Author: Alex Samuels

The Catch-22 Facing Black Voters At The Ballot Box

Black voters face a catch-22 — a long-running catch-22, sure, but no less of a problem because of that. The 2022 midterms are approaching and Black voters must choose between the Republican Party, which has actively worked against their interests for decades, and the Democratic Party, which has long struggled to meaningfully address race and […]

Do Americans Care About The Latest COVID-19 Wave In The Northeast?

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. A fresh wave of COVID-19 cases swept through the U.S. Capitol last week, affecting a number of officials at the highest levels of government just as President Biden’s administration urges for a return to normalcy. But it’s not just Capitol Hill that’s seeing a fresh round of COVID-19 […]

Why Republicans In Blue Cities Are Increasingly Outliers

Welcome to Political Outliers, a column that explores groups of Americans who are often portrayed as all voting the same way. In today’s climate, it’s easy to focus on how a group identifies politically, but that’s never the full story. Blocs of voters are rarely uniform in their beliefs, which is why this column will […]

The Culture Wars Couldn’t Stop Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation

Everything’s part of the culture wars now, including Supreme Court confirmations. Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation process ended on Thursday when the Senate voted 53-47 to confirm her to the court, and it was quick — it took just six weeks to move from nomination to confirmation — and partisan. Many Republicans spent Jackson’s nomination hearings […]

How White Victimhood Fuels Republican Politics

On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, was elected the first Black president of the United States. His election was seen as a hopeful moment in America and ushered in lots of think pieces and reporting that his presidency was the start of a new “post-racial” society. At long last — […]

How To Watch Texas’s Primaries Like A Pro

Texas has found itself making headlines pretty frequently these days. Last fall, it dominated much of the news cycle with back-to-back stories about the state’s heavily gerrymandered congressional map, coupled with a stringent abortion law. And, just last week, the governor made headlines after he announced an order that would effectively penalize people who provide […]