More on Questioning Electoral Outcomes

Yes, there can be real problems with election activities, but that does not excuse POTUS’ lies about fraud.

The Dangers of Attacks on Legitimate Voting Processes

Trump, Scott, and their allies are not doing America any favors.

In The Khashoggi Crisis, Trump’s Greed And Moral Cowardice Are On Full Display

President Trump is choosing money and moral cowardice over human life in his response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Targeted In Apparent Assassination Attempt

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro survived an apparent, albeit amateurish, assassination attempt yesterday in what could be a sign of underlying instability in Venezuela.

“A Republic, not a Democracy” Redux

The Strzok hearing provides a return to this timeworn favorite.

On the Appropriation of National Symbols

Trump’s withdrawal of his invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles is just another example of his populistic nationalism. (And it isn’t healthy).

Alan Dershowitz Hasn’t Changed

While longtime supporters have turned on the legendary attorney over his support of Donald Trump, he’s been astonishingly consistent.

So Trump Is Getting His Military Parade

There won’t be any tanks, but it looks like President Trump will get his military parade.

Smug Liberals, Conservative Trolls, and Jake Tapper

Two seemingly contradictory essays out today highlight the exhausting political conversation environment.

Xi Jinping Solidifies His Hold On Power In China

China’s Xi Jinping solidified his hold on power well into the next decade over the weekend.

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30,000,000

President Trump’s military parade would come with a not insignificant cost.

Notorious Mass Murderer Charles Manson Dead at 83

Charles Manson, who led a cult-like “family” to a series of murders in 1969 and subsequently spent more than 40 years in prison, has died at the age of 83.

Catalonia Votes For Independence In Chaotic Vote Marred By Police Violence

Catalonia voted overwhelmingly for independence from Spain, but it’s not at all clear that the vote will amount to anything.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The I Did It My Way Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Attempted Coup Rocks Turkey, But Fails To Overthrow Government

Turkey’s government appears to have rebuffed a coup attempt, but questions remains about the stability of the government going forward.

In Latest Attack On A Free Press, Donald Trump Denies Credentials To The Washington Post

Donald Trump continues his war on freedom of the press and reporters who cover him critically by barring The Washington Post from covering campaign events.

On Donald Trump’s Contempt For The Rule Of Law And Freedom Of The Press

Donald Trump’s open contempt for the Rule of Law and Freedom of the Press should disqualify him from being considered an acceptable candidate for President.

Trump and Fascism

Should Donald Trump be classified as a fascist?

Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

David Cameron To Propose Broad Expansion Of Powers To Crackdown On ‘Extremism’

Fresh off an election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to propose a series of new measures to crackdown on extremism that raise serious civil liberties concerns.

US-Latin American Relations

Some thoughts on a column by Roger Noriega on the Obama administration and Latin America,

Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy

Modern Singapore’s founder passed away at age 91 earlier this week.

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak, Further Cementing Renewed Military Rule

Well, so much for that “people’s revolt” that brought down a military dictator.

The End of History, Continued

Twenty-five years after his seminal “End of History” article, Francis Fukuyama reflects on its legacy.

On The Coup In Egypt And The Future Of Democracy

The events of the last week in Egypt raise a whole host of questions.

Some Context on Turkey

Turkey has had along and ongoing struggle with democratic consolidation.

Turkey On The Brink?

Has the Arab Spring come to Turkey?

Guns to Protect us from Sharia

Silly things members of Congress say (plus musings on authoritarianism).

Guns and Preventing Tyranny

The notion that guns prevent tyranny is based on fantasy and movies, not reality.

Paraguay’s President Impeached and Removed

President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was impeached and removed from office this week.

Cambridge, Mass. Considering New York Style Soda Ban

Another local official wants to join the War On Big Soda.

Egyptian Protesters Contemplate What Went Wrong

The heady days of revolution in Egypt have been replaced with the cold light of political reality.

China Is Not A Model For America, Or The World

China’s government may be more “efficient,” but it’s hardly a model for the rest of the world.

Police Violence and Perpetual War

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that police are using tools of violence against protestors.

There Really Is A Death Panel

We’re learning more about the Obama Administration’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki

California Town Fines Couple For Holding Bible Study In Their Home

Does the state have the right to regulate how many people you invite to your home?

Francis Fukuyama on Origins of Government

Francis Fukuyama: “In the developed world, we take the existence of government so much for granted that we sometimes forget how difficult it was to create.”

Freezing Dictator Assets: Good Idea?

Wouldn’t we be better off offering besieged rules exile in relative comfort in exchange for graceful exits?

Revolutions are Rare

If Mubarak is driven from power, will that make Egypt a case of “revolution”?

Hitler Comparisons and Bad History

Contrary to popular belief, Adolf Hitler didn’t come to power by democratic means or because of his ability to whip the public into a frenzy.