Smash The Bubble

Reality is a social construct. Today we have two divergent, almost contradictory realities in America, and the country is roughly evenly split between them.

This is because we tend to get trapped in a filter bubble where we simply don't see the news that the other half is focused on. We consume our news only from partisan outlets that echo and re-affirm our worldview.

The result is that each half of the population believes that the other half is crazy/stupid/intolerant. This is unhealthy, even dangerous.

This site is an attempt to intermingle daily news stories from both sides of the aisle so you can see what the other half of the country is seeing.

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‘We Used to Be Called Moderate. We Are Not Moderate.’

The GOP’s self-proclaimed “pragmatists” could soon have the most power in Congress—if they choose to use it.

Margins of Error

Look closely at almost anything and you'll find data—lots of it. But what are those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? Harry Enten is on a mission to find out.

Sen. Markwayne Mullin to Newsmax: Energy Policy Should Belong to States, Not DC

Energy policy should be taken "out of the hands of Washington, D.C.," Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., told Newsmax on Monday.

Trump Files $49M Lawsuit Against Woodward for Selling Tapes Without Consent

Former President Donald Trump has filed a $49 million lawsuit against journalist Bob Woodward, along with book publisher Simon & Schuster, for allegedly selling unapproved audio tapes of Trump interviews.

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One Small Step for Social Security

Capping the maximum benefit is a promising step toward solvency.

How Kyrsten Sinema's decision makes Democrats' 2024 Senate map tighter

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema decided to shake up the political world on Friday by becoming an independent. The former Democrat is still caucusing with the party in the Senate, so the Democratic caucus still has 51 members. Now, instead of 49 Democr…

Meet the woman steering Biden's bipartisan winning streak on Capitol Hill

The Biden administration managed to rack up a long list of major legislative wins in its first two years despite facing one of the most closely-divided Congresses in history. From bipartisan action on infrastructure, gun safety and same-sex marria…

South Carolina Attorney General Wilson asks court to reconsider abortion ruling

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the court to reconsider its ruling striking down the six-week abortion ban. Wilson filed a rehearing request with the Supreme Court.

Republicans’ 2024 Magical Thinking

Lots of Republicans want Donald Trump to disappear from politics. Their main strategy is hope.

Speaker McCarthy Defies Media Predictions of Weakness

As has so often been the case in recent media political forecasting, new Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is proving predictions of weakness and failure in his leading the small House majority to be off the mark.

Grand jury said to evaluate Trump role in hush money paid to adult-film star

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has convened a new grand jury to probe the payment to Stormy Daniels, part of a long-running probe that had previously seemed dormant for many months, people with knowledge of the investigation confirmed.

Abortion Pills Will Be the Next Battle in the 2024 Election

The fight over nationwide abortion rights is only just beginning.

Massachusetts Gov. Healey unveils $85M state housing plan

Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey unveiled Monday a $282 million supplemental spending plan that includes $85 million for emergency assistance, including housing.

Justice Dept. Drops Investigation of Retired U.S. General

John R. Allen, a retired four-star Marine general who was the president of the Brookings Institution, had been accused of secretly lobbying for the government of Qatar.

How Biden Officials Bungled a Better Vaccine

They boosted mRNA tech at the expense of J&J’s shot, which provides more durable immunity.

This Philip Bump column about Rep. Omar proves nothing

For Gabby Giffords, Progress on Gun Safety Is ‘Inch by Inch’

A 2011 mass shooting left Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic congresswoman, partly paralyzed and unable to speak fluently. She has since built a powerful advocacy group.

Alzheimer’s Association Terminates Partnership with Assisted-Suicide Advocacy Group

Alzheimer’s disease runs in my family. My mother and uncle both died of from it, so I have intimately witnessed the worst that the disease…

California's plan to power EVs has one glaring shortcoming

RNC's McDaniel to Newsmax: Will Work With Dhillon to Improve Party

Ronna McDaniel beat back an effort by lawyer Harmeet Dhillon to win an unprecedented fourth straight term as chair of the Republican National Committee and told Newsmax on Monday night she is looking forward to working with Dhillon to make the par…

Milwaukee’s Own Nothing-Else-Is-Open Dining Option

Waffle House is certainly great, but southeastern Wisconsin will do just fine so long as it still has George Webb.

