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

DeSantis, in Private Call, Sounds Off on Trump and Conservative News Media

Speaking with supporters in a call on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said he would not be Donald J. Trump’s vice president.

Biden administration cancels $1.2B in student loans with new repayment plan

President Biden starts notifying more than 150,000 student loan borrowers enrolled in the Save plan that their debts — totaling $1.2 billion — have been forgiven.

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New York City law to let non-citizen's vote ruled unconstitutional in appellate court

A New York City law that would let non-citizens vote in local elections has been ruled unconstitutional, an appellate court said Wednesday.

RFK Jr. Super PAC Counters DNC Claims With Billboards

American Values 2024, a super PAC supporting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s presidential campaign, struck back hard against allegations made by the Democratic National Committee that targeted him by erecting nine billboards across Michigan - complete wit…

Biden faults Trump’s vaccine rollout as he cites total covid death toll

The Trump administration developed the coronavirus vaccine, yet Biden knocks Trump’s vaccine efforts as he references more than 1 million dead.

Why Nikki Haley Isn’t Dropping Out

She dismissed speculation about her motives behind staying in the race, and has encouraged supporters to stick with her until the end, whenever that may be.

Tulsi Gabbard to Headline Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser

According to an invitation obtained by The Hill, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort next month.

Biden faces major challenge on Gaza in next week’s Michigan primary

Arab American and Muslim groups, boosted by progressive activists, are urging Democrats to vote “uncommitted” instead of for Biden.

Pro-Palestinian Group of Harvard Employees Removes Names, Loses a Prominent Professor

James Biden says President Biden had no involvement in his business deals

The president’s brother, questioned Wednesday by House committees, said President Biden was never part of his work.

Bill letting trained teachers carry guns passes West Virginia House

The Republican-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates voted Wednesday in favor of allowing trained teachers to carry guns in public schools.

New Scientist: Combat Colonialism With ... Cannibalism?

Hawaii officials request $1B in short-term Maui wildfire recovery funds

Officials in Hawaii have requested approximately $1 billion from the Legislature to subsidize short-term recovery expenses for last summer's Maui wildfire.

Ariz. Prosecutor Refuses to Extradite N.Y. Murder Suspect

Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell said on Wednesday she will not extradite a New York murder suspect back to the state because Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg cannot be trusted to keep the man locked up, the New York Post reported.

Indiana lawmakers advance tenure reform bill for public universities

Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill that would limit tenure at public higher education institutions, with the House Committee on Education approving it along party lines.

Supporters of Legal Abortion Are Divided on Strategy in 2024

Supporters of legal abortion debate whether direct-democracy elections in conservative states with strong pro-life laws merit their financial investment. 

California GOP Chair Roasts Biden for Fundraising Trip to the State

Motorpsycho Nightmare

Robert Pirsig’s insufferable cult novel about philosophy and bike maintenance turns 50.

CPAC Enforces New Rule Barring Left-Wing Journalists

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), chaired by Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union, has implemented a significant policy change, disallowing credentials for left-wing journalists, reported Mediaite.

Biden faces major challenge on Gaza in next week’s Michigan primary

Arab American and Muslim groups, boosted by progressive activists, are urging Democrats to vote “uncommitted” instead of for Biden.

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Block a Biden Plan on Air Pollution

Several conservative justices were skeptical of the administration’s “good neighbor” rule on cross-state pollution, meant to protect downwind states from harmful emissions.

Another GOP Biden ‘informant.’ Another indictment and link to Russia.

Alexander Smirnov is merely the latest. A half-dozen are now accused or convicted criminals. Many others have faced sanctions over their Russia ties.

Biden Calls Republicans in Congress ‘Worse’ Than Strom Thurmond

The president also offered a degree of praise for Mr. Thurmond, the longtime segregationist, saying that while “he did terrible things,” he later took steps in support of civil rights.

A Moronic Inferno

America First and the looming spectre of an illiberal international.

In Election Year, Biden's Team More Hostile Toward Press

With a reelection campaign underway, there are signs that those behind the president are starting to more aggressively and publicly challenge how how he is portrayed.

Matthew Whitaker to Newsmax: James Biden Story Is Crucial

Matthew Whitaker told Newsmax on Wednesday congressional testimony by Joe Biden’s brother James Biden is important because it locks in his story regarding allegations of influence peddling and other criminal activity by the president and members o…

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.

