Democracy and ZIP Codes

The rules for voting in America vary widely.

For people living with convictions, the past is always present

Two stories about our culture’s focus on punishment

Vaccine Mandates Aren’t Cost-Free

Kids are getting caught in the crossfire of the fight over COVID shots.

Wonkier Worldwide Web

The Internets are terrible.

The Narrative of the ‘MSM Narrative’

Journalism is terrible except when compared to the alternatives.

Changing CDC Guidance, Communication, and Conspiracy

Science and insanity don’t mix.

Peter Scolari, 1955-2021

The veteran character actor has died of cancer at 66.

The Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ Tragedy

It appears that normal safeguards were ignored, leading to disaster on the set.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

Neverending Tabs

Stories of potential interest.

Senators Graham and Lee Owe us an Explanation

Really, they owed (and still owe) us better behavior.

Polling Favorable to Newsom in CA

It is closer than Newsom might want, but the numbers are favorable to him.

The CA Recall

The system is not defensible.

Trouble for Newsom?

A new poll show a very close race.

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

The Economics of Long Tail News

There’s got to be a better way.

Woke Street Journal?

An internal review is calling for America’s business paper to diversify its appeal.

The Consolidation of Journalism

The Internet killed the newspaper without really replacing it.

Not Will Rogers’ Democratic Party

The case of Katie Porter’s committee assignments.

Texas Ends COVID Restrictions

The Lone Star State is celebrating its independence in a big way.

How Powerful is Kamala Harris?

Could the Vice President end the filibuster herself?

Lou Dobbs Canceled

Fox Business has abruptly sidelined its most popular host.

A Grim Illustration of the Toll of the Pandemic

News from California.

President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami

Trump Likely to Claim Victory

The expectations game will be especially tricky this year.

Biden’s Veepstakes

A column is getting negative attention for all the wrong reasons

SCOTUS: Trump Not Above Law, Must Release Taxes

A mixed ruling: New York wins, Congress loses–but no release before the election.

Gun Violence Spiking Across American Cities

A marked rise in shooting deaths is going largely unnoticed.

Thinking about the Injustice that Feeds the Flame

The evidence is clear. Injustice feeds rage and rage sometimes boils over.

Pressuring Venezuela?

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

Bill Barr Standing Up to Trump?

The Attorney General claims to be frustrated by Presidential tweets that undermine his department.

Post-Iowa Reset Not What You’d Expect

Biden’s support is in decline. But it’s not clear that Buttigieg is getting an Iowa bounce.

Feinstein and Three Democratic Moderates Leaning Toward Acquittal?

Surprising news from an unsurprising process.

Polarization and the Media

Rules for covering the Senate trial highlight changes in how we get the news.

Democratic Debate Stage Set To Shrink Again

Next week’s Democratic debate could have as few as five candidates.

Citing 9/11 in Regards to Suleimani

If your case needs a 9/11 boost, perhaps your case is weak.

Sixth Democratic Debate Draws Lowest Viewer Numbers Yet

Thursday night’s Democratic debate drew the lowest numbers of any of this season’s debates.

Rivals Focus On Buttigieg In Sixth Democratic Debate

A much smaller debate stage led to a much better debate last night.

California Rep. Katie Hill Resigns Amid Allegations Of Improper Sexual Behavior

Barely in office a year, California Congresswoman Katie Hill has been forced to resign in the face of inappropriate contact with a staff member and a campaign worker.

Understanding Ukraine

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

Trump Engaging In Witness Intimidation

Even as the impeachment vultures circle, the President is lashing out and making things more difficult for himself.

Trump Reacts To Whistleblower Report By Attacking Whistleblowers

The President’s initial reaction to the release of the whistleblower complaint is about what you’d expect from a petty dictator.

Top Four Democrats Fighting It Out in California

The top four Democratic candidates are grouped closely together in the most recent polls out of delegate-rich California.

Second Major Earthquake Hits Southern California

The ground shook overnight in Southern California for the second time in two days.

Stan Lee’s Former Manager Arrested For Elder Abuse

Stan Lee’s former business manager has been arrested on charges that he used his influence over the late Marvel Comics founder to divert funds and alienate Lee from his family in his final months of life.

Why is the NYT Paywall Up the Other 362 Days?

Its explanation for why its paywall is coming down 3 days leads us to an obvious question.

Donald Trump Continues To Defend The Racist Protesters In Charlottesville

Taking Joe Biden’s bait, President Trump once again defended his response to the racist rally in Charlottesville two years ago..

What’s a Freelancer, Anyway?

Labor law has not kept up with our changing economy.

Morris Dees Fired Under Mysterious Circumstances

The Southern Law Poverty Center has fired its co-founder for vaguely-specified reasons.