When Does A University Stop Being a University?

West Virginia University may be the canary in the coal mine.

The Injustice of Place

A new book looks at the confluence of geography and disadvantage.

America’s Forgotten Empire

Our Pacific territories are giving more than they’re getting.

Thinking about the Past

Thoughts after reading Part 2 of the Reuter’s series, “Slavery’s Descendants”

America’s “Family Secret” or Just Plain Denial?

Slavery is an inextricable part of our past, whether we want to talk about it or not.

SCOTUS Ends Affirmative Action

The inevitable has happened. Now for the fallout.

Life During Cultural Wartime

Never waste a tragedy.

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States, the Feds, and Revenue Transfers

All states but one receive more in federal money than they pay out in taxes.

More on Alabama Districts

Diving into the structure of Alabama’s districts and highlighting deep problems.

The Food is Too Damn High

Get me higher than the grocery bill.

Debt Ceiling Deal Reached ‘in Principle’

We almost wrecked the economy . . . for this?

China Calling in its Loans to Poor Countries

Debt-trap diplomacy has finally come home to roost.

Unrepresentative Democracy and Child Labor

We’re getting weird policies almost nobody is asking for.

Professional Shoplifters

A few people are committing the lion’s share of petty thefts in America’s biggest city.

The Retirement Age

France shines new light on an old problem.

Class Sorting in American Politics

Most high-income Congressional Districts are Democratic and low-income Districts are Republican.

Americans Don’t Live as Long as We Should

We’re falling further behind for many reasons.

Making Alex Jones Pay

The huckster is exploiting bankruptcy laws and the financial regulations to circumvent court judgments.

The Democrats’ Patriotism Problem?!

Whither American civil religion?

Rural Hospitals Not Offering Obstetric Care

A growing trend has healthcare professionals and communities concerned.

Most of the World Doesn’t Care About Ukraine

Many in the Global South see the war very differently than we in the West.

Ending College Degree Requirements

Too many jobs needlessly specify a bachelor’s.

Yearly Reminder: Dr. King Had A Lot More To Say Than That One Sentence

My (apparently) annual reflections on “The content of their character” day

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Homeless Sweeps are Costly, Ineffective, and Immoral

Cities across the United States are taking the wrong approach to a crisis.

China Trade Wars the New Normal

The elite consensus that free trade would bring them around is gone.

Republican Leaders Are Killing Their Voters

Republicans are dying at a much higher rate than Democrats.

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8 Billion

A new milestone in human history.

Fear and Resentment of a Changing America

A revealing comparison of Republican districts that deny and don’t deny the 2020 outcome.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

A country music icon is gone at 90.

It’s Good to Be King

Apparently, Charles III is quite well off.

Biden: MAGA Republicans Threaten Republic

The President delivered a rousing stump speech from Independence Hall.

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931-2022

The last Soviet leader is gone at 91.

‘Don’t Tread on Me’ License Plates

States are sponsoring an increasingly controversial image.

Learning From Joe Manchin

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

Riot (or Worse) Thwarted in Idaho

A group of extremists are stopped from instigating a riot.

Ukraine War Adding to Global Food Insecurity

Supply chain disruptions are contributing to crisis for 300 million people.

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

Orrin Hatch, 1934-2022

The longest-serving Republican Senator has died at the age of 88.

A Toxic Mix of Overcharging And Punitive Bail

An extraordinary example shines light on coercive factors that incentivize plea deals

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Life Ain’t Fair, College Edition

The SAT is a poor measure of college aptitude but it’s better than most others.

US Inflation at 40-Year High

Can the Misery Index be far behind?

Are the Teachers Quitting?

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Why Was Whoopi Goldberg Suspended?

Since when is it a crime to say stupid things on “The View”?

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In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

Racial Impacts of the Interstate in Montgomery, AL

Another example for the conversation.

$4 Trillion for Dignity?

The Democrats are apparently selling their omnibus spending package the wrong way.

Alabama, Disney, and the Quest to Be a National University

The cost of raising a university’s profile.

Nicholas Kristof Is Exploring a Run for Oregon Governor

The two-time Pulitzer winner is considering a career change.