Vaccine mandates may do the trick.

Joe Biden’s presidency is facing its strongest headwinds so far. His approval ratings cratered in August and September and are just now starting to tick upwards. The Afghanistan failure has drifted away from headlines, but the COVID-19 pandemic remains a burden to the hopes…


They need to get away from this issue.

After several months of relative harmony in early 2021, it seems as though Democrats are once again in disarray. The protracted conflict over infrastructure and reconciliation bills is nothing new. In recent weeks, raising the debt ceiling has been added to this…


We already know what’s going to happen.

The congressional investigation into the Capitol riot on January 6th is intensifying. Last week, Congress announced that former Trump advisor Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Mark Meadows had been subpoenaed. The committee is reviewing thousands of pieces of evidence and collecting…


As with anything vaccine-related, look to Israel.

There has been a considerable amount of news this week surrounding the future of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. On Monday, Pfizer announced that their vaccine had been shown to be effective for children between the ages of five and eleven. This…


Biden had to do something. The nation will know soon if the action he chose will work.

The Biden administration last week took the next inevitable step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing its most sweeping order on vaccines yet. This new executive order mandates vaccines for any company…


It all comes down to the Senate.

With one word, Joe Manchin threw a wrench into the plans of congressional Democrats last week. He announced that he wanted a “pause” on Democratic negotiations over a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill to enact the president’s agenda. This announcement reflected Manchin’s general uneasiness…


Treat the new vaccines like we’ve treated drugs for pseudo-bulbar affect. Now.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA back in December. Last week, it finally received full FDA approval along with a new brand name, Comirnaty. The name seemed unwieldy. It was immediately criticized as a…


The party is not doomed until 2036.

The Democratic Party has once again become that fractured, jumbled mess that commentators from Will Rogers (born 1879) to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born 1989) have criticized. There is a strong chance that nine moderate Democrats will sink the party’s combined agenda of traditional and…


The end of South Vietnam did not destroy the Ford presidency. Political observers of Afghanistan today should take note.

When the Biden administration decided to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, its greatest fear was that the Afghan state that Americans had propped up for two decades would collapse. The administration knew…


Not everything should be part of the culture war.

Last week brought the politics of Hungary into American political discourse for the first time in years. Fox News host Tucker Carlson brought his highly rated show to the Eastern European nation for the week. He effusively praised the Hungarian state…

Eric Medlin

I’m a writer interested in the intersections of history, ideas, and politics. I publish every week. www.twitter.com/medlinwrites

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