Thursday Tabs

Go ahead and pop a few.

Trump Announces 2024 Run

Covering the coverage.

Democrats Keep Senate Control

With a win in Nevada, the party will retain at least 50 seats.

Russia Bombing Civilian Sites Across Ukraine

Putin is committing war crimes in retaliation for an attack on a legitimate military target.

The High Price of Politicizing COVID

Republicans have died at a far higher rate than Democrats.

Tales from the Campaign Trail

Candidate quality can matter.

Bill Plante, 1938-2022

The veteran newsman is gone at 84.

Bernard Shaw, 1940-2022

CNN’s original anchorman is gone at 82.

Nonhierarchical Parties and the Problems of Candidate Selection

American parties are coordination problems with shared branding.

First Capitol Rioter to Go to Trial Gets 7 Years

A loudmouth III%er cried like a baby during his sentencing.

Monkeypox ‘Emergency of International Concern’

A disease spreading mostly among gay men is now infecting small children.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

Housing Trans Inmates

An already awful system on steroids.

Democrats Even Madder at Manchin

The West Virginia Senator has pulled away the football yet again.

Illegal Drugs Illegal Drugs

Perpetuating A Fentanyl Hysteria

When belief is more important than facts

A Great Realignment?

As Democrats gain college-educated voters, they’re losing Hispanics and men.

The January 6 Committee’s Audience

It was yuuuge! And nobody saw it!

Unity My Ass

Are you going to believe this index or your own lyin’ eyes?

Speaking of Bad Political Analysis

A recurring genre about presidents.

What Are Police For If They Won’t Risk Their Lives to Save Children?

Despite their military trappings and propaganda, they’re seldom heroes.

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

Loose Lips About Sinking Ships

The Biden Administration is constantly bragging about its actions against Russia. Is that wise?

Plagiarized News Reports

Another journalist has been fired for a cardinal sin.

Ukraine War Ruining Biden’s Plans

Crises tend to be distracting.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

The Propagandists Among Us

Whether dupes or active participants, the damage is real (and points us back to 2016).

Did Mark Meadows Break Electoral Laws?

It would appear to be the case.

DC Version of Canada Truck Protests a Dud

The plans to replicate the chaos in the Great White North are not coming together.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Ukraine Updates

News and commentary of note.

P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

The great conservative humorist is gone at 74.

Ivan Reitman, 1946-2022

The ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Animal House’ producer is gone at 75.

Generals Say Afghan Exit Would Have Been Smoother Had Biden Listened to the Generals

Two unclassified after-action reports shine a new—if one-sided—light on the evacuation.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Not What it Claims to Be

A protest against vaccine mandates is growing with a little help from our adversaries.

The Olympic Spirit and Authoritarian Regimes

There’s no keeping politics out of these Games.

The Children Must Be Protected!

But from what? Comparing two stories from Tennessee that show our society’s contradictory impulses when it comes to “protecting the children.”

Why Are Biden’s Polls So Awful?

A pretty good President has numbers comparable to his historically bad predecessor.

Meat Loaf, 1947-2022

The singer and actor, born Marvin Lee Aday, is gone at 74.

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

Monday Morning Clearing of the Tab

Items for your consideration.

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

Betty White, 1922-2021

The television star increasingly known for her longevity has passed days shy of her 100th birthday.

John Madden, 1936-2021

The Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster is dead at 85.

End of the Week Tabs

Some stories of possible interest.

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

Our system and the shaping of the GOP’s future.

ODU Prof Out After Minor-Attracted People’ Backlash

Academic freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.