Post Archive

June 2014

Gallup finds we have confidence in … nothing!

You know all those news stories you’ve seen about how Americans’ trust in government, Congress and Wall Street has collapsed in recent years? Well, guess

SCOTUS case highlights religious freedom debate

One of the most influential works of political philosophy to come out of the Cold War era was an essay called “Two Concepts of Liberty”

Federal agencies ill prepared for cyber attacks

Here’s a chilling number: 46,160. That’s the number of reported cyber incidents against federal agencies in 2013. Worse, that’s a 30 percent increase in the

Three articles you don’t want to miss

If you read only one news story this week, read this: “Hero worship of the military is getting in the way of good policy” in

Inside Fox News’ inside coverage of Fox News

It’s hard to think of a newspaper column since the dawn of the Internet that has raised such a ruckus as the one former Vice

Flow of minors into U.S. is a crisis

Here’s a take on a news story you don’t get much these days:  Lawmakers resist pressures to turn the flood of minors coming into this

A short guide to American populist movements

This week’s podcast was about populism in America, including its history and appearances in today’s politics.  An earlier post looked that the words themselves –

Video: Understanding slush funds

Slush fund: When you hear the word, a 7-Eleven probably comes to mind before anything related to politics. But slush funds, defined by Merriam Webster's as “an

Video: Benghazi capture fuels conspiracies

On Tuesday, the government announced the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man suspected of leading the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that

Cutting-edge tech comes to Congress: E-mail

Congress is finally entering the 21st Century, whether it likes it or not. Beginning this week, anyone can directly e-mail their members of Congress if

Pop star hangs with Washington and Honest Abe

Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by Abba – it’s how you sometimes feel when

Kevin McCarthy’s challenge: lead or legislate?

Leader or legislator? That is the question. Kevin McCarthy — and his constituents — face a classic political dilemma. Taking a top leadership post in

The case of the campaign bribe confessor

There is a strange politics and money story unfolding this week:  A sitting member of Congress is said to have admitted openly that he voted

Decoding Populism: an orphaned and abused word

One of the things we aim to do on this blog is “decode” some of the language, symbolism and red herrings of American politics.  This