The Ohio Results Point to Democratic Strength in 2018—And a Showdown in 202…

The results in Ohio’s special House election Tuesday night reinforced the electoral trends that have driven American politics since Donald Trump’s election—and underscored the precarious political trade the president is imposing on his party. The Republican Troy Balderson’s slim advantage over the Democrat Danny O’Connor in a district Republicans have held without much drama since…

A Disappointing New Problem With Geo-Engineering

Over the past few years, I’ve heard dozens of scientists talk about solar geo-engineering, the once outlandish idea that humanity should counteract climate change by releasing special gases into the stratosphere to reflect away sunlight and cool the planet. But I’ve never heard it discussed in quite the terms of Jonathan Proctor, an agricultural economist…

The Progressives’ Plan to Win in 2018

The first Netroots Nation conference in a Donald Trump–era election year opened with not one, not two, but five keynote speakers of color, all of whom underlined the potential of a “multiracial coalition” of voters made up of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and progressive whites. Their prescription for taking back the House in the…

Forget Russia; we’re our own worst threat

As he was leaving the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government they had created. Always the sage, he replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Franklin was the eternal optimist. Yet he fully understood the challenges facing the new nation. He had warned his fellow delegates about parochial…