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Recent articles by James:

Democrats had a horrible week, but there is a silver lining

Democrats are undoubtedly in a better place to pass something now than they were a week ago. → Read More

In Maine, LePage’s comeback bid for governor is very real, but hinges on a major wild card

At first glance, Maine’s budding race for governor next year looks like an easy one to understand. But it comes with a looming wildcard. → Read More

Four takeaways from Biden’s first speech as president to the United Nations

President Biden's first speech to the UN will be remembered more for what he was saying between the lines of prepared text. → Read More

The next 10 days will try Nancy Pelosi’s tactical abilities more than ever before

The next 10 days will test Speaker Pelosi in ways that she simply has never been tested. Indeed, few House speakers have ever been tested like this. → Read More

The phrases you’ll hear repeated over and over in the remaining weeks of Boston’s mayoral election

Now that the election is a choice between two candidates instead of five, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George are expected to try to highlight their differences. → Read More

Boston’s mayoral race was about many things. But here are 3 topics that surprisingly didn’t break through

Ahead of Tuesday’s election — and with a good number of ballots already cast by mail — now is also a good time to also examine what issues didn’t drive this contest. → Read More

Scorecard: Grading the debate performances of Boston mayoral candidates

Thursday night was possibly the last chance to change many minds about who should appear in the November run-off. → Read More

3 things you should know about the current situation in Afghanistan and 2 things to watch for

The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving and Thursday's attacks in Kabul add a further layer of chaos to already hard-to-keep-track-of circumstances there. Among the things to keep track of: the balance between ISIS and the Taliban, the American timeline for departure, and President Biden's response to the attacks. → Read More

Welcome to the most definitive week of the Biden presidency

This week in late August might be the one that actually defines Joe Biden's time in the White House. → Read More

What is it with August and new presidents? Historically, it’s when the first major crisis hits

Joe Biden becomes the third president in a row to have a rough first August in office. History shows they are hardly the only ones. → Read More

Among Biden’s most damaging critics this week: fellow Democrats

Indeed if there is anything unifying Democrats in Washington right now it is finding new ways to criticize Biden’s withdrawal execution. → Read More

Is China gleeful to see America embarassed in Afghanistan? It’s complicated

With the withdrawal out of Afghanistan going so poorly in the last few days, how does China feel about the United States is changing its strategic focus away from the Middle East? → Read More

A brief guide to what’s next with the pair of infrastructure bills in Congress

Where things stand, how things are likely to proceed, and how it could all go wrong in a hurry. → Read More

How Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Congressional redistricting

In states where Republicans control the process, they are expected to divvy up districts in the most brutal fashion to give their party the biggest possible advantage. → Read More

In the last-minute eviction ban extension, progressives get a rare win

While the Democratic Party has moved left over the past few decades progressives have generally been handed loss after loss when it comes to both elections and policy issues. → Read More

Three takeaways from the report detailing Governor Cuomo’s sexual misconduct

Years after the #MeToo movement took place, and in the months since the first allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against Cuomo last December, we may be seeing a new playbook for handling scandals and calls for resignation. → Read More

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 started its work on Tuesday. This is the only thing that matters

Will the press cover it? And will Americans pay attention? → Read More

The Delta variant creates uncertainty everywhere — including key political races in every state in New England

While the 2022 elections are over a year away, many of these questions involve a domino effect sparked by a single politician’s decision, often a governor's. Here's how it could play out. → Read More

Biden is soon facing the biggest test of his presidency: will he bring back the masks?

In the coming weeks, the Biden administration faces probably the toughest decision yet of the presidency, presenting a possibly unexpected test of his COVID-19 response. → Read More

The US Senate is structurally broken. And it’s not just the filibuster

Three questions rippling through the US Senate on Wednesday were an encapsulation of the dysfunction plaguing the chamber. → Read More