G-7 Approves Corporate Tax Floor

A major first step to solving a longstanding global issue.

Eric Carle, 1929-2021

The author of beloved children’s books is gone at 91.

Conservatives and Critical Race Theory

The latest bogey man is likely not well understood.

DC Statehood and Power Politics

More voice, more votes, more representation.

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930-2021

The Watergate conspirator, author, and talk show host was 90.

It’s the Single-Seat Districts

Our insistence on relying on an 18th Century understanding of electoral systems is our ongoing bane (if one values representative government).

Better Masks? More Masks?

It’s time to up our protection game.

Lame Duckin’

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

Trump’s Legal Team Imploding

We won’t have Sidney Powell to kick around any more.

More Kook Than Coup

A shameful farce continues to unfold.

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?

Eddie Van Halen, 1955-2020

A rock and roll legend is gone too soon.

Trump Saves ‘Stars and Stripes’

The venerable military newspaper lives to print another day.

The Mundanity of Authoritarianism

Some recommended reading.

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The Abyss Stares Back

The Republican Party is now the mirror image of the totalitarian propagandists it used to hate.

A Bizarre Convention

The Republicans are putting on quite a show.

Democrats Kick Off Virtual Convention

The official campaign to oust Donald Trump is off to a good start.

Political Culture Eats Institutions For Lunch

Institutional reform is necessary, but we can’t accomplish much in the face of tribalism.

So Much Winning

Policy failures by the US government have neutered US passports for the foreseeable future.

Brent Scowcroft, 1925-2020

The National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and GHW Bush has died.

Stupidity Was The Other Plague We Mismanaged

Having failed to prevent or contain it, aggressive stupidity is now washing over us.

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Trump Fires Campaign Manager Again

The President does not like his poll numbers.

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Traffic Signals Not Racist

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.

Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

The Country Music Hall of Famer is gone.

Book Recommendation

Lee Drutman’s Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans than WWI

Yet another grim milestone.

Trump and the F-word

Not that one. The other one.

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.

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An American Health Service?

A progressive idea that could win conservative support.

Joe Diffie Dead from Coronavirus

The 1990s country star is dead at 61.

USA Most Prepared Country for Pandemics

Despite our poor showing against COVID-19, we have the best infrastructure in place.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas and the Elderly

On Tucker last night, Patrick made an odd appeal (to be kind).

Why Did Russia Start Oil Price War?

There are two theories, neither of them good.

Afghanistan Has Two Presidents

As if the country needed more turmoil.

The Problematic Acting DNI

Only the best people.

Cars

Which ones have you owned?

Russians Actively Working to Re-Elect Trump

Our intelligence professionals are issuing a familiar warning.

Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy

The venerable youth organization has fallen on hard times.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

11 US Troops Injured in Attack Where No US Troops Were Injured

Claims by the President and Defense Department about the Iranian response to the Soleimani raid were untrue.

Iran Announces End Of Restrictions Imposed By Nuclear Deal

In response to the American assassination of a top General, Iran has announced the end of yet more restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal.

Lessons For The U.S. In The British Elections?

What lessons are there for the United States in general, and Democrats in particular, in last weeks British election?

Anti-Doping Agency Bars Russia From International Sports

Russia has been barred from the 2020 and 2022 Olympics as well as other international sporting events due to widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Macron Calls NATO ‘Brain Dead’ Due To Lack Of U.S. Leadership

French President Emmanuel Macron declared that the NATO alliance is suffering brain death due to President Trump’s neglect and lack of leadership.

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, Thirty Years Later

Thirty years ago today, history took off in a brand new direction.

Understanding Ukraine

Trying to nail down some basics about a very complicated situation.