• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Subscribe
  • RSS

The Third And Thankfully Last Presidential Debate of 2016


Last night’s debate, sadly, lived down to my expectations.

I Question The Timing


News outlets are suddenly finding out that Trump was a cad in 2005. Film at 11.

Erick Erickson’s Struggles


The erstwhile Republican firebrand and current NeverTrumper shares his personal struggles.

A Bizarre, No Good, Second Debate


Trump was alternately somnambulant, petulant, stalking, incoherent, and dangerous.

What Happens if Trump is Un-nominated?


Some early musings on a political fantasy that’s less implausible than it was 12 hours ago.

Trump Caught on Tape Being Trump, Shocking Trump Supporters


An 11-year-old tape of the Republican nominee making misogynistic comments should surprise no one.

Is Nuance Still Possible in American Politics?


Damon Linker writes, “Millions of people disagree with your political views. That doesn’t make them moral monsters.”

Trump Gaining With Less Educated Whites, Losing With College Grads


Donald Trump is doing worse with white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

Pence Probably Won VP Debate; Almost Certainly Won’t Matter


It’s possible that Mike Pence won and Donald Trump still lost. It won’t matter.

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Rigged Election’ Nonsense

2016 Election Buttons

The Republican nominee is threatening our fragile democracy.

NYT Publishes Illegally Obtained Trump Tax Records


America’s newspaper of records has published three pages of stolen tax documents from 1995.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux


Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations


Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Party Realignment Fantasies


David Brooks thinks American politics “Could get ugly” before the ship gets righted.

Hijacking the National Anthem


Athletes are sitting out the Star Spangled Banner to air their grievances. Management is pushing back.

Santa Clara Police Threaten to Not Do Job Over Cartoon Socks


Blue feelings matter.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Access to Secretary of State Clinton


A majority of her non-government visitors coincidentally donated to her nonprofit.

Fox News Sums Up Clinton-Trump Race Brilliantly


Most Americans distrust Clinton. More distrust Trump.

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics


My latest for War on the Rocks.

Conventions Helped Trump More, Even Though His Was Awful and Hers Wasn’t

2016 Election Buttons

The one with the better convention seems to have lost ground over the last two weeks.

Trump Leads Clinton After Convention Bounce

Trump Convention Speech

The worst convention in history has given Trump a yuuge bounce.

Could Crazy Donald Trump Actually Win The Presidency?


While a Clinton landslide seems obvious after the dumpster fire of a Republican convention, the race is close.

Some Republicans Already Looking Ahead To 2020

Stampeding Elephants

The 2016 Republican Convention is barely halfway over, but some Republicans are already looking ahead to 2020.

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention


I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax


Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market


We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!


In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

EU Leaders Must Keep Calm and Carry On

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

Early panic over the Brexit referendum was an overreaction. It’s time for statesmanship.

Clinton Campaign Pays for Obama Trip (But Not Really)


As President Obama starts campaigning for Hillary Clinton, a perennial question arises.

Marines Change Weight Standards to Reflect Modern Times


Marines, especially female Marines, will be allowed to be heavier in the new year.

No Charges Against Clinton Despite ‘Extremely Careless’ Safeguarding of Classified Information


The presumptive Democratic nominee for president won’t be going to jail. But we knew that.

Too Many Generals?


My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Kevin Durant Taking His Talents to Oakland


In the biggest NBA free agent move since LeBron James left and returned to Cleveland, Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors.

Obama and the Seven Lightly Salted Almonds


In “Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone,” Michael Shear provides an interesting account of how this president works late into the night going through speeches and briefing papers and giving himself time to think. This factoid jumped out at me: To stay awake, the president does not turn to caffeine. He rarely drinks coffee or […]

Attorney General Will Defer To F.B.I. In Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Email

Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will essentially recuse herself from making a decision about indictments in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Obama Expands Access to Federal Records, Requests 27-Month Delay in Releasing Hillary’s Emails


President Obama signed a law vastly expanding public access to government records yesterday. In other news . . . .

Military Ends Transgender Ban


Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)


The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

Clinton Acting Like She Won, Alienating Bernie Fans

Bernie Sanders Victory

Backers of the losing candidate for the Democratic nomination are surprised that they’re not getting their way.

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again


After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles


The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Sidney Blumenthal Got Paid, Which is Apparently a Scandal


The Los Angeles Times breaks what seems like a non-scandal.

A Lesson In Polling


One result from the new NBC News poll shows us how important it is to pay attention to how poll questions are phrased.

Pat Summitt Dead at 64


One of the greatest coaches of all time has passed.

Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Bob McDonnell Conviction

Bob McDonnell Maureen McDonnell

The Supreme Court at its best and therefore its most frustrating.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

Baltimore Police

The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Sabato Predicts Electoral College Landslide for Clinton


Donald Trump has a steep hill to climb to reverse a quarter century trend.

Scowcroft Endorses Clinton


A revered Republican foreign policy guru has endorsed the Democratic nominee for president.

Ichiro Suzuki ‘Passes’ Pete Rose Hit Total


The most underrated superstar of this era has passed a special milestone, albeit with a big asterisk.

« Older Posts