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The Rug Rat Race


Paradoxically, the children of affluent parents are less happy than those of the poor.

ISIS is Winning


The United States and Europe are giving everything the perpetrators of the Paris attacks hoped for.

French Suicide Bomber Posed as Refugee


This was not only predictable but predicted.

Attack on France Is an Attack on the United States

A man holds up a sign which reads, "Je Suis Paris" ("I Am Paris") during a rally of solidarity outside the Consulate of France in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, to show his support to victims of the Paris attacks. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

We are legally, morally, and practically obligated to respond. Let’s not do so stupidly.

Missouri Professor Resigns After Not Canceling Exam


The racial saga at Mizzou has not been solved with the ouster of the president and chancellor.

DraftKings and FanDuel Banned in New York


New York’s attorney general has ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to stop taking entries in his state, ruling that they constitute illegal gambling.

Racial Tensions Getting Ugly at University of Missouri


Massive boycotts and protests likely spell the end of Tim Wolfe’s tenure as president.

High School Sexting Scandals The New Normal


Nude photos of hundreds of students in one Colorado high school are being distributed.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player


My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Republican Primary Rules Favor Centrists


Why Republicans nominate moderates for president and not other offices.

Ben Carson’s Sham Campaign Has Him Tied With Hillary Clinton


The juxtaposition of two headlines at memeorandum is amusing.

Republicans Trust Trump And Carson On The Economy, And Nukes, More Than Anyone Else

Ben Carson Donald Trump

Republicans have apparently gone insane.

Wild Swings in Republican Polling Continue


Another day, another poll.

ESPN Shutters Grantland, Continuing Recent Trend


To the surprise of few, Bill Simmons’ site didn’t long survive his departure.

Republican Race Status Quo in First Post-Debate Poll


The first poll after the third Republican debate, by Investor’s Business Daily, shows no substantial change. After taking a battering in last month’s poll, Donald Trump has re-emerged at the top of the Republican field in the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Support for Trump among registered Republicans and those leaning Republican is 28%; support for Carson […]

White House Refusing to Release Obama-Clinton Emails

White House View From Pennsylvania Avenue

Because that’s what White Houseses do.

Fixing the Debates

Republican Undercard Debate Aug 15

Everyone is sick of the current approach. The candidates are looking for a new one.

Rand Paul Promises To Filibuster Budget Deal, But He Won’t Be Able To Stop It

Rand Paul Senate Floor

Rand Paul is promising to filibuster the budget deal when it gets to the Senate, but it’s extremely unlikely he’ll be able to do anything but delay the inevitable.

Governing is Not Win-Lose


Compromise is simply necessary for the country to function.

Jeb Bush Campaign Just Mostly Dead


Several recent nominees were flailing at this point in those cycles.

This is Why Civilianizing Military Justice Can Work

Last week, War on The Rocks published my essay with James Weirick entitled “SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY AND THE UNLAWFUL COMMAND INFLUENCE CATCH-22.” They followed it with a response by Charlie Dunlap, formerly the number two lawyer in the Air Force, titled “CIVILIANIZING MILITARY JUSTICE? SORRY, IT CAN’T — AND SHOULDN’T — WORK.” Yesterday […]

Google Books Wins Fair Use Exception


Google has won an important copyright challenge, Inside Higher Ed reports: Google’s practice of scanning copyrighted works to turn them into digital resources has once again been ruled a “transformative” example of fair use. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday released its opinion in Authors Guild v. Google, delivering […]

Hillary Wins First Democratic Debate


There were five candidates on the stage. Only two mattered.

Ben Carson, Political Ignoramus

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

While a brilliant and accomplished man, he’s absolutely clueless about politics and world affairs.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Trade Bill She Negotiated and Touted


Obama’s first Secretary of State has come out against Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership.

Hillary ‘SNL’ Appearance May Trigger ‘Equal Time’ Law


An FCC rule from a bygone era may get Bernie Sanders and company some time on NBC.

American Airstrikes Hit Afghan Hospital, Killing At Least Nineteen


Your tax dollars at work.

WaPo Fact Checker Gets Three Pinocchios


A bizarre hatchet job on Carly Fiorina’s autobiography.

Boehner Resignation Tied to Papal Visit?


WaPo’s Robert Costa reveals an emotional reaction by the Speaker to the papal visit to Congress.

Of Course the Pope is Political

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

Jake Brewer, Husband to Mary Katharine, Killed in Charity Bike Ride

Jake Brewer was killed yesterday afternoon while participating in a bicycle ride to raise money to fight cancer. He leaves behind his wife, the former Mary Katharine Hamm, their daughter Georgia, and another child on the way. He was 34. My heart goes out to Mary Katharine, who I’ve known since attending my first Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares


Eric Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary. WaPo (“Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army“): President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of […]

Defending of Crazy Talk


A controversial article arguing prominent war critics should be targeted as enemy combatants is worth discussing.

Syllabus Selection Sexism


International relations prof mostly assign readings by male scholars. Female profs are slightly less likely to do so.

Republican Re-Runs Faring Poorly

Republican Debate August 6

None of the top eight candidates in current polls have made a previous bid for the nomination.

Mount McKinley Renamed Denali Because, Why the Hell Not?

The highest mountain in North America has been renamed after a lackluster luxury automobile for no apparent reason. NYT (“Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali“): President Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America. The […]

Trump and Carson Lead Early Iowa Polling


Two candidates with no experience in elected office are leading the Republican field.

The Dangers of Relying on Airpower Alone


My latest for War on The Rocks, “The Inter-Service Wars Are Looking Like Calvinball,” has posted.

Hispanics Hate Trump, Love Hillary, Indifferent to Rest of Republican Field


Trump is at -51 net favorability and Clinton at +40. The rest of the field is at “Who?”

Joe Biden Sings About Shotguns


This apparently made the rounds in April but I just stumbled on it.

Should Political Debates Be on Pay TV?

2nd televised debate between Richard M. Nixon & John F. Kennedy (L)  (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Susan Crawford claims that “Cable-Only Presidential Debates are the New Poll Tax.”

Donald Trump, Human Bias, and the Art of the Deal


Tomorrow morning, I teach a seminar on “Perception, Cognition, and Biases” as part of our introductory Think, Decide, and Communicate course. Just in time, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and author of several related books, has written two interesting blog posts on how the Donald Trump campaign is brilliantly manipulating bias and other weaknesses in […]

Joe Biden Casually Mulling a Sketchy, Preliminary Plan for a Tentative White House Run, Some Speculate

Biden Sunglasses

The POLITICO gang report that a “Joe Biden strategy for [a] White House run [is] taking shape.”

Time To Take Trump Seriously?


The buffoonish billionaire is tapping into something real.

Hillary Clinton’s Server and Sensitive Compartmented Information

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

Clinton’s wanton disregard for the rules had predictable consequences.

Judge Rules New York Teacher Exam Not Racially Biased


Kimba Wood has finally found a teacher exam she likes.

Donald Trump Crosses Red State Red Line


Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from the RedState Gathering. What finally pushed him over the edge?

First Republican ‘Debate’ of 2016 Was Truly Awful

GOP Debate Aug 15

Last night reinforced what I thought about some candidates and changed what I think about others.

Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist


Lindsey Graham recently retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. His missed most of the last twenty.

Trump as Perot 2.0


In 1992, an eccentric billionaire ran an independent campaign against a Bush and a Clinton. It could happen again.

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