Author: Abigail Weinberg

Adam Frisch Concedes to Lauren Boebert

Lauren Boebert, the Republican Colorado congresswoman who has relentlessly courted controversy since taking office in 2020, appears to have secured reelection by a razor-thin margin. Her opponent, Democrat Adam Frisch, announced Friday that he had called Boebert to concede. The vote count isn’t quite final, and any election won by less than half a percentage […]

Nancy Pelosi Will Not Seek Reelection to House Leadership

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would not seek reelection to a leadership post in the House of Representatives. She does not plan to resign and will continue representing California in Congress—bringing an end to a historic string of leadership firsts for the powerful Democrat. “We must move boldly into the future, grounded by […]

The US Just Got One Step Closer to Codifying Same-Sex Marriage

The vast majority of Americans—and, apparently, the Mormon church—support legal same-sex marriage. So, I’m not sure which is more surprising: that 12 Republicans voted to move forward with a vote codifying it in federal law, or that 37 voted against doing so. The Respect for Marriage Act, which passed the House in July, would repeal […]

Why Lauren Boebert Might Lose

The only thing that’s certain in Colorado’s third congressional district is that it wasn’t supposed to be this close. Most analysts assumed that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) would cruise to victory in her solidly red district, which became even more Republican after redistricting. In 2020, Boebert defeated her Democratic opponent by six percentage points. This year, FiveThirtyEight […]

Florida Is a Red State Now

Florida, a state once so closely divided that a 0.009 percent vote differential dictated a presidential election, is a swing state no longer. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won reelection against—who was his opponent again? Oh, that’s right—Charlie Crist by nearly 20 percentage points. Sen. Marco Rubio beat Democrat Val Demings by more than 16 points. […]

Moderate Republican Joe O’Dea Just Got Crushed in Colorado

Joe O’Dea, the self-described moderate Republican running for Senate in Colorado, has lost his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, multiple outlets are reporting. O’Dea stands out from other Republican midterm candidates by adhering to the bare minimum of human reasoning and decency: He accepts that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election; he […]

Georgians Are Voting Early in Record Numbers

After two full days of early voting in Georgia, the state’s remarkable midterm turnout was on track to exceed that of the 2020 presidential election. The contentious Senate race between former college football star Herschel Walker and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock could help determine the makeup of the upper house of Congress. Georgians are also […]

Jury Orders Alex Jones to Pay Sandy Hook Families Nearly $1 Billion

Alex Jones and Free Speech Systems, InfoWars’ parent company, have been found liable for Jones’ Sandy Hook lies—to the tune of nearly $1 billion. The conspiracy theorist had spent years claiming that the deadliest elementary school shooting in US history was a “giant hoax” and accusing victims’ family members of being “crisis actors.” (As I’ve reported […]

I Watched the Horrible Tina Peters Documentary Claiming the 2020 Election Was Stolen So You Don’t Have To

At the 59 minute mark of [S]election Code—the Mike Lindell-produced documentary on Tina Peters, the Colorado election official who tried to prove that the 2020 election was stolen—there’s a three shot sequence that has haunted me: an image of a computer uploading files, a Thomas Jefferson quote, and then a closeup of Peters caressing a […]

Lit: President Biden Issues Pardons for Federal Marijuana Possession

On Thursday, President Joe Biden said that he would pardon all prior federal marijuana possession offenses. President Biden announced the change—aimed at remedying the socioeconomic disadvantages that people, particularly Black and brown people, face for convictions of marijuana possession—to “relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.” Since many marijuana possession charges are filed at […]