Latest from James Downie
  • Opinion

Steve Scalise still can’t break the grip of Trump’s lies

The only way to hedge against future Republican-controlled Washington is to pass the most robust legislation possible in this Congress.
  • Oct 10, 2021
  • Opinion

Progressives finally have power in Washington

Progressives finally have the political bulk to stand up to moderate and conservative Democrats’ brinkmanship.
  • Oct 3, 2021
  • Opinion

Why are moderate Democrats okay with killing Biden’s legislative agenda?

It's one thing to oppose portions of the infrastructure/reconciliation package. It's another to argue that opposition is worth killing both bills.
  • Sep 26, 2021
  • Opinion

Tate Reeves and the high cost of covid incompetence

The Mississippi governor had a disastrous interview Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union."
  • Sep 19, 2021
  • Opinion

Joe Manchin’s selfishness

Luckily, Manchin hasn’t gotten what he wants yet — and that gives the White House and the left leverage.
  • Sep 12, 2021
  • Opinion

Stop fretting, Democrats. Use your power.

The Texas abortion law shows Republicans know how to use power however they can. It's time for Democrats to follow suit.
  • Sep 5, 2021
  • Opinion

Republicans are already using the Afghan withdrawal to argue for more war

The White House needs to resist those who would use the withdrawal to argue for a more confrontational foreign policy elsewhere.
  • Aug 22, 2021
  • Opinion

The Afghanistan disaster started with the withdrawal’s most ardent critics

An ill-defined, kick-the-can-down-the-road approach has defined the Afghan war for most, if not all, of its 20 years.
  • Aug 15, 2021
  • Opinion

No more excuses — Democrats can’t risk another crisis

Time to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the reconciliation bill — and save renters in the process.
  • Aug 1, 2021
  • Opinion

The U.S. is backsliding on covid-19. Republicans seem to have decided that’s acceptable.

Too many Republicans are finding a way to hide from the truth: Vaccines are effective and they'll stop the pandemic from killing people.
  • Jul 18, 2021