Biden: The Pandemic Is Over

The President is getting hammered from all sides for stating the obvious.

Biden: MAGA Republicans Threaten Republic

The President delivered a rousing stump speech from Independence Hall.

Kevin Drum’s 20th Blogiversary

One of the OG blog pundits has reached a big milestone.

David Kay, 1940-2022

A man made famous for discovering Iraq’s WMD program was virtually nonexistent is gone at 82.

Tony Dow, 1945-2022

The man most famous for his turn on “Leave it to Beaver” has passed from liver cancer aged 77.

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The Poor Upper Middle Class

The economic downturn is hitting groups in different ways.

Coffee Makes You Live Longer

Yet another study that confirms my pre-existing biases.

Most Americans Have Had COVID-19

Some 60% of us, including 75% of our children, have been infected.

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

COVID Risk Calculations

There are too many variables to make generalized calculations.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Biden’s State of the Union Speech

Most people liked it more than I did.

Do We Need a Fourth Covid Shot?

The reports are conflicting but I’d bet on Yes.

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Being Unvaccinated is Like Smoking

A new way to think about the problem.

P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

The great conservative humorist is gone at 74.

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

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Booze Isn’t Good For You?

There are more old drunks than there are old doctors.

Meat Loaf, 1947-2022

The singer and actor, born Marvin Lee Aday, is gone at 74.

Betty White, 1922-2021

The television star increasingly known for her longevity has passed days shy of her 100th birthday.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

Evidence Isn’t Going to Persuade Anti-vaxers

Hesitancy is a complex phenomenon largely immune to facts.

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Doctoring Ain’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

The rat race of becoming a physician and maintaining one’s license is more intense than popularly understood.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

Bill Maher: The Pandemic is Over

Denial, whining, and truth wrapped into one segment.

Peter Scolari, 1955-2021

The veteran character actor has died of cancer at 66.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

David Lee Roth Retiring

The one-time Van Halen frontman is throwing in the shoes.

Norm Macdonald, 1959-2021

The SNL comic has died of cancer at 61.

COVID Schadenfreude Journalism

A new story archetype is all too common.

France Increases Vaccinations

And so general discussion of vaccine passports and requirements in the US.

Conservatives and Children’s Rights

COVID vaccine hesitancy is just the tip of the iceberg.

West’s Final Days as Texas GOP Chair

Not surprisingly, it has been a bit contentious.

Coffee is (Mostly) Healthy Again

The indicators are pointing in the direction of caffeine being good for most people.

Stephen Breyer’s Retirement Timing

Should he be worried about the appearance of partisan gaming?

When Will We Get Back to Normal?

A veteran health reporter says the end is near. But there’s a huge caveat.

Sullivan on Biden (and a Discussion of Fiscal Policy)

On fiscal policy and historical comparisons.

Ralph Puckett Gets Medal of Honor 70 Years Too Late

The 94-year-old legend is finally getting his due.

Biden Strikes Bipartisan Tone

The President used his first speech to Congress as an attempt to unite the country.

Covid-19 and Excess Death in 2020

More dramatic stats from a difficult year.

On Coups, Insurrections, and Security Theater

Reflections on the events of 6 January two months later.

Bob Dole Has Lung Cancer

The 97-year-old former Senator and Presidential candidate is ill.

Reporting and Commentary Should Remain Separate

There’s more than enough opinion journalism.

Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021

The talk radio megastar has died, aged 70.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

What Republicans Want Isn’t What they Get

Our two-party system distorts the representativeness of our politics.

Not “Just the Flu”

A grim reminder.

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

Alex Trebek Dead at 80

The longtime host of Jeopardy! is gone.

Jill Biden Plans to be First First Lady with Outside Job

A rather remarkable milestone in that it’s coming so late.

President-Elect Biden’s Victory Speech

“Now this campaign is over, what is the will of the people? What is our mandate?”