The president needs to focus incessantly on the virus and inflation — twin challenges that are top of mind for most Americans.
The civil rights leader's role in our history was not that of a politician but of a prodder of our national conscience.
Now comes the test of President Biden's powers of persuasion.
If the former president is to be indicted, we are better off with an attorney general who is widely seen as cautious, not reckless.
The most passionate, forceful and effective address of his tenure.
The GOP position on voting rights shows how much Donald Trump has corrupted his party.
To avoid a midterm shellacking, Democrats need to do some things to help themselves.
Our history will always be contested.
Democrats have a narrow window to get a lot done. They can’t afford to indulge in recriminations.
One speech can't solve the covid-19 crisis. But the president's Tuesday address, chock-full of new initiatives, shows that he's on the case.
Why Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement of court enlargement matters.
At the moment, there appears to be more room for hope on the voting legislation.
A bit of free advice to the feuding factions blaming each other for the Democrats’ falling polling numbers: Parties that are bitterly and openly divided rarely win.
The most important thing about the summit is that it's happening.
Republicans want to complain about "big spending." Democrats should shift the conversation to shared economic values such as care for children, workforce training and educational opportunity.
Conservative jurists are ready to expand states’ rights when it comes to limiting or banning abortion but equally prepared to block states from enacting gun laws.
No Democrat or progressive who has flipped on the filibuster is pretending they didn’t.
Veterans of the long war in Afghanistan are at the forefront in welcoming Afghan refugees.
McCarthy is fully aware that the dominance of a resentment narrative serves Republicans' interest.
A split remains over Pope Francis's vision.
Democrats have been tearing themselves apart over the controversies Republicans want them to talk about.
We also need to take stock of the burdens that 20 years of war have imposed on a limited share of American families.
Passing the infrastructure bill was essential. But the lesson of Tuesday's elections is that Democrats must find a way to attract working-class voters.
Columnists David Byler, E.J. Dionne, Henry Olsen and Karen Tumulty answered reader questions.
Democrats best not dismiss this election as an off-year fluke.
Pass the spending bill and then call it a win.
For American Catholics, the meeting between Biden and Francis will underscore how out of step many U.S. Catholic leaders are with the pontiff.
Democrats can fight for democracy or they can maintain the Senate’s filibuster rule. Republicans have made clear that they cannot do both.
The election success or failure of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor will send a clear message on strategy to the rest of the GOP.
It is no good for any Democrat to have their party's legislative priorities pitted against each other.
Many Democrats will welcome the fight that Abbott and others on the far right have started.
The president has suffered damage that could last if he doesn’t repair it.
There are better ways for the Senate to do business, the long-reluctant president has acknowledged.
If there is good news for Biden and his party, it is that after the public chaos of the past week, now progressives and moderates know each other's strengths and red lines.
Most Democratic senators and House members do not have a death wish, but as a party they have a gift for never making things simple.
A misguided focus on the Biden agenda's $3.5 trillion price tag is feeding other misunderstandings.
Conservatives can't move left; progressives ignore covid-19 at their peril.
For all of Biden’s honorable efforts to pull the nation together, our politics remain dangerously abnormal and Donald Trump continues to be a cancer on the GOP.
In Tuesday's mayoral election, four women of color amassed roughly 95 percent of ballots.
Democrats will either overcome their differences or prove themselves incapable of delivering the level of change they promised in 2020.
Let's move past the hubris that made us think we could remake the world by force.
The moral worth of freedom — the ability to accomplish one’s ends — has been recognized since the founding of our country.
In justifying his decision on Afghanistan, the president gave an unabashedly antiwar speech.
We must push back hard against attempts to contain or block political participation by any given group.
The use of religion by a hard, often authoritarian right suggests that it is not always a positive force.
More time would not have made things better.
Political and cultural distortions of the vaccine argument are potentially catastrophic for millions of Americans.
The spending they favor, including in Biden’s American Families Plan, is for government interventions that have been tested and proved.
If the Senate’s archaic rules remain unchanged, Republicans are still certain to block political reform.
