Archive: News & Comment
Chart: Obama Has Still Issued Fewer Executive Orders Than Most Presidents
Palin’s Drunken Brawl Finally Gives Her the Publicity She Deserves
This episode speaks volumes about Palin and her family - and the colossal bad judgment of John McCain and Republican voters

In the six years since 2008, when she lost the election and failed to become vice president of the United States, and the five years since she abruptly quit her job as governor of Alaska midway through her first term, Sarah Palin has devoted her life to nothing other than a relentless pursuit of the […]

What Are You Searching For? It Depends on How Much Money You Have

If you’re not dirt poor, with few prospects for changing your situation, it’s hard to consider how much of your thought would be devoted to grim subjects. Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir illustrated the concept and the myth of the so-called cycle of poverty in their recent book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So […]

Gov. Ultrasound’s Guilty Verdict and the End of the Era of Republican ‘Family Values’
Once an self-appointed arbiter of moral virtue, McDonnell threw his wife - and his family values - under the bus in a failed attempt to avoid prison time

With the guilty verdicts in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, the GOP’s claim to be the party of “family values” — a political messaging tool that served it well in the 1980s and ’90s — may have finally met its end. McDonnell’s status as an icon of the […]

What Australia Can Teach America About Gun Safety, After a Few Years of Detox

Watch the funniest — and most sensible — arguments for gun control yet. It will be interesting to see what kind of refutations appear in the comments.

Celebrating Labor Day? Guess You’re a Socialist, Pro-Union, Anti Job Creator Commie

If today means more to you than packing away your white shorts and shoes, you’re probably a pro-union type who supports raising the minimum wage. But if you’re like most Americans, it’s just another amorphous, somehow patriotic Monday holiday on which to cook out, drink beer, and if you’re like my neighbors last night, inexplicably […]

GOP House Chairman Apparently Auditions for Joan Rivers’ Job Hosting ‘Fashion Police’ – Criticizes Pres. Obama’s Tan Suit
Homeland Security Chair Pete King then appears tie-less on CNN to defend himself against criticism he trivialized the debate by talking about fashion

With Joan Rivers lying in an induced coma in a Manhattan hospital, her fellow New York Republican, House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, appeared to be angling for her job as host on E!’s “Fashion Police.” During an interview on Newsmax, a birther news website, King offered biting commentary about Pres. Obama’s decision to wear […]

Washington Post: ISIS Used Bush-Approved Torture Technique on Journalist James Foley And Other American Hostages

In late 2002 and early 2003, a group of top Bush administration officials approved a set of torture techniques for use on prisoners captured during the so-called War on Terror. Known as the Principals Committee, the officials who signed off on the torture manual included Vice Pres. Cheney, former National Security Adviser (and later Secretary […]

Deficit Continues to Drop But Low Corporate Tax Rates Threaten Outlook

Los Angeles Times: The federal deficit continues to decline thanks to budget cuts and slower growth in Medicare costs, but lower than expected corporate tax revenues dimmed some of the improved outlook, according to a report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office… Declining corporate tax revenues are largely to blame for a $26 billion dip […]

What’s a Benjamin Worth In Your State?

The Tax Foundation has created a map of the United States that shows the relative value of $100 in each state. As might be expected, a C-note gets less mileage in New York and California, and goes farther in Missouri and North Dakota.