Republican Leaders Aim to Make Conservation Conservative Again
A new Republican caucus will tackle conservation and climate change. Is the GOP changing its tune or merely paying lip service to environmental issues?
The Demise of 'The Weekly Standard' Is a Blow to the Republican Party
The magazine's demise signals the further erosion of conservatism as a coherent ideology—and its replacement by a Trump personality cult.
Only One State Legislature Is Now Under Split Party Control
Here's what that means for policymaking in the U.S.
Benchmark Premiums Will Be 16 Percent Higher Due to the GOP's Actions
In a new analysis, researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at the cumulative effects of the Republican Party's actions on health insurance premiums.
States With a Higher Percentage of Right-Handed Residents Tend to Lean Republican
In describing political preference, "right" and "left" may be more than a metaphor.
Republicans Want to Delay the Confirmation of Scott Pruitt's Replacement
Given their narrow majority, Senate Republicans prefer to let Andrew Wheeler continue as acting administrator rather than squeeze in another confirmation fight before the November mid-terms.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a feature story on the perils and possibilities of gene-drive to a photo essay documenting camels—and the people who have kept them—around the world.
A Cult Expert Finds Familiar Patterns of Behavior in Trump's GOP
What do you call an organization where total loyalty to a charismatic but volatile leader is strictly enforced?
Is the Future of the Democratic Party Bleak? It Depends Who You Ask.
We'll know in a few months whether Democratic leaders have lost control of their party.
Republicans Vote for Candidates Who Look Republican
New research finds Democrats aren't similarly swayed by facial stereotypes, which could give the party an advantage.
Inside the Tax Bill's $25 Billion Oil Company Bonanza
A Pacific Standard analysis shows the oil and gas industry is among the tax bill's greatest financial beneficiaries.
Republicans Agree the CDC Can Research Gun Violence
Rather than a full repeal of the Dickey Amendment, Republicans agree to include a provision in the spending bill to clarify that they never prohibited research on gun violence in the first place.
A Case for Keeping Primary Voting Confined to Party Members
Political parties at every level of government choose their nominees through primaries. That's the most important decision a party can make—and an organization's most important decisions should be made by members of that organization.
A Record Number of Members of the House Are Not Seeking Re-Election
Republican representatives make up more than half of those choosing to not seek re-election.
Let's Put an End to 'Horseshoe Theory' Once and for All
Accusing the left of fascism only helps the real fascists.
Conservatives' Love of Nostalgia Can Be Used to Promote Liberal Values
New research offers leftists a clever way to appeal to those on the right.