Blog Profiles: Political Blogs, Volume 3

Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, we select a topic and handful of blogs that do a great job contributing to the conversation. The election is getting ever closer, so this week we’re looking at political blogs. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet our writers at @BeyondBylines.

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While the news cycle has swung from COVID-19 to race relations, one thing looming in the not-so-distant future is the presidential election in November.

There is no shortage of political blogs and websites, but I sought out those that would hopefully help break through the noise.

Read on for political blogs that you may find helpful as well.

This is a topic we’ve revisited over the years. Make sure to check out Volume 1 (2014) and Volume 2 (2017).

1. FiveThirtyEight

In 2008, FiveThirtyEight was created by Nate Silver and gained quite a bit of immediate attention. A statistician and writer, Silver correctly predicted Obama would win the presidency that year.

While FiveThirtyEight has been acquired by numerous media organizations over the years, Silver remains the editor in chief.

I recommend reading: Nine States (And D.C.) Have Elections Today. Here Are The Races To Watch.; How Sports Are Reacting To The Police Killings; and Why It’s Still So Rare For Police Officers To Face Legal Consequences For Misconduct.

Follow @FiveThirtyEight on Twitter.

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Credit: @fivethirtyeight on Instagram

2. Slate

Daily online magazine and podcast network Slate, founded in 1996, focuses on current events ranging from politics to business, culture, and more.

I’ve enjoyed listening to Slate’s Slow Burn podcasts: Watergate, The Clinton Impeachment, and Biggie and Tupac.

Posts to read: Newsroom Breaks Into Open Revolt After New York Times Publishes Call for Military Crackdown; James Mattis’ Scathing Broadside Against Donald Trump Is Unprecedented; and New Charges Filed Against Chauvin, Three Officers Arrested and Charged With Aiding and Abetting Murder.

Follow @Slate on Twitter.

Political Blogs We Love - @slate on Instagram

Credit: @slate on Instagram

3. RealClearPolitics

RCP features its own editorial take on daily political news, but also provides direct links to articles covering political topics — from both sides of the aisle — on a wide range of news sites.

This post takes a look at the stats of current news coverage: Pandemic to Protests: Coverage Shifted But Outlooks Didn’t.

I also recommend A Snapshot of Voter Fears About the Election; and Beware the Confident Experts, Take 2.

Follow @RealClearNews on Twitter.

Political Blogs We Love - @realclearpolitics on Instagram

Credit: @realclearpolitics on Instagram

4. Political Wire

Taegan Goddard runs the site Political Wire and is the author of the book You Won–Now What?: How Americans Can Make Democracy Work from City Hall to the White House.

The 2020 Presidential Election Interactive Map will be something to bookmark and come back to in the coming months.

The posts are typically short and sweet, real time updates of what is happening currently. Some of the posts provide additional information to click on if you are a member of the site.

Check out: North Carolina Is a Key Battleground; U.S. Park Police Walk Back Tear Gas Denial; and How Mattis Reached His Breaking Point.

Follow @politicalwire on Twitter.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for news about politics, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you.

Stephanie Donovan is a Senior Customer Content Specialist at PR Newswire, who edits client news for distribution. She is an avid runner, enjoys yoga, and likes to find ways to live green. In her free time, she likes discovering new music, keeping up to date on the best new TV shows, and traveling. If you’d like to connect, you can find her on LinkedIn.

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3 Responses

  1. Why no conservative political blogs? Two of your selections are reliably liberal, one is reliably balanced. How about Instapundit, one of the original political blogs, and Hot Air, which also has deep roots in the early blogger days:
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/
    https://hotair.com/

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