Smash The Bubble

Reality is a social construct. Today we have two divergent, almost contradictory realities in America, and the country is roughly evenly split between them.

This is because we tend to get trapped in a filter bubble where we simply don't see the news that the other half is focused on. We consume our news only from partisan outlets that echo and re-affirm our worldview.

The result is that each half of the population believes that the other half is crazy/stupid/intolerant. This is unhealthy, even dangerous.

This site is an attempt to intermingle daily news stories from both sides of the aisle so you can see what the other half of the country is seeing.

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Today's Headlines

Trump's New Dictatorship Is Increasingly Inevitable

There is a clear path to dictatorship in the United States, and it is getting shorter every day. So why is everyone behaving like normal?

Black Progress and Black Rage

A new biopic about Bayard Rustin and the New York Met’s opera about the life of Malcolm X celebrate very different notions of black struggle.

UN Women Condemns Hamas Rapes Only 55 Days Late

Maybe It's Time to Pardon Derek Chauvin

The Great Unlearning: The New Issue of NR Is Out

Voluntary disregard for the lessons of history has brought us crisis after crisis. Remembering will get us out of them.

Geert Wilders Aims To Stop the Invasion of Europe

Our myna-bird media refer to Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who could be the next prime minister of the Netherlands, as far right, hard right, an anti-Islam firebrand and a Donald Trump clone.

Ammon Bundy Has Disappeared

An anti-government extremist seemed on the verge of another standoff with the law. Then he vanished.

3 armed suspects accused of breaking into Virginia home, assaulting and demanding money from 2 inside

Fairfax County police say three men broke into a home in McLean, Virginia, last week, assaulted two people inside and demanded money during a burglary.

The ‘Great Red vs. Blue State Debate’ that wasn’t

A debate that was billed as a chance for Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom to compare their governing philosophies really wasn’t about that, thanks in large part to the host.

Three Officials Have Left a Pro-DeSantis Super PAC in the Group's Latest Shake-up, AP Sources Say

Three senior members of a super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis left the group on Saturday, the latest sign of instability within the 2024 hopeful's political operation just six weeks before the Iowa Republican caucuses.Kristin Davison parte…

McCarthy Eyes Exit From House After Speakership Loss

The California Republican is still angry at his ouster and has struggled to acclimate. His colleagues expect him to retire, but he has taken his time deciding.

‘Medical Freedom’ Activists Take Aim at New Target: Childhood Vaccine Mandates

Mississippi has long had high childhood immunization rates, but a federal judge has ordered the state to allow parents to opt out on religious grounds.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

Campaign Source Reveals the Moment Team DeSantis Knew it Had Newsom

George Santos Was Finally Too Much for Republicans

The New York representative’s brief congressional career was finished by a decisive vote to expel him. He was a performer until the end.

U.N. Agency for Palestinians Asks Israeli Journalist to Remove Post about Its Alleged Link to a Hostage-Taker

The demand is nothing short of authoritarian.

Henry Kissinger’s High Society Life in New York With Celebrities

After leaving the White House, he returned to New York and became an in-demand guest, hitting the party circuit with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna.

At Core of Purdue Pharma Case: Who Can Get Immunity in Settlements?

A broad ruling by the Supreme Court could mean the end of a strategy for resolving claims of mass injury in bankruptcy court in which organizations receive expansive legal protections.

Rep. Loudermilk: 'All' Jan. 6 Deposition Tapes Have Disappeared

The chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., has reported that "all" video depositions given to the Democrat-led House select committee on Jan. 6 have disappeared.

The House May Regret Breaking Norms and Precedents to Expel George Santos

Not waiting for Santos to be convicted in court before expelling him may only make Congress more partisan and dysfunctional than it already is.

White House press secretary acted ‘contrary’ to Hatch Act, watchdog says

The Office of the Special Counsel said Karine Jean-Pierre and a deputy press secretary failed to comply with the law, designed to limit the political activity of government employees, when they slammed “MAGA” Republicans in June.

Gov. DeSantis Completing 'Full Grassley' in Iowa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the first major Republican presidential primary candidate to complete the "Full Grassley" 99-county tour across Iowa, capping it Saturday with a rally in Jasper County.

