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.

Red States Eat Blue States’ Lunch, Grow Up to Be Blue States

Low costs and regulatory barriers are attracting people to red states–thus turning them purple and blue.

The Prison-Industrial Complex

The problem goes beyond the War on Drugs.

The Fine Line Between Protest and Riot

Hillary Clinton’s two biggest challengers were ambushed at a progressive political convention over the weekend.

TSA to Address Incompetence with Longer Lines

Trips to the airport will now be even more fun.

No, ‘Go Set A Watchman’ is Not a Sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Keith Collins and Nikhil Sonnad provide strong evidence that the “sequel” to Harper Lee’s classic novel was merely a bad first draft.

Iran Nuclear Deal Struck, Reactions Pretty Much What You’d Expect

Depending on who you listen to, it’s either peace in our time or an epic catastrophe.

The 2016 Campaign Probably Doesn’t Matter, Except That it Does

While “fundamentals” will have more impact on choosing our next president than what happens on the campaign trail, the race itself is important.

The Party of Reagan on Immigration

A 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush shows a different GOP.

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Political Hack Resigns As OPM Director

The unqualified hack who led OPM while China stole 21 million sensitive personnel files has finally resigned.

Ken Stabler Dead at 69

Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, legendary Alabama Crimson Tide and Oakland Raiders quarterback, has died of cancer at the age of 69.

‘Hillary Loses’ Scenario Demonstrates Why She Wins

A Republican political consultant says Hillary Clinton is in danger of losing the nomination.

Ted Cruz’ Bestselling Book Not on Bestseller List

The NYT has left Ted Cruz’ new book off its bestseller list, despite it selling more copies than 18 of 20 titles on said list.

Can Lindsey Graham Win?

The NYT paints the longshot senator as a happy warrior trying to win the White House by doing it his way.

Death Panels Are Back. Good.

With the last legal hurdle to Obamacare cleared, “death panels” have made a quiet comeback.

Nerdiest Joke Ever?

Paul Grenfell nominates this vanity plate of a Volkswagon Beetle (affectionately known as a “Bug”) with vanity plate “Feature”

Alcohol Tax Weirdness

Taxes on wine, beer, and spirits vary wildly from state-to-state and even within each state.

Lindsey Graham: Joe Biden as Good a Man as God Ever Created

In an era of incredibly polarized politics and 24/7/365 campaign mode, it’s refreshing to see politicians treat each other as human beings now and again.

Supreme Court Approves States Outsourcing Redistricting to Commissions

SCOTUS has upheld the use of election commissions to draw Congressional district lines.

A New Era for Conservatives?

The events of the past two weeks could allow the Republican Party to move forward.

The Law of the Land is the Law of the Land

There’s a lot of pandering and outright nonsense in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage.

The Supreme Court as Sitting Constitutional Convention

Debating the proper role of the judiciary.

Andrew Sullivan on Gay Marriage Ruling

Andrew Sullivan, perhaps the man most responsible for putting the notion of marriage equality into the national debate, has come out of his blogging retirement to weigh in on yesterday’s historic ruling.

Supreme Court Rules Constitution Guarantees Gay Marriage

The US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to same-sex marriage.

America’s Changing Demographics

The latest Census data show a changing America.

Idiot Congressman Wants to Force Supreme Court Justices into ObamaCare Exchanges

A Congressman wants to force Supreme Court Justices to get their health care through the ObamaCare exchange.

Why a Record Number of Republicans Are Running in 2016

Matthew Dickinson takes a stab at explaining “Why So Many Republicans Are Running in 2016.”

What Gun Laws Would Help?

David Frum calls for several measures to reduce gun violence.

Does The United States Really Have More Mass Shootings Than Other Countries?

PolitiFact rates President Obama’s claim that other countries don’t have mass shootings at rates comparable to America”Mostly False.”

Walmart, Kmart, and Sears Remove Confederate Flag From Stores; Amazon, eBay Undecided

The Confederate battle flag is suddenly toxic.

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

The debate is ultimately academic.

Army Drops ‘Army Strong’ for . . . Nothing

The nine-year-old ‘Army Strong’ ad campaign is ended.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

The Return of the Liberals

More Democrats are calling themselves “liberal” than they have in years. Republicans, too.

MARSOC Now Officially ‘Marine Raiders’

Marine special operations forces have called themselves “Raiders” for years. Now it’s official.

Joyner on Federal News Radio

I was on yesterday afternoon’s edition of Federal News Radio’s “In Depth” with Francis Rose discussing my recent piece in The National Interest on military retirement reform.

Arlington Assholes Up Bullshit Fine For Swearing in Public

It could cost you $250 to say “F- Arlington” if you happen to be in Arlington when you say it.

Radical Overhaul of Military Pension System Doesn’t Go Far Enough

My latest for The National Interest, “America’s Military Needs a New Retirement Plan,” has posted.

Obamas Host Prince and Stevie Wonder at White House ‘On Their Own Dime’

The president is getting flack for holding a private party at his house.

Site Proves Racism Isn’t Really the Problem; Commenters Prove Otherwise

A black leader is running a billboard campaign to improve his community. Racism ensues.

Mitt Romney: Kingmaker?

Mitt Romney decided not to run in 2016 but he’s very much in the race.

Man Complains Airline Made Him Pay to Sit Next to His Kid

We have unreasonable expectations for airlines.

Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Patent Infringement

Jawbone is suing Fitbit for infringing a patent that should never have been granted.

Americans Becoming Vastly More Accepting of Homosexuality

Americans are growing more tolerant of gays and gay marriage, with irrelevant exceptions.

Stealing a College Education

Lee Siegel takes to the NYT to explain “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”

Too Much PII

Dave Schuler proposes a “radical idea” to safeguard individual privacy “in the wake of the hacking of Sony and the multiple credit card exploits over the last year or so.”

Why Aren’t Racehorses Getting Faster?

Humans have been getting progressively bigger, faster, and stronger. Not so horses.

Why is Harvard Subsidized by the Taxpayer?

A wealthy alumnus has given Harvard $400 million, sparking a heated debate.

New York Teachers’ Exam Ruled Racially Biased

Being required to demonstrate competency in liberal arts to teach is racially discriminatory, a federal judge has ruled.