What Memphis Got Right After the Death of Tyre Nichols

Weeks after Tyre Nichols was brutalized by Memphis police officers, city law enforcement officials are being hailed for their unusually rapid investigation and transparency compared to similar cases in other US cities.

Rep. Matt Gaetz to Newsmax: Left Can't Tolerate Opposing Views

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told "Prime News" on Monday that DirecTV dropped Newsmax because some people simply can't tolerate opposing views.

150-year-old Baltimore tunnel will get $4 billion federal boost

President Biden’s Baltimore visit came as the administration is beginning to distribute billions of federal dollars to upgrade aging infrastructure.

Democrats worry Kamala Harris won't cut it as the future of the party (including Sen. Warren)

Why Kevin McCarthy Can’t Lose George Santos

The Republican Party in Santos’s Long Island district wants him out. The speaker has other ideas.

Report: Biden Admin Expanding Obamacare Contraception Coverage

The administration of President Joe Biden is expanding contraception coverage under Obamacare by removing the "moral exemptions" enacted during the term of former President Donald Trump, The Hill reported Monday.

What Winning Did to the Anti-abortion Movement

As protesters prepare for this year’s March for Life, a current of uncertainty ripples beneath the surface.

SIZE MATTERS: Biden challenges McCarthy: 'Show me your budget and I’ll show you mine'

President Biden challenged House Speaker Kevin McCarthy over his position on the federal debt ceiling, saying, "Show me your budget and I'll show you mine."

Tyre Nichols’s Parents to Attend State of the Union Address

“It’s important for them to be here in the gallery that night to listen to the president,” said the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who invited them.

Wall St. Is Counting on a Debt Limit Trick That Could Entail Trouble

If the debt limit is breached, investors expect Treasury to put bond payments first. It’d be politically and practically fraught.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is having a rough time squaring trans ideology with reality

Tim Scott, Cory Booker still hoping for bipartisan police reform despite slim prospects

Sens. Tim Scott and Cory Booker remain committed to negotiating for police reform following the death of Tyre Nichols, but hopes of a bill approved in both chambers are slim.

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The State Tax-Cut Movement

By year-end, about half of the states will have cut rates on income within three years.

Trump, South Carolina, and GOP Opinion

Columbia, South Carolina - Former President Donald Trump did something unusual here in South Carolina Saturday night. He held a small event, or at least a relatively small event. Trump is known for holding massive rallies, with 8,000, 10,000, 15,0…

ChatGPT and the Future of the Professions

Professionals must learn to work with the machines or they will be replaced by them.

Biden to end covid national emergencies in May

The move will restructure the federal government’s response to the pandemic nearly three years after the virus first arrived in the United States.

The fine print of the Respect for Marriage Act

Let's start with the positive: Republicans and Democrats are coming together to protect same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court.

Blinken Meets Netanyahu at Turbulent Moment for Israel

The secretary of state and the Israeli leader had a ‘candid’ conversation amid deepening rifts over the Palestinians, Ukraine and a rightward shift by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

U.S. Plans to End Public Health Emergency for Covid in May

The end of the emergency, planned for May 11, will bring about a complex set of policy changes and signals a new chapter in the government’s pandemic response.

Trump’s opening volley at DeSantis doesn’t make much sense

Trump is criticizing the Florida governor for closing down his state during the pandemic, though it pursued an ambitious reopening — and earned his praise at the time.

Boring Art, Impotent Politics

Mixing aesthetics and activism does a disservice to both.

What Progressive Educators Get Wrong About Creativity

Originality requires both knowledge and technical mastery.

Sarah Palin to Newsmax: DirecTV's Baffling Removal of Newsmax 'Blatant Censorship'

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, has no doubts that DirecTV's purging of Newsmax from its channel lineup aligns with the left's long-term strategy of silencing conservative voices within the media landscape.

North Dakota bill would mandate schools show video on fetal development

A North Dakota bill would require public schools to screen videos on fetal development as part of the state's K-12 life science curriculum.

Post Politics Now: Biden highlights need for major rail tunnel replacement in Baltimore visit

The replacement of a 150-year-old rail tunnel is one of two projects the president is touting this week as benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure law.

The Educational Ship Comes to a Shuddering Halt

School closings put strain on families and students alike.

Everything you need to know about Biden's student loan forgiveness program

President Joe Biden's federal student loan forgiveness program, which promises to deliver up to $20,000 of debt relief for millions of borrowers, is on hold indefinitely as legal challenges work their way through the courts.

