Performative Leadership

The downfall of Andrew Cuomo shines a light on toxic workplaces and governance styles.

On Coups, Insurrections, and Security Theater

Reflections on the events of 6 January two months later.

Fact-Checking in a Fact-Free World

Debunking urban legends and Internet rumors is harder than it used to be.

POTUS Should Be Just A Job

The distance in accountability between the highest and the lowest must be shortened.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Stripped of Committee Assignments

House Democrats have done what their Republican colleagues refused to do.

Assessing the Party Fringes

AOC v. MTG: one of these things is not like the other.

Freedom, Security, and Insurrection

The aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riots runs into the First Amendment,

Trump Impeached Once More with Feeling

The 45th President will go down in infamy, setting a record that’s unlikely to be broken.

Capitol Riot Could Have Been Much Worse

The live coverage of Wednesday’s assault on American democracy underplayed its seriousness.

The Faceless Pandemic

It’s easy to mismanage what we don’t have to see.

Covid Deaths Continue to Mount

Meanwhile, a report states that a Trump admin official pushed infections to promote herd immunity.

More Nonsense About the Election

A shadowy flight into the realm of evidence that does not exist.

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America’s Slow Presidential Transitions

Why isn’t Joe Biden President already?

More Kook Than Coup

A shameful farce continues to unfold.

Al Qaeda Deputy Killed in Iran

The man behind the 1998 embassy attacks is dead.

The Proud Boys Heard Trump Loud and Clear

They are standing by as ordered.

Comparative Approval Ratings

Is Trump really an outlier?

Considering US Attitudes toward Latin America

Pondering lack of US interest in our friends to the south.

Harris and Racial Labels

There are different, and not equally good, reasons to talk about labels.

In Response to John Podhoretz’s Latest Column

Shame on him for defending authoritarian actions.

Police Shouldn’t Be Anonymous

Cops aren’t soldiers or spies but fellow citizens.

Covid-19 Deaths Rising

The trend line shifted this week.

The Cold War Was A Sobering Influence For A Silly People

As scary as the Cold War was, it did reduce the silliness in American politics.

Pentagon (Maybe) On Alert to Stabilize Minneapolis

The President has reportedly invoked the Insurrection Act.

Who Gets Honored?

Are those who die in our wars more deserving than those who die in our stores?

100,000 Americans Dead from Coronavirus

Yet another grim milestone.

Ronald Shurer, Medal of Honor Recipient, 1978-2020

A hero of the Afghan War has succumbed to cancer, aged 41.

The Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

A seemingly innocent black man has been killed, sparking a wave of outrage.

US Unemployment at Record Highs

More Americans are out of work than at any time since the Great Depression.

More on Biden’s Low Profile

And some notes on Trump’s media exposure.

Fifteen 9/11s

Another grim milestone.

Eleven 9/11s

Another grim milestone

New York Has More COVID-19 Cases Than Italy

A startling statistic.

Four 9/11’s

The disease has killed three times the September 11 attacks in the last week.

Most Americans Still Not Staying at Home

Social distancing is helping but too many aren’t taking it seriously enough.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans than 9/11

We’re passing grim milestones on a daily basis.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump Approval Up During Crisis

The President seems to be enjoying a mild rally effect.

President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Trump Torn on COVID-19 Measures

The President tweeted, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Not Taking Social Distancing Seriously Enough

Too many people still don’t understand the idea behind ‘flattening the curve.’ That includes our President.

Tom Hanks Infected with COVID-19

Is this our Rock Hudson moment?

Worse Than 9/11 and the Great Recession Combined

The greatest crisis the nation has faced in my lifetime.

US Signs Deal with Taliban

It’s not clear what has been achieved.

Tuberville and Sharia Law

Speaking of xenophobia.

Nevada Debate Reflections

The clear winner was Donald Trump.

Rudy is in Conspiracy Nut Land

America’s mayor talks like a snake oil salesman/conman.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

Jim Lehrer, 1934-2020

A legendary newsman has passed.

Citing 9/11 in Regards to Suleimani

If your case needs a 9/11 boost, perhaps your case is weak.

Afghan War Marked By Incompetence, Misrepresentation, And Outright Lies

A new report details the extent to which the eighteen-year Afghanistan War has been marked by mistakes, and lies by the government to cover-up the fact that we went to war without a clear understanding of what we were doing.

Congressional (In)Action

Especially Senate inaction.