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It’s the only way a Congress — and, for that matter, a president — will be able to get anything done

Mitch McConnell speaking into a mic.
Mitch McConnell speaking into a mic.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (L) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) following the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 16, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There may be a way to make meaningful progress in this declining empire, but one thing stands in our way: the filibuster. Finally, Democrats are talking about doing away with it in order to advance legislation — and Mitch McConnell, known to legislate (and occasionally pose in pictures) like a Jim Crow throwback, is caught up in his feelings over the prospect.

“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues,” McConnell declared on the Senate floor earlier this month.“Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin — can even begin to imagine — what a completely…


Republicans want us to look past this moment because they’re responsible for it. Democrats want us to so they can get on with their agenda

President Joe Biden speaks during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021
President Joe Biden speaks during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021
Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/Getty Images

My oldest brother Tim was a relentless competitor in nearly everything he did. When his stint as a high school basketball player didn’t translate into a career in the sport, his drive to win materialized in every other facet of his life. He had the flyest white Cadillac, the most hip record collection, and the most beautiful girlfriends in the neighborhood. What self-respecting Black man compares his cooking to his mother’s to her face? Timothy K. Woods, that’s who. And years later, when he returned to the church, he was his congregation’s greatest servant, helping people every day across the…


Republicans and Bill Clinton aren’t going to inspire anyone — for that, we need folks like AOC and Stacey Abrams to get more screen time

Photo: Bryan Snyder/Getty Images

As far as Covid-era levels of TV production go, the first two days of the 2020 Democratic National Convention have been the political equivalent of the BET Awards.

In a year that got exhausting long before the presidential election, there’s a real effort not to bore an audience — which explains the Billy Porter performance on night one — even when there’s no physical audience. It couldn’t have been easy to reimagine a modern tradition so completely, let alone so abruptly, so I can’t totally bash the event, but for all intents and purposes, it’s been… fine.

The less-is-more approach…

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