It’s Time to Let the GOP Die

After watching the results of the recent special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, I came to a sobering conclusion: the Republican Party, as an institution, needs to die. I’ve listened to all of the spin: Conor Lamb ran as a Trump-friendly Democrat. The Democrats had a registration advantage. Rep. Tim Murphy had

By | 2018-03-16T13:07:21+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Biggest Loser in Pennsylvania? Polling

That Conor Lamb squeaked out the narrowest of victories in a pre-midterm election is hardly surprising. Although Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton there by 20 points, the Western Pennsylvania district nevertheless has a Democratic registration advantage of 46 percent to 41 percent and is “ancestrally Democratic.” Midterm elections nearly always go against the

By | 2018-03-16T08:35:59+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Americans Deserve a Full Hearing on the Trump-Russia Hoax

The House Intelligence Committee closed its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, concluding there is “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who led the committee’s probe, said his team interviewed 73 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 documents over

By | 2018-03-17T00:22:16+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Wolves in Lamb’s Clothing

Tuesday’s narrow win by Democrat Conor Lamb in a special congressional election in Pennsylvania has thrilled Democrats eager to believe that the entire country has finally seen the error of its ways and is about to remove the interloper Donald J. Trump, if not from power then at least from moral authority in

By | 2018-03-16T07:24:01+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

Full Semi-Auto Activism: An Explainer

Our forefathers obviously had a very different idea of activism than we have today; it was a relatively slow process, to load an 18th-century activist with principles (given the energy necessary to propel the activism). To ignite this fuel, a relatively primitive, and slow-burning ignition system was used, and sometimes passions might flame

By | 2018-03-15T00:11:27+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

Lessons for Republicans from the Pennsylvania Special Election

Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district today will decide whether to elect Republican Rick Saccone or Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election, the result of the vacated seat left by former Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned last year amid a scandal involving a former female staffer and an abortion. Spanning suburban and

By | 2018-03-13T14:19:31+00:00 March 13th, 2018|

‘The Very Definition of Tyranny’: National Injunctions

In the American justice system, judges have two fundamental duties. The first is to interpret the Constitution, and police the structures of government. The second is to assess statutory laws—specifically their construction and application—against what the Constitution allows. Nowhere in the solemn oath they take are judges tasked with casting value judgments on

By | 2018-03-11T13:33:41+00:00 March 11th, 2018|

Tariffs, Trade, and Patriotism

President Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum in response to what he (and most Americans) view as the routinely unfair trade practices of China and other foreign powers has upset more than a few Beltway apple carts. It has also triggered a lot of heated criticism from the Right—much

By | 2018-03-11T12:07:55+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

How Authentic Is Public Input on Science-Driven Public Policy?

Although we are healthier and live longer than our predecessors, and our food supply is more varied and inexpensive than ever, Americans are manifesting anxiety about all sorts of things—genetically engineered foods (derived from so-called “GMOs”), pharmaceuticals, chemicals, gluten, and even “chemtrails,” to name just a few. As Dr. Alex Berezow of the

By | 2018-03-09T23:19:51+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Making Tax Reform Great Again

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was a great leap forward in terms of U.S. tax policy. Congress lowered tax rates across the board, with particular emphasis on cutting corporate taxes to make America more competitive with other industrialized countries. The ensuing growth has gone a long way to changing perceptions

By | 2018-03-07T11:50:47+00:00 March 6th, 2018|