Open Forum

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

The War On Yemen, Congress, And The Constitution

The Wall Street Journal tries, and fails, to defend President Trump’s indefensible veto of the Congressional resolution regarding the war on Yemen.

Can The Buttigieg Boomlet Last?

Pete Buttigieg is getting a lot of attention for a relatively unknown candidate. but it’s unclear if it can last.

Impeachment?

Some say yes, others no.

Democrats Aren’t Buying Cory Booker’s ‘Unity’ Message

Cory Booker’s message of unity isn’t going over well with Democratic voters eager for a fight.

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.

A Photo for Friday: “Purple Dreams”

Happy Friday afternoon.

Sharp Dissection of the Mueller Report at Lawfareblog

Expert analysis from expert analysts

Ennui and the Mueller Report

The findings are a dispiriting Rorschach test.

Marine Commander Threatens Entire Division

Maybe there was a better way to get his point across?

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.

Donald Trump Is The President Of Trumpland, Not The United States

Donald Trump speaks largely just to his base, ignoring the nation as a whole. Whether this will be enough to win re-election in 2020 is an open question.

Despite Scandals, Virginia Democrats Appear Well Set For 2019 Elections

Virginia Democrats had a good fundraising quarter despite the scandals enveloping their top three officeholders.

Trump Vetoes Measure To Curtail U.S. Support For War On Yemen

President Trump has not surprisingly vetoed a Congressional resolution to limit American support for the Saudi war on Yemen. His defense for doing so is utterly absurd.

Mathematics of Sports Scheduling

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

Republicans Resisting Democratic Efforts To Limit Exemptions From Vaccine Laws

As Democrats at the state level seek to limit the ability of parents to decline to vaccinate their children. they are facing resistance from Republican colleagues.

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.

White House Looking For Replacements For Controversial Federal Reserve Nominees

The White House appears to be preparing for the worst when it comes to the nominations of Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board.

Bill Weld Launches Primary Challenge To Trump

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has officially joined the race for the 2020 Republican Presidential nomination

Steve King Facing Serious Republican Challenge In Iowa

Steve King, who has recently come under attack for a long history of racist remarks, is facing a strong challenge for the GOP nomination in 2020.

Roy Moore Leads GOP Field To Challenge Doug Jones In 2020

Roy Moore has not said that he’s running for Senate again in Alabama, but he’s already threatening to up-end the race for the GOP nomination.

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.

Notre Dame Cathedral Hit By Major Fire

A major, destructive fire hits one of the most historic churches in the world.

Trump’s Campaign Raises $30 Million

The President’s re-election fund-raising is off to a fast start.

Tiger Woods Pulls Off Masters Win After 11 Year Drought

Ending an eleven-year drought, Tiger Woods is back on top at a major tournament.

What Exactly Does Beto O’Rourke Believe In?

So far, Beto O’Rourke’s campaign has been far more about image than substance.

An Observation on Trump’s Taxes

The story is shifting, which makes me even more suspicious.

A Reminder about Higher Ed

US higher education is made up of far more than just the Ivies and other elite schools.

Climate Change and Central America

More pressures on a region already struggling.

Open Forum

It’s that time again.

George Will on Trump’s Fed Nominees

Let’s just say that he isn’t impressed.

Democratic Voters Really Want To Beat Donald Trump

It’s still early in the 2020 cycle, but Democratic candidate are finding rally attendees focused on one thing. Beating Donald Trump.

Trump’s 2020 Message Is Clear, And It’s Not A Healthy One

The tone and content of President Trump’s 2020 campaign is already quite apparent.

Do Democrats Have A Shot At Unseating Lindsey Graham?

Democrats in South Carolina seem to think they have a shot at beating Lindsey Graham in 2020. I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

On A Personal Note

Checking in after an extended absence.

Don’t Throw Me in that Briar Patch!

Trump and company have a cartoonish view of immigration policy.

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.

The US Fertility Rate and Immigration

The US is reproducing below the replacement rate.

Sudan’s Omar Bashir Deposed

Can the ICC get him into the dock?

Doug Mini-Update

Our missing front-pager has Tweeted.

A Photo for Friday: “La Abeja”

Happy Friday!

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.