Ted Cruz Was the College Debate Prick's College Debate Prick

Adam Weinstein · 04/22/15 11:18AM

Imagine a drama kid—without good looks, singing or dancing ability, who wants to be president, is pretty sure your opinions suck, and thinks you’re an idiot. You just imagined a college parliamentary debater. And who do college parliamentary debaters think are irritating, pitiful jagoffs? In the 1990s, it was Ted Cruz.

Why Was Virginia Using This Horribly Unsafe Voting Machine for Years?

Sam Biddle · 04/15/15 05:00PM

You wouldn’t want “abcde” to be the password standing between a hacker and your computer, and you don’t even do anything important on your computer. So why was it ever all right for hardware that facilitates American democracy to be so stupidly vulnerable?

Get to Know Marco Rubio, the Biggest Idiot Running for President

Adam Weinstein · 04/14/15 01:50PM

A lot of people in the United States don't know anything about soon-to-be ex-senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which means he theoretically still has a chance to be president, the same way the Philadelphia Phillies can still theoretically win this year's pennant. It will not last, and it will never have been realistic.

Jason Parham · 04/08/15 10:15AM

Residents of Ferguson made history yesterday with a record turnout, electing two black candidates—Ella Jones and Wesley Bell—to City Council. The noteworthy vote ushers in a new era for the local assembly: for the first time since Ferguson’s founding, half of the council seats are held by African Americans.

Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?

Hamilton Nolan · 12/03/14 01:13PM

A new poll shows populist (by American standards) darling Elizabeth Warren running at 10% in a hypothetical Democratic presidential primary, while Hillary Clinton stands at 65%. Still, the Clintons fear Elizabeth Warren. Why?

Tom Scocca · 11/04/14 04:24PM

Does America intentionally make nonwhite voters wait in longer lines to cast their ballots, to deliberately disenfranchise them? Or have centuries of white supremacy simply produced persistent across-the-board inequality of resources, which happens to include unequal access to voting machines?

No Matter Who Wins, Money Wins

Hamilton Nolan · 11/04/14 12:18PM

It is election day, when we celebrate the uniquely American system of democracy, in which every single dollar gets a vote.

John Oliver on the Elections That Actually Matter This Tuesday

Jay Hathaway · 11/03/14 11:10AM

State legislatures: their campaign ads may be completely ludicrous comedy goldmines, and even some of the incumbents are unhinged lunatics, but with Congress basically deadlocked, they're the only place shit gets done. John Oliver spent nearly 20 minutes mocking these buffoons last night, and explaining why you need to vote anyway.

Tennessee State Senator Can't Stop Getting Arrested

Gabrielle Bluestone · 10/19/14 10:53PM

A Tennessee state senator got himself arrested three times in one month, allegedly committing an array of crimes that leaves one wondering when he had any time to legislate.

Adam Weinstein · 08/07/14 02:59PM

How many times has voter-identification fraud really happened in the United States? As many as 31 times out of 1 billion ballots cast since 2000, one law professor's new research shows. The incidents may account for up to 234 ballots, or 0.0000234 percent of all the voting in America.

Adam Weinstein · 06/25/14 12:36PM

Sarah Palin-endorsed candidates are losing primaries, so maybe Sarah Palin will leave the Republican Party. "If Republicans are going to act like Democrats, what's the use in getting all gung ho about getting other Republicans in there?" she tells Sean Hannity. Yes. Yes.