Lankford Apology

The Tulsa World reports that Senator. James Lankford apologized to Black Tulsans on Thursday for not recognizing that his involvement in questioning presidential election results would offend them. Ok

Civility and Rhetoric

Michael Gerson at The Washington Post: How can Biden shape a rhetoric of unity and inclusion in a nation that cannot agree on democratic values, and does not agree on truth itself? He might begin by reading Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural. Lincoln drew a hard line...

Liz Cheney Statement

 Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement ahead of votes in the House this week: “On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy...

Rules and Impeachment

Louis Jacobson at PolitiFact: “The House makes up new rules almost weekly, using special rule resolutions reported by the Rules Committee and adopted by the House to fast-track matters outside the regular order,” said Donald R. Wolfensberger, director of...

Capitol Police

Amelia Strauss and Daniel Schuman at First Branch Forecast: With an abundance of resources, how is it possible the [Capitol Police] department wasn’t prepared for [Wednesday’s]  events? The answer could be, in part, insufficient accountability mechanisms. The...

Problems That Need Attention

Michael S. Johnson at New GOP Forum: Congress, as it has been frightfully clear for some time needs reform. Begin with the stark reality that the institution is highly vulnerable to violent occupation, guarded by a 2,000-person police force that let down its guard...

Cop Killers

Marc Santora, Megan Specia and Mike Baker at NYT: A United States Capitol Police officer died on Thursday night from injuries sustained “while physically engaging” with pro-Trump rioters who descended on the U.S. Capitol the day before, the fifth fatality linked to...

Romney Statement

From Senator Mitt Romney: We gather today due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited...