Keeping up to date on all the latest in the race for president is hard: This thing has been going on for months already, and the election is still nearly a year away. No matter how much you want to stay informed, nobody has 22 months to spend following the minutiae of a political race! #SMH.
Luckily for those of us who enjoy spending some time in the sunlight, seeing friends and, you know, having lives, there’s a whole group of analysts, writers and general political junkies who actually do hunker down for the length of the presidential campaign. Check out our picks for the Twitter accounts that will keep you informed and even make you laugh as we continue this long, crazy journey to November 8. Because really, when you’re reading about the circus that this election is, you need a good giggle.
1. NYT Politics: For straight news, it doesn’t get better than the New York Times, of course. And luckily for us, they’ve got a politics-specific Twitter account! Follow @nytpolitics for up-to-the-minute coverage of what’s happening all across the country. Bonus: Sometimes they even throw shade, which is all the better because it’s the New York freakin’ Times. Check out this burn on Jeb Bush, who was filmed asking a rally audience to react when he finished making a point:
OMG, crying laughter emoji!
2. Aura Bogado: Immigration is one of the big issues right now, and who better to provide insightful, valuable coverage of that issue than a woman who was once undocumented herself? Aura Bogado writes for Grist and her Twitter feed is a great place to get some real talk on race and immigration (in addition to other political news!).
3. Olivia Nuzzi: Sarcasm! News! Analysis! Daily Beast writer Olivia Nuzzi‘s Twitter feed has it all.
4. Juana Summers: Juana Summers is the politics editor at Mashable. In an election season when race is being discussed more than any time in recent memory, it’s even more important to follow journalists who aren’t new to the issue.
5. Rebecca Traister: She’s a frequent contributor to NYMag and The Cut, and one of the most vocal critics of sexism aimed at Hillary Clinton. Rebecca Traister is a must-read for any woman looking to keep up with the challenges facing the most prominent female politician in the country.
6. Chris Hayes: Chris Hayes hosts MSNBC’s All In and is a highly respected member of the political left, which makes his coverage of this campaign really important. He’s incredibly smart but amazing at distilling that intelligence in ways that are understandable to those of us who don’t study politics for a living. Plus, the dude is funny! Who knew men could be funny in this day and age?
7. Margaret Hoover: It wouldn’t be fair to exclude right-wing commentators from this list, and luckily, we have a kickass Republican to read in Margaret Hoover (and she’s, er, more reasonable than some in the GOP right now).
8. Alex Pareene: As editor of Gawker, it’s basically Alex Pareene‘s job to be snarky and smart about politics. And boy, does he do a good job of it.
9. Jeb Lund: He’s kind of like Alex Pareene on steroids? In terms of snark and weirdness of comedy, at least. Jeb Lund is whip smart and writes about the election for Rolling Stone and the Guardian US, but if you’re not acquainted with the confusingly ironic world of “weird Twitter” he may take some getting used to. But trust us, it’s worth it!
10. Katha Pollitt: She’s a writer for The Nation magazine and wrote a book on reproductive rights. Follow Katha Pollitt for incisive, feminist updates on the election and the surrounding Big Issues.