The Real Star Wars Films

Restored versions of the original movies are now available in 4K. They’re likely not legal.

President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

Stupid Index Tricks

The United States has less press freedom than 54 countries. Or does it?

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A Return of National Security Republicans?

Several glimmers of hope from the Ukraine funding bill.

Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File) Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Terry Anderson, 1947-2024

The AP journalist taken hostage for almost seven years has died.

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Ukraine Losing and Growing Demoralized

While the West dithers, Russia is doubling down.

Putin Wins Again!

He’s on a winning streak not seen since Stalin.

Tuesday Tabs

The tabs, they are a clearing.

Young Blacks Souring on Biden?

A credulous report strings together some anedotes and dubious polling.

Affective Partisanship

Group dynamics and limited choices.

Germany Considering Ban of Far-Right AfD

Apparently, Making Germany Great Again is controversial.

President Joe Biden participates in a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Thursday, June 8, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden participates in a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Thursday, June 8, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

US-UK Strike Houthi Targets

The inevitable response to attacks on international shipping.

Biden: “Is Democracy Still America’s Sacred Cause?”

Making 2024 about 2021 and 1777.

A Bad Year For The West?

The BBC’s security correspondent thinks so.

Donald Trump Removed From Maine Ballot

Another state has declared him an insurrectionist.

Comparing Trump to Hitler

The coiner of Godwin’s law gives his blessing.

Henry Kissinger, 1923-2023

The most important and controversial American diplomat of the postwar era is gone at 100.

Geert Wilders ‘Wins’ Dutch Elections

The trend toward hard-right parties continues.

Israelis Divided on Ground Offensive

A poll on Israeli support.

‘From the River to the Sea’

When the obvious is controversial.

Friday Tabs

And this doesn’t even clear them all!

Squaring the Circle on the Israel-Gaza War

Outsiders seem to want the impossible.

On Parties

Because I think it is really important.

Ending Hamas

What does “complete victory” look like?

Breaking the Ukraine Stalemate

Will taking the war to Moscow change Putin’s calculus?

Deutschland Unter Alles

Germany’s economy is among the worst in the OECD.

Far Right Politics Spreading Across the West

The trend shows no sign of abating.

A Different Democracy, Indeed

A trip through comparative democratic reform.

War on Skiplagging Escalates

The airlines hate hidden city ticketing and are cracking down.

Which Arm Should You Get Your Vaccine In?

It may actually matter.

Europe Becoming Poorer?

The Eurozone is falling further behind the United States.

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Price Transparency

Should businesses have to include taxes and other fees in their advertised price?

NATO to Bolster Ukraine Aid

Membership is stalled by more support is coming.

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Why So Many Americans Die in Traffic Accidents

Our car culture is killing us.

Bringing Ukraine Into NATO

The Biden Administration is pushing for a half measure.

Henry Kissinger at 100

A rare man and a rare milestone.

Kick Russia Off the Security Council?

A bad idea backed up by worse reasoning.

Putin’s Failed Gambit

He’s turned Russia from a G-8 member to an international pariah.

Saturday Tabs

You know the drill.

Ukraine War Plans Leaked

Russia is circulating doctored versions of plans for a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Ford Doubling Down on EVs, But Not in USA

The company will debut an all-electric “Explorer” in Europe.

The Experts Were Wrong on COVID

Hubris has set back the cause of science.

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NATO Sending Mixed Signals to Ukraine and Russia

Alliance leaders have significantly different priorities regarding the conflict.

Risk, Reward, and Statecraft

President Biden’s dangerous gambit seems to have succeeded.

On the Number of Parties 4: The Oddity of Two, Part 3 (Thinking About Just Two)

A post about thinking in a comparative way.

Ukraine: Too Much Is Not Enough

The appetite for more resources approaches infinity.

U. S. Sending Abrams Tanks After All

An object lesson on the challenges of alliance politics.

Far-Right Idiocy in Sweden

Swedish right-wing provocation and Turkish short-sightedness.

America’s Slow Escalation in Ukraine

The Biden administration is slowly ratcheting up the aid package.