Haley accuses Trump of siding with a 'dictator and a tyrant' as she blasts him over lack of Putin criticism

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's turning up the volume in her attacks on rival Donald Trump over the former president's hesitance to criticize Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Sugar Daddy Joe Biden and the Student-Loan Hustle

The Biden administration’s efforts to bribe Millennials with taxpayer money continues, this time to the tune of $1.2 billion.

Records show Biden dog, Commander, attacked Secret Service members at least 24 times

Commander Biden, the Biden family dog, reportedly attacked U.S. Secret Service staff members at least 24 times before he was removed from the White House campus.

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A Clear Blue Sky Over Israel

What one survivor of Hamas's October 7 atrocities saw at the Nova music festival

What Tom Suozzi’s Win Means for Democrats

His special-election victory offers his party a road map for rebutting Republicans on immigration this fall.

Why Republican Politicians Do Whatever Trump Says

The former president’s stories of business dominance were often exaggerated. With Republican politicians, he’s found a group he can control.

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.

Equality Is Not Immunity

Societies may improve, but protesters’ arguments remain the same.

China's AI Firms Are Copying US Innovations, Still Several Years Behind

Posh Eco-Loons Need To Check Their Privilege

The upper-crust halfwits of Just Stop Oil are causing misery to ordinary people.

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.

$399 Gold Trump Sneakers About a Lot More Than Shoes

What is Trump really selling when he is selling footwear?

Another GOP Biden ‘informant.’ Another indictment and link to Russia.

Alexander Smirnov is merely the latest. A half-dozen are now accused or convicted criminals. Many others have faced sanctions over their Russia ties.

Solving the ‘Puzzle’ of Negative Consumer Sentiment in One Chart

The is no wonder why consumers have negative views about the economy.

Colorado lawmakers eye regulatory funeral home crackdown over mishandled remains cases

Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday took aim at the state's comparatively lax regulations on funeral homes, on the heels of two recent, egregious cases of mishandled human remains.

Delegation Led by Mike Gallagher Says U.S. Support for Taiwan Is Firm

Divisions in Congress over aid for Ukraine, along with delays in arms deliveries to Taiwan, have some looking for more assurance in the face of pressure from China.

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Tenn. Gov. Signs Bill Refusing Gay Weddings

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed a measure on Wednesday allowing public officials to decline conducting same-sex marriages, reported The Hill.

Quinnipiac Poll: Trump Slicing Into Biden's Lead

Former President Donald Trump is whittling away at President Joe Biden's lead in a hypothetical 2024 general election matchup, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Beginning in Gladness, Ending in Madness

1900–1950 was a golden age of literary eccentricity.

A Revolution on Race?

With ‘The End of Race Politics,’ Coleman Hughes enters the ranks of the most mature and sophisticated analysts of the all-American skin game.

The Houthis Are Not Deterred

The Biden administration’s plan for restoring the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea has failed.

Hamas’s ‘Sadistic’ Sexual Assault Detailed by Israel’s Rape Crisis Centers

Hamas sexually assaulted Israeli women ‘in all arenas’ where the October 7 massacre took place.

Javier Milei and the Spanish Tradition of Liberty

The Spanish tradition of limited government is older than the Magna Carta. Argentina will do well to revive it.

The Special Election That Could Give Democrats Hope for November

Today marks the start of their campaign to retake Congress.

In San Francisco, Minimum Police Staffing Will Cost Extra If Progressives Get Their Way

Spies, Honeytraps, and Dissident Hunters

The Chinese Communist Party lives, breathes, and hallucinates espionage.

The Informant Turned Defendant Who Took Aim at the Bidens

How Alexander Smirnov managed to convince business partners, law enforcement agencies and politicians he had something of value to offer remains an enigma.

Julian Assange's US extradition hearing wraps up in London, decision not expected until at least next month

Julian Assange's hearing at the British High Court for his possible final appeal challenging his U.S. extradition has concluded, and he was absent for the second day in a row.

The Validation Brigade Salutes Trump

Full support of the former president has become almost banal among Republicans, like joining a grocery line.

U.S. Should Get Out of Israel-Palestine Game

Forty years of Western peacemaking have seen nothing but deteriorating conditions in the Holy Land.

