Author: Tim Murphy

The Carried Interest Loophole Is Going to Outlast Us All

On Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act on a party-line vote, sending the domestic policy package to the House for final passage. Barring an unforeseen development, President Joe Biden could be signing a major piece of legislation into law in days. The IRA, which was the result of weeks of negotiations between Sen. […]

AIPAC Is Cleaning Up in Democratic Primaries

Michigan Rep. Haley Stevens defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Andy Levin on Tuesday, in a matchup between two incumbents competing in the same district after Michigan lost a seat in redistricting. Levin, the son of former Rep. Sander Levin and nephew of the late Sen. Carl Levin, is a progressive who boasted the support of Vermont […]

Eric Defeats Eric in a Battle of GOP Election Deniers

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt easily won the Republican primary for US Senate in Missouri, one day after former President Donald Trump jointly (and very strangely) endorsed both Schmitt and a top rival, former Gov. Eric Greitens. The defeat of Greitens—who resigned in 2018 after allegations that he sexually assaulted and blackmailed a hairdresser (he […]

Bill Russell Never Stopped Fighting

When I think of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, who died on Sunday at the age of 88, one of the first things that always comes to mind is a quote from one of his former teammates, the late Tommy Heinsohn, in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 1999. “Look, all I know is, the […]

Democratic Lawmakers Blast Their Own Party for Boosting Election Deniers in GOP Primaries

As it tries to hold onto its House majority in a hostile electoral climate, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has embraced an old political trick—spending money in Republican primaries to elevate candidates it believes will be easier to beat in November. But the DCCC isn’t just bolstering Republicans who aren’t very good campaigners or who […]

Betsy DeVos Is Still on Donald Trump’s Side

After President Donald Trump incited a riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos responded with an understandable degree of outrage. By her own account, she had conversations with colleagues about convening the cabinet and using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. She even broached the possibility […]

The Story of January 6 in Two Josh Hawley Photos

About one hour into Thursday’s primetime hearing on the January 6 insurrection, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) drew viewers’ attention to one of the most infamous images from January 6—a photo of Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, pumping his fist at a crowd of soon-to-be rioters before he entered the Capitol that morning.  Hawley was a […]