaffes and stumbles (punctuated with commentary from Fox News host Sean Hannity), Trump unspools a tale of economic success and…
Ben Jacobs is a politics reporter based in Washington. Follow him on Twitter at @bencjacobs.