Why Not Direct Democracy?

Would bypassing politicians altogether make the system more just?

U.S. Kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda Founder and Leader

A precision drone strike on a balcony in Kabul took out a longtime nemesis.

64 Percent of Democrats Want Biden Replaced in 2024

With record-low poll numbers, the grass roots wants someone new on the ticket next time.

Police Have No Duty to Protect You

“Protect and Serve” is just a slogan, not a guarantee.

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Ukraine and the ‘New Rules of War’

Many and small beats large and heavy. Finding beats flanking. Swarming beats surging.

Projecting China’s Future

Can it overcome demographics and decoupling to sustain its current unprecedented growth?

If It Was an Insurrection, Why Hasn’t Anyone Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’?

It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.

The Divide Within Our Parties is Almost as Wide as that Between Them

Pew’s new typology shows the diversity of both US political parties.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

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Tribal Lenses and Criminal Justice

Our reactions to recent murder trials tells us a lot about our divided country.

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Ranked Choice Voting for Everyone?

It’s not perfect but it beats our usual approach to picking winners and losers.

Tab Clearing

Some interesting stories or columns that I’ll never get around to writing full posts on.

The State of America’s Political Parties

One party is divided on how to govern and the other is united in not governing.

Classifying Countries by Income

What constitutes a “low income” or “high income” country?

Vaccine Patent Rights

Should live-saving drugs be protected intellectual property?

The Republican Advantage in the House

Any “fair” drawing of districts will yield a GOP advantage over time.

Competing Visions For a Biden Presidency

Will he be a uniter or a divider?

Non-Violent Protests

At what point does a demonstration become something else?

Gun Violence Spiking Across American Cities

A marked rise in shooting deaths is going largely unnoticed.

What We Don’t Know About COVID-19

Two new studies bring more questions than answers.

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What if Kim Jong Un is Dead?

Some informed speculation.

Presidential Generations

We’re going to make history one way or another in November.

America Ready for a Gay President?

It’s a reasonable question but not the right one.

Afghan War Marked By Incompetence, Misrepresentation, And Outright Lies

A new report details the extent to which the eighteen-year Afghanistan War has been marked by mistakes, and lies by the government to cover-up the fact that we went to war without a clear understanding of what we were doing.

The Next Steps Forward On Impeachment

The next steps in the impeachment process are relatively easy to predict.

What is American Patriotism?

There’s an inherent tension in our national ethos.

Trump Immune from ‘Racism’ Charge?

The President’s approval is up and disapproval down after the latest incidents.

Threatened Immigration Raids Haven’t Happened

Another case where the cruelty is the point?

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$15 Minimum Wage Would Do More Harm Than Good

The Congressional Budget Office assesses several reform proposals.

Whither Green Eyeshade Conservatives?

We could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Presidency

The job laid out by the Framers in Article II of the Constitution has expanded a mite.

Congressional Oversight is not Overreach

While the scope of Federal power has expanded beyond the ken of the Framers, this is not an example.

To Impeach Or Not To Impeach? That Is The Question

I continue to be opposed to impeachment of the President, but I’m slowly moving in that direction thanks primary to the Administration’s own actions.

The Cautionary Tale of Vermont’s Failed Single-Payer System

Despite seemingly ideal conditions, Green Mountain Care was an absolute debacle.

Census Constitutionally Required to Ask Citizenship Question?

A novel argument, untested in court, suggests that it might.

Our Shrinking Cities

The New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago metro areas are all losing people.

Splitting States

While polarization in our national politics gets the most attention, several states also face serious rural-urban tensions.

Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped for No Apparent Reason

One of the most bizarre cases in recent memory gets . . . much more bizarre.

Medicare for All’s Unintended Consequences

What would it mean for the companies’ workers, the stock market and the cost of care?

What’s an Elite College?

How finite is prestige?

The Glittering Eye at 15

Congrats to Dave Schuler on his blogiversary.

Solving The District Of Columbia Problem

There’s only one solution to the D.C. statehood issue. It’s called retrocession.

Trump’s ‘National Emergency’ And The Law

President Trump’s impending decision to declare a national emergency to get funding for his border wall will quickly face serious legal challenges. It may be more vulnerable than the White House suspects.

The Phony Arguments Against Withdrawing From Afghanistan

The arguments against withdrawing American forces from Afghanistan are becoming weaker and weaker.

No, Trump is Not ‘Authoritarian’

The President is an ignoramus and a blowhard and a petulant child but he’s operating within the Constitutional limits of his office.

Retirement is Killing Our Infrastructure

Pensions and health care costs for the elderly are crowding out other vital spending.

Dad’s Stuff is Junk, Grandma’s Stuff is Treasure?

Does trash become treasure with time?

Political Temper Tantrums and the Constitution

The efforts by Speaker Pelosi and President Trump to leverage their institutional powers raise interesting questions.

The U.S. And NATO Should Stay Out Of The Russia-Ukraine Fight

Notwithstanding the temptation to do something, both the United States and NATO need to resist the temptation to get involved in the latest conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Trump Sides With Saudis In Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

In what has to qualify as one of the most horrifying displays of moral depravity on the international stage, the Trump Administration is saying it doesn’t really care if the Saudi Crown Prince is a murderer or not.