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Past articles by Ronald:


Why the US 'does not get to assume that it lasts forever'

As the United States marks its 247th birthday Tuesday, questions about how many more the nation will celebrate in its current form have become ominously relevant. → Read More


Why power in Congress is now so precarious

Control of Congress has become so precariously balanced between the two parties that it may now be subject to the butterfly effect. → Read More


How Republicans are stitching their own straitjacket on Trump indictment

The Republican response to Donald Trump’s latest criminal indictment offers a clear test of the famous saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and hoping for a different result. → Read More


How one DeSantis speech captured the dynamic that could decide 2024

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered his initial speech as a declared presidential candidate in Iowa last week, his first 15 minutes succinctly previewed how Republicans might defeat President Joe Biden next year. → Read More


How legal immigration might solve two of America’s toughest problems

Two of the nation’s most intractable problems might have the same solution – if the idea was not so politically radioactive. → Read More


The demographic makeup of the country's voters continues to shift. That creates headwinds for Republicans

Demographic change continued to chip away at the cornerstone of the Republican electoral coalition in 2022, a new analysis of Census data has found. → Read More


More green investment hasn’t softened red resistance on climate

Even as billions of dollars in new clean energy investments surge into Republican leaning communities around the country, state and federal GOP officials are hardening their resistance to efforts to reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels. → Read More


The Tennessee expulsions reveal the core divide in US politics. Here's why.

Rarely have the tectonic plates of American politics collided as visibly and explosively as they did earlier this month in Tennessee. → Read More


In 2024, Republicans may complete a historic foreign policy reversal

The GOP in 2024 is moving toward a reprise of its most consequential foreign policy debate ever in a presidential primary. Only this time, the results may be reversed. → Read More

How Biden Wants to Shape the 2024 Battlefield

With the exception of abortion rights, the president is working to downplay or defuse almost all cultural issues. → Read More

Why This Democratic Strategist Walked Away

Simon Rosenberg delivered a major surprise last week when he announced that he was shutting down NDN, the Democratic advocacy and research group he has led since the mid-1990s. → Read More

The Contradictions of Ron DeSantis

He has ignited so many cultural confrontations that they’re difficult to keep track of, but he has acted most aggressively on education. → Read More

Biden’s Blue-Collar Jobs Bet

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


The right has already won the House speakership election

No matter how they resolve Tuesday's vote choosing the next speaker of the House, Republicans appear poised to double down on the hard-edged politics that most swing state voters rejected in last November's midterm election. → Read More

The Biggest Takeaway from the January 6 Report

Rather than conducting a large-scale dragnet, the committee zeroed in on the former president. → Read More


How Trump's legacy became 'pure poison' for independents

The highly touted red wave in last month's midterm election failed to develop largely because it hit a wall of resistance among independent voters, especially across the key battleground states. And that presents difficult questions for Republicans looking forward to 2024. → Read More

The GOP Can’t Hide From Extremism

A perfect storm is brewing among Trump, Fuentes, Ye … and Twitter. → Read More


Why fewer states than ever could pick the next president

The results of this month's election point toward a 2024 presidential contest that will likely be decided by a tiny sliver of voters in a rapidly shrinking list of swing states realistically within reach for either party. → Read More

How a GOP Congress Could Roll Back Nationwide Freedoms

The rights reversal taking place in conservative states is just the beginning. → Read More

How Every U.S. Election Became Existential

Fewer voters and states than ever before now decide the fate of our republic. → Read More