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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Today's Headlines

The Courage of Jan. 6 Witness Cassidy Hutchinson

She showed more guts than any of Trump’s men. Her testimony strengthens the case for prosecution.

The Democrats’ New Spokesman in the Culture Wars

The left desperately needs someone to stand up to Republicans’ rights rollback. Is Gavin Newsom up to the task?

Democrat congresswoman among 180 arrested during D.C. abortion ruling protest

Reminder: There’s An Easy Way to Avoid Constantly Litigating Details of January 6

Don’t nominate Donald Trump.

Poll: Nearly 3 in 10 Americans May Take Up Arms Against Government Someday

A recent online poll conducted by Republican pollsters Neil Newhouse and Joel Benenson via the University of Chicago Institute of Politics reveals an ever-expanding divisiveness among voters who identify as Republicans, Democrats and independents.…

Abortion Benefits Won’t Protect Corporations from Woke Wrath

The Left can see past these corporations’ woke PR, and it will not forgive.

Rep. Greg Murphy to Newsmax: National Guard Vaccine Requirement 'Cutting Our Nose Off'

Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., told Newsmax Friday that acting against about 40,000 National Guard members not vaccinated against COVID-19 in line with President Joe Biden's mandate is "cutting our nose off to spite our face."

A Needless and Mistaken Attack on Lochner v. New York

The 14th Amendment ought to protect people against special-interest legislation (as was the case in Lochner) that deprives them of basic freedoms.

Michigan GOPers Introduce Ban On Nonexistent School Drag Shows That They Admit Don’t Exist

When Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) accused Republicans of manufacturing “fake issues,” several Republicans apparently took that as serious...

We Need to Do Hard Things

We’ve lost the ability to navigate our inner worlds, to sit with or navigate anything uncomfortable. We avoid, push away, or lash out because we don’t know how to handle discomfort.

Democracy advocates raise alarm after Supreme Court takes election case

The decision to consider “independent legislature theory” concerned voting rights advocates who say state lawmakers could twist the rules to favor their party.

Trump and the SUV

How do you grab the steering wheel from the back seat of a presumably quite large SUV?

Bernie Sanders calls out potential 2024 presidential rival Buttigieg over flight cancellations, delays

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is furthering his calls for Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg to take action to address flight delays and cancellations, as well as high costs.

Warp Speed: Inside the Operation that Beat COVID—A Review

While the overall U.S. response to the pandemic was tragically deficient, we can learn a lot from the public-private partnership that sped vaccine development.

What the Supreme Court's new gun rights ruling means

Justice Clarence Thomas opened the floodgates for all sorts of gun safety laws to be challenged in federal court.

I Got Thrown Off Etsy and PayPal for Expressing My Belief in Biological Reality

Apparently, selling mugs and shirts that glorify violence against ‘TERFs’ is just fine. But ‘I 💜 J.K. Rowling‘? That‘s hate speech.

Listen To This: The Committee And The Court

A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast is live! This week, Josh and Kate discuss the latest Jan. 6...

Newsom's hair of the dog: $17B in stimulus to tame inflation

The Emptiness of Constructivist Teaching

In teaching students that all knowledge is constructed through their own interactions, we fail to give them satisfying answers about the world and its meaning.

GOP Spanish-language Ad Targets Four Vulnerable Dems

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unveiled a Spanish-language ad in four battleground states Friday, targeting Senate Democrats who are perceived to be vulnerable on the economy. The Spanish-language ad, running in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada a…

4 key Jan. 6 committee witnesses after Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony

Here is a look at what Tony Ornato, Pat Cipollone and others could provide to the committee.

CBS/YouGov poll: Beto still doing about as well as you'd think after Uvalde stunt

Axelrod: There's a sense that things are out of control and Biden's not in command

New Zealand Designates Proud Boys a Terrorist Group

The far-right Proud Boys are not known to operate in the country, but the designation makes it illegal for New Zealanders to support them.

The Justices Send a Message to Congress

The EPA case doesn’t preclude climate rules. It require lawmakers to enact them.