CNN Political Briefing

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

The Mahomes Dash

A comparison after last night’s Chiefs–Bengals game.

Speaker McCarthy 'Very Concerned' About Newsmax Drop, Warns AT&T

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that he finds the deplatforming of Newsmax "very concerning" and promised that Congress would hold into hearings about the matter soon.Appearing on Newsmax's Spicer & Co., the Speaker told hosts Sean Spicer an…

American Religion Is Not Dead Yet

Participation in traditional houses of worship is in decline, but innovation and growth are happening elsewhere.

The Sad Lessons of Memphis

The film does not lie. What happened to a young black man in Memphis, pulled over for reckless driving - an arrest with no evidence, pepper sprayed until he fled, run down, then brutally beaten by five black police officers - leading to his death …

Congressman Sends Inert Grenades to Colleagues at House Offices

Representative Cory Mills, a Florida Republican, gave the grenades as gifts to colleagues in the House, drawing mixed reactions from fellow freshmen.

Rep. Mike Johnson to Newsmax: US Needs to 'Prepare for the Worst' With China

The United States needs to "prepare for the worst" with China if it decides to invade Taiwan, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., told Newsmax on Monday.

West Point continues to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite rule's lift by Pentagon: report

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point continues to impose COVID-19 mandates regarding unvaccinated students not being able to travel.

Every Gender Identity Is ‘Authentic’—Until It Isn’t

Faddish forms of self-identification often reflect subjective feelings that shift over time. Let’s stop treating them as sacred truths.

Migrants refuse to leave NYC hotel for relocation to Brooklyn

A retrospective on the right’s Paul Pelosi conspiracy theories

Newly-released footage should quash speculation about the assault. But the Pelosi episode shows how many on the right are all too easer to spread innuendo and debunked claims.

Trump Fires at Only 2024 GOP Rival He Cares About

Ex-President Donald Trump's bid to keep Ron DeSantis out of the 2024 White House race reveals as much about his own mindset and the challenges his campaign faces as it does about Florida's fast-rising Republican governor.

Biden Visits Decrepit Rail Tunnel to Promote $1 Trillion Infrastructure Law

President Biden is focused on selling his legislative accomplishments after the new House Republican majority had vowed to block his agenda for the remainder of his term.

Matt Schlapp to Newsmax: McCarthy's Speakership Could Last

Political activist and lobbyist Matt Schlapp praised on Newsmax that in his bid for House speaker, Kevin McCarthy's agreement to concessions from members of the House Freedom Caucus was politically savvy and strengthened his position.

Biden poll numbers are more abysmal than you think

Wind Turbines: Not Up to the Job, Literally

The problems with wind turbines range from malfunction to collapse.

Justice for Mark Houck

A pro-life father is acquitted on charges that he interfered with abortion access.

Democrats: Kamala Harris’s Tenure Is ‘Underwhelming,’ ‘Marked by Struggles’

Two years into Biden’s presidency, Democrats are now willing to admit that the vice president has been ‘underwhelming’ in her role.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

JWST finds the building blocks of life in deep space

What Was the Mayor of Cincinnati Thinking?

Aftab Pureval’s bizarre pregame insult of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes probably didn’t end the Bengals’ Super Bowl chances. But it was stupid regardless.

Child Welfare and the Cash Panacea

Poverty is not the cause of abuse and neglect.

The crimes Trump could be charged with in Fulton County, Georgia

District Attorney Fani Willis says charging decisions are "imminent." Here's what could be on the table for Trump — or his allies.

'I will veto everything they send me.'

Does the President know that legislation has to pass the House to become law?

Speaker in Name Only

Kevin McCarthy finally has the job he always wanted. What did he sacrifice to get it?

Cuba Takes Aim at Peru

The goal is to replace democratic capitalism with authoritarian socialism.

Florida taking the first steps to become 26th constitutional carry state

The Logic Behind Biden’s Refusal to Negotiate the Debt Ceiling

The president’s current posture on the issue has a history.

72% Say Biden's Handling of Classified Docs a Scandal

A new poll shows that almost three-quarters of voters regard President Biden's handling of classified records to be a scandal. That includes a majority of Democrats.

The notable legal clouds that continue to hang over Donald Trump

All eyes are on former President Donald Trump, who has launched another White House bid.

