Knowledge of the Constitution

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center: Many Americans do not know what rights are protected under the First Amendment and a substantial number cannot name all three branches of government, according to the 2023 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The Annenberg...

Poverty in California

Dan Walters at CalMatters: Congratulations California, you’ve done it again — retained your title of having the highest level of poverty of any state. The Census Bureau released new economic data Tuesday, including both official poverty rates for 2022 and what are...

Romney on Political Violence

McKay Coppins profiles Mitt Romney at The Atlantic:  One Republican congressman confided to Romney that he wanted to vote for Trump’s second impeachment, but chose not to out of fear for his family’s safety. The congressman reasoned that Trump would be impeached by...

The House Has Problems

 Zachary Basu at Axios: The House was forced to cancel a vote Wednesday on advancing funding for the Pentagon — typically viewed as the least controversial appropriations bill — after Freedom Caucus Republicans rebelled over spending levels. Another typically...

House GOP Strategy

Henry Olsen at WP: A broader deal addressing the gamut of issues could be even more useful. House Republicans often produce a list of bullet points they call an agenda right before an election, as though to reinvigorate the 1994 Contract with America that helped...

Language and News Deserts

Emma J. Murphy at The American Prospect: News deserts are expanding. Nearly two decades ago, the United States had about 9,000 newspapers; as 2019 came to a close, it had 6,700. Of the country’s 3,143 counties, over 200 have no newspaper or other sources of credible...

Press Forward

A release from the MacArthur Foundation: A coalition of 22 donors today announced Press Forward, a national initiative to strengthen communities and democracy by supporting local news and information with an infusion of more than a half-billion dollars over the next...