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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Fake Trump Elector Now On Track To Take Over Wisconsin Elections Commission

Republican Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) member Robert Spindell, who was one of the fake Trump electors in the MAGA scheme...

What comes after the NRA

The NRA faces critics from all sides, with infighting among its executives and, after the Uvalde, Tex., school shooting, renewed pressure from gun control advocates. And then there are the radical gun groups that say the NRA hasn’t gone far enough.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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

Chiefly Illiterate in San Francisco Schools

The district pulls ‘chief’ from its CFO’s title as a progressive gesture to Native Americans.

Quillette Podcast #189: Progressive Social Panic at Yale and Princeton

Reporter Aaron Sibarium talks to Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay about his recent scoops concerning the campaign against anti-woke Princeton classics professor Joshua Katz, and the unsettling radicalism of student activists at Yale Law School.

Cruz storms off after being asked why mass shootings happen ‘only in America’

The Texas senator, who is among the Republicans vehemently opposed to proposals from Democrats on expanding background checks on gun sales, has called for increased safety in schools and has condemned “political posturing” in the aftermath of the …

The Abortion-Rights Message That Some Activists Hate

A devastating defeat in the Supreme Court could be a boon to the Democrats’ slim midterm hopes—if they can agree on the way to convert progressive anger into votes.

U.S. to Begin Allowing Migrants to Apply for Asylum Under a New System

The rollout of the process for some arrivals at the southwestern border will be small, but could represent the tip of broad changes to the asylum system.

White House says President Biden is not considering 'doing anything' to get rid of the Second Amendment

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that President Biden isn't trying “to get rid of the Second Amendment" after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

The Disgraceful Firing of Joshua T. Katz

Joshua Katz knew it was dangerous to go public with his objections to a Princeton faculty letter, but he did so because his conscience demanded it. For this, he has paid an intolerable price.

Uvalde mom: The feds cuffed me when I begged cops to go in and confront the shooter

Politics of the Day

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House GOP Prospects Improve in Cook Political Report Ratings

The Cook Political Report moves ratings for ten House races in the GOP’s direction and two races toward the Democrats.

Appeals Court Lets Postal Service Punish Sabbath-Observing Letter Carrier

The Civil Rights Act that says there is not an unlimited right to a job that you simply cannot do because of your religion.

Cruz Blames Uvalde Shooting On School Having More Than One Door

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s Morning Memo. Let’s Make Schools Supermax...

Evidence of the Coming Freight Recession

Trucking recessions can be leading indicators for the rest of the economy.

The Trailer: Establishment wins, surging turnout and burning Bushes: Takeaways from this week’s primaries

In this edition: Lessons from all of May's primaries, redistricting madness drags into Memorial Day weekend, and the director of Justice Democrats lays out their new strategy to replace centrists.

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney announces bid for re-election, faces steep opposition from party leadership

Republican Liz Cheney announced her bid for reelection on Thursday, just days before former President Donald Trump is hosting a rally to support her opponent.

Why the Right Went Quiet on Ukrainian Refugees

And what that reveals about attitudes toward Afghan refugees

CNN Political Briefing

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

Remember How ‘the Science’ Dictated Lockdowns?

It turns out the scientific consensus on lockdowns to stop the spread of Covid-19 wasn’t much of a consensus at all.

The Democrats’ Midterm Identity Crisis

Biden’s agenda is stuck. His party hasn’t figured out how to replace it.

Jan. 6 committee eyes witnesses, but Ginni Thomas unlikely to be focus

The committee is not expected to contact the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Justice Dept. Won’t Prosecute Ex-F.B.I. Agents Accused of Mishandling Nassar Case

The decision ends a review the department initiated in October, months after its inspector general issued a scathing report that sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s handling of the case.

What’s the Point of Going to Brett Kavanaugh’s House?

Demonstrators have largely given up on changing the Supreme Court justices’ minds. But they’re still showing up.

US not interested in 'Cold War' with China, plans to increase direct communication: Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is not interested in entering into a "Cold War" with China and vowed to increase communication with Beijing.

Three Cheers for Kemp, Et Al.

History will remember them for doing the right thing in the face of intense pressure.

Bipartisan Senate group starts talking about gun proposals

The talks, to be led by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), began in earnest moments after Senate Republicans blocked a bill aimed at combating domestic terrorism.

