How the Bowe Bergdahl Story Became Politicized

It wasn't Republicans who did it: President Obama complained yesterday that Sergeant Bergdahl is “not a political football.”   That should be true, but unfortunately President Obama is responsible for kicking off the football game by announcing the Taliban-Bergdahl swap in a Rose Garden appearance, rather than leaving the announcement to Secretary Hagel and Chairman Dempsey.  The White …

Last I Checked, Leon Panetta Is Not a Republican

There are those who believe that it is wrong to have concerns about the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl, and that it is wrong to be concerned that Bergdahl may have been a deserter. Most of these people think that Republicans are cynically ginning up outrage about the Bergdahl story, and overplaying their hand in …

I Don’t Agree with Dahlia Lithwick on Much . . .

But I agree with her on this, and I write this post as a supporter of same-sex marriage: Agree or disagree with him, University of Virginia law school professor Douglas Laycock has had a lengthy and distinguished academic career. As a scholar and advocate in the constitutional field of religious liberties, he has taken positions …

Your Unsurprising News of the Day

"Happiness in Short Supply in Iran." Tell us about it: The media storm that erupted after police arrested six young Iranians for dancing to the Pharrell Williams song "Happy" in an online video prompted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to tweet, "Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy." Iran's …

From the “Any More Such Victories and We Are Doomed” Department

The Modern Language Association is the latest academic group attempting to pass a resolution condemning Israel for things that the Modern Language Association doesn't like. This is being done because the Modern Language Association has an interest in pretending that it is good, righteous, and filled with God's noblest creatures, and it feels that the …

Still More on the Piketty Wars

Responding to Piketty's response (linked here) to the charges raised by the Financial Times, Chris Giles notes that there remain concerns with Piketty's presentation: There are a few things on which we agree. First, the source data on wealth inequality is poor. I have written that it is “sketchy” and Prof Piketty says it is “much …

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