Economic Illiteracy from POTUS

The President provided a contender for most ignorant tweet this morning, as he makes a proposal that would disrupt the global economy.

Dodge Super Bowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Causes Controversy

Dodge is facing controversy this morning for using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in a Super Bowl commercial, but they’re not the only party who may have some questions to answer.

Train Crashes and Recency Bias

Two Amtrak crashes in less than a week is newsworthy. It is not, however, a trend.

Appeals Court Strikes Down District Of Columbia Restrictions On Concealed Carry Of Guns

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the District of Columbia’s restrictive concealed-carry law.

Federal Government Ends Effort To Strip Redskins Of Their Trademarks

In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Federal Government is ending its defense of an effort to revoke the trademarks of the Washington Redskins.

Supreme Court: Denial Of Trademarks Because They Are ‘Disparaging’ Violates First Amendment

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Government cannot deny trademark protection because a requested trademark is “disparaging” to a racial or ethnic group.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part II

Part Two in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan. This post examines several ideas advanced by conservatives, and the reasons they aren’t complete answers to the problems we face.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Putting Health Care Policy in Comparative and Philosophical Perspective

The problem with all the replacement talk is that there is no evidence that the GOP pathways will work.

Ross Kaminsky: Protectionism is Political Pandering

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

Modestly Good News From The March Jobs Report

March’s Jobs Report was good, but could be better.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Clinton Crushes In Mississippi, Sanders In Michigan, Clinton Still Controls The Race

Hilary Clinton crushed Bernie Sanders in Mississippi, but was surprised by Bernie Sanders in Michigan. Nonetheless she still remains in control of the race.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

ISIS is Winning

The United States and Europe are giving everything the perpetrators of the Paris attacks hoped for.

Strong October Jobs Report Implicates Fed Policy, Role Of The Economy In 2016 Election

A much stronger than expected October Jobs Report suggests that the Federal Reserve is likely to move on interest rates, and raises questions about how economic issues will play out politically in 2016.

A Lackluster September Jobs Report

September’s Jobs Report was disappointing to say the least, and calls into question the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates in the near future.

Trying To Read The Biden Tea Leaves

Time is running out for Joe Biden to make a decision about running for President, and it’s still not clear what he’ll do.

Joe Biden Drops Another Hint About His Presidential Intentions

Vice-President Biden dropped another hint that suggests he might not be up to running for President.

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

Tennessee Sacrifices Property Rights On The Altar Of ‘Gun Rights’

Legislators in Tennessee have taken the “gun rights” argument further than it was ever intended to go.

Supreme Court To Decide If State Can Deny License Plate With Confederate Flag Design

The Supreme Court is set to decide if the state can deny a license plate with the Confederate flag design because it is “offensive.”

A Good Jobs Report, But We’re Still Waiting For The “Great” One

Another mostly good, but not great, jobs report.

August Jobs Report Disappoints

After several months of good news, the August Jobs Report was quite a disappointment.

July Jobs Report Not A Home Run, But Still Pretty Good

While not as big as previous months, the July Jobs Report was still mostly good news.

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

More Bad News For Print Media

The news gets worse.

Supreme Court to Rule on Cellphone Searches

The Justice Department thinks police should be able to search the smart phones of anyone arrested for anything.

Even With Paywalls, Newspapers Are Still Bleeding Cash

Adding paywalls isn’t stopping the decline of the newspaper industry.

Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Reject Unionization

A big setback for the UAW.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Nothing But Nyet Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Federal Government: Electric Cars Will Account For Only 1 Out Of 100 Cars In 2040

The era of the electric car isn’t likely to arrive for a long time, if ever.

November Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected

Some good numbers for November in the Jobs report, but questions about the future remain.

Delayed September Jobs Report Disappoints

Nothing to write home about in the September Jobs Report.

Google Being Sued To Remove Search Results

An odd lawsuit out of France.

Detroit Files Largest Municipal Bankruptcy In History

In a move that was perhaps inevitable, the City of Detroit has filed for Bankruptcy Court protection.

ACLU: Police Can Read, Track, And Store Your License Plate Number Wherever You Go

New technology brings the day of round the clock tracking of citizens who’ve done nothing wrong ever closer.

An Automobile Showroom Where You Can’t Buy A Car

Thanks to archaic state laws, you can look at cars in a Tesla showroom, but in my states you can’t but anything there.

Driverless Cars A Threat To Personal Privacy?

Will drivers really be okay with Google tracking everywhere they go in their self-driving car?

Self-Driving Cars Here By 2025, Mandatory By ?

Most of us suck at driving. Soon, we won’t be allowed to drive.

Mental Illness, The Law, And Individual Rights

Are we heading toward an era where a diagnosis of mental illness becomes an instrument for state oppression?

Killer Kitties Create Carnage

The New York Times breaks the shocking story (“That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think”) that cats kill birds and small mammals.

Gun Deaths To Pass Car Deaths By 2015

Firearms are set to pass the automobile as the instrument for American deaths.

Meaningful Action To Prevent More Tragedies Like This

Will the massacre of twenty children in a Connecticut elementary school mark a turning point in America’s gun culture? Don’t count on it.

The Horrors of Having to Think Differently

Thinking can be an uncomfortable exercise.

China Is Every American Politician’s Favorite Scapegoat

American politicians are using China as a scapegoat for America’s problems.