Ash Carter, 1954-2022

A brilliant national security leader is gone too soon.

The ‘Crime of the Century’ Didn’t Happen

Three-and-a-half years and almost 6 million tax dollars have produced nothing.

The U.S. Role in Ukraine’s Success

It’s much bigger than it appears.

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Inflation Reduction Act Doesn’t Reduce Inflation?!

A bill that was never about the thing it’s called doesn’t do that thing.

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Coming IRS Crackdown?

The Schumer-Manchin compromise includes a massive increase in the tax collection budget.

Why is Inflation So High?

The economy, it turns out, is complicated.

President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

White House Staff Turnover!

Much ado about a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Disinformation Governance Board Killed by Disinformation Campaign

The combination of a horrendous rollout and a social media onslaught was disastrous.

General Breedlove’s Integrity

Are retired officers on defense boards presumed liars?

FBI Preempted Russian Cyberattack

The US conducted a preemptive strike against the GRU’s systems.

CDC Rescinds Title 42, Democrats Panic

Two April Fool’s Day orders are no joke. And they’re apparently causing confusion.

More Details On 7 Hours “Missing” From 1/6 White House Phone Logs

They’re not missing and that points to a systemic issue

Zelensky’s Plea for Help

Ukraine’s leader wants more help than he’s going to get.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

Biden ‘Leading from Behind’ on Ukraine

The American President is once again leading the free world.

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

But His Documents!

Former President Trump routinely broke the law with respect to protecting public records.

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Secrecy and Democracy

How do we know when our government is telling us the truth?

US Waives Iran Sanctions as Deal Nears

The Biden administration is close to repairing the damage Trump caused.

Ukraine: Advantage Putin? Advantage NATO?

Expert opinion on the standoff differs sharply.

Biden Fighting the Last War

Is the administration governing like it’s 2009?

Biden and Putin to Talk Ukraine

Russia may invade Ukraine again. The United States would prefer otherwise.

A Nuclear Iran is Inevitable

The Islamic Republic is very close to being able to fuel a single weapon.

North Korea Restarts Yongbyon Reactor

Because Afghanistan and Hurricane Ida weren’t enough for the Biden administration to deal with.

A U.S. Marine opens the door as President Joe Biden prepares to disembark Marine One, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Antrim County Airport in Bellaire, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) A U.S. Marine opens the door as President Joe Biden prepares to disembark Marine One, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Antrim County Airport in Bellaire, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Blamed for Afghan Fiasco

The collapse is not his doing. But he’s accountable for the poor planning.

Who Lost Afghanistan?

The postmortems are well underway.

The New Red Scare

Fear of Chinese spies led to a bizarre and illegal operation within the Commerce Department.

Biden’s Entirely Normal Vacancies

He has nominated only 304 people out 1,200+ that require Senate confirmation.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

Keystone XL Developer Abandons Project

The project that has been on-again, off-again since 2008 seems to be off for good.

Biden Strikes Bipartisan Tone

The President used his first speech to Congress as an attempt to unite the country.

The Filibuster Isn’t The Problem

It’s undemocratic and we should get rid of it. But doing so isn’t a panacea.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden Declares Armenian Genocide a Genocide

The President has overturned decades of US foreign policy and alienated a NATO ally for, well, reasons.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

Performative Leadership

The downfall of Andrew Cuomo shines a light on toxic workplaces and governance styles.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Liberals Upset Biden Foreign Policy is Biden’s

Those expecting Bernie Sanders’ agenda are sorely disappointed.

President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Biden’s First 50 Days

A way-too-early assessment of how it’s going.

On Coups, Insurrections, and Security Theater

Reflections on the events of 6 January two months later.

First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice

Democrats are already jockeying to influence President Biden’s pick should a vacancy arise.

Student Debt and the For-Profit Connection

The loaners, the dreamers, and schemes.

Burma Military Coup Ousts Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi and her top officials are under house arrest.

The Smoothest Transition in Decades

We’re witnessing something not seen since 1989.

The Revolving Door and the Appearance of Impropriety

Biden nominees Janet Yellen, Tony Blinken, and Avril Haines are under scrutiny for their financial disclosures.

Gen. Lloyd Austin Biden’s SecDef Pick

Not another general.

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Biden Can’t Fire Postmaster General

When an apolitical process gets politicized.

Biden’s Defense Secretary

My latest for Defense One.

Biden Considering Lloyd Austin for SECDEF?

Yet another retired general in the post would be a bad idea.

Biden SECDEF Pick on Hold?

Maybe it’s not going to be Michèle Flournoy after all.