Trump attempts to spin anti-democracy, authoritarian criticism against Biden

Former president Trump sought to turn the tables on rising alarms from Democrats and some Republicans that Trump’s return to power would imperil free elections and civil liberties.

Gaza and the Asymmetry Trap

The defeat of Hamas is a moral necessity, but that does not obviate Israel’s responsibility to minimize civilian suffering.

Rep. Stefanik: Senate Israel Aid Vote 'Unacceptable'

It is "stunning and unacceptable" that Senate Democrats rejected the House's stand-alone funding bill for Israel, particularly since the vote came on the day of the huge pro-Israel rally at the National Mall, Rep. Elise Stefanik told Newsmax on Sa…

Meet the woman steering Biden's bipartisan winning streak on Capitol Hill

The Biden administration managed to rack up a long list of major legislative wins in its first two years despite facing one of the most closely-divided Congresses in history. From bipartisan action on infrastructure, gun safety and same-sex marria…

The Stunning Election in Argentina Is a Warning to Biden

Javier Milei's upset victory is a testament to the power of a sideshow.

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They Might Want You to Eat Bugs, But They Would Prefer You Weren't Here at All

Rudy Giuliani to Newsmax: Trump Has Experience to Turn US Around

Former President Donald Trump knows everything that has to be done to reverse the country, and "why I think it's so powerful is he's [already] done it," Rudy Giuliani, Trump's former attorney, said on Newsmax Saturday night after the GOP...

Hard-right backtrack on spending levels leaves sour taste for colleagues

“It could have saved ourselves some time,” one Republican House member said.

Why the Fifth Circuit Keeps Making Such Outlandish Decisions

The court is leaning into its reputation as a welcoming home for right-wing litigation.

These six battleground states could cost President Biden the White House in 2024

The latest polls suggest former President Donald Trump is edging President Biden in many of the key general election battleground states in 2024

The fine print of the Respect for Marriage Act

Let's start with the positive: Republicans and Democrats are coming together to protect same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court.

Manhunt Underway for LA Serial Killer Targeting the Homeless

How Biden Might Recover

The president just revealed his plan to win a second term.

Peace Requires Palestinians To Shed Victimhood

Imagine a world in which Palestinians and their supporters succeeded in establishing, for the first time, a country called Palestine.

Key Freedom Caucus member predicts House GOP will fall short of government funding goals

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., one of eight Republicans who voted to oust ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, predicted the House GOP will fall short of its goals in the government funding fight.

The mega rich are the new political bosses. Is that bad for democracy?

Billionaires and multimillionaires exert growing influence in politics but regular citizens are about to have their say.

DeSantis says conservatives won't be 'gaslit' by 'people who think we're dumb' after Newsom debate

Florida Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis tells Iowa voters that conservatives won't be "gaslit" by "people who think we're dumb" following his debate with California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The Athens of Asia: A History of Gaza

For much of its history, Gaza moved people, things, and ideas by land and sea, and its name was associated with geographic interconnectedness.

Where Are the Women of Astraea?

As an organization rooted in ‘resistance,’ Astraea said after Hamas’s October 7 attacks against Israel that it ‘stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine.’

Upheaval Continues at DeSantis Super PAC as Another Top Official Departs

The firing of the new chief executive creates more uncertainty at the well-funded group that has played a key role in the Florida governor’s effort to win the Republican primary.

About That Growth in Inequality

A new peer-reviewed study could shatter the familiar talking point that U.S. income inequality has been growing.

The New Normal?

Election results in the Netherlands and Argentina provide evidence of the vigour and variety of the New Right and its global reach.

How Kyrsten Sinema's decision makes Democrats' 2024 Senate map tighter

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema decided to shake up the political world on Friday by becoming an independent. The former Democrat is still caucusing with the party in the Senate, so the Democratic caucus still has 51 members. Now, instead of 49 Democr…

Trump’s Defense to Charge That He’s Anti-Democratic? Accuse Biden of It

Indicted over a plot to overturn an election and campaigning on promises to shatter democratic norms in a second term, Donald Trump wants voters to see Joe Biden as the bigger threat.

Iranian Drone Took 'Unsafe' Action Near US Carrier

An Iranian drone flew over a jet from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Wing in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner" last Tuesday, Central Command said in a statement.

