Russia’s Diplomatic Isolation

The West continues to close Moscow off.

Republican Congresspeople Can’t Define ‘Woman’ Either

Hoisted by their own petard.

Covid Continues not to be Done with Us

Lots of folks at the Gridiron dinner are positive.

NATO’s Role in Setting Ukraine War Peace Conditions

Western powers may be at odds with the people doing the fighting and dying.

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CRT? Tired. Groomers? Wired!

The latest strategic moral panic from the far right

Removing Russia from UN Security Council

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

Russia’s War Crimes

Evidence of mass atrocities across Ukraine continues to mount.

Monday Tab Clearing

Stories of note sans write-ups.

Respectability Politics

A Black columnist argues that Will Smith set back a whole race.

Ukraine War Widens

The invasion has led to a series of proxy wars.

A 457 Minute Gap

The is a 7 hour gap in the phone logs at the White House from January 6, 2021.

Yet More Ukraine Peace Talks

Bargaining continues amidst poisoning and mass killing.

Judge: Trump Committed Crimes

His conversations with lawyers about stealing the election are not protected by privilege.

Biden Pleads for Regime Change in Russia

The President commits a Kinsley gaffe.

A Key Aspect of the Ginni Thomas Story

Beyond who her spouse is, the texts to Meadows reveal a deeply concerning situation.

Christian Nationalism and American Democracy

A Manichean struggle between good and evil.

Ginni Thomas the Insurrectionist

A Supreme Court Justice’s wife urged the White House and Congressional Republicans to steal the 2020 election.

SCOTUS Career Pathways

Comparing the careers of the sitting Justices with Judge Brown’s

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The End of Passwords?

One of the great annoyances of the Internet is slowly going away.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Supreme Court Confirmations and Political Polarization

The days of unanimous votes are long behind us.

John Clayton, 1954-2022

The longtime NFL reporter is gone at 67.

Acceptable Ukraine End States?

What will Zelensky, Putin, and the West settle for?

Zelensky’s Plea for Help

Ukraine’s leader wants more help than he’s going to get.

Permanent Daylight Saving Time?

We may be on the verge half a century after our last experiment.

What If The Bad Guys Win in Ukraine?

The most likely outcome is not a happy one.

Iranian Missiles Hit Near US Consulate in Iraq

No casualties, American or otherwise, have been reported.

The Propagandists Among Us

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

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

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

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Putin Threatens Ukrainian Statehood

A remarkable display of blaming the victim (by the victimizer).

Jan 6 Committee Alleges Trump Criminal Conspiracy

The former President should have known that his claims of election fraud were baseless.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

Ukraine Updates

News and commentary of note.

Double Jeopardy in All But Name

Two notorious cases indicate a policy shift on federal prosecutions of cases already tried in lower courts.

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San Francisco Crime Lab Regularly Searched Victim DNA for Criminal Matches

An example of how lack of regulation leads to practices that damage public faith in policing

‘Freedom Convoy’ Coming to DC

Right wing protestors are expected to attempt to create (more) gridlock in the capitol later today.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

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An example of the “trial tax”

With choices like these it’s easy to understand why people take plea deals

Trump Facing Multiple Legal Disasters

The 45th President is unlikely to face Federal prosecution but state and civil suits are not going his way.

Sarah Palin Defamation (Sort of) Dismissed

The bar for defaming public officials is too high.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Ends in Windsor, Moves to Paris

The anti-vax-and-other-stuff protest is spreading to Europe.

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

Generals Say Afghan Exit Would Have Been Smoother Had Biden Listened to the Generals

Two unclassified after-action reports shine a new—if one-sided—light on the evacuation.

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

Russian ‘False Flag’ to Justify Ukraine Invasion

Western intelligence agencies continue to predict an invasion under absurd pretexts.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Not What it Claims to Be

A protest against vaccine mandates is growing with a little help from our adversaries.

US Inflation at 40-Year High

Can the Misery Index be far behind?