David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a research and consulting firm specializing in politics and consumer technology.


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Cautious Democrats seeking to avoid impeaching Donald Trump are making a mangle of the past and misreading the present. Read more

Law and Justice


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Dianne Feinstein's dust-up with activists over the Green New Deal revealed that progressives are unwilling to tolerate a political system that they feel threatens planetary survival. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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New surveys show not all Trump voters had the same motivations. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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In a rational political system, Democrats might keep their powder dry in the Supreme Court battle. But Republican extremism has made resistance Democrats’ only option. Read more

Law and Justice


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Economic anxiety drove many of Donald Trump’s working-class voters, a bloc Democrats failed to energize amid plunging turnout overall. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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It’s become popular these days to blame Trump’s rise on bigotry and racial animus alone, but that diagnosis misses the important role played by economic anxiety. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Donald Trump’s increasingly conspiracy-laden rhetoric is setting the stage for an unusually antagonistic relationship between congressional Republicans and a prospective President Clinton. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Hillary Clinton’s support from millennial voters has dropped sharply since August, a problem that she needs to address even more aggressively to hold onto this key bloc of voters. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Hillary Clinton’s instincts for incrementalism won’t get her far on the issue of climate change, given the urgency of the issue and the intransigence of Republicans on Capitol Hill. Read more

Money, Politics and Power