Friday Quick Hits

A few quick observations at the end of the week.

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Doves Split Over Ukraine

Foreign policy makes strange bedfellows.

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

The USA at 246

The Nation is unusually divided and melancholy on its birthday.

John Allen, Illegal Lobbying, and Foreign Influence

The retired general and think tank president is in hot water.

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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Projecting China’s Future

Can it overcome demographics and decoupling to sustain its current unprecedented growth?

Ukraine Invasion Sending History in a New Direction?

The ferocity of the global reaction to Putin’s invasion is stunning.

Raid on Terrorist Leader Kills More Civilians

The American way of war kills a lot of noncombatants.

Ilya Shapiro’s Inartful Tweet

Outrage over the outrage is outrageous.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

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The Middle Ain’t Woke

The average American is neither progressive nor all that interested in politics.

Air Force Could Lose 12,000 Vaccine Refusniks

While 96 percent of airmen are in compliance, the service is about to get smaller.

Senators Graham and Lee Owe us an Explanation

Really, they owed (and still owe) us better behavior.

US-France Submarine Contretemps

American cheese will henceforth be known as liberté cheese. And not because of the metric system.

Democratic Erosion in Brazil

Part of a disturbing trend.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

President Trump’s destruction of longstanding norms continues under his successor.

Defining ‘Extremism’ in the Military

It’s harder than a looks, especially given the limited size of the problem.

Amazon Killing Libraries?

The quasi-monopoly power of the world’s largest bookstore is problematic. Maybe.

Manchin Opposes Tanden for OMB

The Senate’s last conservative Democrat is taking President Biden’s call for unity seriously.

The Smoothest Transition in Decades

We’re witnessing something not seen since 1989.

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The Final Weeks of Trump

First whining about losing, now whining about legislation. (And creating chaos along the way).

The Reality of Electoral Fraud

Wherein I detail evidence of fraud and take the Heritage Foundation’s database of fraud to task.

Rethinking Flournoy as SECDEF

Women in national security circles love this woman.

Biden SECDEF Pick on Hold?

Maybe it’s not going to be Michèle Flournoy after all.

A Post-Trump Republican Party

What would a reborn GOP look like and who would vote for it?

62% of Americans Afraid to Share Political Views

An interesting if frustrating new survey from Cato.

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Trump’s Purging Pentagon of Perceived Enemies?

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

Coronavirus Bailout Both Reparations and Stimulus

This is no ordinary recession.

Why Did Russia Start Oil Price War?

There are two theories, neither of them good.

Elizabeth Warren Couldn’t Win and Therefore Didn’t

She lost in both of her home states. She shouldn’t be embarrassed.

Brokered Convention Fantasies: 2020 Edition

It’s time to start speculating about a brokered convention again,even though it probably isn’t going to happen.

Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of His Border Wall

President Trump has put his son-in-law in charge of building the border wall.

October Jobs Report Beats Expectations, But Still Comes In As Anemic

October’s jobs report came back better than expected but hardly something to cheer.

Trump Promised Xi That The U.S. Would Remain Silent About Hong Kong

President Trump has reportedly pledged to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States would not speak out against Chinese actions in Hong Kong.

Bob Woodward Heckled for Doing His Job

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

Signs Of Economic Slowdown Tied To Trump’s Trade Policies

From manufacturing to trade, the negative impact of Trump’s tariffs is becoming quite apparent.

ThinkProgress Shuttered

One of the giants of the progressive blogosphere is going away.

Trump Goes Full Dictator

Donald Trump isn’t just admiring dictators now, he’s acting like one.

The Trump Administration’s Economic War Against Venezuela Will Not Succeed

The Trump Administration has effectively declared economic warfare against the government of Nicolas Maduro. It won’t succeed, and will further victimize the already suffering Venezuelan people.

Education Deserts a Fact of Life

Rural Americans are much less likely to go to college than their urban counterparts. Is there a solution?

The Politics of Ending Private Insurance

Is the Sanders-Warren position too extreme for the general election?

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Bernie Sanders Wants Taxpayers to Pay Off All College Loans

The Democratic Socialist wants to absorb $1.6 trillion of student debt.

Trump’s Trade War Expands To India

While the world is largely focused on the much larger trade war with China, the United States is engaged in a similar battle with a nation that ought to be a natural ally.