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Decoding Boris Johnson’s Exceedingly British “Partygate” Scandal

The scandal over the prime minister’s relentless socializing in defiance of his own COVID-19 lockdown orders touches all the raw nerves of the traditional British psyche—and could herald his oft-predicted downfall.
Capitol Attack

Of Course Trump Is Already Talking About Pardoning Insurrectionists Come 2024

In a Texas speech, the former president also assailed the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack a day after the panel subpoenaed fake Trump electors.
Inside the Hive

Why Does the Economy Look So Good and Feel So Bad?

Inflation! Supply chain! GDP! Economist Beth Ann Bovino looks at the ups and downs of our (grim and not so grim) economic moment. 
Media

With Jesse Watters Primetime, Fox Dips Another Toe in the Populist Culture Wars

The Trinity grad’s attacks on corporate America and Minnie Mouse seem to be working—his premiere episode this week even beat out Tucker Carlson.
Supreme Court

You’ll Never Believe It, but Mitch McConnell Is Already Threatening to Block Biden’s SCOTUS Pick

Who could have seen this coming other than literally everyone?
Climate

Joe Biden Needs to Do More to Keep His Climate Promises

Stalled bills, legal challenges, and a lack of urgency are imperiling Biden’s much vaunted pledges to address the crisis.
2024 Election

Some Light Shines in the Biden Tunnel

A new poll suggests there may be hope for the Democrats in 2024, whether or not Joe Biden runs again. (I don’t think he will.)
Levin Report

Womp, Womp: Melania Trump’s NFT Hat Auction Doesn’t Go as Planned

The former first lady’s auction came up well-short of the $250,000 she was hoping to take home.
MAGA

“It Was All About How the 2020 Election Was Stolen”: Billionaire Peter Thiel Hosts Fundraiser for Liz Cheney Challenger

The secretive tech titan welcomed donors to his lavish Miami compound for what was described as a MAGA rally in miniature.
WTF

Tennessee School Board Bans Pulitzer Prize–Winning Holocaust Graphic Novel Because of Drawing of a Naked Mouse

They also objected to the word “damn.” Which, we hate to break it to them, wasn’t the worst thing that happened during the Holocaust.
SCOTUS

Justice Breyer’s Retirement Is a Break With Tradition That Reflects a New, Toxic Supreme Court

His retirement came all too soon, ensuring President Joe Biden can appoint a liberal justice, and yet too late to save a court mired in politics.
Foreign Policy

“There Is No Military Solution Out of This Crisis”: Progressives Finally Speak Out on Russia

Following weeks of near-total silence on the spiraling crisis over Ukraine, progressives have warned Biden against any use of military force—and lodged concerns over sanctions.
SCOTUS

Democrats Finally Have a Supreme Court Fight They Can Win

Biden says he’ll pick a replacement by the end of February, and Democrats are hoping to buck all trends and see a smooth confirmation process ahead.
Media

Lineup Changes Give Morning Joe Even More Power at MSNBC

Stephanie Ruhle’s move into the 11 p.m. slot gives the Morning Joe franchise an even bigger presence at the network.
Levin Report

Mitch McConnell Is One Week Away From Claiming Biden Can’t Put Someone on the Supreme Court the Same Year He Started Re-Watching the Original Gossip Girl

The Kentucky lawmaker doesn’t have the power to do whatever he wants this time around, but you’ll have to forgive Democrats for being worried he might try.
Swing And A Miss

Eric Trump Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Saying Award-Winningly Stupid Things on TV

According to the former first son, Joe Biden is a no-good layabout compared to his dad.
Coronavirus

You Are Not the Only One Taking Out More of Your Pandemic Frustration on Biden

Recent polling suggests Americans are losing confidence in the administration’s ability to handle the pandemic—even as his inaugural promise to “overcome this virus” stretches beyond him.
SCOTUS

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

The 83-year-old justice’s retirement gives Biden a chance to fill the seat while Democrats still have the chance.
Media

“Juneteenth Is a Pretty Aggressive Holiday to Take Hostages With”: NYT Union Views New Holiday Schedule as Latest Union-Busting Bid  

A new holiday schedule excluding union members comes as NYT tech employees are holding their own union election. 
Levin Report

Surprise: Florida Republicans Want to Ban Talk of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools

The Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, passed its first legislative hurdle last week.