The ‘Figure it Out Yourself’ Phase of COVID

With the government throwing its hands up, it’s now up to the citizenry.

Prince Charles as Co-Monarch

His 95-year-old mom is still Queen but has handed off many of her duties.

Removing Russia from UN Security Council

It would be fitting but, alas, won’t happen.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Walter Mears, 1935-2022

The legendary AP politics reporter is gone at 87.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Deterring The Deterrers

Deterring Russia is a matter of principle.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

The Myth of Picking the Best

And yes, it is political (and always has been).

Non-Peer Review of Medical Studies

The downside to online archives of pre-print articles.

Dan Reeves, 1944-2022

The legendary football player and coach is gone at 77.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Peak Fact-Checking?

Not every argument can be tested on a Pinocchio scale.

Back to SCOTUS Reform and “Legitimacy”

Doing nothing is still a choice, and the legitimacy crisis is here, like it or not.

Line of the Day

Get vaccinated edition

Oh, Look, Vaccinations Rates Matter

The evidence is pretty clear: vaccinations are key, not weather (but that won’t stop people from trying to say otherwise).

COVID, Age, and Risk Assessment

A vaccinated 75-year-old is as likely to die as an unvaccinated 53-year-old.

Norm Macdonald, 1959-2021

The SNL comic has died of cancer at 61.

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Doctors Weigh in on Climate Change

Because why the hell not.

COVID Schadenfreude Journalism

A new story archetype is all too common.

Higher Vaccination Rates=Lower Hospitalization Rates

Unsurprising news is unsurprising.

Delta Variant

More reminders that the pandemic is not over.

DOJ Recovers Half of Colonial Pipeline Ransom

Some good news in the hacking wars.

G-7 Approves Corporate Tax Floor

A major first step to solving a longstanding global issue.

Chauvin’s Life in Prison

Don’t believe everything you see on TV.

Philip Mountbatten, 1921-2021

Queen Elizabeth’s husband has died two months shy of his 100th birthday.

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Britain Nears Herd Immunity

More than 73 percent of Britons will be vaccinated or previously-infected by Monday.

United States Less Democratic Than it Used to Be

Multiple indicators point to a decline in the representativeness of the American system.

Texas Ends COVID Restrictions

The Lone Star State is celebrating its independence in a big way.

The Smoothest Transition in Decades

We’re witnessing something not seen since 1989.

Bill Belichick Refuses Presidential Medal of Freedom

The New England Patriots coach lived up to the team nickname.

What’s a Republic?

What meanings might the Founders have had? How should we understand the term?

Is the American Government Legitimate?

A long-winded and esoteric discussion about an elusive idea.

If Minneapolis Were Happening Elsewhere…

A solid piece of satire.

Don Shula Dead at 90

The coaching legend led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history.

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An American Health Service?

A progressive idea that could win conservative support.

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John Prine Succumbs to COVID-19

A great songwriter is gone at 73.

Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care

The British PM is very sick from COVID-19.

USA Most Prepared Country for Pandemics

Despite our poor showing against COVID-19, we have the best infrastructure in place.

Coronavirus Bailout Both Reparations and Stimulus

This is no ordinary recession.

Trump Speaks on Coronavirus…

…and confusion (and a further market tumble) ensues.

SXSW Latest Victim of Coronavirus

Conferences, sporting events, and even school has been canceled to avoid spreading the pandemic.

Coronavirus Has Been Politicized to Dangerous Effect

Republicans are half as likely to take the outbreak seriously.

American Gerontocracy

Is being ruled by the elderly a bad thing?

Iran Announces End Of Restrictions Imposed By Nuclear Deal

In response to the American assassination of a top General, Iran has announced the end of yet more restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal.

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Talking As Much About ‘Medicare For All’

“Medicare For All” is the centerpiece of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for President, but she’s not talking about it as much as she used to.

It’s Putin’s World, We’re Just Living In It

Notwithstanding Russia’s weak position vis a vis the west, It’s Putin who seems to be winning.

Brexit Takes A Big Step Forward With Win In Parliament For Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan scored a big win in Parliament, which makes a January 31st Brexit essentially inevitable.