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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as they attend a press event on tax reform on Sept. 27, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security

As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.

A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counterprotesters during a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8.

Survey: One-Third of Republicans Favor Leaders Unchecked by Courts or Congress

A new global survey finds that right-of-center ideology and education affect support for democracy.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Balloons drop as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

America Should Let a Thousand Political Parties Bloom

With the two party system coming apart, the United States ought to take its cues from Europe.

US President Donald Trump waits for a dinner with Latin American and US leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 18, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

I Would Vote for (a Sane) Donald Trump

As Republicans and Democrats abandon the middle ground, America’s two-party system is due for disruption.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.

US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Maryland, August 18, 2017, as he travels for meetings at Camp David before returning to Bedminster, New Jersey to continue his vacation.
US President Donald Trump is assembling his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat Friday to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or if he wants to try a new tack such as adding more forces -- or even withdrawing altogether.
 / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Right About Afghanistan

Those of us who have criticized the president when he has made mistakes should give him credit when he makes the right call.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) walk down the West Wing Colonnade prior to a statement by US President George W. Bush on the situation between Georgia and Russia in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 13, 2008. Russia must respect Georgia's territorial sovereignty, US President George W. Bush said Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates Should Apologize for Endorsing Rex Tillerson

Too many Republicans these days are convincing themselves that private handwringing or wincing is an adequate response.

US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses supporters at Macomb Community College on October 31, 2016 in  Warren, Michigan.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded fierce campaign trail attacks Monday, as the Republican underdog barnstormed Democratic territory in the race's final week and warned of a "constitutional crisis" should his rival win the White House. / AFP / JEFF KOWALSKY        (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Already a Lame Duck

The White House is in a tailspin, and even the president's fans are starting to realize it.

Washington, UNITED STATES: US Republican Senator from Kansas and presidential hopeful Sam Brownback delivers remarks to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), in Washington, DC, 14 March 2007. AFP PHOTO/MANNIE GARCIA (Photo credit should read MANNIE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Made the Right Call on Religious Freedom

The power and prestige of American statecraft cannot eliminate religious persecution, but when wielded effectively it can make a meaningful difference.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  After answering questions from reporters, Sen. John McCain departs the U.S. Capitol for a briefing on North Korea at the White House April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Members of U.S. President Donald Trump's national security team held a briefing on North Korea at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain

McCain fervently believes in the ennoblement of caring about something bigger than your own interests.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gestures to U.S. Rep. Peter King before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

John McCain Is a National Treasure

The Republican senator reflects the better aspects of what our democratic system can produce.

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.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10:  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) participates in a Senate Foreign relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing from us government officials on the situation in Ukraine.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

‘The U.S. Constitution Does Not Have to Be a Suicide Pact’

Once-fringe views about Islam and radicalization are becoming more mainstream.

BOZEMAN, MT - MAY 25:  Republican Greg Gianforte scelebrates with supporters after being declared the winner at a election night party for Montana's special House election against Democrat Rob Quist at the Hilton Garden Inn on May 25, 2017 in Bozeman, Montana. Gianforte won one day after being charged for assuulting a reporter. The House seat was left open when Montana House Representative Ryan Zinke was appointed Secretary of Interior by President Trump. (Photo by Janie Osborne/Getty Images)

From the Party of Lincoln to the Party of the Body Slam

Donald Trump has so thoroughly co-opted the Republican Party that it has given up everything it used to stand for.

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak during a campaign rally at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on October 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. There are 14 days until the the presidential election.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If Trump Would Only Stop Tweeting, He Might Actually Be a Good President

The White House’s foreign policy is normal. The commander-in-chief isn’t.

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