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.

Census Constitutionally Required to Ask Citizenship Question?

A novel argument, untested in court, suggests that it might.

Rosenstein Fires Back at Critics

The Deputy Attorney General has some things to say about Congress, the press, and others.

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We Know Less About Immunizations Than We Thought

Some vaccines lose effectiveness more quickly–and others last much longer—than previously understood.

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Hillary Clinton Writes History’s Most Self-Serving Op-Ed

Having lost to him, she’s an ineffective voice on the matter of Donald Trump.

Trump Could Win Re-Election

Larry Sabato lays out a quite plausible path.

Open Forum

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

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6th Circuit Rules Tire Marking Unconstitutional

A Federal appeals court says the traditional means of parking enforcement violates the 4th Amendment.

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TurboTax Tricking Poor People into Paying for Free Filing

Those making under $66,000 aren’t supposed to have to pay. But good luck figuring out how to avoid it.

Trump’s Approval Ratings and the Mueller Report

The President has tied his all-time low in one prominent poll.

Warren Proposes Student Loan Forgiveness and Free College

It’s an interesting idea, although one fraught with moral hazard.

Capitalizing ‘President’

An argument for an exception to the style guides.

*Ad-Free OTB*

After fifteen years of trying to support the site with advertising, we’re going in a new direction.

Democratic Contender Websites

A deep dive into typography and naming choices.

Over 200 Dead in Sri Lanka Church Attacks

Blasts at Christian churches and tourist hotels appear to be a coordinated terrorist attack.

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Medicare-for-All Requires Squeezing Hospitals

Bernie Sanders and other advocates focus on insurance companies and drug companies. But that’s not where the money is.

Open Forum

The Sunday morning edition of our biweekly invitation to go off topic.

Our Shrinking Cities

The New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago metro areas are all losing people.

Bernie Sanders’ Rights Talk is Nonsense on Stilts

The Vermont socialist likes to invent rights that don’t exist.

Mueller Report Redaction

The DOJ failed to apply best practices, doing a disservice to researchers.

Ennui and the Mueller Report

The findings are a dispiriting Rorschach test.

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Pledges from wealthy men to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral after a devastating fire is generating backlash.

Redacted Mueller Report Provides Few New Answers

Thus far, the full(ish) release provides plenty of juicy details but no real revelations.

‘Full’ Mueller Report Expected This Morning

The Justice Department will release a ‘lightly redacted’ version of the 400-page report at 11 Eastern.

Mathematics of Sports Scheduling

Putting together a fair slate of games is a whole lot harder than it looks.

Reading the FEC Tea Leaves

There’s a lot of money already chasing the 2020 presidential election.

Open Forum

The mid-week edition of our free-for-all.

Lanham Act is FUCT

The Supreme Court is likely to finish striking down restrictions on offensive trademarks.

Modi Brags About Deflating Pakistan Nuclear Threat

A very strange campaign trail gambit from India’s prime minister.

Open Forum

It’s that time again.

Politics on Twitter vs IRL

The 2020 debate on Twitter does not represent ordinary Americans. Does that matter?

Trump Wants to Dump Detainees in Sanctuary Cities

Stephen Miller and others wanted to punish Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats by dumping detained migrants in their districts.

Doug Mini-Update

Our missing front-pager has Tweeted.

Wokeness at the DOJ

A shout-out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia.

Assange Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy

The other shoe has dropped.

Julian Assange Arrested

The Wikileaks founder has been detained by London authorities after 7 years hiding in Ecuador’s embassy.

Open Forum

The mid-week edition.

Netanyahu Wins Yet Another Term

Both major parties have claimed victory but it certainly looks like Likud will hang on.

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Smartphone Migration

Breaking up is hard to do.

Colbert on Trump’s Family Separation Policy

A classic demonstration of the old maxim, “the medium is the message.”

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41 States’ Higher Ed Funding Down Since 2008

Per-student investment in public colleges has not recovered from the Great Recession.

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Congress Bans IRS Online Filing

A bipartisan bill will protect the tax preparation industry at the expense of the citizenry.

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Grassley Warns Trump Against Ousting Immigration Officials

Says “He’s pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal.”

George Washington Students Want to Drop ‘Colonials’ Nickname

Despite the obvious connection with the university’s namesake, the word does have other connotations.

Secret Service Chief Out as Part of DHS Shakeup

The tumultuous turnover at the top of the Trump team is too much.

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Lying With Statistics

Are people fleeing blue states to avoid repressive taxes? It depends who you’re asking.

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Politicians Blocking Citizens on Social Media

The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez edition.

Democrats and the Death Penalty

California Governor Gavin Newsome may have put the issue front and center for 2020.

Open Forum

If it’s Sunday night . . .

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Military Outdrinks Everybody

Despite some obstacles, America’s armed forces drink other professions under the table.