On the Turntable

For music lovers, vinyl brings many joys.

Between Objectivity and ‘Moral Clarity’

Journalists shouldn’t choose between neutrality (usually feigned) and certitude (usually priggish).

South Dakota GOP advances Medicaid work requirement bill

A bill that would require Medicaid recipients to work has passed the South Dakota House's Republican-dominated State Affairs Committee.

Go figure. American weapons are showing up in Kashmir

Top Arizona election official seeks campaign-violation probe of Kari Lake

Secretary of State Adrian Fontes has asked Attorney General Kris Mayes to investigate potential campaign violations involving the disclosure of voter signatures.

Tyre Nichols’s parents, Monterey Park hero to attend State of the Union

RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, the parents of Tyre Nichols, and Brandon Tsay, who disarmed a mass shooter, have been invited to attend President Biden’s State of the Union address next month.

What Will Political Arsonist Matt Gaetz Do w/New Powers?

The night before the start of a humiliating and historic five-day floor fight in Rep. Kevin McCarthy's quest to become speaker, Rep. Matt Gaetz, McCarthy's chief tormentor, handed him a list of demands from a hard-right faction ensuring that if Mc…

IMF Upgrades Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Eases

The International Monetary Fund said the world economy was poised for a rebound as inflation eases.

California Loses on Medical Censorship

A federal judge blocks a law that punishes doctors for ‘misinformation.’

28 Percent Seems Kind of Low

An NBC News poll has a remarkable find.

Beijing in Retreat

A plunging birthrate, deepening socioeconomic divisions, and the chaos produced by China’s failed Zero-COVID policy prove that Xi Jinping and the Party do not have the measure of the nation.

The Eyes of Another

Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, ‘Crime and Punishment,’ offers a radical reinterpretation of guilt and redemption.

The political targeting of Ilhan Omar is inextricable from her religion

Omar faces potential ouster from the House Foreign Relations Committee, a punishment that is inextricable from her religion.

The Crypto Token Economy Is Second-Order Fraud

The entire industry is artifice built atop artifice.

Nothing Is Working for Kevin McCarthy

The deadline for the Republican leader to cut a deal or quit the speaker’s race is fast approaching.

Tyre Nichols's Death Raises Questions About Race and Policing

The Memphis officers almost certainly would have behaved differently had Nichols been white.

Biden tells Congress he'll end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

President Biden said Monday that his administration will end twin emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic on May 11, more than three years after they were enacted.

A Better Future for ALS Patients

Promising new drugs are in the pipeline, but the disease evades a cure.

Kennan vs. Talbot

The Cold War–era diplomat’s letters to Bill Clinton’s deputy secretary of state were prescient on matters involving NATO, Ukraine, and Russia.

Sen. Tim Scott: Democrats Responsible for Lack of Police Reform

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., criticized Democrats for blocking his 2020 police reform bill while also calling for widespread changes to law enforcement.

The U.S. Consumer Is Starting to Freak Out

The flush savings accounts and cheap credit that helped keep Americans spending at high rates since 2020 are disappearing, while inflation remains elevated.

Some Dems Worried About Harris' Political Prospects

In interviews, more than a dozen Democratic leaders and activists expressed misgivings about Kamala Harris at the top of the Democratic Party.

The House GOP's Investigations: A Field Guide

From the Justice Department to Hunter Biden to the coronavirus, the Republican majority is casting a wide net. It all begins this week.

Pro-lifers have a "fetal fetish"

The Second Battle of the Alamo

San Antonio votes to permit eminent domain against a bar owner.

Burn Bags and Tracking Numbers: How the White House Handles Classified Files

Officials who have worked with Democratic and Republican presidents describe an elaborate system for classified documents but a more casual one for everyday records.

Biden’s Blue-Collar Bet

The president hopes to cut many ribbons throughout the next two years.

Don’t Use the W-Word

Trumpeting your wokeness—or anti-wokeness—won’t do anything to fix society’s problems.

Mississippi senators push bill to specify lawmakers must meet in public

Mississippi senators are pushing a bill that specifies that lawmakers must meet in public, prohibiting closed-door meetings. These meetings discuss legislative strategy and policy.

New Mexico governor's top regulatory recruit recuses self from energy merger

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Patrick O'Connell voluntarily recused himself from decisions on a major energy merger over past conflicts of interest.