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Impending Rail Strike Could Derail Economy

An impasse over schedule flexibility could have widespread impact.

Tuesday Tabs and Takes

Some stories and passing comments.

Bernard Shaw, 1940-2022

CNN’s original anchorman is gone at 82.

Democrats and Meh Voters

For the first time in a long time, Presidential approval numbers and voter preferences aren’t’ aligned.

Fear of a White Scholar

President Biden had a meeting with some historians. The horrors.

CNN’s Centrist Gambit

What does objectivity mean in the Trump era?

David Kay, 1940-2022

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

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Gas Prices and Pay Raises

The most consumer-visible commodity is down for the 67th consecutive day.

CDC Loosens COVID Guidelines

The leading public health agency no longer recommends doing things people had already stopped doing.

Inflation Reduction Act Passes Senate

And a comment on news coverage of the passage.

Democrats Punt on Primary Order

They’re going to wait until after the midterms to decide whether Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the front of the line.

Russia’s Absurd Demands for Griner and Whalen Release

Moscow is playing a very strange game.

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What’s Politics For, Anyway?

Capitol Hill Republicans are turning the concept on its head.

The January 6 Hearings Didn’t Change Entrenched Opinion

Can American democracy survive its information bubbles?

Liz Cheney 2024?

She’s almost certainly going to lose her House seat. Can she get a promotion?

Monkeypox ‘Emergency of International Concern’

A disease spreading mostly among gay men is now infecting small children.

Even the NY Post

The truth is pretty obvious.

Silly Governor Tricks

With all of California’s problems solved, Gavin Newsome is doing stunts.

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Vicious Cycle of Air Conditioning

Making ourselves cooler is making the earth warmer.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

Democracy Dies in Dumbness

Paywalls are not our problem.

Biden and bin Salman

An embarrassing photo demonstrates the perils of leading the free world.

What’s the Plan, Man?

Another comment on the American presidency and its critics.

A Quick Comment on Presidential Power

The pressure and expectations of a king, but with considerably less power.

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

The Capitol Riot and Fox News

A large plurality of the network’s viewers think left wingers trying to make Trump look bad are to blame.

Saturday Afternoon Tabs

It’s been more of a reading than writing morning.

The Weak Case Against the January 6 Committee

Republicans killed their parents and demanding mercy for being orphaned.

CNN Boss Eschews ‘Big Lie’ Branding

The new honcho at the original 24 hour news network wants to be more subtle and less alarmest.

Takeaways From the Takeaways

It’s not all about Trump.

The January 6 Committee’s Audience

It was yuuuge! And nobody saw it!

Kavanaugh Stalker Charged with Attempted Murder

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

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

COVID’s Silver Lining?

The pandemic forced the spread of useful technology.

Clarence Thomas on Stare Decisis

Not so conservative.

Tucker Carlson White Supremacist Messaging

The face of Fox News is not the bow-tied buffoon from his “Crossfire” days.

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

Utah Democrats Back Republican Evan McMullin in Bid to Unseat Trumper Mike Lee

Seeing no way to win under their own label, they’ve called a Hail Mary.

President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Presidents Aren’t Magicians

We expect far more from the Oval Office than is reasonable.

Abbott’s Border Stunt

Political theater on the southern border.

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

Russian Flagship Sunk by Ukraine

Another morale booster for the good guys.

Capitol Rioter Convicted of Six Felonies

A former Virginia police officer has been found guilty, partly on the testimony of a former colleague.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

US Acknowledges Providing ISR Support to Ukraine

The Defense Department shares the worst-kept secret about the war effort.

Monday Tab Clearing

Stories of note sans write-ups.

More Details On 7 Hours “Missing” From 1/6 White House Phone Logs

They’re not missing and that points to a systemic issue