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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San Francisco's $20K trash cans

CNN Political Briefing

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

Rep. Fitzpatrick Fears for FBI Agents in Wake of Raid

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., on Sunday said he fears for FBI agents who face threats after bitter criticism by some lawmakers over the raid of former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

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.

Manchin and Schumer’s Astonishing Climate Deal

If passed, the energy provisions of the senators’ new bill would represent the most significant climate action in a generation.

An American Catastrophe

The secret history of the U.S. government’s family-separation policy

A Travel Ban Isn't the Way to Punish Russia

The proposed prohibition on visas to the European Union is morally questionable and reveals that EU sanctions on Putin are falling short.

Alex Jones's Sandy Hook Reckoning

The provocateur is paying a price for harming the families of murdered children.

Trump world takes stock of which Republicans back him against the FBI

Two people close to the former president said they believe he will expedite his decision to run for the White House again.

Republicans 'need to pull back on casting judgment' on FBI after Trump Mar-a-Lago raid: Gov. Hutchinson

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that judgement should not be passed on officers doing their jobs, and should instead be pointed at the leaders at the Department of Justice.

‘Even George Will’

Even one of Trump’s greatest journalistic antagonists isn’t signing up for the FBI raid. 

What Comes After the Search Warrant?

Why August 8 may become a new hinge point in U.S. history

Progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman joins list of Dems who won’t say whether they want Biden to run in 2024

U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., refused to state whether he wants President Biden to run for in 2024, saying that Democrats should instead focus on winning in the House.

Democrats Might Avoid a Midterm Wipeout

White-collar suburban voters will play an outsize role in upcoming elections.

Payback for the Mar-a-Lago Raid Will Be Brutal

What went around Monday will come around hard for the Democrats when Republicans control the Justice Department and FBI.

Una catástrofe estadounidense

La historia secreta de la política de separación familiar del gobierno de los EE. UU.

Retired Gen. Keane Slams Afghanistan Exist Ahead of Anniversary

Monday will mark the one-year anniversary of the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. This invasion eventually led to President Joe Biden ordering the United States to implement a full withdrawal of its military forces in that country.

The U.S. Wants to Close Guantánamo. Could a Saudi Center Provide a Way Out?

The Biden administration is looking for places to safely send cleared Guantánamo detainees who cannot go home.

The U.S. Is Afraid of Losing in Ukraine---or Winning

Russia’s war is forcing a cornered Putin regime to bet on red lines it can’t afford to enforce.

The story behind Trump’s and Fox News’s specious ‘What about Obama’ parallel

Fox News and the Trump team are pointing to former president Barack Obama's library possessing 30 million documents. But the two situations have basically no resemblance for a host of reasons.

The Government's Stealth Health Insurance Takeover

Medicaid and ObamaCare are replacing private coverage.

Michigan plot to breach voting machines points to a national pattern

A state inquiry found evidence of a conspiracy that has echoes elsewhere in the country.

Biden Calls India an 'Indispensable Partner' on 75th Anniversary of Independence

U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated India on 75 years of independence and said the United States and India were "indispensable partners" that would continue to work together to address global challenges in the years ahead.

Condemnations of FBI in wake of Trump seizure worry lawmakers

Many in the GOP have launched broadsides against law enforcement, prompting even some of their colleagues to urge them to tone down the rhetoric.

FBI: Baldwin must have pulled the trigger... probably

‘Stop the Steal’ Is a Metaphor

The scholar Theda Skocpol—renowned for her research on the Tea Party movement a decade ago—explains how American politics has evolved since then.

Poll: More registered voters approve of Mar-a-Lago search than disapprove

The results underscored continued partisan divisions surrounding the former president, even as more respondents supported Trump running for the Oval Office again in 2024 than supported Biden.

Alex Jones ordered to pay $49.3M total over Sandy Hook lies

Attorneys for the family had urged jurors to hand down a financial punishment that would put Infowars out of business.

Academia Shouldn’t Treat Colonialism as an ‘Undiscussable Evil’

Unfortunately, the academic Left won’t allow that.

What could the Mar-a-Lago search mean for Trump legally?

The FBI searched Trump's residence for evidence of violation of the Espionage Act. What is that?

Cuba Faces a Power Vacuum

The revolution is dead, and so are its leaders. Can the nation break free?

How Do You Actually Stop the Steal?

A new bipartisan bill would revise how the presidential vote is certified. But it could come with risky loopholes.

The Kansas Abortion Shocker

The defeat of an anti-abortion ballot measure could buoy Democratic hopes for an outraged electorate this fall.

On the FBI, Mar-a-Lago, Etc.

No man is above the law. Yet police powers can be abused. No end of things to think about . . .