Democrat in crucial Senate race under fire for past amnesty, sanctuary city 'support' as border crisis spirals

Rep. Ruben Gallego, the Democrat front-runner in Arizona's Senate race, is taking heat from critics over his past "support" for illegal immigrant amnesty and sanctuary cities.

What Biden Bull Market?

‘No Peace, B****,’ Meghan McCain Tells Kari Lake

“We don’t have any McCain Republicans in here, do we?” former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake asked her audience at a 2022 campaign event. “Well,…

Iowa District No Longer Able to Punish Students for ‘Misgendering’ Classmates

More than a thousand school districts maintain policies allowing schools to conceal a child’s gender transition from his parents.

Is The Chosen Bad for Real Religion?

There’s some controversy about the drama series.

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…

The Real Difference Between Trump and Biden

Watching both men in office reveals a sharp distinction.

What Would It Take to Convince Americans That the Economy Is Fine?

When it comes to prosperity, Americans trust feelings more than facts.

Election Deniers Seek to Rewrite the Law

More than 70 bills in at least 25 states draw some connection to election conspiracy theories.

On Biology and Politics

Why the Left must take human evolution seriously.

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 GOP Has Crossed an Ominous Threshold on Foreign Policy

A new study of Republican attitudes helps explain why.

Trump’s ‘Knock on the Door’

The former president and his aides are formulating plans to deport millions of migrants.

Secret Service Had to Adjust Tactics to Avoid Bites From Biden’s Dog

Newly released documents recorded at least 24 biting episodes before Commander, the president’s German shepherd, was banished from the White House last fall.

Illinois GOP Slams Gov. Pritzker Over Migrant Funding

Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker, during his State of the State address on Wednesday, called for a budget proposal of $182 million to be directed toward the health care costs of illegal migrants in his State, the Center Square reported.

Charges Against Two White Nationalists Are Dismissed as ‘Selective Prosecution’

A federal judge found that prosecutors were biased in pursuing charges against the two men and not against far-left activists who had also committed acts of violence at the same events.

After Alabama ruling, Nikki Haley says ‘embryos, to me, are babies’

The presidential candidate’s comments came in response to a first-of-its-kind ruling that embryos created for IVF treatment are considered children.

Russians Who Defect or Merely Tell the Truth Face Severe Consequences

Deregulation vs. Subsidies

With deregulation, there is less opportunity than there is with further regulation to exercise power.

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…

Why Attacks on Trump’s Mental Acuity Don’t Land

A decade-old interview shows he has long sounded unhinged.

Podcast #232: Is Israel Really Committing Genocide in Gaza?

‘What South Africa’s evidence really shows us is that there’s a war going on—and that the Israelis are determined to destroy Hamas. But that’s a far cry from genocide.’

Former CNN Anchor Announces Run for Congress

Johns Hopkins: Citizens Need to Be Disarmed to Protect Democracy

In the Country of Last Things

A look back at the work and impressively productive life of Brooklyn’s most famous resident, Paul Auster.

CNN Political Briefing

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

You Can't Compare Trump's Record to Bidenomics

We know too much about Trump to pretend he might manage the economy. He ruined businesses, tanked the budget and has now been exposed as a fraud.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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

How Many Zeroes in Net Zero?

When voters discover the truth, their enthusiasm for the current trajectory of net-zero policies is likely to fade very rapidly.

Analysis: Younger people are less likely to express worry about American democracy

How Trump is becoming more authoritarian

What the media means when it says Trump has authoritarian plans for his second term

Biden Mulling Plan That Could Restrict Asylum Claims at the Border

The action under consideration could prevent people from making asylum claims during border crossing surges. The White House says it is far from a decision on the matter.

Americans Are Not Buying 'Bidenomics'

President Biden insists that "costs have fallen [for] everything from a gallon of gas to a gallon of milk," even as last month's inflation numbers tell a much different story.

Rep. Comer to Newsmax: James Biden 'Least Believable'

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., told Newsmax on Wednesday that James Biden, brother of President Joe Biden, did not present himself as a credible witness while testifying earlier in the day as part of the House's impeachment inquiry.

Biden’s Hidden Economic Success

His agenda is driving more investment into communities left for scrap.

James Biden ‘contradicted’ himself during testimony on brother’s involvement in family business: GOP lawmakers

GOP lawmakers have accused James Biden of contradicting himself during testimony about his brother’s involvement with family business dealings.