The Paranoid Wing Of The Tea Party

The tinfoil hat crowd has made its way back into the mainstream.

Where Huntsman Went Wrong

Huntsman’s tactics reinforced his fellow Republicans’ natural skepticism of his candidacy.

$4.00 Per Gallon Gas By Spring? Bye Bye Economic Recovery?

Higher gas prices in the spring could have an impact on the economy, and the election.

Jim DeMint Demonstrates What’s Wrong With Washington

Senator Jim DeMint demonstrated clearly today what is wrong with Washington.

Good News For The New Year? December Jobs Report Offers (Some) Hope

Some good news in the December jobs report.

Hey, Is Anyone Out There?

If there’s anyone out there, why haven’t we heard from them yet?

The Problem of Generalizing from Specific Cases (Cell Phones and Driving Edition)

Proving yet again that the plural of anecdote is not data.

How To Worry

A list of international contingencies to worry about in the coming year. Handy as a stocking stuffer!

Remember That Ban On Earmarks? Apparently, Some Congressmen Don’t.

The much celebrated ban on earmarks isn’t stopping Congressmen from trying to earmark.

Cash For Clunkers Was A Boondoggle From The Start

It was clear from the start that “Cash For Clunkers” was a bad idea.

Is The Chinese Economic “Threat” Overblown?

Are the worries about China overtaking the United States realistic?

The Apple Store is Cool, but is not a Model for Social Policy

A complexity of social policy is the need for universality. This is why pure market models are incompatible with government action.

Voter Suppression in Wisconsin?

A Wisconsin DOT official sent out a memo telling DMV staffers not to volunteer the availability of free voter identification cards.

Obama Jobs Speech Tough On Rhetoric, Light On Substance

Not surprisingly, there was very little about the President’s jobs speech to write home about.

Do Conservatives Get a Pass?

How would a Democrat-equivalent of Rick Perry be received?

Post Office: We Could Save Money By Making Customer Service Even Crappier

The Postal Service believes it can save itself by making service worse. Something about that doesn’t compute.

The Extremeness of Immigration Politics in Alabama

Many of the clergy in Alabama are not happy with the state’s new immigration law.

Are We Overprotecting Our Kids?

How did we survive without all the molly-codding kids today get?

Very Little Of What U.S. Consumers Spend Goes Toward Stuff Made In China

What you think you know about the U.S.-China trade relationship may not be entirely true.

FAA Funding Remains In Limbo As Congress Goes On Vacation

Congress is failing to complete even simple tasks thanks to a bitter partisan divide.

Tim Pawlenty Pulls Ames Ads, Shifts to GOTV

Tim Pawlenty is rethinking his campaign strategy.

The Next Capitol Hill Battle: The Gas Tax

You thought you’d seen the worst of Congress in July? Oh, you silly American you.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects 4th Amendment Challenge To TSA “Nude” Image Scanners

A Federal Appeals Court says the full body image scanners showing up in airports are Constitutional.

DC Has Worst Drivers But Safe For Pedestrians

The nation’s capital is the worst place to drive in the country. But it’s a surprisingly safe place to walk.

Plurality Of Americans Say They’re Worse Off Since Obama Took Office

Are you better off than you were three years ago? 44% of Americans say no.

Not All Abortions Are Legal

Desperate women are finding some horrific ways to terminate their pregnancies. Some are being arrested for it.

Pedestrian Safety: Preventable Deaths?

Thousands of pedestrians are killed in America each year. Are we doing enough about it?

Senator Proposes “No-Ride” List For Rail

One U.S. Senator wants to bring elements of the TSA’s security theater to America’s rail system.

Diploma Mills: Close Enough For Government Work

Most good government jobs require a college degree–but they don’t care much whether it’s a real one.

High Gas Prices Hurting Obama

President Obama is suffering in the polls because of high gas prices, but is there really anything he can do about them?

Study: Rising Gas Prices Don’t Impact Consumption

A new study suggests that increases in the price of gasoline have very little impact on consumer behavior. If that’s true, it has serious implications for energy policy.