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Let a Thousand Parties Bloom

The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.

President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 16. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome, and It’s Getting Worse

The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom.

WINTERSET, IA - JANUARY 19:   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a copy of Time Magazine outside the John Wayne Birthplace Museum on January 19, 2016 in Winterset, Iowa. Trump received the endorsement of Aissa Wayne, John Wayne's daughter. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Could Donald Trump Lose in the GOP Primaries?

It’s more likely than you might think. And it’s not too early to see how a challenger could win.

WASHINGTON - MAY 08:  An employee walks outside the World Bank headquarters May 8, 2007 in Washington, DC. Recent reports indicate that the global financial institution may soon resolve controversies surrounding its President Paul Wolfowitz.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Bill Would Decimate World Bank Funding

The proposed bill slashes more than half a billion dollars, or almost half of U.S. funding for the organization.

STANFORD, CA - DECEMBER 17:  Books sit on a shelf at the Cecil H. Green Library on the Stanford University Campus December 17, 2004 in Stanford, California. Google, the internet search engine, has announced a long-term project to put 15 million books from seven of the world's most prestigious libraries online and make them searchable. Included will be the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library and the University of Oxford, including the Bodleian. Books and periodicals will be scanned and project is expected to take six years and cost more than $100 million.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What Are Republicans Reading? An Elephants in the Room Summer 2017 Reading List.

As summer travel and holidays get underway, your Elephants in the Room contributors have resurrected a tradition from our erstwhile Shadow Government days and put together our summer reading list.


At This Rate, Kid Rock Will Be President Soon. What Are His Foreign-Policy Views?

Kid Rock is a true “American Bad Ass” who will never back down from a fight. Maybe that's why some Republicans think he should run for Senate.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 04:  Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at The Great Hall at Heinz Field on November 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With less than a week to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This Lifetime GOP Voter Is With Her

Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton, and why real Republicans should, too.

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on February 12, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The process to select the next Democratic and Republican Presidential candidate continues. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

What the Hell Happened to My Republican Party?

The party of principled conservatism, of promoting freedom at home and abroad, has become a party of conspiracy-mongering, authoritarianism, and white power.


Once Upon a Time, Another Tycoon Stole the GOP

But unlike Donald Trump, Wendell Willkie was a powerful proponent of internationalism and America’s role as a global steward.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15, 2016.

Biden Slams Trump on National Security: ‘His Shame Has No Limits’

The vice president singles out Trump’s friendliness toward Russia and his claim that Obama “founded” ISIS as evidence the GOP nominee is “already making our country less safe.”

A Research Scientist demonstrates how they will disect the mosquitos to collect the saliva glands, here using dead insects,  in the new mosquito harvesting labs at Sanaria Inc., a new Manufacturing Facility for producing the World's first "Whole-Parasite" Malaria Vaccine, 26 October 2007 in Rockville, Maryland. Sanaria in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, a nonprofit health initiative, is developing a new vaccine that uses a weakened form of the malaria parasite to fight the disease. The vaccines is expected to go to clinical trials in 2008 in adult US volunteers.      AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN                  =MORE PHOTOS IN IMAGE FORUM= (Photo credit should read )

Dear Washington: The Time to Prepare for Zika Has Come and Gone

Act now, or bear the blame for the virus's devastating effects.


Donald Trump Is the Peace Candidate

He alone can end 70 years of dangerous tensions with Russia — by extending a hand of friendship to our longtime adversary.


Put a Fork in the Tradition of GOP Foreign Policy Competence

In this race, Clinton is the national security candidate and Trump is putting America at risk.

TANZANIA - MARCH 03: African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), Elephantidae, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. (Photo by )

The Republican Party Is on the Verge of Extinction

A naturalist’s guide to the endangered American Republican elephant.

Christian protesters in Public Square during the second day of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland, OH.

Packing Heat in Public Square

On the streets of Cleveland, armed protesters, police, and skeptical Clevelanders gather outside the Republican National Convention.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Melania Trump, wife of Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Maybe Melania Trump Should Read Her Alma Mater’s New Plagiarism Policy

The university Melania Trump claims to have attended recently tweaked its plagiarism policies.

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/12/20: Muslim-American men from a local mosque pray in front of Trump Tower. Several hundred demonstrators rallied outside of Trump Tower at East 56th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to condemn Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's position on immigration rights; after rallying for nearly two hours, demonstrators marched to Herald Square. (Photo by )

Not All Islamists Are Out to Kill Us

And other lessons about the GOP's overblown, dangerous rhetoric about radical jihadi terrorism.