Kevin McCarthy was ousted as House speaker on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON October 3, 2023
McCarthy’s ouster was essentially preordained from the moment that he agreed to wear Matt Gaetz’s motion-to-vacate suicide vest. The only question now is whether he’s raptured right back.
Newsom is expected to name Feinstein’s replacement in the coming days, but her passing has already set into motion a chain reaction in the Senate.
WASHINGTON September 29, 2023
Notes on the Feinstein succession and Senate race after the passing of a political giant.
WASHINGTON September 28, 2023
So much of the legacy media, like politics, is essentially a gerontocracy, stuck in old ways of thinking and chasing outdated business models. Puck, which puts journalists and readers at the center of the equation, is trying something different.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribery payments.
WASHINGTON September 26, 2023
News and notes on the Senate Dems’ gamesmanship surrounding the Menendez indictment, schadenfreude emanating from Kari Lake’s Arizona Senate bid, and more.

Everyone who has a basic knowledge of the House is adjusting their behavior in preparation for a shutdown.
WASHINGTON September 20, 2023
The political class has accepted that only a miracle will prevent a shutdown, though there are some scattered Republicans and Democrats who believe that Kevin McCarthy could pull off a Hail Mary.
Democrats are eager to incorporate M.T.G. into their ads strategy.
WASHINGTON September 18, 2023
An inside look at the Democrats’ new M.T.G.-focused ads strategy, the Chip Roy paradox, and the drama surrounding the Senate’s new dress code.
Congressman Ronny Jackson was detained by a state trooper who was alarmed by his attempts to render aid to a collapsed teenager at a July 29 rodeo.
WASHINGTON September 14, 2023
News and notes on Ronny Jackson’s wild night at a Texas rodeo, Michael Cohen’s political dreams, and yet another federal probe into Robert Menendez.
WASHINGTON September 11, 2023
An inside look at how New York’s migrant crisis poses an existential threat to Hakeem Jeffries’ Senate future. Plus, notes on a particularly nasty House G.O.P. conference meeting.

Mitch McConnell
WASHINGTON August 30, 2023
Mitch McConnell’s leadership is not imminently imperiled, but his second public “freeze up” in as many months has reignited inevitable succession questions and the attendant rumor mill.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: 2023 J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON August 23, 2023
A who’s who of Hollywood donations to congressional candidates, plus updates on the formidable Slotkin campaign.
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