My Mother-in-Law Believes Putin on the War in Ukraine

She thinks the invasion is justified. They said so on Russian state TV.

A Federal Budget Warning for Joe Manchin

CBO says revenues are booming, but government spending is rising faster.

Republican push to block Biden admin's asylum rule fails in Senate

A Republican effort to block an asylum rule put forward by the Biden administration failed in the Senate on Thursday -- despite picking up the support of one moderate Democrat.

Grieving father: 'As soon as they heard the gunshots they should have rushed in'

More Public-Transit Failure in D.C.

Given the failures of the D.C. Metro, buying a car to avoid dependence on it is the reasonable thing to do.

WH 'Won't Prejudge' Inquiry Into Police Response to Texas School Shooting

The White House is declining to weigh in on reports that police were slow to respond to the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting — perhaps even keeping parents from running into the building to protect their children.

Indian Democracy Suffers for a Lack of a Competent Opposition

The Congress Party has foundered under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi but seems incapable of letting him go.

Roya Hakakian and How to Speak About What No One Wants to Hear

I.Roya Hakakian is an American writer from Iran who commands a distinctive ability to speak about large and horrific events in a chipper tone that appears to underplay the horrific quality and, by apparently underplaying, ends up subtly underlinin…

5 G.O.P. Candidates for Michigan Governor Are Disqualified Over Forged Signatures

James Craig and Perry Johnson, two of the party’s top contenders, were denied spots on the ballot by a state canvassing board. The party-line decision is expected to draw lawsuits.

Boris Johnson Goes Bernie Sanders

After this week he’ll struggle to explain why anyone should vote Tory.

Incentives and the Migrant Border Surge

Internal documents note how asylum-seekers track White House signals.

Woke Capitalism’s Tragedy of the Commons

Woke capitalism is rational, but it is also unsustainable.

Sec. Blinken's speech on shaping the "strategic environment" around China

Is Moral Expertise Possible? Four Responses

As long as there have been philosophers, there has been thinking about morality.

It's going to be hot with a chance of blackouts

After millions of Americans went without power due to cold, heat, wildfires and hurricanes last year, we wrote here about the need to pay attention to the power grid.

Listen To This: The Unthinkable, Again

A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast is live! This week, Josh and Kate discuss the Texas school shooting...

Trump Still Plans To Appear At NRA Convention Days After Texas School Shooting

Former President Trump announced that he will still appear at the NRA’s convention in Houston on Friday even as backlash...

Is Larry Hogan Living in a Fantasy World?

The Maryland governor is on a crusade to bring back Reaganism when his party’s embrace of Trumpism has never looked stronger.

Delaware state Democrats push for gun restrictions in wake of Uvalde shooting

Democrats in Delaware are looking to revive a push for gun control measures in the wake of the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, including a bill to create a handgun permit that has so far stalled in the legislature.

How Does It End? Fissures Emerge Over What Constitutes Victory in Ukraine

Differing objectives foreshadow a coming debate about what position President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and his Western allies would take if negotiations to end the conflict finally get going.

Biden to visit Uvalde to 'grieve' and demand 'action' on guns, White House says

The White House announced President Biden will visit Uvalde, Texas on Sunday, almost one week after the school shooting that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers.

Brad Raffensperger Gets His Revenge

Brian Kemp beat a Trump-endorsed candidate last night in the state’s primary. Another Republican incumbent’s win was more surprising.

Jordan Demands Jan. 6 Panel Show Him Evidence It Has Collected About Him

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has reportedly told the Jan. 6 Select Committee that he will only comply with its subpoena...

Gun legislation is stalled in Congress. Here's why that won't change anytime soon

Tuesday's shooting at a Texas elementary school, which has left at least 19 children and two adults dead, marked another instance of a uniquely American tragedy.

Domestic Violence Is Not the Result of Patriarchy

Research consistently finds that women in heterosexual relationships tend to perpetrate violence against intimate partners at least as often as men.

Post Politics Now: Biden, first lady will travel to Uvalde on Sunday

President Biden has no public events on his schedule Thursday. He said Wednesday that he will soon travel to Uvalde, Tex., to meet families of the children killed in the mass shooting there.

