Louis Gossett Jr., 1936-2024

A legendary actor is gone at 87.

President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Covid Malaise?

A pandemic hangover may be clouding American politics.

[Clarence Thomas] [Clarence Thomas]

The Corruption of Justice Thomas

We need reform.

SCOTUS Ends Affirmative Action

The inevitable has happened. Now for the fallout.

Trump and the Presidential Records Act

A legal defense without merit.

Scalia Law School is Conservative!

The New York Times looks into ties between a DC area law school and the Supreme Court.

Trumpy Tabs for Tuesday

Because I had a lot of open tabs.

Republican Losers Conceding, Not Rioting

A low bar has been cleared.

Trump Subpoenaed by January 6 Committee

A dramatic if likely symbolic move.

Legendary Chemist Fired for Being a Hard Grader

A complicated case out of NYU.

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Unequal Medical Treatment

Vice President Harris gets better care than the average American. Cue the outrage!

What’s the 771?

DC’s new area code is causing an identity crisis.

President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Vaccine Incentivization: Sticks Better Than Carrots

Making it difficult for refuseniks works better than prizes.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

COVID Death Rate Declining

A variety of factors have led to better survival chances for those hospitalized with the disease.

Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Slew The Inflation Dragon, Dies At 92

Paul Volcker, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board who put an end to the rampant inflation that threatened to choke the American economy, has died at 92.

In A Turn Away From Federalism, Trump Will Revoke California’s Clean Air Act Waiver

In a rebuke to traditional conservative views of Federalism, the Trump Administration intends to revoke California’s authority to set its own clean air standards,

Trump Campaign Sues To Block California Law Requiring Release Of Tax Returns

The Trump campaign and several other parties have filed lawsuits challenging California’s new law requiring candidates for President to release copies of their tax returns.

Mark A.R. Kleiman, 1951-2019

A great public intellectual, pioneering blogger, and all-around good man is gone.

Bill de Blasio Running For President For Some Reason

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for President, making him the 23rd candidate in an already crowded field.

Lauren Duca Isn’t Very Nice

A weird takedown from within the #Resistance.

Paul Manafort’s Sentence, Justice, And The Question Of Race

The relatively light sentence that Paul Manafort received is raising eyebrows. Hopefully it will lead to a long-overdue debate on sentencing reform.

Can Coverage of Women Candidates Be Non-Sexist?

Gender bias is real. Most examples cited, though, aren’t.

Herb Kelleher, Co-Founder Of Upstart Airline Southwest Airlines, Dies At 87

Herb Kelleher, who helped found an airline that revolutionized the industry thanks to his unconventional choices, has died at the age of 87.

Award Winning Playwright Neil Simon Dies At 91

Iconic Broadway legend Neil Simon, who was responsible for hits such as “The Odd Couple, has died at the age of 91.

Four Democratic States File Legally Dubious Lawsuit Against New Tax Law

New York and several other states have filed an incredibly dubious lawsuit against the Republican’s new tax law.

If Trump Is Innocent, Why Is He Acting Like He’s Guilty?

It’s a valid question, but one should also be careful about drawing conclusions based on how a person in Trump’s position acts.

Trump More Worried About Cohen Investigation Than Mueller, He Should Be

Donald Trump could have more to worry about regarding the investigation of Michael Cohen than he does regarding the Mueller investigation.

Democrats Need A Big Wave To Take Back The House. They Might Not Get It.

If the polls are any indication, Democrats may fall short in their bid to take back the House in November.

Smug Liberals, Conservative Trolls, and Jake Tapper

Two seemingly contradictory essays out today highlight the exhausting political conversation environment.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sends A Strong Signal That She’s Not Going Anywhere

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear she has no intention of leaving office before the 2020 election.

What Happens When A Business Won’t Accept Cash For Payment?

An increasing number of businesses are refusing to accept cash as payment, that raises some interesting social and legal issues.

An Unsurprising, yet Disturbing, Headline

On Trump’s anger.

Supreme Court Rejects Racially Gerrymandered Districts In North Carolina

An important redistricting decision was handed down by the Supreme Court today.

Federal Court Finds That Texas Voter ID Law Is Intentionally Discriminatory

A big win for opponents of Voter ID laws.

Rachel Maddow Hypes Trump’s 2005 Tax Return, But There’s No Real News There

Rachel Maddow hyped the fact that she had obtained a copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return last night. It turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Former Israeli Prime Minister And President Shimon Peres Dies At 93

One of the last survivors of Israel’s founding generation has passed away.

On Donald Trump’s Contempt For The Rule Of Law And Freedom Of The Press

Donald Trump’s open contempt for the Rule of Law and Freedom of the Press should disqualify him from being considered an acceptable candidate for President.

Zika Virus Concerns Lead To Calls To Postpone or Move 2016 Olympics

Concerns about the Zika Virus are leading some doctors to call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be moved or postponed.

Morley Safer, Legendary 60 Minutes Correspondent, Dies At 84

A journalistic legend has passed away just days after his retirement was officially announced.

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights To 200,000 Ex-Felons

In a huge step forward for criminal justice reform, Virginia’s Governor has restored voting rights for some 200,000 people who have paid their debt to society.

Some Thoughts on Grades

More accurately, some thoughts on commentary about higher ed.

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

Protests At Princeton May Lead To Admitting Uncomfortable Truths About Woodrow Wilson

Protests by students at Princeton are causing some people to finally pay attention to some inconvenient truths about America’s 28th President.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A Federal Appeals Court has dealt a setback to Texas in the battle over its Voter ID Law.

Taylor Swift, Apple Music, And The Future Of The Music Business

Taylor Swift is taking a stand against Apple’s new streaming music service, and she’s largely right.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.