It’s Not Time To Eulogize The Old Order

Pundits like Thomas Friedman struggle with premature prognostication.

Ukraine Updates

Links and infographics.

Monday’s Forum

Is Putin “Irrational”?

Addressing an analytical pet peeve (and, more importantly, correcting a mistake).

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But What About the Most Vulnerable?

Some of our citizens are at greater risk under relaxed mask guidelines.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Sunday’s Forum

Ukraine Updates

News and commentary of note.

Double Jeopardy in All But Name

Two notorious cases indicate a policy shift on federal prosecutions of cases already tried in lower courts.

President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden a Failure?

Some of his numbers are worse than even Donald Trump’s.

Saturday’s Forum

A Photo for Friday

“Lone Light”

CDC Relaxes Mask Requirements (Again)

Most of us have suddenly gone from High to Low risk communities.

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President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson For The Supreme Court

The front-runner was indeed the pick

NYC Criminal Probe of Trump Appears Stalled

Manhattan’s new DA seems to think he has a weak case.

Hitting Russia Where It Hurts

Sanctions are already taking a toll. But the West could do more if it had the will.

Friday’s Forum

Deterring The Deterrers

Deterring Russia is a matter of principle.

It’s Like 1939, But Better In Some Ways, And Also Worse

The military threat is smaller, but the political one is bigger.

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San Francisco Crime Lab Regularly Searched Victim DNA for Criminal Matches

An example of how lack of regulation leads to practices that damage public faith in policing

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

Thursday’s Forum

‘Freedom Convoy’ Coming to DC

Right wing protestors are expected to attempt to create (more) gridlock in the capitol later today.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

Wednesday’s Forum

The impact of a record: 46% of unemployed U.S. men have criminal convictions

Why clearing criminal records makes economic sense

Bob Beckel, 1948-2022

The Democratic strategist and longtime talking head is gone at 73.

Do We Need a Fourth Covid Shot?

The reports are conflicting but I’d bet on Yes.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

Tuesday’s Forum

Monday’s Forum

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An example of the “trial tax”

With choices like these it’s easy to understand why people take plea deals

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

People Moving for Politics?

It seems that some Americans are relocating to be with people who share their social and cultural views.

Are Helmet Laws Racist?

Surprisingly, yes.

Sunday’s Forum

A Photo for Friday (on Saturday)

“25 Shiny Pennies All in a Pile”

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

Dan Patrick’s Attack on Tenure in Texas

His attacks are, in fact, the best case for tenure.

Trump Facing Multiple Legal Disasters

The 45th President is unlikely to face Federal prosecution but state and civil suits are not going his way.

Trump Had Classified Docs at Mar-a-Lago

Because of course he did.

Saturday’s Forum

Example of Why Individual Defense Advocates Are Rare on the Federal Bench

Republicans competing to see who can be the toughest on crime

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Being Unvaccinated is Like Smoking

A new way to think about the problem.

Friday’s Forum

Mask Mandates Ending Across America

Even liberal states like California and Massachusetts are moving on.

Thursday’s Forum

P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

The great conservative humorist is gone at 74.