Race Hoaxes

Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. An unarmed, black 18-year-old “gentle giant” had been shot in the back while running away from a white police officer! He was just preparing to enter college in […]

Tea Party supporters1

They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup’s survey from the end of last month shows that the most enthusiastic voters in this cycle are Tea Party supporters — and […]


Republican Rep. Mike Coffman practices his Spanish daily. On Thursday, he’ll use it in a Univision-sponsored debate conducted entirely in Spanish against Democratic opponent, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. But it’s possible that by then, five days before Election Day, many of the 6th Congressional District constituents will have already voted in Colorado’s first […]

Al Gore

Let’s check the data on statewide elections between 1998 to 2013. The year is 1986. It’s the sixth year of the president’s term in office, and that generally spells trouble. Between 1900 and 1974, the average loss for the party in power in the White House following an incumbent re-election had been 39 House seats […]


Water scarcity is a real challenge in California right now, but many still view the resource as cheap and plentiful despite the state’s drought. In a pair of reports, The Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution suggests that states and local governments can change that perception by raising the price of water. Cheap water, in fact, is making it […]


Rand Paul delivered his anticipated foreign policy speech last night, which you can read in its entirety here. It was a better speech than those he had given before, and its arguments mostly hung together. I’ll highlight a few of the best parts of the speech before moving on to the problems with it. Let […]

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul just gave one of the most important speeches on foreign policy since George W. Bush declared war on Iraq. But instead of declaring war on another country, Paul declared war on his own party. Or, at least, its entire approach to foreign policy. In his address last night at the Center for […]


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