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MISCHIEFS OF FACTION

Reflections on Parties and Their Place in Politics

The most powerful caucus in Congress?

When it was founded eight years ago, few expected the House Freedom Caucus to be as influential in American politics as it turned out to be.

Predicting election "waves"

Things look good for Republicans running for Congress. But it's still too early to say if 2022 will be a GOP "wave" election.

Gauging Trump’s electoral influence

Trump’s endorsements aren't as influential as he claims, but they can matter in some races -- and especially when Republicans think they do.

Who Fled the Center?

Elon Musk is wrong about polarization, but the truth is actually complicated depending on which part of parties you examine.

Trump’s unusual endorsement game

Trump’s atypical approach to endorsing election candidates shows who his endorsements are really for: himself.

The continuing war against Liz Cheney

Why did GOP leaders commit the risky move of endorsing Cheney’s primary challenger? And what does it tell us about the GOP?

When a Party Censures

Julia and Seth argue about Sinema, whether parties should censure, and whether this was the time to do it.

The dysfunctional Senate

A conversation with Daniel Wirls about his recent book "The Senate: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock."

An Early Midterm Forecast

A reasonable guess is that Democrats will lose around 25 House seats in 2022. But there's a lot of uncertainty in that model.

Those Darned Woke Democrats

Thomas Edsall's latest New York Times piece has gotten significant attention this week. He talks to a range of political scientists,...

Is Kevin McCarthy in trouble?

Recent warnings that Kevin McCarthy won't be chosen speaker in a GOP-led House are not credible.