Lawmaker Military Earmarks Are Exploding Like Fireworks

Thought these member goodies were banned? Wait until you see the latest National Defense Authorization Act. It’s that time of year again, when lawmakers, Pentagon officials, and observers on the sidelines quibble over what should —and should not —be in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Two weeks after the Senate Armed Services Committee advanced …

The Little Pink House, 15 Years Later

Susette Kelo stands outside her home, which has been condemned by the state of Connecticut, June 27, 2005 in the Fort Trumbull area of New London, Connecticut. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) In 1781, a force of British troops under the command of the turncoat Benedict Arnold landed in the city of New London, Connecticut. …

Honduras is a Bonafide Narco State, Yet Trump Praises Its Useful Leader

A woman and other relatives of a bus driver who was killed by alleged gang members for refusing to pay them a “war tax”, cry in Tegucigalpa on October 5, 2016. Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Officials blame gangs and drug-traffickers.(Photo credit: ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images) There’s no …

Will Rust-Belt Catholics Keep Backing Trump?

Throughout most of the twentieth century, Catholic voters had been a pivotal demographic for Democrats in presidential elections. Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson could not have been elected without the huge support they received from urban and suburban white ethnic Catholics. But the loyalty of many Catholic voters began to wane …

Justice Roberts Splits the Baby

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, John Roberts, has taken upon himself the Solomonic role of American philosopher king left vacant at Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Seemingly committed above all to the institutional legitimacy of the Court, Roberts has in the last few weeks cast a series of votes in the Bostock, Espinoza, and June …

Can We Turn Back the 'Blood-Dimmed Tide' on the Potomac?

Polish soldiers during the Battle of Warsaw. (Wikimedia Commons) At a time when chaos seems to be gushing everywhere, it’s nice to think about historical occasions when destruction and evil were defeated.    In fact, it’s more than nice; it’s useful. Why? Because if it happened before, it can happen again. Yes, history is a great …

What if Trump Won't Leave The White House?

The fearmongers are at it again, this time with their mantle-holder Biden, warning of the coming dictatorship. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) I’ve got a list of bookmarks as long as a CVS receipt declaring threats to the republic and democracy and the arrival of dictatorship. When I turn on cable news, …

Hillary Was Right About BLM

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, you may have noticed that some of your white friends and family members engaged in an odd ritual: They filled their social media pages with confessional screeds acknowledging their white privilege and vaguely promising “to do better,” to listen more, and so on and so forth ad nauseam. …

The Real Presidential Campaign: Trump Versus the Coronavirus

Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden’s advisers have adopted: Confine Joe to his basement, no press conferences. Trot him out to recite carefully scripted messages for the cameras. Then lead him back …

The Korean War Atrocities No One Wants to Talk About

For decades they covered up the U.S. massacre of civilians at No Gun Ri and elsewhere. This is why we never learn our lessons. June 25th was the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers fought bravely in that war, and almost 37,000 were killed. But the …