Age Inversion in American Politics?

Suddenly, old voters are aligning Democrat and young ones Republican.

A Modest Racial Realignment

Explaining the inexplicable.

Young Blacks Souring on Biden?

A credulous report strings together some anedotes and dubious polling.

Nikki Haley, Racism In America, And Trump

On racism, Republicans, and names

Comparing Trump to Hitler

The coiner of Godwin’s law gives his blessing.

Israel, Hamas, and the Laws of War

It’s . . . complicated.

Dick Butkus, 1942-2023

The legendary football player and pitchman is gone at 80.

Widely-Sold Decongestant Doesn’t Work

A tale of slow-moving bureaucracy.

Robbie Robertson, 1943-2023

The leader of The Band is gone at 80.

The Injustice of Place

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

History! What is it Good For?

Absolutely something!

Thinking about the Past

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

Coverage of the Trump Indictment Keeps Emphasizing the Wrong Thing

The problem is not the indictment; it is the indicted.

Culture and Our Brains

Our surroundings quite literally change how we see the world.

AM Radio’s Slow Demise

Car manufacturers are slowly removing an old format.

Most of the World Doesn’t Care About Ukraine

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

Raquel Welch, 1940-2023

A Hollywood star is gone at 82.

David Crosby, 1941-2023

The folk rock legend is gone at 81.

Jeff Beck, 1944-2023

A legendary guitarist is gone at 78.

Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazil’s Presidential Palace, Congress, and Supreme Court

Latin America’s answer to Donald Trump has his own insurrection attempt.

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South Koreans Getting New Birthdays

A move away from a centuries old Asian practice.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

NFL and College Football Going Head to Head

The most popular television product is running out of room to expand.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

A country music icon is gone at 90.

QEII and the Empire

How much blame did the 70-year constitutional monarch share?

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism

Many young, progressive Jews are feeling unwelcome in young, progressive circles.

Bill Russell, 1934-2022

The iconic basketball player, coach, and civil rights leader is gone at 88.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Taking Notes on a Criminal Conspiracy

The Proud Boys, Trump family, and Alex Jones all filmed documentaries of their actions leading up to January 6.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Riot (or Worse) Thwarted in Idaho

A group of extremists are stopped from instigating a riot.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

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

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

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Presidents Aren’t Magicians

We expect far more from the Oval Office than is reasonable.

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CRT? Tired. Groomers? Wired!

The latest strategic moral panic from the far right

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

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

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

A man most have never heard of is being reassessed more than a half-century after his death.

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

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The College Admissions Rat Race

An interesting argument, albeit about a tiny and vastly over-discussed segment.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

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.