Learning From Joe Manchin

Has the frustrating process of securing his vote taught Democrats anything?

Build Back Better Than Nothing

Joe Manchin has come around on a pared back BBB, surprising just about everyone.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

Hitting Russia Where It Hurts

Sanctions are already taking a toll. But the West could do more if it had the will.

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

It’s Putin’s World, We’re Just Living In It

Notwithstanding Russia’s weak position vis a vis the west, It’s Putin who seems to be winning.

N.S.C. Aide Gives Damning Testimony About Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

Yesterday’s testimony by Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman including information particularly damaging to the President and his defenses to the charges against him in the Ukraine matter.

Post-Debate National Polls Show Biden Rebounding

The first round of polls after last week’s debate has good news for the former Vice-President.

Efforts To Influence Foreign Investigations Of Biden Deeper Than Thought

More information released last night confirmed the extent to which the United States was linking progress on its relationship with Ukraine to an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.

Hugh Hewitt Hackery

An empty column with a seed of one good point buried in a bunch of nothing.

Trump’s Potemkin Political Rally

Workers at a petrochemical plant were told they could choose between showing up for a Presidential speech and not getting paid.

Mars Passes Gas

Some mysteries on the fourth rock from the Sun.

Trump’s 2020 Campaign Kickoff Speech Unsurprisingly Filled With Lies

Not surprisingly, the President’s opening speech of the 2020 campaign was filed with lies.

Trump’s Destructive Trade War Expands

China has retaliated for the tariffs that the President imposed late last week, and things look like they’re only going to get worse.

Sooner Or Later, We Will Have A Recession

The current economic recovery is nearly ten years old. It isn’t going to last forever, though, and that could pose a problem for the GOP in 2020.

That U.S.-E.U. Trade War Truce Is Less Than Meets The Eye

President Trump and the President of the European Commission announced an agreement late yesterday on trade issues, but it’s long on promises and short on results.

Trump Trashes NATO, Demands Increases In Defense Spending

The NATO Summit is going about as well as can be expected.

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.

Local Politics as it Should Be but Seldom Is

A race for the Virginia House of Delegates straight out of a civics book.

Withdrawal From The Paris Accords: Much Ado About Nothing?

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords was neither the big win his supporters claim nor the disaster his critics fear.

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

Good Bye Peak Oil Hypothesis

Remember Peak Oil? Whatever happened to that idea?

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

Eight Years Ago, Clinton Trounced Obama In West Virginia. Today, She Looks Likely To Lose

Thanks largely to the fact that she has moved left on coal, Hillary Clinton seems likely to lose today’s West Virginia primary. But it will have only a minimal impact on Clinton’s quest for a delegate majority.

Economic Growth Was Slightly Better Over The Summer Than Initially Reported

The economy performed a little better than previously reported over the summer. It’s not great, but it’s probably enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

A New Era for Conservatives?

The events of the past two weeks could allow the Republican Party to move forward.

Clinton Foundation Discloses $26 Million In Contributions It ‘Forgot’ To Disclose Before

The Clinton Foundation has disclosed that there were $26 million in donations that it had failed to disclose while Hillary was Secretary of State.

King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Dies At 90, Crown Prince Salman Becomes King

A big change in an important nation in the most volatile part of the world.

An ‘Ambitious’ Yet Pointless State Of The Union, And An Utterly Pointless Response

The State Of The Union Address was more of the same, and the same will be true of Washington going forward.

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak, Further Cementing Renewed Military Rule

Well, so much for that “people’s revolt” that brought down a military dictator.

Democrats Already Abandoning Mary Landrieu?

The party’s loss of Senate control has basically sealed Landrieu’s fate.

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

What If Republicans Retake the Senate?

Could the GOP offer a positive governing agenda if they controlled Congress?

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Obama’s New Carbon Rules Pose Political And Economic Risks For Questionable Benefits

The EPA’s new carbon rules leave much to be desired.

Acquiring Crimea Vastly Increased Russia’s Potential Oil & Gas Reserves

Not surprisingly, Russia’s acquisition of Crimea comes with quite a potential bonanza in natural resources.

Putin Refusing To Talk To Obama About Ukraine

It appears what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

NATO Plans New Deployments In Response To Russia

NATO seems intent on sending a signal to Vladmir Putin that there are limits to his patience.

Paul Ryan And Patty Murray Reach Budget Deal, But Can It Pass Congress?

A budget deal has been reached, now it has to get through both Chambers of Congress.

China And The Future Of World Oil Markets

The world oil markets aren’t too far away from being hit by the shock of massively increased demand from China. Somehow, we’ll have to adapt.

The GOP’s Problems Aren’t Just About “Messaging”

The GOP isn’t going to solve it’s problems solely by concentrating on “messaging.”