DOT Requires Automatic Refunds of Airline Fees

Ending one of the big hassles of flying.

The Enshittification of Flying

The experience keeps getting worse.

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Making It Worse

Cost cutting and the decline of venerable brands.

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Gratuity Porn

Can generosity be wrong?

War on Skiplagging Escalates

The airlines hate hidden city ticketing and are cracking down.

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Price Transparency

Should businesses have to include taxes and other fees in their advertised price?

SCOTUS Punts Religious Accommodations Issue

The central question remains unresolved.

Army Pilots Get Unexpected Extension

The personnel bureaucracy reinterpreted regulations.

Babies on a Plane

Safety, trade-offs, and risk assessment.

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Banning Junk Fees

Some of these things are not like the other.

Religious Accommodations and Slippery Slopes

Where do we draw the line?

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Re-Regulating the Airlines?

Constant flight delays and other frustrations require a solution.

Buttigieg Responsible for Flight Delays?

Should Secretary Pete have done more?

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Biden and Congress Stop Rail Strike

Washington has imposed a contract that workers rejected.

Junk Fees and People of Color

Not everything is racially-motivated but most things have a disparate impact.

Putin’s Desperate Gambit

A phony annexation doesn’t hide that he’s badly losing his illegal war.

Russia Curtails Air Travel for Military Aged Males

As one does when one is confident of one’s policy choices.

Summer Travel Blues

Four dollars and change at the pump.
The cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

Trump Judge Tosses Airline Mask Mandate

The Biden administration’s mandate has been lifted immediately.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

CDC Lessens Quarantine Recommendations Despite Omicron’s Spread

The flurry of news around the new variant is dizzying.

Evidence Isn’t Going to Persuade Anti-vaxers

Hesitancy is a complex phenomenon largely immune to facts.

Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West) Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)

The Fauci Who Stole Christmas

You’re a monster, Dr. Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole.

Yet Even More Tabs

On mandates and other miscellany.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

Gorsuch and Alito Want to Revisit Religious Accomodations

Is a de minimus standard too small?

Americans Ignoring Conflicting CDC Advice

Vaccinations are not keeping up with recklessness.

Corporate Politics in Georgia

The GA GOP is butting heads with corporations over HB202

US Should Have Federal Vaccine Passport

There are legitimate ethical and liberty questions but they’re outweighed by the benefits.

Trump Taxes: Corruption and Foreign Influence

The Times investigation sheds more light on what most of us already knew.

DC Area Schools Not Opening

The lousy hybrid option has been scrapped in favor of a worthless virtual one.

Brooks Brothers Bankrupt

The venerable apparel company is having a hard go of it.

Civility Strained by Coronavirus

We’re a long, long way from normal.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans than 9/11

We’re passing grim milestones on a daily basis.

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NSC Sounded Coronavirus Alarm But Was Ignored

Political considerations overruled warnings from national security and health professionals.

$2 Trillion Relief Deal Reached

Finally.

Coronavirus Bailout Both Reparations and Stimulus

This is no ordinary recession.

State Department: Do Not Travel

US citizens are urged to stay home. Those abroad are urged to return now or risk not being able to later.

Trump Speaks on Coronavirus…

…and confusion (and a further market tumble) ensues.

Stocks Plummet Amid Coronavirus and Oil Fears

Trading has resumed after an early plunge triggered automatic suspension.

Coronavirus Has Been Politicized to Dangerous Effect II

These decisions should be made by professionals.

Trump Thinks Russia Should Be Readmitted To The G-7

Once again, President Trump is doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding.

Shutdown Eroding Public Faith In The Economy

The government shutdown is beginning to negatively impact the public’s perception of the health of the economy.

Herb Kelleher, Co-Founder Of Upstart Airline Southwest Airlines, Dies At 87

Herb Kelleher, who helped found an airline that revolutionized the industry thanks to his unconventional choices, has died at the age of 87.

Shutdown’s Impact Likely To Be Limited

While the political media is spending a lot of time talking about it, the actual impact of this latest government shutdown is likely to be limited and possibly even unnoticeable to most Americans.

Trump Sides With Saudis In Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

In what has to qualify as one of the most horrifying displays of moral depravity on the international stage, the Trump Administration is saying it doesn’t really care if the Saudi Crown Prince is a murderer or not.

Trump’s Wealth Originated In Shady Financial Maneuvers And Possible Tax Fraud

Much of what Donald Trump has claimed about how he built his fortune is a lie, and at least part of it originated in his father’s shady efforts to evade taxes.

Supreme Court Upholds Final Version Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

In a ruling that largely relies on the authority granted by Congress to the President to regulate immigration on national security grounds, the Supreme Court has upheld the final version of the Administration’s travel ban.