President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Covid Malaise?

A pandemic hangover may be clouding American politics.

Appeals Court Ruling Threatens 100+ Capitol Rioter Sentences

The “interference with the administration of justice” enhancement was wrongly applied.

Toby Keith, 1961-2024

The country music singer was 62.

On Handcounts

Ignorance, it turns out, isn’t bliss.

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What Role Have “Gifts” Played In Keeping Justice Thomas On The Supreme Court?

Might not be bribery, but it’s still exerting influence.

College Football Playoff Chaos

The four-team Playoff will go out making a lot of folks mad.

Politics as Sport

The game is the game.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Suddenly a Republican

Another illustration of the weakness of the American party system.

Impeachment Toothlessness

A political trial for political crimes always yields a political result.

‘True Threats,’ Insanity, and the Supreme Court

Is a threat in the eye of the receiver or the issuer?

It’s Good to Be Clarence Thomas

The questionable ethics of living a lavish lifestyle based on high office.

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Does America Have Too Much Parking?

Cities are lowering or doing away with longstanding requirements to provide spaces.

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Exodus from Big Cities?

People are leaving our cities for the suburbs. But not on an equal basis.

Trump and Waco

Some disturbing symbolism.

A “No Labels” Candidate?

A hypothetical spoiler for 2024? (Stress on “hypothetical”).

Rod Dreher Canceled

Things finally got too weird for his benefactor.

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“White Trash” Continued

Because I actually think its important.

Tom Brady Retiring Again

The Greatest of All Time is hanging up his cleats a year too late.

Right-Wing Musical Chairs on Satellite TV

Weirdly, politicians who don’t understand the debt ceiling also don’t understand other things.

The NFL is Taking Over

The biggest entertainment product in America is getting bigger.

Raymond Pritchett, 1975-2022

Galrahn is gone much too soon.

Garland, Trump, and the Impossibility of Apolitical Politics

The Attorney General can’t please everyone, so he’s got to please himself.

NFL and College Football Going Head to Head

The most popular television product is running out of room to expand.

Fear and Resentment of a Changing America

A revealing comparison of Republican districts that deny and don’t deny the 2020 outcome.

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The Declining Market for News

Reading habits continue to evolve, not necessarily for the better.

Democracy Dies in Dumbness

Paywalls are not our problem.

Can Pregnant Woman Drive in HOV Lane?

An absurd extension of the fight over abortion.

The USA at 246

The Nation is unusually divided and melancholy on its birthday.

Herschel Walker and the Perils of Celebrity Candidates

More ugly revelations about the football hero turned politician.

On Perceptions and Crime

Some thoughts.

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

A man most have never heard of is being reassessed more than a half-century after his death.

People Moving for Politics?

It seems that some Americans are relocating to be with people who share their social and cultural views.

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On Narratives and Covid Restrictions

Are we really being blocked from getting back to normal? And if so, what is the real barrier?

Dan Reeves, 1944-2022

The legendary football player and coach is gone at 77.

Press Coverage of the Colorado Wildfires

The biggest news doesn’t always get the most attention.

John Madden, 1936-2021

The Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster is dead at 85.

Atlanta Braves Win World Series

The city’s second major championship was among the most improbable.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

Voters are suppose to choose elected officials, not the other way around.

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So Many Tabs…

Several stories for your consumption.

Today in Awful Covid Headlines

Part of the ongoing, slow-motion tragedy.

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America Getting Less White

The long demographic trend continues.

Dusty Hill, 1949-2021

ZZ Top’s longtime bass player is gone.

No, Flynn Shouldn’t be Court-Martialed

Retired generals are no longer in the military.

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

Voter Suppression in Texas

Let’s call it what it is.

DC Statehood and Power Politics

More voice, more votes, more representation.

Larry McMurtry, 1936-2021

The author of “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment,” and so many more great novels is gone at 84.

Elite Private Schools, Race, and Fear of the Woke

Also some ironic positions on capitalism.

Texas Ends COVID Restrictions

The Lone Star State is celebrating its independence in a big way.

Fact-Checking in a Fact-Free World

Debunking urban legends and Internet rumors is harder than it used to be.