January 6 Committee Closing in On Trump

New evidence gets us a wee bit closer to a smoking gun.

Thoughts on the Hearings

It was far more compelling than expected.

Loose Lips About Sinking Ships

The Biden Administration is constantly bragging about its actions against Russia. Is that wise?

Yet More Ukraine Peace Talks

Bargaining continues amidst poisoning and mass killing.

But His Documents!

Former President Trump routinely broke the law with respect to protecting public records.

Nostalgic for Nostalgia

Is the past still the past?

Balloon Juice at 20

John Cole’s blog is older than dirt.

When Concern Trolling, Always Check For Unintended Uncomfortable Parallelisms

It’s always a good idea to reread a text before referencing it, especially if you’re a history Ph.D. like Newt Gingrich

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US Sanctions Compounding Afghan Crisis II

There are no good options, only bad and worse ones.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

Book Corner: The Three-Body Problem

A review and an invitation to discuss.

Lame Duckin’

As expected, the Congress has overridden his veto of the NDAA.

‘They’re Trying to Rig an Election’

The lies aren’t working anymore.

Biden Posts Crying Trump Clip

Sigh.

A Reminder about Media Bias

Media bias is real, but it isn’t what many claim it to be.

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“LIBERATE” Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia

The President is issuing dangerous statements.

Joe Biden as the Next George H.W. Bush?

Dan Drezner makes an interesting comparison.

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Trump Torn on COVID-19 Measures

The President tweeted, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Not Taking Social Distancing Seriously Enough

Too many people still don’t understand the idea behind ‘flattening the curve.’ That includes our President.

Coronavirus Could Kill Trump Presidency

We may be seeing the beginning of the end.

Bloomberg’s Influence-Buying

Unprecedented spending since leaving City Hall has put him in a unique position.

What Now with Iran?

President Trump has a huge decision to make.

ThinkProgress Shuttered

One of the giants of the progressive blogosphere is going away.

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Conservatives, Reactionaries, and Backlash

Is the left unwittingly fueling a reactionary moment?

Trump Unleashes Racist Twitter Attack On Democratic Congresswomen

Trump opened his mouth and, once again, racist bilge came spewing out.

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Men, Work, and Self-Worth

Most of us define ourselves largely through our jobs. That’s increasingly a problem.

Trump to Democrats: Investigate Me or Govern

The Toddler-in-Chief has issued an ultimatum.

Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Study in Contrasts

The President of the United States and the most-talked-about freshman Representative in ages could not be more different.

Why Khashoggi Murder Was a Red Line

The Saudis have been awful for generations. Why this?

Warren’s DNA Test Release Will Backfire

Rather than cauterizing an open wound, she’s fanned the fuels of a fire.

A Return to the Treason Conversation

At a minimum, Trump is betraying his oath of office. That is one hell of a minimum.

Return to the Axis of Evil: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

Does the administration know what it is doing?

Mike Pompeo and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The new Secretary of State is an improvement over the worst Secretary of State in history.

Teaching Political Science and the Trump Administration

Dan Drezner notes some challenges on this topic, and I add some of my own thoughts.

Confirmation Bias, Hidden Agendas, and the Challenges of Conversation

A blog post and resulting Twitter exchange point to a larger problem in our political dialog.

Tillerson out at State

Next up: Pompeo

The Deep Significance and Importance of NAFTA

As with so many things, the President is demonstrating that he really doesn’t know what he is doing.

Trump, Populism, and Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles

Distinguishing between anti-elite populism and coded anti-Semitism is next to impossible.

Melissa Harris-Perry Doesn’t Understand TV

The host of a weekend show on MSNBC is angry that the network wants her to talk about the presidential race.

Memories of Polling Past

Thinking back to about this time in 2011.

Drezner on Cuba

‘Open and Free’ Compared to What?

The “open and free” Internet is an ideal type, not a myth.

In Defense of Professional Military Education

My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

A New Gilded Age?

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is making quite a splash.

ISA v. Blogs

NSC Nonproliferation Director Fired for Tweeting

Jofi Joseph was unmasked as the obnoxious @NatSecWonk and fired by the White House.