The Price We Pay: Gun Violence and the Secret Behind the N.R.A.'s Power
Two events, four decades apart: One is the murder of a 15 year old boy in 1930's Texas. The other is the attempted assassination of a U.S. President.
These two events collide in ways no one could have imagined, setting the stage for a war between common sense and one of the most powerful forces in American political history: The National Rifle Association.
The Politics of No: The Covid Relief Bill, Dr. Seuss, and The Republican Party's Gambit
With a strategy crafted by legislative politics mastermind Mitch McConnell, the GOP laid waste to House Democrats in 2010, picking up the Senate in 2014, and capturing the White House in 2016.
As President Joe Biden signs the latest COVID relief bill - the American Rescue Plan Act - the Republican Party is deploying that same strategy they used in 2010.
But does it work in 2021? Because the latest polling shows that if it fails, the cost for the party is much higher now: the death of the filibuster.
Slaying Trolls: How to Engage Your Political Opponents (And that one time Abraham Lincoln was in a duel)
Engaging our political opponents has become a seemingly impossible task. It often feels like we are screaming at a brick wall. Though we might put our best selves into convincing others - the articles, the words, the arguments, the passion - often our effort reveals itself to be a fruitless exercise in hearing the sound of our own voice.
How do we have better political conversations? Or talk politics constructively? We need a new approach to political conflict. But can we find one that allows us to be brutally honest while not sacrificing our relationships? An approach that allows to keep on with the cause without dehumanizing each other?
Join Ty as he offers tips that have worked well for him, both on social media and off, and explores what lessons we might learn from that one time Honest Abe found himself toe to toe with a political rival in a sword fight.
Bluster: The Filibuster and the Democratic Party's Gambit
No Heroes Here: The Capitol Attack and the Fundamental Truth of Democracy
On January 6th, MAGA-clad insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol, there to fulfill Donald Trump's call to "stop the count." But more than the building, they attacked what Ronald Reagan called "the bulwark of our Republic," the continuity of government; the peaceful transfer of power.
In that moment, Americans were exposed to the fundamental truth of democracy, a truth we often experience as a nightmare.
But when we courageously embrace that truth, we can then experience as something else entirely: a miracle.
The Myth of Donald Trump: 5 Reasons You Should Reject the Voter Fraud Talk
Threatening to upend the GOP’s chances in Georgia, Trump loyalist Sidney Powell has vowed to “unleash the Kraken,” the proof that voter fraud is the reason the President lost the election.
But just like Powell’s Kraken, Donald Trump is built on a myth, too.
How to Keep Hope in Politics
Does My Vote Count?
Questions about the legitimacy of this historic election are rising out of the chaos: a hindered postal service, claims of voter fraud, and a global pandemic. But another question is the legitimacy of our votes.
So let's talk about your ballot: What do all the different races mean? Which races are important? How do I pick a candidate? Can my vote actually affect change? How does change actually happen?
Cut the Mic: The First 2020 Presidential Debate
The first 2020 Presidential Debate was brutal. The media has gone as far as comparing it to a dumpster fire. But that's completely unfair to dumpster fires.
We've come a long way from Kennedy and Nixon, but what does show Donald Trump and Joe Biden gave us mean for the future of Presidential debates?
The Vulnerable Republicans Caucus: Susan Collins of Maine
The Dissenter's Hope: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (And What Comes Next)
Giant of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last weekend. The Republican Party is pressing forward with filling her seat only weeks before the election, a reversal from the GOP's 2016 position on nominees during an election year. Between Mitch McConnell, SCOTUS, and the 2020 election, what does this historic moment mean for the future of the country?
A President Without A Country
The conventions have wrapped and election season is in full swing. But from newly released tapes by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward to revelations about the President's views of the military, Donald Trump had a rough week. And we still have 2 months to go.
If its any indication, we're in a for a wild ride toward the most consequential elections of our lifetime.
[Un]Convention Part 2: Panic! At the RNC
Sound the alarms and seal the exits; this is not a test. The 2020 Republican National Convention warns of a desolate wasteland if Democrats take the White House.
But does the message move the needle in this election?