John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 16, 20179min509

The press conference convened to roll out House Bill 1230 — the <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1230" target="_blank">Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act</a> — was held in the blazing sun Thursday at noon and drew a crowd of supporters who lined up on the west steps of the Capitol behind the speakers. The press conference acted like another rally for multi-cultural solidarity in the Trump era. The bill, which is being heard in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, would bar officials in the state from providing any information that could be used by the federal government to unconstitutionally monitor or detain Colorado residents based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status or religious affiliation.


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayJanuary 12, 20179min928

It’s apparent that Donald J. Trump was — to employ a neologism coined by President George W. Bush 16 years ago — misunderestimated. But those who gave odds that he couldn’t transform from a successful businessman into a successful politician are now betting he can’t transform from a successful politician into a successful statesman. Meanwhile, his admirers expect the world of him. And worlds are notoriously difficult to deliver. These facts lead to this conclusion: It will be hugely helpful if the new president can make a strong start, by which I mean demonstrating leadership and vision and, most important, achieving a few quick but significant victories.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyNovember 23, 201611min417

“I have here in my hand a list of names,” Joe McCarthy is famously quoted as saying in the 1950s. The senator from Wisconsin is well storied in the history books as the public face symbolizing fears of communist subversion in the U.S. during the Cold War and leading charges that Soviet espionage was widespread in the highest ranks of the government. McCarthy’s anti-communist crusades and his tactics resulted in him becoming a political pariah — his colleagues in Congress censuring him in 1953. But while conceding McCarthy was unapologetically a demagogue, his tactics deplorable, his accusations frequently off the mark, Harvey Klehr, an expert on the American Communist movement and professor of politics and history at Emory University, argues Russian archives prove the senator was at least partially right about the scope of communist subversion.


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayAugust 11, 20169min331

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member. Bernie Sanders last week turned that on its head, saying he wouldn’t remain a member of any party that wouldn’t have him as its leader. Sanders decided to become a Democrat only last year and only so he could seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He went on to wage an energetic and occasionally entertaining campaign. In the end, which came at the Democratic National Convention last week, he endorsed Hillary Clinton. The next day he told reporters he again considered himself an independent, not a Democrat.