Pelosi’s Ill-Advised Taiwan Visit

The Speaker’s trip was reckless, needlessly escalating an already tense situation.

Bill Russell, 1934-2022

The iconic basketball player, coach, and civil rights leader is gone at 88.

China’s Worrisome Behavior

The competition is slowly ratcheting up.

Biden Continuing Trump Foreign Policy?

Normalcy is not a bad thing.

Alabama Hyundai Plant Used Child Labor

Shocking but perhaps unsurprising news.

Biden and bin Salman

An embarrassing photo demonstrates the perils of leading the free world.

Originalism and the Declaration of Independence

The implications of modes of interpretation.

US Negotiating Saudi-Egypt-Israel Accord

Another potential deal that doesn’t address the central issue.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

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.

What If The Bad Guys Win in Ukraine?

The most likely outcome is not a happy one.

Saudis Execute 81

More brutality from an ostensible US ally.

Putin’s War Gets Closer to NATO

Strikes near the Polish border show the real possibility of escalation.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

US Waives Iran Sanctions as Deal Nears

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

The Olympic Spirit and Authoritarian Regimes

There’s no keeping politics out of these Games.

The Abuse of Power in a Small Town Police Force

Not Mayberry. Not even close.

The Kids Are Not Alright

Do young Democrats really hate Republicans more than vice-versa?

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

Nicholas Kristof Is Exploring a Run for Oregon Governor

The two-time Pulitzer winner is considering a career change.

Israel’s Wanton Aggression

A reckless campaign of violence has now targeted American journalists.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden Declares Armenian Genocide a Genocide

The President has overturned decades of US foreign policy and alienated a NATO ally for, well, reasons.

COVID Passports Redux

Competing analogies and externalities.

United States Less Democratic Than it Used to Be

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

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Liberals Upset Biden Foreign Policy is Biden’s

Those expecting Bernie Sanders’ agenda are sorely disappointed.

Biden Punishing Russia but Not Saudi Arabia

The fecklessness of U.S. human rights policy in full display.

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

Burma Military Coup Ousts Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi and her top officials are under house arrest.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

But, the Founders!

If we embrace the Founders to justify the present, let’s think about what we are doing.

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Thoughts on the Breonna Taylor Case and Beyond

Considering Breonna Taylor’s death, police shootings, and human rights.

Federal Agents Using Strong-Arm Tactics in America’s Cities

Portland may be a preview of what’s to come.

John Lewis Dead at 80

A civil rights legend has passed.

If Minneapolis Were Happening Elsewhere…

A solid piece of satire.

Pressuring Venezuela?

In recent weeks the US has ramped-up pressure on Maduro.

Dictatorships and the Democrats

Bloomberg waffles on China while Sanders has a soft spot for Castro.

Pompeo on Iran and Ukraine

The chief diplomat of the United States isn’t very diplomatic (nor informative).

Trump’s Threat To Attack Iranian Cultural Sites Would Probably Be A War Crime

President Trump’s threat to attack Iranian cultural sites would most likely constitute a war crime if he actually carried it out.

Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Worrisome news for an American icon.

Five Sentenced To Death In Khashoggi Murder, But The Coverup Continues

Five men have been sentenced to die by a Saudi Arabian court for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the parties who are really responsible are getting off scot-free.

The Trouble With Trump’s Pardons For War Criminals

Donald Trump’s pardons of soldiers convicted of war crimes sends the wrong message to the military, to our allies, and to the world.

Trump and Hong Kong

Trump takes credit for stopping his “friend” Xi from attacking Hong Kong protesters.

Democrats Clash In Fifth Debate

The fifth Democratic debate brought some candidate clashes, but hardly the no-holds-barred type of event you might expect for this late in the pre-primary process.

Trump Clears American Soldiers Involved In War Crimes

Against the advice of his top military advisers, President Trump has cleared three American soldiers of war crimes, sending a horrible signal to the world and to the troops in the field.