Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

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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.

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The Right Is Having A Hard Time Framing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As An Extremist

If this is the best they have, they don’t have a lot

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Suspending the Gas Tax is Dumb

Yet another case where good politics yields bad policy.

Pandemic, Trauma, and Identity

There’s something happening here. But what it is ain’t exactly clear.

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Americans Feel Economy Much Worse Than it Is

It turns out “the economy” isn’t just one thing.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

When Will We Get Back to Normal?

A veteran health reporter says the end is near. But there’s a huge caveat.

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Judging Presidents and Presidencies

We tend to focus on the wrong qualities in our early assessments.

The Social Psychology of Email

The fear of missing out is strong.

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Trump’s Final Meltdown

The President of the United States is an existential threat to the Republic.

Is Partisanship a “What” or a “Why”?

The conversation continues. (Warning: it is over 3000 words).

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Slowly Re-Opening America

Things are going to get better. And far worse.

Richard Friedman Dead at 79

He revolutionized how we think of male homosexuality.

Why They’re Still Out of Toilet Paper

It’s not greedy hoarders after all.

Bob Woodward Heckled for Doing His Job

The norms of social discourse are rapidly changing in the #MeToo era.

Republicans Blame Video Games For Mass Shootings

Republicans have come up with a new target to blame mass shootings on, “violent video games.”

Cruelty is the Point of Trump’s Border Policy

Not a new observation, but one that should not be forgotten.

Thad Cochran, Longtime Congressman And Senator, Dead At 81

Thad Cochran, who represented Mississippi in Congress for 45 years, has died at the age of 81.

Robert Caro on Writing

The esteemed biographer on his process.

Feeding The Trolls Only Makes Them Stronger

Deny them the pleasure of an angry reaction, and they’ll probably leave you alone.

On “Independents” Again

A further attempt at explanation.

SCOTUS To Consider Case On Employment Discrimination Based On Gender Identity

The Supreme Court is set to consider whether to take a case involving employment discrimination based on gender identity.

When Donald Trump Calls, The Chinese And Russians Are Listening In

President Trump’s private phone calls are apparently a major source of intelligence for foreign nations.

Trump Launches Attack On Christine Blasey Ford

After roughly a week of staying silent, President Trump decided last night to openly mock Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh is Toast and So is Our Political Climate

We’ll likely never know whether the Supreme Court nominee is a sexual assaulter. But it really doesn’t matter.

Another Allegation

I spoke too soon…

Kavanaugh Nomination At An Impasse Over Hearing On Sexual Assault Charges

The status of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation remains up in the air, as does the question of whether or not Christine Blasey Ford will appear for a hearing on Monday morning.

Let’s Face It, Donald Trump Is A Pathological Liar

Donald Trump has been in office just over 600 days, and he’s proven beyond any doubt that he doesn’t care if what he says is the truth or not.

Republicans Join Call For Delay In Kavanaugh Vote Pending Investigation

Cracks are beginning to show in the previously united Republican front on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation notwithstanding what appear to be credible allegations of sexual assault.

Why Don’t People Listen To Evacuation Warnings?

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, most people are listening to orders to evacuate, but some people aren’t.

Trump Is Still Lying, And The Truth Is Still Dying

The frequency and ease with which this President lies is, to say the least, alarming.

U.S. Suicide Rates Soaring

There are twice as many suicides as homicides in America.

No, Your Facebook Likes Didn’t Steal the Election

Will Bunch wildly exaggerates the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Is Fear of School Shootings Irrational?

Kids are more likely to be killed driving to school than shot while there. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and prevent them.

Live By The Markets, Die By The Markets

Donald Trump spent much of the past year touting the rising stock market, now he’s getting a lesson in reality.

Trump Considered Dumping Gorsuch Over Perceived Disloyalty

Report that President Trump considered withdrawing the Gorsuch nomination are another sign of his unhealthy obsession with pledges of loyalty from people who have no business giving it to him.

There Are Two Options When It Comes To North Korea, And Only One Of Them Makes Sense

On North Korea, there are two options, deterrence and war. And only one of those options makes sense.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

February Jobs Report Is Good, But Hardly Great

The first Jobs Report for the first full month of the Trump Presidency is out, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Has 2016 Really Been An Unusually Bad Year For Celebrity Deaths?

It seems as though 2016 has taken many more celebrities lives than past years.

A Second First Impression: Greetings!

In which I use a lot of words to say hello.

Dilbert’s Scott Adams and Donald Trump

The cartoonist and student of human psychology is fascinated by the con artist who would be president.

Does Donald Trump Really Believe Ted Cruz’s Father Is Connected To JFK’s Assassination?

The GOP race for President takes yet another bizarre turn.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

Should we treat terrorists as trolls?