Mastriano Under Fire From Colleagues and Mentors

A former dissertation advisor and two Army War College professors are speaking out against the gubernatorial candidate.

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Russia Resorting to Brutality Because They Lack Precision Weapons

They’re hitting civilian targets partly because they can’t hit military ones.

Italy Expected to Elect Post-Fascist Premier

Democratic backsliding appears to be spreading to another European country.

QEII and the Empire

How much blame did the 70-year constitutional monarch share?

Fear of a White Scholar

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

Thursday Tab Clearing

Pop those tabs!

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Institutions Matter, French Edition

How rules shape the game.

Macron Wins Re-Election

The boring moderate beat the neo-Nazi with 58% of the vote.

Voting Underway in French Presidential Runoff

The incumbent should win easily but turnout is low and the consequences dire.

French Presidential Elections Today

The first round is currently being held.

Russia’s Diplomatic Isolation

The West continues to close Moscow off.

Removing Russia from UN Security Council

It would be fitting but, alas, won’t happen.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Monday Tab Clearing

Stories of note sans write-ups.

Iran Nuke Deal Done But Stalled Over Russian Demands

Yet another casualty of the Ukraine invasion.

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Putin’s Offramp?

It’s hard to see how this crisis ends.

It’s Not Time To Eulogize The Old Order

Pundits like Thomas Friedman struggle with premature prognostication.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Ukraine Updates

News and commentary of note.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Ends in Windsor, Moves to Paris

The anti-vax-and-other-stuff protest is spreading to Europe.

US Waives Iran Sanctions as Deal Nears

The Biden administration is close to repairing the damage Trump caused.

Ukraine: Advantage Putin? Advantage NATO?

Expert opinion on the standoff differs sharply.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Peak Fact-Checking?

Not every argument can be tested on a Pinocchio scale.

French Battle Wokisme

The language is going to iel in a handcart.

Omicron Cometh

Yet another COVID-19 strain has emerged.

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Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start?

A weird new narrative has emerged.

Back to SCOTUS Reform and “Legitimacy”

Doing nothing is still a choice, and the legitimacy crisis is here, like it or not.

US-France Submarine Contretemps

American cheese will henceforth be known as liberté cheese. And not because of the metric system.

It’s Only Champagne if it’s Made in Russia

If it’s made in France, it’s “sparkling wine.”

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

France Increases Vaccinations

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

Delta Variant

More reminders that the pandemic is not over.

G-7 Approves Corporate Tax Floor

A major first step to solving a longstanding global issue.

More on Social Policy and Comparisons

Mostly about how not to do it.

Social Policy and Freedom

Increases in social benefits can increase freedom.

United States Less Democratic Than it Used to Be

Multiple indicators point to a decline in the representativeness of the American system.

Better Masks? More Masks?

It’s time to up our protection game.

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Two Crazy Aspects of Trump’s Fraud Allegations

Granted, there are more than two. But from a political science/political history POV, these two stick out in my mind.

The Pandemic Continues

Reminders from a perusal of the news.

What’s a Republic?

What meanings might the Founders have had? How should we understand the term?

A Lame Defense (Really, a Self Own)

Trump basically confirmed all but one aspect of the Atlantic story.

What We Don’t Know About COVID-19

Two new studies bring more questions than answers.

More on the Lack of a Rally Effect for Trump

Some global comparisons.

Undercounting COVID Deaths

The counting methodology is flawed and that’s assuming honest reporting.

Working Longer During the Pandemic

Contrary to some expectations, Americans are logging three extra hours of work a day.

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An American Health Service?

A progressive idea that could win conservative support.