Donald Trump


David Michael Miller

President Trump has met Kim Jong Un’s childish rhetorical provocations with childish rhetorical provocations of his own. It appears to be working. more

Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Trump and Stormy can use pseudonyms to protect privacy. So can cops. But when activists do it, they’re prosecuted. more

Democracy in Crisis


Time Magazine

Trump floats the idea of the death penalty for drug dealers. But what about when its big pharmaceutical companies that are the dealers? more

Democracy in Crisis

It makes cosmic sense that a movie where the hero proudly punches someone square in the dick would be Trump’s favorite. more

Democracy in Crisis

When popular culture starts to mimic Trump, declaring “both sides” are bad, it adds another dangerous layer to our already-toxic political discourse about violence, race, and law. more

Democracy in Crisis

Ultimately, The Memo was a dud — but it does highlight this weird moment where the right is attacking law enforcement agencies and the left is valorizing them. more

Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens Bollen

The U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped charges against 129 J20 defendants last week — but continues to prosecute journalists and others who have spoken to the press more

Democracy in Crisis

Almost all the Madison-area women I meet through Tinder are politically progressive, like me. But on a recent date I met a Trump supporter and still feel bad about what happened. more

Tell All 5 Comments


Doug MacDonald

It’s been one year since the self-described “stable genius” Donald Trump was inaugurated. Our friends at alternative weekly newspapers around the country helped put together a playlist of protest songs to mark the occasion. more

MUSIC 1 Comments

Steve Bannon had a terrible week. And it wasn’t even the worst week in Washington. more

Democracy in Crisis

"The Crown," the PBS drama that follows Queen Elizabeth after the death of her father, explores something alien to our current times: the value not of individuality, but of obligation to a broader community and a national purpose. more

Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

If people really want to resist and not just #Resist, they need to answer some fundamental questions and figure out how to form coalitions. more

Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Well, 2017 is over. But things aren’t looking good in the new year. more

Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Reading all 2,375 tweets Trump has written since the election was like reliving all the unbelievable moments of this last year in fast forward. more

Democracy in Crisis

New Yorker writer calls Trump the most consequential president since George Washington, saying the president has “totally [changed] what’s going on on this continent in a couple of months.” more



Nessa Kessinger

Trump’s flirtation with racism and white nationalist groups is not new. But the precise mechanisms by which the administration and ally media outlets like Breitbart act as bridges to normalize hate groups is becoming increasingly clear. more

Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens-Bollen

If there is a single Trumpian ideology becoming clear after a chaotic nine months in office, it is white supremacy. And there is no way that will not color an election in the Deep South. more

Democracy in Crisis

Trump is finding it’s not so easy to build his promised wall. But there is one exception: it would be relatively straightforward to build a three-mile wall along a federally owned wildlife refuge. more



David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin says Madison is being hit with a deluge of “horrendous” legislation from the state and the feds. Don’t say Soglin didn’t warn you. He probably had a press conference about it. more

News 1 Comments

House Speaker Paul Ryan is in his 20th year in Congress with a seemingly indomitable record at the ballot box. But ironworker Randy Bryce is unlike anyone who has ever challenged him. more

Isthmus Cover Stories 5 Comments