Latest from Peter W. Stevenson

At least 7 GOP senators say they’re open to a commission focused on Jan. 6

Several Republicans who voted to convict former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial favor an inquiry, putting the Senate well on its way to the 60 votes needed to pass a bill.
  • May 18, 2021

It doesn’t pay to be a congressional Republican opposing Trump

Republicans in Congress who oppose Donald Trump are usually consigned to the same fate: a quick end to their political careers.
  • May 13, 2021

The GOP push to cut unemployment benefits is the welfare argument, all over again

Conservative pushback against expanded unemployment benefits echoes decades of arguments that government assistance makes people lazy.
  • May 11, 2021

Here’s what H.R. 1, the House-passed voting rights bill, would do

If passed, the bill would mark a huge expansion of voting rights.
  • May 11, 2021

How Liz Cheney became increasingly isolated – and what it would take to remove her from GOP leadership

Cheney's successor seems to be waiting in the wings; now it's a question of when and how House Republicans call a vote.
  • May 6, 2021

The slow redefinition of ‘herd immunity’ — and what’s actually possible in the United States

Public health experts are concerned that achieving herd immunity isn't possible in the United States — so they have a more modest goal: simply reducing infections as much as is possible.
  • May 3, 2021

Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption becomes the next target of the culture wars

Republicans say businesses should stay out of politics – but baseball and politics have always been intertwined.
  • Apr 16, 2021

How Biden’s definition of bipartisanship has quickly evolved

Biden’s overture to Republicans comes at a time when there seems to be little space or political will for negotiation or agreement in the Senate.
  • Apr 13, 2021

The six actions Biden took on guns show the limits of what he can do

Real change to America's gun laws will require more than executive actions.
  • Apr 9, 2021

The filibuster, explained

Sen. Joe Manchin III says he won’t vote to weaken the filibuster. Are those efforts really dead now, and why does this matter?
  • Apr 9, 2021