Josh Green Wins Hawaii’s Democratic Primary for Governor

A doctor, he became the public face of the state’s pandemic response.

Stuck in the mud and forced to choose: Sunday reflection

How Frustration Over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.

White House on Trump FBI Raid: 'We Do Not Interfere'

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told ABC that neither the FBI nor Attorney General Merrick Garland informed the White House that the federal investigatory agency would raid former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

Green, Aiona win party nominations in Hawaii’s race for governor

Term limits and a surprise retirement set the stage for Saturday’s intraparty contests.

U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip angers China

Five members of Congress, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), will discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations as well as investments such as semiconductors.

White House drafts memo defending Afghanistan withdrawal

The White House is circulating a memo defending President Biden's widely criticized decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan one year ago.

The Middle Class Won't Escape the New IRS Audit Wave

A CBO analysis belies a White House claim about new funding for federal tax collectors.

Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

Trump hints 2024 run, bashes Jan.6 panel and pushes election lies at CPAC

Trump’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook

The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.

The Radical Fringe That Just Went Mainstream in Arizona

The Republican primary has given us the most antidemocratic slate of candidates in America, but can Democratic normies stop them in November?

Trump’s secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago

The court-authorized search was a remarkable moment for Donald Trump, and a turning point in his relationship with the Justice Department.

Most abortions are done at home. Antiabortion groups are taking aim.

Two top anti-abortion groups have crafted and successfully lobbied for state legislation to ban or further restrict drugs used to terminate pregnancies.

White House touts Biden 'victories' with Inflation Reduction Act despite no Republican support

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield applauded President Biden and Democrats on Sunday for their passage of the Inflation Reduction Act despite no Republican support.

Ron DeSantis to headline campaign event for Trump-endorsed Kari Lake in wake of Mar-a-Lago raid

Ron DeSantis will be the headline speaker at a campaign event for Trump-endorsed candidates in Arizona. His office didn't say whether he will address the Mar-a-Lago raid.

Salman Rushdie and the Decline of Western Civilization

We cannot remain a ‘safe haven for exiled writers’ if we are not a safe haven for ourselves.

Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats have spent nearly eight times as much on abortion-related ads as Republicans have.

Who was al Qaeda leader and key 9/11 architect Ayman al-Zawahiri?

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's death at the hands of a US drone strike brings an end to his "trail of murder and violence against American citizens," President Joe Biden said Monday evening.

FBI bulletin warns of 'dirty bomb' threat, increasing calls for 'civil war' after raid of Mar-a-Lago

A bulletin from the FBI and DHS that was sent to law enforcement agencies is warning of increased threats following the FBI's raid of former President Trump's Florida estate.

0% intro APR until 2024 is 100% insane

Indiana Legislature first to approve abortion bans post Roe

The ban, which takes effect Sept. 12, includes some exceptions.

Presidential Power to Declassify Information, Explained

While it is legally irrelevant, former President Donald J. Trump claims he had declassified the top secret files the F.B.I. seized at his Florida residence.

China Preparing to Move Forces to the Atlantic, Says French Naval Chief

It’s building a fleet of icebreakers for that purpose.

Shapiro to launch ads hitting Mastriano over ties to far-right social media site

Republican Doug Mastriano has come under fire for paying $5,000 for “consulting” services to Gab, the site where Robert Bowers made antisemitic posts before the deadly mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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

‘Good News from the World of Academia’

Government policy has created a college bubble much as it created the housing bubble some 15 years ago. This may be deflating.

Salman Rushdie's Resolve to Stay Normal

Three decades under death threat required uncommon resilience.

Pompeo: China's Xi Detects 'Weakness' in Biden Administration

Speaking to The Washington Times on the United States pulling out of Afghanistan, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that China has grown emboldened, particularly in advancing its Taiwan interests.

Republicans Push to See Affidavit That Justified FBI Raid

Republicans stepped up calls on Sunday for the release of an FBI affidavit showing the justification for its seizure of documents at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home amid reports of heightened threats against federal law enforcement…

Poll: Abbott Holds Steady Lead Over O'Rourke for Texas Governor

A new survey has Texas Gov. Greg Abbott possessing a firm 7-point lead over Democratic Party nominee Beto O'Rourke in the state's gubernatorial race.

The Semiconductor Boondoggle

The Chips+ Act is simply swing-state pork for lackluster tech companies.

A Permitting Lesson for Joe Manchin

He wants to speed up energy projects. Europe, of all places, shows how.

Oregon State House candidate sues massage parlor after alleged groping

Democratic Oregon State House candidate Anthony Medina filed a $450,000 lawsuit against a local massage parlor after a masseuse allegedly touched his genitals.

