Is Twitter DeSantis’ Problem?

A columnist argues his failed launch was emblematic of a larger problem.

CNN Loses to Newsmax?!

Did the Trump stunt backfire? Or just an anomaly?

Tucker Carlson’s Depressing Realization

The fired propagandist has had an epiphany about bullshit.

Fox News Finally Finds A Bridge (Or Three) Too Far

Turns out that costing your employer nearly a billion dollars isn’t good for your career.

Fox News Settles Suit, Will Carry on As Before

A $787.5 million flesh wound.

Abbott Promises to Pardon Just-Convicted Murderer

An outrageous political stunt.

Ron DeSantis’ Mushy Foreign Policy

The would-be President is floundering as he tries to position himself.

Republicans Divided on Foreign Policy

As memory of the Cold War fades, so does support for American primacy.

The Limits of Academic Freedom

UPenn law professor Amy Wax as a test case.

Tucker Carlson In Private: “I Hate [Trump] Passionately.”

Tucker is one of those “elites” he saying hates his audience.

Fox Hosts Knew Election Claims Were B.S.

They went all-in on the Big Lie and we now have the receipts that they knew what they were doing.

Chinese Balloon Mania

Tales of threat assessment and media reactions.

Donahoe Allowed to Retire

The Army has done the right thing the wrong way.

Some Tabs and Quick Takes

Some tab plus some tabs equals some tabs.

Republican Leaders Are Killing Their Voters

Republicans are dying at a much higher rate than Democrats.

Thursday Morning Tabs


Twitter, Generals, and the Limits of Public Discourse

In the weeds of civil-military relations.

Today’s Reverse Freedom Rides

A shameful stunt reminiscent of an even darker era.

FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

The former President and his supporters are crying “weaponization of the justice system.”

The January 6 Committee’s Audience

It was yuuuge! And nobody saw it!

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

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

Monday Morning Tab Clearing

For your consideration.

Tucker Carlson White Supremacist Messaging

The face of Fox News is not the bow-tied buffoon from his “Crossfire” days.

Tucker Carlson’s Testicles

The craziest damn thing you’ve ever heard of or a secret message to the crazies?

Republican Congresspeople Can’t Define ‘Woman’ Either

Hoisted by their own petard.

Chris Wallace Found Fox News’ Relationship with Truth ‘Unsustainable’

The network’s longtime weekend anchor couldn’t take it anymore.

The Propagandists Among Us

Whether dupes or active participants, the damage is real (and points us back to 2016).

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Vigilante Politics

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

Nobody Watches Cable News

A media critic argues we pay outsized attention to the goings-on at Fox, MSNBC, and CNN.

Patriots Leave Fox After Patriot Purge

Two NeverTrump Republicans have had enough.

Rittenhouse, Competence, and Crusade

A contrast in styles.

Let’s Go Brandon

An amusing incident highlights how far we’ve fallen.

Ivermectin and Irresponsible Infotainment

Sound decisions require sound reporting.

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

Red Lights on the Dashboard

Some recent news items that add to concern about American democracy.

Capitol Riots Day 1 Analysis

An emotional day set the tone for the investigation.

The Reality Show Party?

Another R/D cleavage?

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

Friday Tab Clearing

Stories, links, and brief observations from the week that never grew into posts.

How Critical Race Theory Suddenly Hit the Mainstream

A pandemic and the rise of Zoom meetings unleashed an academic theory into the wild.

Texas Democrats Deny Quorum, Delay Elections Bill

A special session looms. (And how this is not like the filibuster in the US Senate).

US Herd Immunity Unlikely

Covid appears here to stay, so the goal is management.

Rudy Thinks he has an “Out” Clause

Rudy may not be a very good lawyer…

The Dishonesty is Exhausting

Foolish lies are for foolish liars.

Fox News Purging ‘Real Journalists’

Losing viewers to fringe networks, the Fair and Balanced team is joining them.