Ron Elving

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Beijing and Moscow unite in efforts to redefine democracy itself

Sunday, February 06, 2022

In a pointed message to their international critics, the two autocrats declared it was only up to their own people "to decide whether their State is a democratic one."


Week in politics: Russia and China align; RNC justifies Jan. 6; job growth

Saturday, February 05, 2022

The leaders of Russia and China solidified their ties, and the Republican National Committee suggested the Jan. 6 riots were "legitimate political discourse."


From Washington to Trump to Biden, new presidents meet unwanted foreign crises

Sunday, January 30, 2022

From George Washington's warning against "foreign entanglements" to Donald Trump's "America First," the pledge to keep the focus close to home has been almost as constant as the oath of office itself.


Week in politics: U.S. troops on alert at Russia-Ukraine border; Breyer retiring

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Tensions at the Ukraine-Russia border. Plus, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's resignation and President Biden's pledge to nominate the first-ever Black woman Supreme Court justice.


Biden's predecessors could have felt his first-year pain

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Yet these early reversals haven't always been hobbling. On the contrary, three of the past four presidents elected — and five of the past eight — have recovered from shaky starts to win re-election.


Week in politics: Biden hits 1-year anniversary in office

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Did President Joe Biden promise too much when he began his term a year ago? And what role did fellow Democrats, and the media, play in the current sense of disappointment?


Senate Democrats plan a vote to change the filibuster. So what is it?

Monday, January 17, 2022

The filibuster was once a rarely used tool for holding up Senate business. Now, it's a regular (still powerful) feature; some Democrats want it changed. Here are answers to your filibuster questions.


Week in politics: Vaccine mandates; Voting rights and inflation

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision blocking the Biden administration's employer vaccine-or-test mandate was just one of multiple disappointments the president experienced this past week.


Imagine another American Civil War, but this time in every state

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

If America has another civil war, it is more likely to be a war within the states than between them. Citizens of any state of any size, red or blue, may not have to go far to find a fight.


Week in politics: Russia sends troops to Kazakhstan; jobs up; Jan. 6 anniversary

Saturday, January 08, 2022

The unrest in Kazakhstan presents a fresh dilemma for President Biden. Also, what last month's low job creation numbers mean, and how Democrats are using the Jan. 6 riot to their advantage.


Week in politics: Biden says there is no federal solution to the pandemic

Saturday, January 01, 2022

President Joe Biden says there's no federal solution to the pandemic as cases climb dramatically.


Raising debt ceiling wasn't always a heated source of debate

Saturday, December 18, 2021

This week, Democrats pushed through a measure to raise the debt ceiling, to avoid a default on the nation's debt. But how did the debt ceiling become such a hot-button issue on Capitol Hill?


Week in politics: New information from Jan. 6 committee; Build Back Better stalled

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Revelations from the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, plus why the Build Back Better bill is not going to a vote in the Senate by Christmas.


Week in politics: Biden holds that inflation will be a short-term issue

Saturday, December 11, 2021

November's Consumer Price Index spells trouble for President Biden, though he emphasizes inflation is a short-term problem. Also, the latest in the January 6th investigation.


Week in politics: Congress passes temporary funding bill to avoid shutdown

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Congress narrowly avoids a government shutdown by passing a temporary funding bill. We look at what's next in Congress as well as the House committee investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


Week in politics: House issues more subpoenas to Trump allies in Jan. 6 investigation

Saturday, November 27, 2021

We look the latest on the House committee's investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, as well as the Biden administration's response to a new COVID-19 variant.


Trump, tough issues and personal rivalries test the GOP's reputation for unity

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Tensions are driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Trump, by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024.


Week in politics: The 'Build Back Better' bill is moving forward

Saturday, November 20, 2021

We track the progress of the $2 trillion Build Back Better bill, which passed the House on Friday morning and is heading to the Senate for further negotation.


Inflation is at 30-year highs. Here's how it's hurt past presidents

Friday, November 19, 2021

One of the lessons from inflationary eras past is that voters are less interested in causal responsibility than in forcing a change. In other words, if you are in office now, you are holding the bag.


In 'Betrayal,' ABC's Jonathan Karl asks: 'Must the Trump show go on?'

Monday, November 15, 2021

Karl notes often that Trump continues his campaign to invalidate the 2020 election — even now. The "Trump show" remains very much on stage, finding an audience and threatening to extend its run.