A Peek Inside North Korea Paints A Grim Picture

A recent defection from North Korea gives us a peek inside the DPRK, and it’s not pretty.

GDP Growth Solid In Second Estimate, But Can It Be Sustained?

The new GDP growth estimate shows healthy economic growth in the second quarter, but it’s unclear if it can be sustained.

Trump Thanks Putin For Expelling 755 American Diplomats

Donald Trump kowtows to Vladimir Putin yet again.

Trump Endorses Plan To Cut Legal Immigration By Half

The President has endorsed a bill that would cut legal immigration in half.

Trump’s Absurdly Obsequious Cabinet Meeting

Donald Trump’s first Cabinet Meeting looked like something out of a Maoist propaganda video.

Trump Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate 18 Agencies

The president’s skinny budget would eliminate most funding for science and the arts to fund more Defense spending.

Trump’s Economic Ignorance Costing the U.S. Jobs

Trump’s attempt to fix the balance of trade will almost surely end up leaving us all worse off.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Secretary Of Education After Tie-Breaking Vote By Mike Pence

Despite two Republican defections, Betsy DeVos was confirmed today as Secretary of Education.

Republicans Against Legal Immigration

Two Republican Senators are introducing legislation that would result in drastic reductions in the number of people allowed into the country legally.

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ross Kaminsky: Protectionism is Political Pandering

It is a misguided and foolish attempt to try and buy votes without appearing to buy votes.

Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine As Her Running Mate

As expected, Hillary Clinton went with the ‘safe’ choice, and has selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.

So…That Stimulus

A report card for the 2009 Stimulus Bill.

Donald Trump Shrugging Donald Trump Shrugging

Donald Trump’s Favorite Foreign Policy Adviser Is….. Donald Trump

Advisers? Donald Trump doesn’t need no stinkin’ advisers.

Nonexistent Culture Wars And The Nonexistent ‘War On Christmas’

The people who believe there is a ‘War On Christmas” tend to be the same ones who hold to the largely false idea that their religious beliefs are under assault due to a “culture war.”

Jeb Bush Loses Three Top Fundraisers; Signs Of Trouble Ahead?

Jeb Bush’s campaign has been in a rough patch for several weeks at least, and now he’s lost three top fundraisers.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Raisin Farmers In Takings Case

The Supreme Court has struck down a program that forced farmers to turn over a portion of their crop to the government without compensation.

Previewing A Busy June For The Supreme Court

Starting tomorrow, we can expect to see the Supreme Court hand down decisions in some of its most high profile cases. Here’s a preview.

Coffee News

Indiana’s “Limited Government” Governor To Start State-Run News Agency

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is supposed to be a champion of limited government. So why is he starting up a state run news agency?

China Losing Patience With Pyongyang? Don’t Believe It Until You See It Happen

There are again reports of Chinese frustration with the Kim regime in North Korea, but change is unlikely to happen in the DPRK until Beijing is ready to let it happen.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

What Next For Ukraine?

They’ve got a new President, but there’s still much to do.

GOP Congressman: My Idea To Force Poor Kids To Work For Lunch Not Directed At Poor Kids

A GOP Senate Candidate in Georgia attempts to back track, and runs off the rails in the process.

Georgia Congressman: Kids Who Get Subsidized School Lunches Should Be Forced To Work

Does your kid qualify for subsidized lunch? One candidate for Senate in Georgia wants to put them to work.

Obama, Democrats To Push Immigration Reform Next?

Immigration reform may be the next big battle on Capitol Hill, but it’s going to be far different from the one that just concluded.

American Ancestry and Identity

(And a Postscript on Recent Discussion of the South)

Government Stupidity Continues with Shutdown Looming

The federal government won’t have money to pay its workers come Tuesday but it’ll spend like a drunken sailor on Monday.

Drug War Using American Phone Records More Than Terror War

Prism ain’t got nothin’ on the Hemisphere Project.

The Self-Made Nature of the US’ Immigration Problem

Unfortunately, our immigration debate is just plain dumb.

Appellate Court Rules New York Large Sized Soda Ban Unconstitutional

Another legal setback for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade to regulate what New York City residents can eat and drink.

The End of the Affair

To maintain growth China needs to consider its priorities.

Supreme Court Declares Gays a Protected Class

The 5-4 ruling was much more sweeping than needed to strike down DOMA.

Farm Bill Failure Shows House GOP Leadership Doesn’t Really Control The House GOP Caucus

It looks for all the world as if the House GOP Caucus isn’t really under the control of the leadership.

AP: Administration Officials Using Secret Email Addresses

Several top Administration officials have secret email addresses, the Associated Press reports.