Posts by James Joyner

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Trump Phone Call Triggered Whistleblower Complaint

A mysterious conversation with a foreign leader is at the center of a controversy between the intelligence community and Congress.

Smashing the Republican Party

Let’s not kid ourselves about what’s possible in the next election.

Jimmy Carter: 80 Too Old for Presidents

The oldest living former President has some reflections on age and the strains of the office.

Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist, Dead at 75

We’re unlikely to see anyone like her again.

Democratic Contenders Call for Kavanaugh Impeachment

Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren are pandering to the base.

Ric Ocasek, Cars Frontman, Dead at 75

Another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is gone.

President of Twitter?

Is social media making it harder for Democrats to nominate a winning candidate?

Fact Checking in the Trump Era

Can the media fairly parse the statements of those running against President ‘Bottomless Pinocchio’?

Elizabeth Warren’s Fundraising Hypocrisy

She decries swanky fundraisers and big money donors while benefiting from both.

No, John Bolton Didn’t Break the National Security Council

Yes, he was terrible at his job. But one can’t break that which is already broken.

Trump Lies About Scottish Airport for No Apparent Reason

The Air Force’s use of Trump hotels predates his presidency—but is still highly problematic.

ThinkProgress Shuttered

One of the giants of the progressive blogosphere is going away.

NOAA Back Trump Over Scientists

The parent organization of the National Weather Service issued a statement Alabama and Dorian.

Federal Agencies Sending Articles from Hate Sites to Employees

A disturbing story that’s almost certainly not what it first appears.

Climate Change Science is Biased

Scientists have been vastly understating the degree of global warming for decades.

Conservatism without Originalism

A defense of a modest philosophy of judicial interpretation.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Americans Can’t Distinguish Satire from Reality

Stories from sites like The Onion are routinely shared on social media and perceived as real news.

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Conservatives, Reactionaries, and Backlash

Is the left unwittingly fueling a reactionary moment?

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Democrats’ Debate Qualification Rules Too Easy to Game

Rich candidates are buying artificial donors to stay in the contest.

Joe Biden Being Joe Biden is Hurting Joe Biden

The 76-year-old Democratic frontrunner’s penchant for gaffes is raising questions about his fitness to govern.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Trump More Racist Than George Wallace?

Contemporaneous polling says Yes.

Second Dem Debate Becomes Bernie Show

The bizarre format meant an angry old man got the lion’s share of air time.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Parents Giving Up Custody of Kids to Scam Financial Aid

Dozens of well-off students from the Chicago area are getting college subsidies.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

These Reporters Today . . .

Despite all the complaining, we’re in a golden age of political and policy coverage.

What is American Patriotism?

There’s an inherent tension in our national ethos.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Mueller Doesn’t Deliver

Everything you always wanted in a hearing. And less.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Mark A.R. Kleiman, 1951-2019

A great public intellectual, pioneering blogger, and all-around good man is gone.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Antifa Terrorist Killed While Attempting to Blow Up ICE Facility

A strangely under-publicized story.

Trump Immune from ‘Racism’ Charge?

The President’s approval is up and disapproval down after the latest incidents.

Democrats Way Behind in Fundraising Again

The DNC has $9.3 million to the RNC’s $44 million.

The Russia-Right Wing Talking Point Cycle

How insidious talking points spread in the modern media environment.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Trump’s Electoral College Advantage Growing

He could lose the popular vote by an even larger margin in 2020—and still coast to re-election.

Why Republican Leaders Won’t Condemn Trump

Some agree with him. Many others are cowards. But there’s more to it.

Republicans Learned Right Lesson from 2012, Went Wrong Direction

What happened to “building a lasting relationship within the African American community”?

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Trump Doubles Down on Stupid

The President is defending his racist tweets against four Democratic Congresswomen, calling them Communists who hate America.