Because everything is political.
There are good reasons to think polls grossly exaggerate the number of Americans who support political violence.
California's leaders can take the recent rise in property crime seriously without repeating the same "tough on crime" mistakes of the past.
It's a fairly benign thing to say. And yet it's a landmine in our media landscape.
The latest data underscore an appallingly partisan split on what should be a more science-based decision.
Some Trump supporters find it easier to believe that every major American institution is potentially corrupt than to think that a president with a history of telling whoppers is being dishonest again.
Failing a renewed national commitment to live and let live, we may be in for a long and bloody road.
All that accomplishes is encouraging us to view our fellow Americans as enemies, to see ourselves as members of warring tribes rather than citizens of a nation.
Americans are so locked into their political sides that many of them seem willing to cast aside some of the nation's long-established constitutional protections.
"The outsized power that the political parties hold can often be used in the wrong way to squelch our democracy and dissenting voices even within our own parties," says Gabbard.
State legislatures and Congress can (and probably should) take steps to limit partisan gerrymandering. This was never an issue for the courts to settle.
"This isn't a partisan issue," the Utah senator says. "This is a constitutional issue."
How willing are you to pay taxes when you know they're intended to do you harm?
The Senate majority leader delivers hollow partisan victories and little else.