A man rooted in an old industry and in organized labor’s oldest traditions worked to secure its future by acknowledging the shortcomings of its past.
Progressives deliver far more as critics who are also allies of the president.
But if Biden has been right in saying that our democracy’s health depends on the country’s political system demonstrating its capacity to undertake ambitious projects, democracy’s success a...
The officers' testimony made it clear that right-wing extremism is a threat to our democracy.
It’s the new political geography of sickness and death.
You can’t say that Democrats didn’t try to have a fair investigation.
It's easy to miss how much this president and his policies reflect a fundamental transformation of politics in recent years.
Democrats face a conundrum: How do you govern like normal in a time of crisis?
We have become far too timid about amending our founding document to deal with new problems and changed circumstances.
Doing everything that Democrats would like could exceed the spending total some might find comfortable, but spending too little means priorities will be excluded.
It should be no surprise that we have complicated attitudes toward our Founders.
Time for advocates of democracy and equal rights to stop pretending that the court’s conservative majority is impartial or nonpartisan.
Can Democrats move the debate to what Biden, Sanders and others on the left want to accomplish?
This movement is putting politics ahead of faith and ideology ahead of theology.
The senators must accept the evidence Republicans have laid before them.
The movement for change ignited by police killings of Black Americans is running headlong into public alarm at a wave of murders across the nation.
In the end, Biden gave little ground to Putin beyond the respect he showed by meeting with the Russian president.
Merrick Garland’s Democratic critics should be a bit more empathetic because he faces a genuine dilemma.
If we ignore our grand principles at home, it's our adversaries who profit.
Why tying the GOP's fate to a washed-up demagogue and the extremists he cultivates could be a colossal political mistake.
How can there be common ground if Republicans resist action to undo what Biden called “un-American” assaults on voting rights?
What did freedom mean for those who faced racial oppression?
It’s clear that some of Democrats' most important objectives, especially guaranteeing the right to vote, will never win enough Republican votes to overcome a Senate filibuster.
Inside the faceoff between Israel’s staunchest Democratic supporters and progressives who are sharply critical of Israel and outspoken about Palestinian rights.
Today's Republican Party is not the party of Bob Dole or Orrin Hatch.
Biden and Manchin's past opposition to ending the filibuster has to give way in the face of the GOP’s assault on voting rights.
Republicans’ false allegations of voter fraud dating back two decades set the stage for the debacle with Cheney.
A Trumpist Republican Party that had taken the pandemic more seriously and delivered tangible benefits to working-class supporters might not be in such a hole today.
Many Biden revenue proposals have been successfully applied in U.S. states and in other countries.
Can Democrats expand on the inroads Biden began to make among voters who didn’t attend college?
The president’s program addresses not just the past four years but the four decades since Reagan.
100 days into his presidency, Biden’s priorities are clear.
Our nation should celebrate this moment of justice. But there is still work to be done.
On infrastructure, does the GOP want to strike a pose or build things?
Cheating begets more cheating.
Enlarging the court is precisely what would preserve the court’s legitimacy.
Biden’s improvements to the child tax credit should be made permanent.
Minority rule gets in the way of the majority’s common sense.
The president’s infrastructure program is good policy and smart politics.
Liberals have spent far too much time apologizing. The president said enough of that.
Republicans are denying D.C. citizens their constitutional right to representation.
Recent elections in Europe and Australia seem to herald a resurgence of liberal democracy.
The Senate filibuster’s stranglehold on majority rule is coming to an end.
China is a worthy common enemy.
Passage of the $1.9 trillion package could finally supplant Reaganism.
President Biden is blunting the GOP’s wedge politics.
The Senate’s undemocratic rules and the Democrats’ wafer-thin majority threaten President Biden’s agenda.
His display at CPAC will do nothing to unleash a national wave of nostalgia.
The OMB nominee is a loyal and, yes, sometimes combative Democrat, but she cares far more about policy than politics.
We don’t suffer from too much partisanship. We suffer from the wrong kind of partisanship.
We need the reasonable among us to wrest control of the gun debate.