Unrest in Pakistan

Corruption charges against the former premier have sparked rioting.

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole Again

Politics and justice are in tension.

Yearly Reminder: Dr. King Had A Lot More To Say Than That One Sentence

My (apparently) annual reflections on “The content of their character” day

Japan’s Shift to Robust Military Ally

A more dangerous world is changing the relationship.

Elon “Free Speech Absolutist” Musk

I don’t think that means what he thinks it means.

Ukraine Striking Into Russia

A welcome development in a long and bloody war.

Netanyahu Returns as Israel’s Premier

The corrupt leader is back for a sixth term.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Bernard Shaw, 1940-2022

CNN’s original anchorman is gone at 82.

FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

The former President and his supporters are crying “weaponization of the justice system.”

Shinzo Abe Murdered

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was killed at a campaign rally. He was 67.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Kavanaugh Stalker Charged with Attempted Murder

A man who claims he was going to kill the Supreme Court Justice is in jail.

Mike Pompeo Under Iranian Death Threat

U.S. taxpayers have been spending $2 million a month for his protection.

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

A man most have never heard of is being reassessed more than a half-century after his death.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

Stevie Wonder feeling the White House Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during a visit to the Oval Office in 2016 by White House Photographer Peter Souza. Stevie Wonder feeling the White House Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during a visit to the Oval Office in 2016 by White House Photographer Peter Souza.

In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

For people living with convictions, the past is always present

Two stories about our culture’s focus on punishment

Capitol Riot: One Year Later

A roundup of reflection on a somber anniversary.

January 6 vs BLM Riots

Shockingly, they’re not remotely equivalent.

Hezbollah in Latin America! (Part Gazillion)

A possible murder plot in Colombia embedded into a problematic multi-decade narrative.

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

Sirhan Sirhan Recommended for Parole

The 16th time may be the charm for Robert Kennedy’s killer.

The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Ted Cruz and Basic Leadership

It is really so hard to understand that you don’t go on vacation during a massive disaster?

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

Trump Piling Irresponsibility on Irresponsibility

The world’s worst COVID manager is now the world’s worst COVID patient.

Israeli Bomb Sets Back Iranian Nuclear Program

The Natanz fuel enrichment site has been seriously damaged.

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.

Trump Ignores Russian Bounties on American Troops

The Administration has done nothing about intelligence reports of a grave escalation from Moscow.

Do Violent Protests Get Results?

If the goal is to change politics, not just vent frustration, messaging is important.

Protests, Riots, and Looting

Outside agitators, including white supremacist groups, are shaping public perception of the George Floyd protests.

WSJ Chastises Trump’s Slander

The President’s unhinged Twitter rants have drawn a rebuke from an unlikely source.

US Retaliates for Iranian Retaliation

A proportional response.

Did Taxpayers Spend $3.4 Million for Trump Super Bowl Party?

The real scandal isn’t the price tag but the beneficiary.

Pompeo on Iran and Ukraine

The chief diplomat of the United States isn’t very diplomatic (nor informative).

Jim Lehrer, 1934-2020

A legendary newsman has passed.

11 US Troops Injured in Attack Where No US Troops Were Injured

Claims by the President and Defense Department about the Iranian response to the Soleimani raid were untrue.

Trump’s Threat To Sanction Iraq Is Ridiculous And Stupid

President Trump is making ridiculous threats against the regime in Iraq that are likely to draw it closer to Iran.

Trump’s Threat To Attack Iranian Cultural Sites Would Probably Be A War Crime

President Trump’s threat to attack Iranian cultural sites would most likely constitute a war crime if he actually carried it out.

Iran Announces End Of Restrictions Imposed By Nuclear Deal

In response to the American assassination of a top General, Iran has announced the end of yet more restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal.

In Attacking Iran, Trump Is Losing Iraq (Again)

The assassination of a top Iranian official on a visit to Baghdad is having the expected negative impact on our relationship with Iraq and the fight against ISIS.

U.S. Drone Strike Hits Head Of Iranian Revolutionary Guard

An American drone strike has taken out the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a move likely to significantly increase tensions across the Middle East.

Five Sentenced To Death In Khashoggi Murder, But The Coverup Continues

Five men have been sentenced to die by a Saudi Arabian court for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the parties who are really responsible are getting off scot-free.

Another Republican Helps Spread Putin’s Ukraine Conspiracy Theories

Ted Cruz is the latest Republican Senator to repeat discredited Kremlin-backed conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

ISIS A Big Winner After Trump’s Retreat

ISIS is quickly taking advantage of the abrupt American withdrawal from northern Syria.

Trump Basically Let Rudy Giuliani Hijack American Foreign Policy

New testimony from a former Trump adviser details how Rudy Giuliani was able to hijek American foreign policy.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate comes from a part of the world that most people almost never think about.