The Republicans Have No Majority

Speaker Mike Johnson averted a government shutdown by relying on the strategy that doomed his predecessor: a bailout from Democrats. How much longer will conservatives let him get away with it?

Sandra Day O'Connor, Champion of Federalism

The Justice brought to the Supreme Court a respect for the role of the states in the constitutional order.

Title IX and the Assault on Hillsdale College

The school gets no federal money, but a lawsuit seeks to rope it in because it’s a tax-exempt nonprofit.

What to know about Donald Trump’s gag orders in D.C. and New York

The former president faces limited gag orders in his federal election-obstruction case in D.C. and his New York civil fraud case.

DeSantis super PAC fires interim CEO after less than 2 weeks in latest shakeup of top officials

GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis' super PAC, Never Back Down, fired its interim CEO as the group continues a staff shakeup with only a month and a half until the Iowa caucus.

Hunter Biden's Missing 'Services'

A bank examiner raised concerns about the president’s son’s account in 2018.

Javier Milei and the Libertarian Tradition

His political ascent was meteoric, but classical liberalism has a storied history in Argentina.

AI Is the Y2K Crisis, Only This Time It's Real

Computers didn’t cause the expected havoc as we rang 2000 in. They’ve been doing so slowly ever since.

Court of Appeals Orders Texas to Remove Buoy Border Barrier along the Rio Grande River

Joint Chiefs chairman says 'we all should be' worried about China possibly invading Taiwan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said Saturday that Americans should be concerned about the chances of China invading Taiwan.

DeSantis’s Education Policies in Florida Drive Out Liberal-Leaning Professors

Liberal-leaning professors are leaving coveted jobs with tenure. And there are signs that recruiting scholars has become harder.

Pro-DeSantis super PAC fires CEO amid turmoil

A super PAC that has run much of Ron DeSantis’s presidential operation has fired its CEO less than two weeks after the previous chief executive resigned.

GOP Rep. demands answers from Biden administration on Catholic priest imprisoned 26 years: 'Innocent man'

GOP Rep. Chris Smith is calling on the Biden administration to provide answers about a Catholic priest the international community says is wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua.

Now It’s Nikki Haley

She’s squarely challenging Ron DeSantis for second place in the Republican primary, no matter how second that place may be.

Rep. Biggs: Mayorkas Migrant Misgendering Out of Touch

Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs on Saturday criticized Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for instructing Border Patrol agents to avoid misgendering illegal migrants.

Philly Bans Masks. Will it Matter?

Group of Swing State Muslims Vows to Ditch Biden in 2024 Over His war Stance

Muslim community leaders from several swing states pledged to withdraw support for U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday at a conference in suburban Detroit, citing his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.Democrats in Michigan have warned the W…

Family Problems

On this week’s second edition of The Editors, Rich and Michael discuss the disappointing statistics on abortion.

The ‘Anti-Defeat’ Candidate

90 minutes in a van with Dean Phillips

Why a Blue-Leaning Swing State Is Getting Redder

Joe Biden’s standing in Nevada probably isn’t as bad as polling suggests. But Democrats should still be worried.

Congress Expels George Santos. Who's Next?

Allowing due process for indicted lawmakers is now out the window.

Christians more likely to be skeptical of AI, worry about technology in churches

Christians are more likely to express skepticism about AI and generally are opposed to using generative artificial intelligence in church services, according to a survey.

Ron DeSantis Completes the ‘Full Grassley’ Tour of All 99 Iowa Counties

Ron DeSantis bets his presidential campaign on Iowa, campaigning in all of the state’s 99 counties.

CNN Political Briefing

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

George Santos’s expulsion, by the numbers

Santos’s tenure, the vote itself, and where it all leaves us.

Victim Blaming Revisited

Exploring biases and criticisms in the perception of crime victims, from robbery to rape.

Where Are the Women of AWID?

Usual suspects fund AWID.

The Biden-Blinken Rules of War for Israel

The U.S. tells Israelis how they must fight in Gaza, which could help Hamas.

Pro-Palestinian Protester Set Herself on Fire Outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta

Newsom's California Tax Whopper

The Governor uses some fuzzy math on his state’s relative tax burden in his debate with Ron DeSantis.

Examining the ‘Jews Stole the Land in Palestine and Must Leave’ Argument

It’s odd to hear such a claim from people who usually don’t care the least bit about property rights.

