Theda Skocpol

Victor S. Thomas professor of government and sociology at Harvard and director of the Scholars Strategy Network

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Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away.

On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law

Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away.

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President Trump wants tariffs on steel, and softens his tone on gun restrictions after meeting with the NRA.

Guns, Tribes and Steel

President Trump wants tariffs on steel, and softens his tone on gun restrictions after meeting with the NRA.

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The US Supreme Court has  upheld  President Obama's  Affordable Care Act , a short-term victory with long-term consequences for health care, the powers of Congress and the presidential…

Healthcare: The Law and the Politics

The US Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act , a short-term victory with long-term consequences for health care, the powers of Congress and the presidential…

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

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