Post Archive

September 2014

Gun control groups downgrade assault weapons ban

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, newly formed political action groups made a big push to institute an assault weapons ban

Fossil fuel finale? Renewable energy heating up

Aha! We finally know what the Koch brothers are so worried about! The New York Times has a fascinating article, “Sun and wind Transforming Global

KHAZAIR, IRAQ - JULY 03: A Iraqi family who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepares to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 3, 2014 in Khazair,Iraq.Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region.

Does the United States have a responsibility to act?

Obama’s ISIS plan generates a barrage of words

Here’s another brief guided tour through some of the most interesting writing about … well, what should we call this non-war against this non-state that

Political gaffes: Take foot. Insert into mouth.

A regular DecodeDC feature that decodes political phrases. This week we look at the term "political gaffe". You know a political gaffe when you hear

ISIS generates plenty of strong commentary

A few months ago, few Americans had heard of ISIS. By June, it was a common word in the news, but there was little support

Immigration court wait times average 18 months

Think about the last time you got a parking ticket. After cursing the meter gods or smacking yourself in the forehead for missing that big,

ISIS: Obama probably better off without Congress

Should Congress formally authorize the assault on ISIS that President Barack Obama announced in his speech Wednesday night? The obvious answer is yes.  As the

Conservative women’s PACS playing catch-up

When the pro-life group the Susan B Anthony List was first established in the early 1990s, its goal was to raise money for female candidates

Report: U.S. gov tops news media at social game

News organizations are losing the social media game to an unexpected player—the U.S. government. Although not typically known for its web prowess, a new study

House votes to establish SIDS national registry

After six years of effort among child safety advocates, the House of Representatives has approved legislation to investigate why more than 4,000 American infants die

College rankings create more angst than insight

In case you haven’t had the experience of applying for college lately, let me tell you – it stinks.  I think this is the one

Laugh or cry? Free pot for the poor in Berkeley

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

Is Obama leading or following on ISIS?

Is President Obama leading public opinion on handling ISIS or is he following? It appears to be the latter following a hawkish turn in public

The growing celebretization of reporters

I want to try to decode a news story this morning. It is a very minor news story, a piece of trade news really, a