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California Not Executing Enough People, Says Federal Judge


The most novel argument yet against capital punishment.

Six Californias? It May Be On The Ballot In 2016, But It Probably Won’t Happen

Six Californias

A Silicon Valley businessman says he has enough signatures to get it on the ballot, but the plan to break California up into six states is most assuredly going nowhere.

Getting The State Out of the Wedding Business


Why is the marriage ceremony the government’s concern?

There Is No Such Thing as Europe


The English-speaking and Scandinavian countries are very different.

Yes, Americans Care About Soccer Now


My latest for The Hill, “America Comes to Soccer,” has posted.

Sending Europe Mixed Messages


My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud


The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

Fewer Americans Are Without Health Insurance


The number of uninsured Americans has declined since the Obamacare mandate went into effect.

Government Spied on American Muslims Who May or May Not Be Bad Guys


The NSA and FBI are doing more spy stuff.

Brazil’s Coach Shows How to Lose


Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took responsibility for the 7-1 loss to Germany.

LeBron James’ Game (Theory)


Does the NBA’s best player have first mover advantage? Or should he take his time?

Rush Limbaugh Is Madder Than Hell And He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore


Rush Limbaugh is still really, really angry about subsidized birth control. And lots of other stuff.

Did Gingrich Correctly Predict Medicare’s Demise?

Don't Steal From Medicare to Support Socialized Medicine

In 1995, the Speaker predicted Medicare is “going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it.”

Law Enforcement or War? Both!

Figure of Justice

My latest collaboration with Butch Bracknell, “Ahmed Abu Khattala and the Miranda-Rights Question,” has posted in The National Interest.

Make Your Password So Hard to Guess That Even You Can’t Remember It

Computer Password Security

All you have to do is make up unique password for each site based on randomly chosen details of an incredibly complex story associated with the first letter of the site.

Obama Secretly Backing Warren Over Clinton, Declares Lying Hack


Ed Klein says he has “Democrat sources” who Obama wants Warren to continue his mission to “transform America into a European-style democratic-socialist state.”

Are Cell Phones Getting Worse?


Modern devices are more fragile, frustrating, and resource intensive than those of a decade ago.

Seinfeld Is 25; Jerry Seinfeld is 60


The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired 25 years ago yesterday.

Barriers to US-Europe Trade Deal Remain


A US-EU free trade zone is a no-brainer. But the devil is in the details.

Mosquitoes Kill More People All Other Animals Combined


Bill Gates is working to raise awareness of the world’s deadliest animal: the mosquito.

Daddy, What’s a Landline?


In previewing a story about an Arkansas town fighting to keep phone booths, The New York Times explains what those are.

Mitt Romney is No Dick Nixon


Emil Henry makes “The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016.”

William J. Crawford: No Ordinary Janitor


Reflections on a story making the rounds this Independence Day.

Restaurant Reservation Scalping Is A Thing


A new app allows customers to cut the restaurant reservation line. What could go wrong?

Which Founding Father Are You?

Signing Of The Declaration Of Independence

1776 was a really, really long time ago.

Blogs Are Dead, Long Live Blogging


As the medium matures, something important is being lost.

A Typo in the Declaration of Independence?

Declaration Of Independence

Could a transcription error be changing our understanding of America’s founding document?

Has Soccer Finally Captured American Hearts?


Only two 2013 college football games attracted more viewers that Tuesday’s World Cup match vs. Belgium.

3D Printed Organs Coming Soon


The burgeoning science of additive manufacturing is on the verge of being able to print functioning human organs.

Germany Lowers Retirement Age

SPD - Debatte über Rente mit 67

How long should we expect people to work?

SOCOM Chief’s Rise Not Swift At All


And odd report from Washington Post and Stars and Stripes.

While We’re on the Subject of Indian Nicknames, Let’s Talk About the Army


Native American names are everywhere.

Isaiah Austin Picked 15-1/2th in NBA Draft


In a classy move, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Isaiah Austin in the middle of the first round of the 2014 draft. AP/ESPN (“NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft“): Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday night’s draft came a very special selection by the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced at that point that the NBA […]

Viewing the Sinclair Sexual Assault Case Dispassionately


My latest for The Hill, co-authored with Butch Bracknell: “Explaining the Sinclair demotion.”

It’s Still Ad Hominem If They’re Neocons


My latest for The National Interest, “Neoconservatives, the Iraq Debate and Ad Hominem Attacks,” has posted.

EPA Employees Pooping in Hallway


Apparently, the EPA needs to start environmental cleanup a little closer to home.

Congress Silent on Federal Pay Raise, Thus Allowing One


We federal civil servants are apparently in for a backdoor pay raise.

DC Cabbies Block Streets to Protest Lyft and Uber



Thad Cochran and Charlie Rangel Survive Primary Challenges

Thad Cochran

Incumbency is a powerful advantage.

VA’s Lake Wobegon Syndrome Isn’t Unusual


My latest for The Hill, “Why all VA executives are above average,” has posted.

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant


Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90


Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

Yes, All VA Senior Executives Were ‘Fully Successful’


Lawmakers and journalists don’t understand the civil service.

Jeffrey Sinclair Busted From Brigadier General to Lieutenant Colonel [UPDATED]


The Army is sending a strong message on sexual assault. It picked the wrong poster boy.

Former CNN Reporter to Become Queen of Spain


Seeing the tweet “Former CNN reporter to become Queen of Spain” from CNN, I was intrigued. Naturally, I wondered which CNN reporter. It turns out that Letizia, Princess of Asturias, who becomes queen tomorrow, is the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Never heard of her? Me either. She didn’t actually report for CNN proper but rather something […]

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled


The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

DoD Furloughs Hurt Morale and Retention


Did sending some of its workforce home without pay impact the work environment at the Defense Department? Duh.

Why We Don’t Get Enough Sleep


Too regularly engage in “bedtime procrastination,” creating a vicious cycle.

Who Owns a Tattoo?


Those who tattoo celebrities want to be be paid when their tattoos appear in the media.

Is Scott Walker Too White To Get Elected?


TNR makes the worst possible case for a proposition that’s almost certainly right.

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