Anti-Government Protests Spread In Iran

Anti-government protests are spreading in Iran.

Trump’s Amazon Tweet

So, there was this from the President of the United States Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE! — Donald […]

Fun with Write-Ins (AL Senate Race Edition)

Via the NYT: Write-In Results From Alabama Senate Race Are In. And They’re Downright Weird. What do Robert E. Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants, Nick Saban, Jesus Christ and George C. Wallace have in common? They, like Roy Moore, will not be the next Senator from the state of Alabama.  (And, really, if JC can take the hint, Moore […]

Protests in Iran

Via the BBC:  Iran cities hit by anti-government protests. Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. Large numbers are reported to have turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshar, in the west, with smaller protests in Shiraz, Isfahan and Hamadan. The protests began […]

Elections Coming in Italy

Via the NYT:  Italy’s President Dissolves Parliament and Officially Opens Election Season. The countdown to Europe’s next pivotal election began on Thursday, when Italy’s president dissolved the Parliament and effectively opened the campaign for the first national elections in five years, scheduled for March 4. The move by President Sergio Mattarella now places Italy’s always tumultuous politics […]

A Photo for Friday: “Blue Ridge Sunrise”

“Blue Ridge Sunrise” Blue Ridge, GA December 19, 2017

Tax Confusion

Attempts to pre-pay property taxes lead to confusion and frustration.

Moore Seeks Court Action to Stop Certification of Vote

Roy Moore continues to think that he is special.

Roy Moore Files Largely Frivolous Lawsuit Claiming ‘Voter Fraud’ In Senate Election

Roy Moore isn’t giving up, but he can’t stop the inevitable.

Cities Sue Over Failure To Report Military Convictions To National Gun Check Database

Three U.S. cities are suing the Federal Government over the failure to properly report military convictions to the national gun background check database.

The Power of Vaccines

Via the NYT, Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide: For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. As recently as the 1980s, measles killed 2.6 million people a year. The decline — a public health triumph, as measles has […]

Disputed Virginia Election Heads To Court

The battle for control of the Virginia House of Delegates remains up in the air as both sides continue to dispute the outcome in one district.

What Happens When A Business Won’t Accept Cash For Payment?

An increasing number of businesses are refusing to accept cash as payment, that raises some interesting social and legal issues.

Merry Christmas From Outside The Beltway!

Merry Christmas!

Appeals Court Strikes Down Third Version Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Late yesterday, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling striking down the latest version of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban.

Trump’s Presidential Challenge Coin is Very Trumpian

Via WaPo:  It’s ‘very gold’: The presidential coin undergoes a Trumpian makeover. For two decades, the commander in chief has doled out distinguished-looking coins as personal mementos. Now, the presidential “challenge coin” has undergone a Trumpian transformation. The presidential seal has been replaced by an eagle bearing President Trump’s signature. The eagle’s head faces right, not left, […]

A Photo for Friday: “Morning Magic”

“Morning Magic” Blue Ridge, GA December 19. 2017

Failures of Trumpian Populism

Fixing long term shifts in manufacturing isn’t easy.

Federal Judge Dismisses Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

A Judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit against the President based on two provisions of the Constitution that had never been ruled on before.

How To Pick Better Judicial Nominees

Earlier this week, Matthew Peterson, who was nominated for a position on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a particularly embarrassing appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, withdrew his nomination rather than face certain rejection. This led to speculation about how the Trump Administration could improve its judicial nomination process. One New York […]

Knicks Center Enes Katner To Be Tried In Abstentia For Criticizing President Of Turkey

New York Knicks Center Enes Katner is at the center of an international legal dispute for speaking out against the President of Turkey.

