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China’s Coming Collapse?

China Flag and Skyline

A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day


The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

A man crosses the Central Intelligence A

The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It


Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs


A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

Stealing Isn’t a Crime When Police Do It


Civil asset forfeiture gives “highway robbery” a whole new meaning.

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility


Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

Americans Astoundingly Ignorant


Americans have wildly distorted understandings of the society around them.

Harrassment, Racism, and Reductio Creep


Even innocent interactions with women in public can amount to harassment. Where should we draw the line?

The Meritocracy Myth


Why do most people think success if mostly due to merit?

Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race, Congratulates Mark Warner


Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie has conceded the US Senate race to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner, despite being eligible for a recount. CNN (“Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race“): Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Gillespie said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he had called […]

Should Obama Have Acted on Immigration Before the Midterms?

Border of US And Mexico

Dana Milbank (“Obama’s big immigration mistake”) thinks so.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?


Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

America Still Not a Center-Right Nation


Tuesday’s Republican wave didn’t change the fundamentals.

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap


Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

What to Make of the 2014 Wave Election


What happened Tuesday? And what does it tell us about 2016?

Military No Longer Republican Bastion


Always as many military personnel identify as Independents as with the GOP.

‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77


Tom Magliozzi, long-time co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk,” has died aged 77. ABC (“NPR ‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77“): Tom Magliozzi, the co-host of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio, died today of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR has reported. He was 77. The popular radio personality, with his signature Massachusetts accent, […]

Should SEALs Just STFU?


The Navy Special Warfare community is angry at SEALs exploiting their part in the bin Laden raid.

Africa Ebola Map


This “handy Ebola guide” is a must for anyone considering traveling to Africa:

3rd Grader Barred From School for Three Weeks after Visiting Country that Doesn’t Have Ebola


A Connecticut school has barred a healthy little girl from classes after a visit to Ebola-free Nigeria. NYT (“After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School“): The third-grader was not feeling sick. She did not have a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola. Having just completed a 10-day […]

Apple CEO ‘Proud’ He’s Gay


Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially revealed an open secret declaring, “I’m proud to be gay, “

US, UK Declare Victory in Helmand and Go Home


We’ve handed off operations in Helmand Province to the Afghanistan army.

Kevin Drum Has Cancer


Kevin Drum reports that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, for which he has already started treatment. The news isn’t all bad: I’m young, I’m not displaying either anemia or kidney problems, and treatments have improved a lot over the past decade. So my short-term prognosis is pretty positive. […]

Are Book Publishers Useless?


Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts


Who should own antiquity?

America’s Disgruntled Civil Servants


America’s federal workforce is increasingly disenchanted.

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?


Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

4 of AP Top 5 From SEC West


Four teams from the SEC West—two each from Mississippi and Alabama—are in the top 5 of the AP poll. AP (“SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll“): The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four […]

Obama and Ebola: Perception and Reality


The president is frustrated.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?


Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use


Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page


Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Extreme Fitness Obsession


Heather Havrilesky asks, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

Sinking MSNBC to Shuffle Lineup Yet Again


MSNBC’s attempt to be the liberal Fox News isn’t working.

Are The Culture Wars Over?


Bill Scher examines “How Republicans Lost the Culture War.”

The Magnitude of the Air War Against ISIS


The U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Much Bigger Than You Think

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Colleges


Their places are being filled by students who pay higher tuition rates.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

Amazon Boxes

Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border


A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Germany Promises Expanded Military Role But Its Military Isn’t Ready


Germany’s new defense minister has promised a more robust role but lacks the ability to back her words with action.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine


Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Parenting as a Gen Xer


We’ve got one foot in two very different technological worlds.

Why Costco Gives Free Samples


People possess a strong reciprocity instinct and are much more likely to purchase a product if they’ve taken a free sample.

US Marine First Casualty in Fight Against ISIS


Corporal Jordan Spears died in a V-22 accident in operations against the Islamic State.

What If Republicans Retake the Senate?


Could the GOP offer a positive governing agenda if they controlled Congress?

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line


Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

When Should Generals Resign in Protest?


Elected representatives, not soldiers, make policy. But there are times when generals should make a stand.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons Get ‘Racial Prejudice’ Warning


The classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s come with a “racial prejudice” warning from Amazon.

New York Times Cutting Staff Again


The nation’s newspaper of record is slashing its reporting team.

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