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.

Alejandro Mayorkas Biden’s Pick for Homeland Security

He would be the first Latino and first immigrant in the post.

Avril Haynes Biden’s Director of National Intelligence Nominee

She’d be America’s first woman intelligence chief.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

The Return of Hunter Biden

A Senate GOP report doesn’t find anything new.

Justice Department Prosecuting Russian Interference

A pleasant surprise.

Deutschland siegt an allen fronten! Deutschland siegt an allen fronten!

The Abyss Stares Back

The Republican Party is now the mirror image of the totalitarian propagandists it used to hate.

Obama’s DNC Speech

An appeal to some pretty basic virtues.

Foreign Interference in the 2020 Elections

The Russians are at it again, with the cooperation of the Trump administration and its enablers.

Pentagon Training IDs Press as ‘Adversaries’

The reporting demonstrates the uncomfortable truth.

Supreme Court Expands Religious Impunity

Two rulings greatly expand the ability to evade the law for on Free Exercise grounds.

Famous People Got Loans!

The Paycheck Protection Program protected some interesting paychecks.

Judge Orders Children Released from Detention Centers

The federal judge who oversees treatment of detained immigrant children has had enough.

Virginia Cracking Down on Workplace Safety, Filling OSHA Void

The Commonwealth is the first state in the nation to issue regulations.

SCOTUS Hands Trump DACA Defeat

Donald Trump would be a more effective and dangerous President if he and his team were more competent.

President Trump Arrives on Capitol Hill President Donald J. Trump arrives on Capitol Hill to attend a Senate Republican policy luncheon Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) President Trump Arrives on Capitol Hill President Donald J. Trump arrives on Capitol Hill to attend a Senate Republican policy luncheon Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Trump’s Purging Pentagon of Perceived Enemies?

Presidents have appointed loyalists since time immemorial. Has this one gone too far?

So, What is “Unmasking”?

And I don’t mean not wearing a mask to Costco.

The Language of Sexual Violence

We need a better vocabulary for treating the spectrum between rude and horrific.

NSC Pandemic Office Wasn’t Shuttered, Just Consolidated

Dueling Washington Post op-eds are sowing confusion.

Coordination Matters

Whocouldanode?

Coronavirus Could Kill Trump Presidency

We may be seeing the beginning of the end.

Dictatorships and the Democrats

Bloomberg waffles on China while Sanders has a soft spot for Castro.

The US’ Nonhierarchical Parties

Lack of control of label is lack of control, ultimately, of a party.

Rethinking Chinese Investment

Several trends are pointing in a new direction.

Trump Cutting NSC Back for Wrong Reasons

A smaller staff is arguably a good idea. But not this way.

Trump’s Acquittal and American Democracy

Has this precedent permanently damaged the country? Or is it just politics as usual?

Senate Republicans Think Trump Guilty, Shouldn’t Be Removed

A binary choice will produce a worse outcome than necessary.

Pompeo on Iran and Ukraine

The chief diplomat of the United States isn’t very diplomatic (nor informative).

Iran Announces End Of Restrictions Imposed By Nuclear Deal

In response to the American assassination of a top General, Iran has announced the end of yet more restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal.

U.S. Drone Strike Hits Head Of Iranian Revolutionary Guard

An American drone strike has taken out the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a move likely to significantly increase tensions across the Middle East.

DOJ Inspector General Rebuts Trump On Russia Investigation

After a two-year investigation, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice found no basis for the conspiracy theories being pushed by the Republicans regarding the Russia investigation.

Another Republican Helps Spread Putin’s Ukraine Conspiracy Theories

Ted Cruz is the latest Republican Senator to repeat discredited Kremlin-backed conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

November Job Growth Beats Expectations

November saw much higher jobs growth than economic analysts were expecting, but it could just be a statistical blip.

The GOP Is Now The Party Of Putin

Much like the President they obsequiously defend, Republicans have become useful idiots in Russia’s war on Western liberal democracy.

Regarding Hunter Biden

Seeking to have a US citizen investigated by a foreign government based on innuendo is a major problem.

Navy Secretary Dismissed In Dispute Over Case Involving SEAL Accused Of War Crimes

The Secretary of the Navy was abruptly dismissed late yesterday in a dispute over the a case involving a SEAL accused of war crimes.

William Barr Is Exactly The Kind Of Attorney General Trump Always Wanted

Late last week, Attorney General William Barr demonstrated quite aptly the extent to which he has become just another Trump loyalist.

Trump Clears American Soldiers Involved In War Crimes

Against the advice of his top military advisers, President Trump has cleared three American soldiers of war crimes, sending a horrible signal to the world and to the troops in the field.