David Faris

Associate Professor, Roosevelt University

A Chance to Break a One-Party State

By entrenching their preposterous state legislative majorities with bare-knuckle gerrymandering and using the state supreme court to reinforce their ill-gotten political gains, the Wisconsin GOP has been able to maintain its grip on state politics and policy despite the presence of now two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The Fatally Flawed DeSan-itizing of Education

As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis squares off with the College Board over Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies, continues to lead the movement to muzzle free speech in schools and prepares to transform the state's public colleges and universities into taxpayer-funded versions of far-right Liberty University, it is worth asking if there is anything connecting these seemingly disparate maneuvers.

Republicans Are Holding the U.S. Hostage and Biden Is to Blame

It's only been a little over two weeks since the GOP took official control of the House of Representatives by electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaker on the 15th ballot. Yet somehow the United States has already plunged itself into a crisis over the so-called "debt ceiling"—the statutory limit on how much the U.S. government can borrow to pay its obligations, which was technically breached Thursday.

Airlines Pay Flyers for Cancellations and Delays in Europe. Why Not Here?

On Wednesday morning all domestic flights were grounded for hours after the F.A.A.'s flight safety data system experienced an outage caused by a "damaged" database file, creating chaos from coast to coast. But it was the unprecedented holiday meltdownof Southwest Airlines that should have been the impetus to create the kinds of protection and compensation that European passengers take for granted.

It's Tempting, but You Can't Run a Government on Schadenfreude

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) lost several embarrassing floor votes for the House speakership, after a fiery closed-doors meeting of the GOP caucus. It was day one of what is likely to be a contentious two years for the fractious, razor-thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a very bad omen for the country's near-term governability.

Donald Trump Is About to Go Through Hell

Former President Donald Trump could use a lot of referrals—to a tailor, for example, who could outfit him in clothes that are his size. But this week he got the referrals that he most deserved: to the Department of Justice, recommending his criminal prosecution for trying to thwart the peaceful transfer of political power.

Nov. 8 Is the Gateway to 'The Handmaid's Tale'—Will You Walk Through?

There are a lot of reasons to dread a potential red wave election next month that delivers control of the House, Senate, and critical swing state governorships to a radicalized GOP, including the message that will be sent to gleeful Gilead Republicans hellbent on using Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization as a beachhead to expand their control of women's bodies.