Category Archives: Politics

In Advance of the Republican Debate…

The Republicans have another debate tomorrow night. Accordingly, (especially now that Rand is gone) I expect much talk of carpet bombing ISIS, and putting American combat troops on the ground here, there, and everywhere, and, generally speaking, each candidate making … Continue reading

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Why this Millennial Female Doesn’t Support Hillary: Part One

Every Friday, Diane Rehm hosts her weekly domestic politics hour on NPR. This past Friday, the question of the hour was why millennial women weren’t supporting Hillary. Despite the fact that the roundtable participants explained in detail why their millennial daughters were … Continue reading

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Oyez, Oyez, Oyez

It’s that time of year again–the time when the air turns crisp, leaves fall from the trees, and nine seemingly benign individuals congregate to produce decisions which impact our country in untold ways. That’s right: the Supreme Court opened its 2014 … Continue reading

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“Clear Law”: A Debate

While on the subject of government and the law, I’d like to point you towards an intelligent article in the Atlantic about laws, regulations, and the devil in the details of American bureaucracy. Its thesis—“a decades-long obsession with writing excessively … Continue reading

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Stunning Fact(s) of the Day

The first and second facts of the day are courtesy of Nicholas Kristof: (1) “The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. … Continue reading

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Reparations, Continued.

In our last post, we discussed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay, The Case for Reparations. In it, Coates matter-of-factly describes the history of racism inflicted on black Americans by American government and society. It was an incredibly long piece, and Tanner touched on it a … Continue reading

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A Case for Reparations?

A few weeks ago, the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates published an essay detailing the long, shameful history of the U.S. government’s racist policies towards black Americans. The essay, which appeared in the Atlantic (for which Coates also writes a blog), straight-forwardly … Continue reading

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Why Is The Keystone Pipeline So Bad?

In the midst of rapidly developing events in Crimea, it’s easy to forget about Alberta, Canada. In Alberta, there are more species of wildlife than almost anywhere else in the world. This Canadian province hosts 587 different species, including 411 … Continue reading

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The Power of Two Degrees (Celsius)

In 2007, scientists at National Geographic predicted that if we failed to make drastic, global-scale changes to our environmental behavior by 2014, the damage would be irreversible: fundamental characteristics of the environment—such as a raised sea level; damage to the … Continue reading

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Please, Congress, Build Us More Prisons

This post reflects my own personal views and not the views of DOJ or any other federal agency.  Our prisons have serious problems: they’re overcrowded; they confine far too many non-violent offenders for far too long, and our methods of … Continue reading

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