Lawmakers wary that Turkey is 'playing double game' in NATO, arms negotiations

Congressional lawmakers are increasingly wary Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is 'playing a double game' as he looks to negotiate over NATO security

IG Report: Rebekah Jones' allegations have 'insufficient evidence' or were 'unfounded' (and don't make much sense)

WaPo: Video shows Uvalde parents were begging cops to intervene within 15 minutes of start of shooting

Texas shooting: Reporters demand White House press secretary explain why Biden isn't doing more on gun control

White House reporters pressed Karine Jean-Pierre on why the Biden administration is not doing more to address mass shootings following the Uvalde, Texas tragedy

Conquering a Balkan Blood Feud—in Bovey, Minnesota

An American family descended from Serbian and Croatian immigrants finds a way to overcome old-world hatreds.

How Uvalde’s elected officials have voted on gun laws

The rural Texas town is represented by Democrats and Republicans with a wide range of views on gun laws

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Campaign Spent $183,000 on Security in Early 2022

Ms. Greene, the far-right Georgia Republican, spent more campaign money on personal security in the first quarter of this year than any other candidate, campaign finance filings show.

Venezuela Sanctions Relief Is a Trap for Biden

Maduro wants sanctions relief but has zero interest in free and fair elections.

Harvard Poll: Majority Rejects Kids Choosing Pronouns, But Not Dems

While a majority of registered voters believe children should accept the pronoun of their biological sex - along with a majority saying use of alternative pronouns "confuses kids" - a majority of Democrats say the opposite.

The many ‘red flags’ in recent mass shootings

As the debate over "red flag" laws stirs again, here's a look at the red flags from other mass shootings that could have been targeted.

Teachers Union Leaders to Protest at NRA Convention Friday

Leaders from two of the nation's largest teachers' unions plan to protest at the National Rifle Association's upcoming convention in Houston, reported The New York Times.

Biden finds unity abroad. He's losing it at home

President Joe Biden's crusade against authoritarian leaders abroad is complicated, constantly, by the messiness of his democracy at home.

It’s Official: Michigan GOPers Who Submitted Forged Signatures Are Off The Ballot, For Now

The Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidates who the state found submitted thousands of fraudulent signatures will be kept off of the...

The Jan. 6 Committee Is Weaponizing Majority Rule

If Republican leaders were to participate in this political stunt, it would change the House forever.

Republican Governors Lose Their Dread of Trump

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia just crushed a Trump-backed challenger. Many of his counterparts are also in strong political shape. And some are openly opposing their party’s leader.

Are you ready for Trump/Stefanik 2024?

Undiminished by Decadence

I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.

Common Criticism

One of the dumbest criticisms of Justice Alito’s draft in Dobbs is that he cites Sir Matthew Hale on the common law’s treatment of abortion.

The Real Reason America Doesn’t Have Gun Control

The basic rules of American democracy provide a veto over national policy to a minority of the states.

DPS spokesman: Police 'could've been shot' and decided to 'contain the gunman' with his victims

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.

Virginia Looking Smarter Than New York on Stadium Subsidies

Stadium subsidies are always tempting to politicians.

How Abortion Clinics Are Bracing For The Day Roe Is Overturned

The Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.  That spells a very different future for abortion...

Supreme Court Allows Greenhouse Gas Cost Estimates

Louisiana and other Republican-led states challenged a federal working group’s efforts to develop standards for agencies to use in quantifying the harms caused by emissions.

The 5-Minute Fix: Do gun restrictions work?

Abortion Bans With No Exceptions For Rape Or Incest Were Always Part Of The GOP’s End Game 

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. The author of this post, Lauren...

The Election Denier Who Could Run Michigan’s Elections

Kristina Karamo was an unknown poll worker who claimed the 2020 election was fraudulent. Now she’s the Republican candidate for secretary of state.

How Brian Kemp wrote the GOP playbook for subduing Trump's election fury

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's dominant primary win over David Perdue was part of a resounding rejection Tuesday of 2020 election denialism by the state's Republican voters. But his victory also demonstrates how Kemp has written and executed the playbo…

Biden and Obama step on Uvalde victims to remember George Floyd

Exploiting the Tragedy

It takes an impressive level of narcissism to make something as tragic as a school shooting all about you.

NRA Convention Begins, Trump to Speak Friday

Despite calls for a delay, a move or an outright cancellation of the National Rifle Association convention this weekend in Houston, the show will go on, starting Thursday, with former President Donald Trump vowing to keep his speaking date Friday.

