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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Ilya Shapiro’s Inartful Tweet

Outrage over the outrage is outrageous.

Public Schools vs The Public

The pandemic seems to have broken the social contract.

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The College Admissions Rat Race

An interesting argument, albeit about a tiny and vastly over-discussed segment.

Is California Recall Unconstitutional?

A novel but flawed legal argument.

Trouble for Newsom?

A new poll show a very close race.

‘Justice’ Difficult in Chauvin Trial

A criminal trial is a poor venue for solving society’s problems.

Beverly Cleary, 1916-2021

The beloved author of children’s books had died days short of her 105th birthday.

First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice

Democrats are already jockeying to influence President Biden’s pick should a vacancy arise.

Culture Clash at the New York Times

America’s Newspaper of Record needs to figure out what it wants to be.

Not a Coup Attempt

But, still very bad.

Was I Wrong on Harriet Miers?

Rethinking what qualities we should be looking for in Supreme Court Justices.

This Guy Is Not An Academic

Sorry, UC Irvine, as long as Navarro is on the faculty, no donations from this graduate.

Book Recommendation

Lee Drutman’s Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop

Meth. South Dakota Is On It.

South Dakota launched a new ad campaign to deal with its methamphetamine crisis. They missed the mark.

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No, Medicare-for-All Wouldn’t Be a Tax Cut

We shouldn’t need bad arguments to sell good policies.

Elizabeth Warren’s Troubling Relationship with the Truth

She’s been fibbing about how she left a teaching job nearly half a century ago.

Trump Names Robert O’Brien To Be National Security Adviser

President Trump has named his fourth National Security Adviser in less than three years.

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Harris Softens Busing Stance

The surging candidate seems to be trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Anti-Harris Backlash After Debate Attacks on Biden?

POLITICO reports that some Democratic activists think she went too far.

Elizabeth Warren Continues To Gain On Bernie Sanders

A trio of new polls shows Elizabeth Warren slipping past Bernie Sanders into second place in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination

Trump’s Trade War Is Bad, And Everyone Is Losing

Donald Trump’s tariffs are hurting the American economy, American consumers, and American businesses.

Trump Delivers Bizarre, Incoherent, Red Meat Speech At CPAC

In a two-hour rant before an adoring crowd of CPAC sycophants. President Trump displayed everything wrong with him and his Presidency.

The Constitution And Trump’s Temporary Attorney General

President Trump’s selection to serve as Acting Attorney General does not appear to be Constitutionally authorized to serve in that position.

Legal Experts Weigh In On Trump’s Silly Birthright Citizenship Ideas

Overwhelmingly, legal experts agree that President Trump is wrong about birthright citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment.

How Can a White Supremacist Have a Security Clearance?

It’s more complicated than one might think.

California Bans New Soda Taxes

California’s legislature has moved to block localities from imposing taxes on soda and other sugary drinks.

Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

President Trump’s short list of potential Supreme Court nominees consists mostly of conventionally conservative, well-qualified, jurists.

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

Yes, The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called ‘Hate Speech’

Even the most offensive speech is protected by the First Amendment.

Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

How Should Democrats Respond To The Gorsuch Nomination?

In the end, an effort by Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court does not seem like a good use of their rather limited options.

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

New Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective

Big news in the war against a horrible virus.

John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

Godspeed, John Glenn.

The Beginning Of The End Of The ‘Conservative’ Supreme Court

Depending on the outcome of the election, the Supreme Court’s just concluded term will most likely be remembered as the point at which the Court’s rightward tilt that began at the end of the Warren Court Era came to an end.

Pfizer Bars Use Of Its Drugs In Capital Punishment

Pfizer has become the latest drug maker from barring its products from being used in executions.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dead At 101

A man who helped create a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and some mighty fine wine, has passed away.

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For First Time In Nearly A Decade

In a move it had been telegraphing for the better part of a year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since July 2006.

Cruz has a Plan for Fighting ISIS

Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Both Sides Do It: Voter Suppression Edition

Today, many states and municipalities are having elections that will mostly attract Democrats.

78 > 22

If we are gong to assess the significance of Trump, we need to pay attention to the numbers.

The Prison-Industrial Complex

The problem goes beyond the War on Drugs.

Stealing a College Education

Lee Siegel takes to the NYT to explain “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”