CNN Political Briefing

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

Thank You Again

I want to again thank everyone who’s contributed in our TPM Journalism Fund drive over the last 48 hours. As...

What is witness tampering? And could this charge apply to Trump?

Witness tampering isn't often prosecuted, but the seeds are there for a charge, either against Trump or the people who made the calls.

Supreme Court marshal asks Md. leaders to enforce anti-picketing laws

Letters asks Gov. Hogan and Montgomery County Executive Elrich to have police departments enforce laws that "squarely prohibit picketing at the homes of Supreme Court Justices."

Clerks Complete Recount of Nevada Republican Governor's Race

County election officials wrapped up a two-day statewide recount of ballots in the Nevada GOP primary for governor Friday and the outcome did not appear to change in the state's two most populous counties, showing second-place finisher Joey Gilber…

Trump Eyes Early 2024 Announcement as Jan. 6 Scrutiny Intensifies

Donald Trump has accelerated his campaign planning, hoping a White House bid will blunt a series of damaging revelations. Some Republicans are worried.

Science and Civil Liberties: The Lost ACLU Lecture of Carl Sagan

Around 1987, Sagan gave an uncannily prescient lecture to the Illinois state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Prosecutor Won't Sue Texas AG Paxton Over Jan. 6 Records

A prosecutor's office said Friday that it won't move forward with a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his refusal to release his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the breach at...

The G-7's Economic Fantasy Summit

Western leaders showed new military resolve but the same illusions on inflation and energy.

A new NATO commander for Europe takes charge

American four-star General Christopher Cavoli was sworn in as the new Supreme Allied Commander and head of U.S. European Command a day after a two-day NATO summit.

The Perils of Slow Vote-Counting and Delayed Election Results

Slow vote counts were the bane of the 2020 elections, inviting bogus fraud charges. But they’re not going away anytime soon.

The January 6 Committee’s Most Damning Revelation Yet

Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election was not a whisper, but a roar.

Why Biden Shouldn’t Run in 2024

Yes, he’s fit to be president right now. But he’s too old for the next election.

Hunter Biden and the Press: Who's the Real Degenerate?

U.S. intelligence meddling in the 2020 election is likely to have a longer tail than we realize.

Is Biden a Man Out of Time?

Democrats have a growing sense of panic about conservative advances but are not seeing a president who shares their urgency.

America Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

The great “convergence” of the mid-20th century may have been an anomaly.

Jan. 6 Witness Anthony Ornato Is at the Center of a Battle Over Credibility

Mr. Ornato, who was Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, has become a key figure in a dispute over testimony from the Jan. 6 committee’s star witness.

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What Comes After Roe?

Two Atlantic writers on the future of abortion access in America

New Orleans could become murder capital of US under Mayor LaToya Cantrell

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's second term is already fraught with rampant crime following a trend of mayors in blue cities across the United States.

Advanced U.S. Arms Make a Mark in Ukraine War, Officials Say

The powerful and highly mobile weapons systems, which can fire guided rockets with a range of 40 miles, are desperately needed in the battle for eastern Ukraine.

Here's what November's midterms look like after the spring primaries

Historic wins for racially diverse and first-time candidates. Questions about former President Donald Trump's endorsement power. A mixed bag for election deniers.

Does the Jason Kander Story Have a Third Act?

The once-future star of the Democratic Party is resurfacing with a memoir about mental illness. The question is whether it’s a prequel to his return to politics.

New York Moves to Enshrine Abortion Rights in State Constitution

The Equal Rights Amendment prohibits discrimination against anyone based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability or sex — specifically sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and pregnancy.

President Biden Concedes Dems Don't Have Filibuster Votes to Codify Abortion Bill

President Joe Biden acknowledged Friday the Democrats lack the votes to overcome the legislative filibuster and then pass abortion rights legislation, while adding the party should instead focus on picking up Senate seats in the November midterms.

California's Concealed-Carry Leak

A state website released personal data on gun-permit holders. Incompetence or political malice?

How Overturning Roe v Wade Will Impact Texas Families

Even some anti-abortion adherents say Texas is failing families left impoverished by its war against abortion.