NRA blasts doctor who testified before Congress in gun violence hearing: 'Gun control extremist'

GOP Sen. Kennedy and Yale's Ranney clashed over gun violence at a Senate hearing, sparking social media debate on comparing firearm death rates in Chicago and other states

DeSantis Finishes His Iowa 99, Hoping for a Bump Against Trump

The Florida governor said his tour of all the state’s counties was evidence of his commitment to Iowa voters, even as he remained far behind Donald Trump in state polls.

Rep. Van Duyne to Newsmax: Israeli Recall Shows Hamas Must End

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, commenting on Newsmax on Saturday after Israeli authorities recalled its team of negotiators from Qatar, said that the move backs up Israel's stance that the war must continue and Hamas must be destroyed.

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Cities Use Covid Funds to Run Guaranteed-Income Experiments

There is already plenty of evidence that government handouts are harmful to poor families.

Actually, Governor Newsom, Florida Is a Border State

Of all the misstatements made by Gavin Newsom during his debate with Ron DeSantis, this is one of the stranger ones.

The notable legal clouds that continue to hang over Donald Trump

All eyes are on former President Donald Trump, who has launched another White House bid.

George Santos Reveals One Truth: It’s Easy to Abuse Campaign Finance Laws

The newly ousted congressman, while an extreme case, illustrated the weaknesses of a system that relies on politicians to report their finances in good faith.

Dick Morris to Newsmax: Biden's Slide Due to Pro-Palestinian Stance

In a recent appearance on Newsmax's"Saturday Report," bestselling author and current adviser to President Donald Trump, Dick Morris, he analyzed the decline in President Joe Biden's poll numbers, attributing it to his stance on the Israeli-Hamas c…

Will GM Shareholders Survive the EV Meltdown?

With a big share buyback, Mary Barra reminds investors that gas-powered trucks provide the profits.

Done Talking: Israel Orders Mossad Negotiators Out of Qatar

Jewish High School Students Passing on Ivy League

Germany Gets Honest About What Net Zero Will Cost

A court forces Germans to debate what they’re willing to sacrifice for climate. Answer: Maybe not much.

My Father, My Faith, and Donald Trump

Here, in our house of worship, people were taunting me about politics as I tried to mourn.

Chasing the Ice Moon

A new book describes the crackpot anthropological theories that Nazis used to justify their belief in Aryan racial superiority.

Everything you need to know about Biden's student loan forgiveness program

President Joe Biden's federal student loan forgiveness program, which promises to deliver up to $20,000 of debt relief for millions of borrowers, is on hold indefinitely as legal challenges work their way through the courts.

The Heckler’s Veto and the Right to Free Association

It's not just a matter of weighing up one group’s free speech against another group’s counter-speech. It’s also about one group’s freedom of association being impeded.

Why Does the Intersectional Left Defend Hamas?

Sectarian morality arises from the concept of collective guilt.

Biden Administration Unleashes Powerful Regulatory Tool Aimed at Climate

Its new estimate of the economic impact of climate change could create the legal justification for aggressive new regulations.

Trump calls out immigration crisis during Iowa caucus rally, says he will keep world peaceful, safe

During a GOP "Commit to Caucus" Iowa presidential campaign rally Saturday, former President Trump said he would immediately implement travel restrictions on terror-plagued countries.

Lankford enters arena of bipartisan talks, with global security package on the line

A relatively low-profile Republican is leading talks on the most difficult, contentious issue Congress has faced in the last 20 years — border and migration laws — and if he fails, an entire global security package could go down with him.

Is Biden Toast?

Obama won reelection despite Biden-esque polling numbers, but the comparison goes only so far.

Why new Ariz. indictments are key in the fight against election subversion

Refusing to certify election results has emerged as an unpredictable anti-democratic weapon. Now it’s leading to accountability.

US Has Fueled Israel's Decades-Long War on Palestinians

This is the last colonial war in the modern age, fought to establish the hegemony and the absolute rights of one people over the other.

“There’s Nothing Mystical About the Idea that Ideas Change History”

An interview with Steven Pinker.

Margins of Error

Look closely at almost anything and you'll find data—lots of it. But what are those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? Harry Enten is on a mission to find out.