American Word Pronunciation Maps

A look at regional differences in American English.

In Challenge To Senate GOP, Obama Names Three Judges To D.C. Circuit

President Obama threw down a gauntlet today in the form of a trio of Judicial nominations.

Bradley Manning Trial Begins With Charges He Put U.S. Soldiers At Risk

Starting today, the fate of Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Supreme Court: Police Can Take DNA Samples Before Conviction

Another body blow to the Fourth Amendment from the Supreme Court.

Cap Gun Gets Maryland 5 Year-Old Suspended, Interrogated Without Parents Present

The insanity of “Zero Tolerance” policies.

Mike Bloomberg Suggests We Need To Sacrifice The Constitution

The Boston Marathon bombing attacks are leading some politicians to make wildly absurd statements.

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Pivotal 2nd Amendment Case

The Supreme Court has ducked an opportunity to expand the holdings in D.C. v. Heller

Social Conservatives Make An Empty Threat

Social conservatives are seeing their clout slip away, but there’s not much they can do about it.

Joe Flacco Not Highest Paid Player (After Taxes)?

The Ravens quarterback cashed in after winning the Super Bowl. Now it’s Maryland’s turn.

Snowquester Disappoints

Much touted snowstorm set the DC area atwitter, only to fall short of expectations and yield derision.

Rise of the Megacommuter

About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer and nearly 600,000 have “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles.

Why Gay Marriage Can’t Be Left to States

Separate, it turns out, is not equal.

Rahm Emanuel 2016?

Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a 2016 presidential run. It’s a thin report.

Guns and Tribalism

Josh Marshall explains what it’s like to be a non-gun person in a very pro-gun culture.

D.C. Police Investigating NBC’s David Gregory On Violation Of Gun Laws

Did NBC’s David Gregory violate D.C. law on Sunday?

Supreme Court May Decide To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases This Week

Possibly a big week for the Supreme Court.

Same-Sex Marriage Wins At The Ballot Box

Voters in four states endorsed marriage equality yesterday.

America Not a Center-Right Nation Anymore

President Obama easily won re-election last night, carrying virtually all of the battleground states. Meanwhile, abortion, gay marriage, and recreational marijuana also won big.

Alabama Utility Crews Turned Away From Sandy Relief: Not Union [UPDATE: Not Exactly]

Utility crews from Alabama traveled to New Jersey to help get the power back on. They were turned away on account of not being unionized.

Hurricane Sandy And The Broken Window Fallacy

Once again, a natural disaster has caused a common economic fallacy re resurface.

On Postponing Elections

Under the right circumstances, it would be possible to postpone a Presidential election.

Hurricanes And The News Media

Why do natural disasters cause the news media to act so stupidly?

Mid-Atlantic Braces For Sandy

The Mid-Atlantic region is under the gun.

The Beltway Snipers, Ten Years Later

Ten years ago starting today, John Allen Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo began a crime spree that kept the D.C. area on a knife’s edge for three long weeks.