Biden Will Award Medal of Freedom to Simone Biles, John McCain and Others

The medal, the nation’s highest civilian award, will go to barrier-breaking figures as well as prominent political veterans.

Arizona Democrats promote 'f--k the 4th' event to 'mourn' Supreme Court abortion decision

The Pima County Democratic Party is promoting an event titled “F--k the Fourth" which is being hosted on the Fourth of July. The event comes after the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Democrats flood airwaves with abortion ads in the week since monumental Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling

Democratic politicians and committees take to the airwaves in the week since the blockbuster Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling to run ads on the issue of abortion

DeSantis campaign defends Florida parental rights law, fires back at White House 'lie'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign fired back at the White House Friday after press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed the state's new parental rights law as it went into effect.

Largest Democrat Latino voter mobilization PAC fueled by secretive donations for 2022 midterm elections

The largest Democratic Latino voter mobilization committee, Somos PAC, is heavily bankrolled by secretive donations passed through one of the most prominent dark money networks in America.

Thanks

I want to thank everyone who’s contributed to the TPM Journalism Fund over the last 24 hours and over the...

The filibuster, explained

President Biden has called to suspend the Senate filibuster so Democrats can codify abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Biden announces Medal of Freedom for Denzel Washington, Steve Jobs, Simone Biles, John McCain, others

President Biden's administration on Friday announced the lineup for Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, including Steve Jobs, Simon Biles and Denzel Washington.

A Supreme Court for the Constitution

The historic term that ended this week was a triumph for originalism.

A Warning From Australia's Power Crisis

Green mandates cause shortages, as Canberra takes over the electricity market.

Why On Earth Would Biden Do A ‘Deal’ With McConnell For An Anti-Abortion Judge?

The biggest story in Kentucky politics this week is an unconfirmed “deal” between President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader...

With Roe in jeopardy, America faces a rare moment when a court revokes a right. Here's what could happen next

The Supreme Court gave women nationwide the right to obtain an abortion nearly 50 years ago, and now it is poised to take it away.

‘Their Statesmanship Looked Beyond the Passing Moment’

A very Fourth of July episode.

Post Politics Now: Biden acknowledges there aren’t enough votes to change the filibuster on abortion

The president is hosting a virtual meeting from the White House to talk about protecting reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

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.

The 20-Somethings Who Help the 70-Somethings Run Washington

The story of Cassidy Hutchinson, who became the first Trump White House aide to testify publicly in the Jan. 6 inquiry, showed the outsize influence of young aides in the nation’s capital.

Quillette Weekly

The Problem of Gerontocracy

It’s pretty obvious that American politics is disproportionately dominated by old people. Here’s why that’s bad — and what to do about it.

Abortion is now banned in these states. See where laws have changed.

Thirteen states had "trigger bans" to criminalize abortion when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Several other states are working to enact other laws.

Takeaways from the blockbuster victories conservatives secured at the Supreme Court

In decisions handed down in recent weeks, the conservative Supreme Court transformed the legal landscape around an assortment of hot-button issues, including abortion, gun rights, immigration and religious liberty.

The Insurrectionist in the Flower Shop

Jenny Cudd might regret storming the Capitol. But she’s still pushing election conspiracies.

White House announces Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Chuck Schumer’s Cynical Play on China-Competition Bill

Either Schumer truly believes that the bill under discussion is an urgent national-security priority, or he doesn’t.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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

Should We Follow the Science Instead of the Votes?

A thought experiment in replacing elections with surveys.

Texas sheriff takes matters into his own hands - drives illegal migrants back to the border

Killing the Filibuster Is on the Ballot

If the Senate’s 60-vote rule goes for abortion, it goes for everything.

Some Possibilities

“If the Democrats hold the House and add two Senators in November I will vote to pass a law making...

Where Are the Aliens? Are They Evil?

Two recent studies attempt to answer two long-debated questions about extraterrestrial life.

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New NY bill: If you want to carry concealed, we'll need to see your social media accounts

Former NBA star calls out persecution at religious freedom summit

Politicians and activists, including a basketball star, came together for the International Religious Freedom Summit. They were there to advocate for global religious freedom.

