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.

Did Trump Really Want to Be President? Who Cares?

A new report raises an old question that’s now irrelevant.

Political Temper Tantrums and the Constitution

The efforts by Speaker Pelosi and President Trump to leverage their institutional powers raise interesting questions.

SOTU and the ‘Security’ Pretext

The Speaker is well within her rights to make Trump’s invitation conditional on ending the shutdown. But let’s not pretend we can’t keep him safe.

Trump Shutdown Longest Ever and Violates Law

Federal employees deemed “essential” missed a paycheck yesterday in violation of US labor law.

Waltraud Raule Joyner, 1943-2018

My mother has passed, aged 75 years.

After 20-Year Delay, Works from 1923 Lose Copyright Protection

The damage done for Mickey Mouse in the name of Sony Bono is finally coming to an end.

DC Government Passes Sweeping Emissions Standards

One of the strongest climate regulations in the country is almost certainly unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor contends that a recent change in tax law unravels the basis for the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare.

Female-Led Films Perform Better at the Box Office

While most Hollywood blockbusters have male leads, films starring women actually do better on the aggregate.

NPR Run by Army of Temps

While often portrayed as left-leaning, the public broadcaster is ruthlessly capitalistic in its labor practices.

Russia Helping Stoke French Protests

Moscow continues using information warfare to sow division in Western society.

France’s Yellow Vest Riots Enter Fifth Week

Protests that have killed four and injured hundreds have been rewarded and show no sign of ending.

Bush Funeral Inevitably About Trump

Honoring the 41st President cast a poor light on the 45th.

Is Twitter a Breeding Ground for Thoughtlessness and Contempt?

Glenn Reynolds announced via his USA Today column that he has deleted his Twitter account.

GM Cutting Workers, Cars

A decade after being bailed out by the Federal government, the giant automaker is slashing jobs.

RV Fires?

Apparently, this is a thing.

Migrants Storm U.S. Border, Repelled by Tear Gas

A bad look for all concerned.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Married

The morning show co-hosts tied the knot at a secret ceremony at the National Archives.

Classic WKRP Thanksgiving Episode Turns 40

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Alice’s Restaurant Massacree

Now it all started fifty-three Thanksgivings ago . . .

Federal Female Genital Mutilation Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has found the practice outside the scope of Congress’ authority.

Veterans Day isn’t Memorial Day

Nor is it Armed Forces Day.

Army Officially Bringing Back ‘Pinks and Greens’

A slight variant of the uniform from World War II and Korea is coming to a soldier near you.

Does the Military Really Need More Strategists?

My latest for War on the Rocks.

It’s Not the Military’s Job to Oppose Trump

My latest for The National Interest.

No ‘Blue Wave’ But Democrats Retake House

The 2018 midterms were mostly about Donald Trump. The results were idiosyncratic.

The Republicans Have Earned My Opposition

The Party of Donald Trump has left no sane choice but to vote straight Democrat.

Brian Kemp Rigging His Own Election

Partisan officials should not be in charge of state election processes, much less their own.

Bill Rehnquist Proposed Marriage to Stanford Classmate Sandra Day

The future Supreme Court Justices had a lifelong relationship.

Memetic Warfare and Stochaistic Terrorism

America’s tradition of unlimited free expression increases the danger of violence.

Anatomy and Gender

Science can’t precisely locate gender but it’s neither fully biological nor fully genetic.

Laura J. Richardson First Woman to Lead Army’s Largest Command

She’s quite likely the youngest 4-star general in the U.S. Army, if not the U.S. military.

Why Khashoggi Murder Was a Red Line

The Saudis have been awful for generations. Why this?

Warren’s DNA Test Release Will Backfire

Rather than cauterizing an open wound, she’s fanned the fuels of a fire.

Mormons Don’t Want to Be Called ‘Mormons’ Anymore

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wants to be referred to by its given name. Shouldn’t we respect that wish?

Why Nobody Seems to Care About Trump Scandals

At this point, corruption, dishonesty, and insanity are just baked in.

Nikki Haley Resigning as UN Ambassador

BREAKING NEWS from multiple major news outlets.

Taylor Swift Refuses to Shut Up and Sing

Should celebrities use their influence in partisan politics?

Ted Cruz, ‘Tough as Texas’?

Just when I thought political humor was dead.

Comedy is Not Funny

Is political satire even possible in the age of Trump?

Of Course Mitch McConnell Would Allow a Vote on a Trump Nominee

The Merrick Garland precedent is power politics, nothing more.

Media Bubbles

A glance at Memeorandum demonstrates a problem that we’ve mentioned numerous times over the years.

Cold Civil War or Civil Cold War?

The Kavanaugh fight is just another indicator of our national divide.

Brett Kavanaugh on the Importance of Judicial Temperament

In a 2015 speech, he told law students that it’s vital for judges “To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm.”

Is the Federalist Society Nefarious?

By popular demand . . .

Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Yearbooks

A telling contrast of two Georgetown Prep schoolmates.

Revised Thoughts on the Kavanaugh Hearings

I’ve changed my mind on a couple of things and hardened my opinion on others.

Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings Reinforce Previous Conceptions

An ugly day for the United States Senate and the United States of America.

Stop the Kavanaugh Farce

A wave of allegations against Supreme Court nominee make voting on him tomorrow untenable.