President Obama Supports Mandatory Voting, And He’s Wrong To Do So

President Obama thinks that it would be a good idea if everyone were forced to vote. He’s wrong, and his idea is most likely unconstitutional.

Should We Boycott Moron Clothing Designers?

Elton John is leading a boycott against Dolce & Gabbana.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical Of Non-Legislative Redistricting

The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down state laws that take redistricting completely out of the hands of state legislatures.

ISIS is What it Says it Is

The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

IR TOs WH NSS

Most in the international relations community are not amused by the president’s National Security Strategy.

King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Dies At 90, Crown Prince Salman Becomes King

A big change in an important nation in the most volatile part of the world.

Once Again, Elizabeth Warren Says She’s Not Running For President And, Once Again, Nobody Will Listen

Elizabeth Warren said once again that she’s not running for President, now or in the future. That’s not going to stop the efforts to draft her, though.

Russia’s Economic Problems Just Getting More Grim By The Day

For a year that started out with regaining long-lost territory in Ukraine, 2014 is not ending so well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President, But Don’t Expect The Speculation To End Soon

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President, and she is unlikely to change her mind on that. Nonetheless, the speculation that she is will continue for some time to come because it suits her interests and the interests of others.

Sony Seeks To Scare Press Away From Publishing Information Obtained in Hacking Attack

Sony is warning the press not to publish material leaked by hackers, but it doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on.

Independent Prosecutors For Police Misconduct Cases Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Many have suggested that prosecution of cases involving police misconduct should be handled by prosecutors who don’t work with local police departments on a regular basis. They’re right.

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak, Further Cementing Renewed Military Rule

Well, so much for that “people’s revolt” that brought down a military dictator.

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

Scott Walker Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients, But It Doesn’t Work, And It’s Unconstitutional

A popular idea that does nothing useful while simultaneously violating the Constitution.

GOP Also Saw Gains In State Legislatures Last Week

In addition to gains at the national level and in Governor’s races, the GOP also saw more gains in state legislatures around the country.

Unopposed in House Elections

Looking into uncontested and partially contest House districts from the 2014 cycle.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

The Sixth Circuit Just Made Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage Even More Likely, And Closer To Reality

An unsurprising ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that only seems to bring closer the day when same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide.

Low Turnout in Alabama

This year was an especially acute case of no competition in Alabama.

Stop Trying To Intimidate People Into Voting

There’s nothing wrong with choosing not to vote.

Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

The Phony Populism Of Politicians

Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to tell people they’re just “average Americans,” but they’re lying and the American people seem to have figured out that they’re lying.

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

Noncompetitive House Elections

My ongoing crusade to spark thought and discussion on the quality of representation in the US Congress.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Second Term Blues?

The sixth year of a presidency leads to some predictable commentary (and some comparative notes).

Yemeni Rebels Seize Portion Of Capital

While the world pays attention to Syria and Iraq, Yemen is once against lurching into chaos.

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Indiana And Wisconsin Bans On Same-Sex Marriage

Another Federal appellate Court has struck down state law bans on same-sex marriage, but the only thing that matters now is the Supreme Court.

No, Obama Isn’t Seeking ‘Regime Change’ in Iraq

The United States is, in fact, doing the exact opposite.

Why Debating Districts Misses The Larger Point

There are plenty of other factors that help our two major parties retain power.

Will the GOP Ever Win Another Presidential Election?

It’s hard for a party to win four straight presidential elections. The Democrats may pull it off.

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

Immigration Legislation: Veto Players in Action

The current immigration debate is yet another great example of how our system works (so to speak).

Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

The Israeli public if overwhelmingly behind the war in Gaza, and that means it will probably continue for awhile.