America Is About to See Just How Pro-life Republicans Actually Are

After the fall of Roe, some abortion opponents think it’s time to focus on expanding America’s social safety net. Will the rest of their movement join them?

Biden warns of nationwide abortion ban if Republicans take majority of Congress: 'The choice is clear'

President Biden is warning voters to vote Democratic in the midterms or risk a Republican-led Congress enacting legislation that would ban abortion nationwide.

Justice Dept. subpoenas two Arizona state senators in Jan. 6 probe

Senate President Karen Fann (R) and state Sen. Kelly Townsend (R) received subpoenas last week, according to a spokeswoman.

Texas Educators Propose Calling Slavery ‘Involuntary Relocation’

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s Morning Memo. You Know, So The...

Rep. Zeldin to Newsmax: NY Gov Race a 'Taste' of Dems' National Agenda

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., the New York state Republican gubernatorial nominee, told Newsmax Friday that the race for the top office in that state with incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul is just "a taste" of the national Democratic agenda. ...

How Trump chose an 'apparently inebriated' Giuliani over his campaign team

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection began methodically dismantling Donald Trump's election lie during Monday's public hearing, the first part of its argument that he led a conspiracy to overturn election results.

If Biden fears the GOP will ban abortion nationwide, why does he support a filibuster carve-out?

Reports: Hutchinson Received Warning Calls Trying To Pressure Her Before Testimony

Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows who’s provided explosive testimony to the House...

It’s Been a Week Since Roe Was Overturned. Listen in on a Conversation: What Now?

You can watch my conversation with Maureen Ferguson, Ashley McGuire, and Leigh Snead about what needs to happen now.

The dubious "Trump reaching for the steering wheel on January 6" video

A Double Dare

Right now, your support of National Review can go twice as far as usual.

The Bullhorn Politics of Roe v. Wade

Democrats always seem on the edge of pushing politics into a state of civil unrest.

Russia Hints at Linking Griner’s Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.

The Tragedy of the Unwanted Child: What Ancient Cultures Did Before Abortion

Safe abortion is the modern cure for the ancient heartbreaks of neonaticide and abandonment.

Where Things Stand: SCOTUS Could Be Poised To Make Future Coup Attempts Easier

The Supreme Court’s decision today to take up Moore v. Harper set off alarms across the election law world. The...

Report: White House Indecisive on Offshore Drilling Leases

The Biden administration is reportedly giving equal consideration to plans that would open up zero, some, or all eleven possible offshore oil and gas drilling sales across the United States. According to the Department of Interior's July oil and g…

Douglas Murray's War on the West—A Review

If 'The Strange Death of Europe' was a requiem for a stricken continent, 'War on the West' is intended to be an act of defiance.

New York tightens gun laws, revisits abortion rights after SCOTUS rulings

Gov. Kathy Hochul pushed lawmakers to act after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state gun-control law and overturned Roe v. Wade.

N.Y. Overhauls Handgun Rules in Effort to Preserve Some Limits

New York's legislature approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state's handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection.T…

The Surprising Voice Missing From Gun-Control Talks

Mark Kelly made his name advocating for new gun laws after his wife was shot, but he didn’t play a central role in the big Senate compromise that passed last night.

Myth-making Isn’t the Right Way to ‘Indigenise’ Our Universities

Too often, the noble goal of reconciliation is being co-opted by those seeking to invent fake histories and advance politicized narratives.

Ex-Bush AG: There May Be A ‘Case For Seditious Conspiracy’ After Hutchinson Testimony

Former Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on Thursday argued that former President Trump and those in his inner circle...

Rep. Tenney to Newsmax: Democrats Attempting to Circumvent Laws on the Book

Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., told Newsmax on Friday that pushes from far-left Democrats to codify Roe v. Wade by eliminating the filibuster are attempts to "circumvent our laws."

Are you ready for "Ready for Ron"?

The filibuster, explained

President Biden has called to suspend the Senate filibuster so Democrats can codify abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Underneath the Sun

Written 70 years ago, Sun and Steel is Mishima’s hero narrative from frail, cave-dwelling, intellectual into a master of his own body.