White House Seeks to 'Cut Down' Bureaucracy on Asylum Applications

The Biden administration announced that it would attempt to streamline its asylum application process next week, The Hill reported.

Trump E.P.A. Chief ‘Endangered Public Safety’ by Ordering His Drivers to Speed

An internal report validated whistle-blower allegations that Scott Pruitt repeatedly forced his security detail to drive at dangerous speeds on routine trips because he was running late.

Weekly Roundup

Dear Quilletters, It's nice to see your interest in our Quillette Social in Sydney, taking place in just two weeks. Claire, Scott and I are looking forward to seeing some of you there. And thank you for suggesting other locations for future social…

Devin Nunes to Newsmax: Clinton Lawyer 'Lied to the FBI' About Client

Former Rep. Devin Nunes told Newsmax on Thursday that former Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann lied to the FBI about working on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.

Abbott, Noem, Cruz, Robinson and Trump Remain as NRA Speakers

Greg Abbott, Kristi Noem, Ted Cruz, and former President Donald Trump are all still slated to speak at the NRA convention tomorrow.

Where Things Stand: Destroying Docs In Shady Ways Was Apparently A Fixture Of The Trump WH

We already know a bunch of details about ex-President Trump’s proclivity for ripping papers into tiny shreds after he was...

U.S. Aims to Constrain China by Shaping Its Environment, Blinken Says

The U.S. secretary of state gave a glimpse of President Biden’s classified strategy on China, in which officials have concluded they cannot change Beijing’s behavior.

What the Primaries Reveal About the Future of Trumpism

The movement no longer depends on Trump himself.

Southern Baptists' Moment of Reckoning

A report on sex abuse in the church presents an ugly picture across 300 pages of evidence.

Justice Dept. won’t charge FBI agents accused of botching Nassar case

The FBI agents accused of bungling the probe of sex abuse by former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar will not be charged with a crime, the Justice Department has decided after reviewing additional evidence.

"Incredible transition" update: Get ready for new gas-price records this weekend

Rep. Cheney Starts Reelection Bid; Primary With Trump-Backed Hopeful Looms

The ongoing war of words between former President Donald Trump and Rep. Liz Cheney might soon reach a new strata now that Cheney has formally launched her reelection campaign for a House seat.

O'Rourke to Join Protest Outside NRA Conference in Houston

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, who caused a ruckus when he disrupted a Wednesday press conference by Gov. Greg Abbott on the Uvalde grade school shooting, will make a next appearance on Friday at a rally outside the Nation…

No, Student Loans Aren’t Like a Mortgage

Senator Elizabeth Warren on why she believes that student debt should be canceled, and how to prevent a debt situation like this from happening again

Supreme Court may soon loosen gun laws as nation reels from massacres

While the Supreme Court has been working behind closed doors on its first major Second Amendment opinion in more than a decade, three mass shootings have broken the country, including Tuesday's massacre of 19 schoolchildren in Texas.

Let Not Our Hearts Grow Numb

Democrats should stop their manipulations. Republicans should get serious on guns.

McConnell encourages Cornyn to talk with Democrats to find common ground on gun laws

Sen. Mitch McConnell encouraged Sen. John Cornyn to begin conversations with Democratic lawmakers to see if any common ground can be found on gun laws.

Guns, Abortion, Student Loans and Salience

I favor licensing of gun use and ownership on the model of drivers’ licensing and automobile registration, but I want...

US, Ukraine Discuss Escalation Risks as New Arms Extend Kyiv's Reach

As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, U.S. and diplomatic officials tell Reuters.

Uvalde cops went into the school to get their own kids out?

Texas school shooting: Pence accuses Biden and Democrats of trying to ‘politicize’ tragedy

Former Vice President Mike Pence criticizes President Biden and congressional Democrats for what he argues is their attempt to “politicize" the school shooting this week in Texas.

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Kellyanne Conway to Newsmax: 'Deep Admiration' for Trump 'Won't Change'

Expecting a "very nice complimentary statement" about her new book, former White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Newsmax she was surprised to be the target of former President Donald Trump's ire Thursday morning.

Senators Grasp for a Bipartisan Gun Deal, Facing Long Odds

A group of Republicans and Democrats have begun an urgent set of talks aimed at reaching an elusive compromise on new gun laws. After a decade of failure, can this time be different?

Pacifism and Papal Fallibility

The Pope is a perverse sort of pacifist, not a man of peace.