Thad Cochran’s Future In Doubt

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran may leave his post as Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, and possibly the Senate as well, next month: Sen. Thad Cochran, chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, hasn’t presided over a hearing since early September. The Mississippi Republican has not given a speech on the Senate floor all year, and he’s […]

Al Franken To Leave Senate On January 2nd

Ending any speculation that he was going to change his mind, Minnesota Senator Al Franken has announced that he will be leaving the Senate effective on January 2nd: Al Franken will resign from the Senate on Jan. 2, his office said Wednesday, ending any uncertainty over whether he would reverse course after announcing earlier this […]

VA House of Delegates Race now a Tie

One for the textbooks.

HRC’s Approval Numbers

Via FNC:  Hillary Clinton popularity hits all-time low, poll shows. Seeing the headline generated two thoughts almost simultaneously.  First, the Fox New obsession with HRC is just weird.  Second, who cares? Of course, it is weird for a losing candidate to continue to see numbers like this fall.  I honestly wonder how much of it is people […]

Donald Trump Is Losing To A “Generic Democrat,” Which Means Exactly Nothing

A new poll shows President Trump losing to a “Generic Democrat.” This poll means nothing.

A Political Earthquake In Virginia Thanks To A Single Vote

After nearly twenty years, the Republican domination of the Virginia House of Delegates came to an end thanks to a single vote.

House And Senate Republicans Pass Tax Cut Bill

Republicans passed their tax bill yesterday. What that means for the economy and the 2018 midterms is another question.

As The Year Draws To A Close, Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Continue To Be Dismal

As we near the end of the year, the President’s job approval numbers remain at historically low levels, and there’s no sign that they’ll improve in 2018.

Trump Considered Dumping Gorsuch Over Perceived Disloyalty

Report that President Trump considered withdrawing the Gorsuch nomination are another sign of his unhealthy obsession with pledges of loyalty from people who have no business giving it to him.

A Radically Different Security Strategy

My latest for The National Interest, “How Trump’s National Security Strategy Breaks with the Past,” has posted.

Catalan Voters Headed Back To The Polls

Two months after a referendum that supported independence from Spain, Catalan voters head to the polls for a new round of parliamentary elections that remain up in the air.

More Bad Signs For The GOP In 2018

More good poll numbers for Democrats as we headed into 2018.

Trump Judicial Nominee Caught Unprepared By Viral Video Withdraws Nomination

A Trump judicial nominee who could not answer basic legal questions in a hearing last week has withdrawn his nomination, but this is likely to happen again unless the Administration fixes some obvious flaws in its selection process.

Federal Appeals Court Judge Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Federal Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski is resigning immediately after a barrage of sexual harassment allegations.

Some Senators Are Calling On Al Franken To Reconsider His Resignation

Some Democratic Senators are suggesting that Al Franken should reconsider his decision to resign from the Senate.

No, You Still Won’t Be Able To File Your Tax Return On A Postcard

Once again, tax “reform” won’t make it easier to prepare or file tax returns.

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Another Incompetent, Unqualified Trump Judicial Nominee

Meet Matthew Peterson, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia who apparently doesn’t know much about trials.

Lessons from the Alabama Special Election

Let’s not forget how unique the Moore-Jones contest was.

AL Exit Polls

WaPo has ’em:  Exit poll results: How different groups voted in Alabama.

Summary of GOP Tax Bill

The NYT has a useful, comparative break-down:  What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill.

Republicans Release Final Version Of Tax Bill, And It Appears Likely To Pass

The final version of the tax bill appears to be on track for passage, but the devil is in the details.

2018 Is Looking A Lot Tougher For Senate Republicans

With the results from Alabama. the GOP faces a hard road ahead defending its majority in the Senate.

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A Photo for Friday: “Remnants”

“Remnants” November 22, 2017 Shelby, AL

Trump’s Job Approval Hits Record Low In New Poll

As he nears the one-year anniversary of his Inauguration, President Trump is getting increasingly bad reviews from the public.

Roy Moore’s Loss Portends New Battles In The GOP’s Civil War

Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama is bringing out into the open a civil war that has been going on for seven years now.

Comparative Falsehoods: Obama v. Trump

The difference is, dare I say, huge.

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