Post Archive

July 2014

Chicago homicides underscore gun violence apathy

Thought experiment: In an act of terrorism on American soil, four people were killed by a car bomb in Chicago on the 4th of July

Polarization as a vocation: Moderates don’t run

Have you ever thought, “What kind of nut would run for Congress these days?” Well, we now know the answer: ideologically extreme nuts. Okay, that

Pols who run on their convictions

For connoisseurs of political mischief, there’s no doubt what the story of the past week or so is: Buddy Cianci is running for mayor of

Post-recession jobs numbers are better for women

The nation has snapped back to its pre-recession self in terms of total employment, according to job numbers released last week. Now there’s about 138,780,000

Four articles you shouldn’t miss

Being too connected can make you dumber. Well, not quite. But The New York Times has an interesting piece about research that suggests that being

VP Joe Biden remembers Howard Baker

Howard H. Baker Jr., the former Republican senator from Tennessee, died last week at his home in Huntsville, Tenn., at age 88. He was most

Lawmakers divided on how to fix cyber threat

Forget about identity theft, cyber attacks on the U.S. government could put your life at risk. Despite a growing number of cyber attacks against the

Papers lay on the Chairman's desk before the start of a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on Cybersecurity from Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency (NSA). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

China use the same techniques to hack into U.S. systems as a shady spammer trying to access your bank account

Episode 41: Critical Infrastructure and the next war

Cyber security experts are increasingly focused on the computers that control our critical infrastructure.

Most Americans support a path to citizenship

Immigration reform may be dead in this Congress, but for a majority of U.S. citizens a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is still heavily supported.

Some Republicans may compromise on immigration

The growing number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States may have a silver lining – finally forcing a sliver of bipartisanship

Underground parking, lake at National Mall?

How much would you pay for a prime parking spot on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? Twenty-five million visitors flock to the nation’s village

We have trust issues in the Internet Age

Are we living in a period of heightened, optimistic social trust?  Or is this a time of wariness and mistrust? I can argue it both

House ditches junket disclosure requirement

The House Ethics Committee has quietly – ever so quietly it seems – ditched a requirement that members disclose on their annual financial reports trips

Religious leaders send exemption plea to Obama

In the debate over how religious exemptions should shield believers from the law – score one for the believers. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled