Japan’s Y2K

Japan will be getting a new Emperor on May 1st. That means a new calendar and a whole lot of headaches.

Mueller Report Redaction

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

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.

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Smartphone Migration

Breaking up is hard to do.

EU Likens Brexit to Divorce

As a no-deal Brexit becomes more likely, the EU is taking things personally.

Spacesuits Don’t Come in Size ‘Small’

History’s first all-female spacewalk was thwarted by a lack of smaller suits.

The Trump Administration’s Goals For North Korea Talks Are Out Of Step With Reality.

The Trump Administration still doesn’t have realistic goals for its negotiations with North Korea.

Crowdsourcing: Patriotism vs Nationalism vs Loyalty vs ?

Looking to OTB readers for insights into an argument with which I’m struggling.

Tales from the Trade War

Not good, not easy to win.

On Personal Liberty And Vaccination

Mandatory vaccination laws raise personal liberty issues that ought to be taken seriously, but in the end, public health concerns weigh heavily in favor of laws mandating vaccination.

Spring Forward? Fall Back? Let’s Just Pick A Time And Stay There

It’s that time of year again, and once again people are asking if it isn’t time to drop the whole ritual of changing time every six months altogether.

Battle Against Latest Ebola Epidemic Not Going Well

The response to the latest outbreak of the Ebola Virus has both succeeded and failed in several response.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Flight Ends With Spot-On Splashdown

The first test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have been an all-around success.

Another Study Rebuts The Claim That Vaccinations Cause Autism

A decade-long study once again establishes that there is no link between childhood vaccination and autism.

North Korea Rebuilding Missile Testing Site

In the wake of the failure of the Hanoi Summit to reach any agreement at all, North Korea appears to be returning to old form.

U.S. Measles Cases Hit Another High

Measles cases in the United States are surging thanks to the lies spread by the anti-vaccination movement.

Crew Dragon Launch A Success For NASA And SpaceX

A successful launch for SpaceX and NASA and a successful beginning to the return of American manned spaceflight.

A Crucial Test Flight For NASA And SpaceX

Early tomorrow morning, NASA and SpaceX will be testing a crucial part of America’s return to manned space flight.

Tensions Flare Between India And Pakistan

While the rest of the world looks at other events, tensions are flaring in a long-standing global hot spot.

Apple Launching Controversial News and Video Service

Is 50 percent too high a take? Or the best deal in town?

Negotiators Reach Tentative Budget Deal, But Will The President Take It?

Congressional negotiators have reportedly reached a budget deal, but it’s not clear if the President will agree to it.

Congress Nears Deal On Border Security And Funding, But Will Trump Agree To It?

Congress appears to be near a deal on border security and government funding, but it’s unclear if the President will be on board.

Proving You’re Not a Robot is Really Hard

They’ve gotten better at solving CAPTCHAs than we are.

Trump’s Withdrawal From The I.N.F. Treaty Is Exactly What Putin Wants

The American withdrawal from the I.N.F. Treaty gives Vladimir Putin exactly what he wants.

Trump’s Tax Cuts Haven’t Resulted In The Economic Benefits He Promised

A new study reveals that the Republican tax cut package passed at the end of 2017 has not had the economic impact the GOP claimed it would.

Democrats Prepare A New Proposal To End Shutdown

As the shutdown enters its thirty-fourth day and the Senate gets ready to vote on proposals that have no chance of succeeding, Democrats are preparing a new proposal.

Trump Offers Temporary DACA Protection In Exchange For Wall Funding

President Trump put an offer on the table to end the shutdown, the question is whether it will actually lead anywhere.

The SOTU Folderol

Thoughts on politics and constitutional powers.

Signs Of Progress On Ending The Shutdown? Maybe, Maybe Not

With Democrats making a new proposal and the President set to speak later today, there could be movement on ending the government shutdown. I wouldn’t be too optimistic, though.

Republicans In Congress Have Never Really Supported Trump’s Border Wall

Despite their rhetoric, Republicans in Congress have shown through their own inaction that they don’t really support the President’s border wall.

Scientists Discover Mysterious Radio Bursts From Billions Of Light-Years Away

Using new radio telescopes, scientists have discovered mysterious new radio bursts that originated from deep in the universe long before life began on Earth.

China Lands Probe On The Far Side Of The Moon

China has landed a probe on the far side of the Moon, the latest step forward in an aggressive Chinese push into space.

New Horizons Sends Back Images Of Ultima Thule

Three and a half years after its flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft has reached the furthest distant object ever visited by a man-made craft.

Kim Jong Un Sends A Message To Trump On Denuclearization

In his annual message, Kim Jong Un sent a message to President Trump on denuclearization and the future of the Korean Peninsula.

Utah To Enact Strictest DUI Law In Nation, Lowering BAC Limit To .05

A new law set to take effect in Utah before the New Year will lower the BAC limit for drunk driving by 40% to .05. Will the rest of the nation follow?

Numeracy and the Wall

The numbers should guide policy, not silly symbols.

Earthrise 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago tonight, one of the most iconic photos in history was taken.

House Passes Doomed Spending Bill With Border Wall Funding As Deadline Looms

With just hours to go, a partial government shutdown is becoming more and more likely.

Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space

Another piece of humanity has left the Solar System.

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.

The Winds Of Mars

(Almost) live from Mars!

Trump Administration Dumps Devastating Climate Change Report On Holiday Weekend

Even as its leader continues to deny the reality of Global Climate Change, the Trump Administration has released an utterly devastating report on the impact of such change over the course of the coming decades.

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Are we Finally Starting to Talk about Electoral Reform?

The NYT is trying to start a conversation.

All Politics Is National

Tip O’Neill was famous for once having advised his fellow Democrats that “all politics is local.” That’s not true anymore, and that’s unfortunate.

Is Sean Hannity A Cable News Host Or A Trump Propagandist? Apparently, He’s Both.

When do we stop pretending that Fox News Channel is anything other than State Run Media for the Trump Administration?

October Delivers A Solid Jobs Report

Jobs Growth in October exceeded expectations, as did wage growth. It’s unclear, though, how long these numbers can be sustained.

Anatomy and Gender

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

Raging Measles Outbreak In Europe Tied To Anti-Vaccination Movement

Measles cases are on the rise in Europe due to the fact that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, people still believe the lies of the anti-vaccination movement.