Cuban Protestors in Havana, July 2021

The protests in Cuba — and potentially the revolution in Cuba — are eleven million different stories, each with between sixty and five hundred years of history informing their independent trajectories, but they are pointing in the same direction: People can become hungry enough, and tired enough to take on monsters. I can’t speak to the level of suffering that has driven Cubans to the streets, but I am already cringing from the spectators’ reactions up north, where ideologies will guide much of the parsing.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will see all of the Fidelista brutality, and none of…


Sometimes a pawn sacrifice changes the game.

For a few years back in high school, I made a feint at becoming a chess whiz. It was unsuccessful, though I did manage to become a grandmaster of Cheez Whiz, so that’s sort of the same thing.

I was on the high school chess club but never made it above the fourth chair. I played in a few local tournaments and did okay, but never threatened the finals, or the semifinals, or the quarter-finals. I’d win a game, maybe two. I’d draw a few and lose a few. I think my highest rating was somewhere around 1100 — which…


Senator Krysten Sinema, (D-AZ)

“It is time for the Senate to debate the legislative filibuster, so senators and our constituents can hear and fully consider the concerns and consequences.”

That line is the one interesting pull from Senator Sinema’s WaPo Op-Ed in what is otherwise a rerun of her previous statements in support for the filibuster. She warns against riffing back and forth between extremes when the Senate changes hands. She lauds the spirit of cooperation, as evidenced by the (stalled) bipartisan working groups on infrastructure and police reform. She positions herself as an independent voice for Arizona — a swing-state of swing states…


We’re a few minutes into America’s first federally recognized, National Juneteenth holiday, and I’m wondering how exactly to celebrate — if that’s even the right word, given my history with the history. It’s odd, as a privileged white man, to confront the day. It’s odder still as a white man who taught history for thirteen years at a public high school in Brooklyn, and yet never once did a full lesson on that particular expression of Jubilee. I mentioned it, for sure, but never did I even dedicate a single forty-five-minute class to the history of the first Juneteenth, a…


The GOP Eyes Rep. Elizabeth Cheney

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has scheduled the public flogging of Liz Cheney for sometime tomorrow afternoon. Congresswoman Cheney (R-WY), is expected to be driven from her position as the third-ranking Republican in the House for the Great Apostasy of Truth: She won’t embrace the Big Lie that unites the Republican Party in these waning days of Donald Trump.

You all know the story, for sure: After having gutted most foundational conservative policy positions, the only remaining power center in the Republican Party is the Phantom of Mar-a-Lago. His entire focus, being an ex-President and all, is how unjustly the…


Reporting around H.R.-1, also known as the For the People Act, has been simply terrible, but that’s not entirely the fault of the journalists trying to cover the fight. Very few of them think like historians or lawyers; and even those who do would have trouble parsing the argument in a way that would make sense to their viewers or readers in quick soundbites or 500-wordcount limits from editors.

Fortunately, we’ve got the time, and the space, to unfold it all here.

First, what is it? What is H.R.-1?

Well, it is also S-1. Both the House and the Senate…


The Captain of Compromise — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Dear President Biden,

Last night, Joe Manchin wrote an op-ed saying that compromise in the Senate is still possible under the current filibuster rules, and that he’s committed to crafting bipartisan legislation the whole nation might support.

To my mind, that is like suggesting we build a concrete airplane to the future, but Manchin says it can be done. He says he see the way forward. So here’s my humble suggestion: Hire him, very publicly, as your pilot. In fact, you should go even further. Hire Joe Manchin as your legislative pilot, and book his whole family tickets in First…


Here’s a theory on why the boss has been silent.

The elemental construct of a post-Trumpian world is upon us, and is very simple: Democrats wish to govern, and make life better for the vast majority of our people, so as to justify the continuation of our reign. Republicans, on the other hand, hope to stoke a culture war of sufficient volatility, so that — once their dark messiah returns from the fetid swamplands — he can reap the political winds and return them to positions of authority. Only time will tell which strategy will find purchase with the electorate.


The Senate will likely pass the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Bill in the next few days through budget reconciliation. Later in the year, the Dems will come back to do a second bill — an infrastructure bill — also on the reconciliation line. That’s a rare opportunity, as you normally only get one a year, but the last Congress punted on doing a budget for fiscal year 2021, so technically — this one is really THAT one, and the next one, in the fall, will be for fiscal year 2022. …


Knucklehead Poses for Dramatic Mugshot in Full MAGA-Gear

It’s past midnight, so the insurrectionists made it into their second day, but it all has the feel of a sinking ship. Some Congressmen and Josh Hawley will ride it to the bottom.

Good riddance.

I’m actually kinda glad that Hawley joined the Pennsylvania objection, as it gives me the chance to write a bit before bed, assured that I’ll wake up tomorrow one day closer to the end of both the Trump Regime, and the whole Trumpian Era.

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What’s on my mind right now, before knocking off for the night, is my dad. I just received…

Michael Tallon

Once a history teacher in Brooklyn, Mike took a sabbatical in 2004 to travel through Latin America. He never returned. He lives and works in Guatemala.

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