Politics of the Day

Politics of the Day

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors…

Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned

The lawyer signed a statement in June that all documents marked as classified and held in boxes in storage at Mar-a-Lago had been given back. The search at the former president’s home on Monday turned up more.

More than half of GOP governor nominees have questioned or denied the legitimacy of the 2020 election

The Republican nominee in at least 20 of this year's 36 gubernatorial races is someone who has rejected, declined to affirm, raised doubts about, or tried to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.

Man Dies by Suicide After Ramming Car Into Barricade Near U.S. Capitol

The man exited the car and fired several shots into the air before shooting himself, said the police, who are investigating his motives.

Electric Vehicles, Greenflation, and Competition

There has often been more than a touch of magical thinking running through the way that electric vehicles are talked about.

A Summer Well Spent

As I head off to Brown this fall, I will take the myriad lessons I have learned at NR and put them to good use.

Columnist Joe Concha: Biden in Lead for 'Lie of the Year'

President Joe Biden has moved into the lead to win the "Lie of the Year" award with his claim that the U.S. economy is experiencing zero inflation, Joe Concha wrote in an opinion piece in The Hill.

Shakespeare's Globe presents play about Joan of Arc as nonbinary

What to Watch in Hawaii’s primary elections.

There are competitive races for governor and a House seat in this blue state, where the Democratic primaries are likely to determine who wins in November.

Was Al Franken's endorsement of Liz Cheney a joke?

Abortion Is Literally on the Ballot in Kansas

Tuesday’s statewide referendum will give Democrats an early hint of just how much the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision will motivate their base this fall.

Sen. Rand Paul calls for repeal of the Espionage Act following FBI raid of Trump's Florida estate

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is calling for the repeal of the Espionage Act after the FBI raided the Florida estate of former President Trump.

Bipartisan leaders express dissatisfaction with Afghan withdrawal as one-year anniversary approaches

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that the Biden administration should have handled the Afghanistan military withdrawal differently.

Damning Report on Afghanistan Pullout: WH 'Put Head in Sand'

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on Sunday said an interim report examining the chaotic withdrawal by the United States from Afghanistan showed how the White House and State Department "put their head in the sand" about warnings against the pullout.

The 'progress recession' has been here for decades

One of the sillier arguments you'll read about in the coming weeks and months is over whether the US has technically entered a recession.

Top lawmakers seek intelligence assessment of documents from Mar-a-Lago

Top House investigators want the director of National Intelligence to conduct a damage assessment of the boxes of highly classified information seized by the FBI.

Jill Tokuda Wins a Democratic House Primary in Hawaii

Ms. Tokuda defeated her top rival, Patrick Branco, a first-term state representative, and several others. She is expected to win easily in November.

Kinder, gentler Taliban used gunfire against women protesters to end protest marking anniversary of takeover

Wait... we sent *another* congressional delegation to Taiwan already?

Former police officer gets 7-plus years in prison in Jan. 6 case

Robertson declined to address the court before U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced him to seven years and three months in prison.

Trump Requests Return of Materials Seized in FBI Raid Via Social Media

Former President Donald Trump chastised the FBI Sunday morning for seizing "'executive' privileged material" in its raid of the Mar-a-Lago resort, and subsequently demanded the agency return his materials as soon as possible.

Trump’s Explanation of Document Declassification Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Questioning FBI actions does not require taking everything Trump says at face value.

Trump's message to Garland: "The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?"

‘Oh! Pleasant Exercise of Hope and Joy!’

There is an assumption that there simply can’t be an innocent — or less than completely damning — explanation for anything alleged.

What’s going on with all the missing Jan. 6 texts

Though there are still questions about how the day unfolded, evidence is missing: texts from the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security and Defense Department.

Out: Megaquake. In: Megaflood

Justice Department charges alleged Iranian operative in plot to assassinate Bolton

Shahram Poursafi allegedly conspired between October 2021 and April of this year to kill Bolton, according to a criminal complaint released by the Department of Justice.

Governor Ducey starts building a makeshift border wall in Arizona

Trump ally Rep. Scott Perry blasts Biden DOJ for distracting Americans from CCP influence on Biden family

Rep. Scott Perry on Sunday blasted the Biden DOJ for attempting to "distract" Americans from "actionable intelligence" on the influence of China on the United States.

At least 10 Republican nominees for state elections chief have disputed the legitimacy of the 2020 election

In at least 10 states, the Republican nominee for the job of overseeing future elections is someone who has questioned, rejected or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Clock is ticking for Biden to make key decisions on student loans

With less than three weeks to go until the federal student loan repayment pause expires, millions of borrowers are still in the dark about whether President Joe Biden will extend the current payment moratorium or possibly forgive any of their debts.