An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

Campus Crackdowns Escalate

Police have been brought at universities across the country.

Israel Launches Token Retaliatory Strike On Iran

It was the least they could do.

Louis Gossett Jr., 1936-2024

A legendary actor is gone at 87.

Ugliness in International Soccer

A long tradition continues unabated.

Putin Wins Again!

He’s on a winning streak not seen since Stalin.

Fixing the Schiff-Garvey Problem

The mess in California hides a more pressing issue.

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

California’s Weird Election Laws

The Top Two system has created perverse incentives.

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Bowling Aloner

If we’re even bowling at all.

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Old Man Biden

The problem that won’t go away.

Toby Keith, 1961-2024

The country music singer was 62.

A Proportional Response

It’s what we do. I mean this is what we do.

LA Times Going Under?

A sign of the Times.

Biden: “Is Democracy Still America’s Sacred Cause?”

Making 2024 about 2021 and 1777.

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The Internet Isn’t Dead

It’s just resting.

Mickey Mouse Entering Public Domain (Sort Of)

Steamboat Willie is about to be ripe for exploitation.

Norman Lear, 1922-2023

A television icon is gone at 101.

The Nikki Haley Comet

The anti-Trump forces are rallying around the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador.

College Football Playoff Chaos

The four-team Playoff will go out making a lot of folks mad.

What Next in Gaza?

The cease-fire will end. What follows is not at all clear.

Matthew Perry, 1969-2023

The actor best known for his role in “Friends” is gone at 54.

Israeli Ground Offensive Underway

What comes next is anyone’s guess.

Who The Hell is Dean Phillips?

It’s quite the week for politicians with generic names nobody has ever heard of.

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

A Foreign Policy Election?

A competent leader versus a lunatic would seem an easy choice. Alas.

Powell Pleads Guilty in GA

She took a plea deal.

Israel, Hamas, and the Laws of War

It’s . . . complicated.

Dick Butkus, 1942-2023

The legendary football player and pitchman is gone at 80.

Politics as Sport

The game is the game.

Dianne Feinstein, 1933-2023

A trailblazer is gone at 90.

Hollywood Writers Strike Settlement

A short-term win for creatives and a longer-term loss?

The Enshittification of Google?

Has the search goliath gotten worse?

Should The Press Pick a Side?

The mainstream media isn’t and shouldn’t become a counterpart to the right-wing infotainment complex.

Trump Meets The Press

It turns out, he wasn’t all that truthful.

Enshittification of Streaming

How something so promising became so frustrating.

Democrats for Christie

A perennial fantasy has a new standard bearer.

Russia Laundering Propaganda Through Western Media

The US government is fighting back, albeit subtly.

GOP Debate Most-Watched Show on TV

A surpringly large number tuned in to see people who won’t be the nominee.

First Republican Debate of 2024 Season

Vivek Ramaswamy’s national coming out party was, well, interesting.

The Future of Streaming TV

The current business model is collapsing. It’s about time.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Why America’s News Networks Are So Bad

It’s Nixon’s fault?

Televising Trump’s Trial

His lawyers and Democratic lawmakers are urging an exception.

The End of the Power 5 Era

The rapidly changing face of college sports.

Sinead O’Connor, 1966-2023

The Irish singer-activist is gone at 56.

Anarchy in France

The rioting never seems to stop.

Creative Class on Strike

Hollywood and the news media are roiled in labor disputes.

Looking to Poland

Protests against the governing party signal tensions in advance of fall elections.

The Education Senator Redux

Tuberville claims he was taken “out of context.”