• Why I Secretly Wanted Moore To Lose: Brooks 2020!

    Rep. Mo Brooks was the true Trumpian candidate in Alabama, which is why I endorsed him in the primary (here, here and here).

  • A Cake is Food, Not Speech – But Why Bully the Baker?

    The conversation about a cake lasted less than a minute but will long reverberate in constitutional law. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear 60 minutes of speech about when, if at all, making a cake counts as constitutionally protected speech and, if so, what the implications are for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s contention that Jack Phillips violated the state’s law against sexual-orientation discrimination.

  • The Supreme Court Should Let States Set Their Own Sports Gambling Laws

    American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply. On Monday, the Supreme Court will listen — with, one hopes, a mixture of bemusement and amusement — to arguments concerning another prohibition.

  • The NCAA Season Starts with Sleaze and Scandal

    Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Crédit Mobilier scandal of the early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by politicians and others concerning government oil leases) were entangled with Division I college basketball programs. Back then, there were no such programs. About the 1970s Watergate scandal, however, suspicions remain.

  • Another Year of American Hilarity

    Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity.

  • 2018’s Most Important, Expensive and Strange Election

    This state’s story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018, Illinois will have the nation’s most important, expensive and strange election.

  • Yes, Virginia, Immigration Is Turning The Country Blue

    Hey, Republicans! Did you enjoy Election Night last week? Get ready for a lot more nights like that as immigration turns every last corner of the country blue.

  • Roy Moore is an Embarrassment – Doug Jones Deserves to Win

    But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9.

  • Here’s an Idea, Republicans: Repeal and Replace the Tax Code

    The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed on purpose? Today’s bill, which is 429 pages and is apt to grow, is an implausible instrument of simplification. And it would worsen the tax code’s already substantial contribution to “moral hazard.”

  • New Democratic Spin Cycle: Launders Money, Gets Out The Toughest Sleaze!

    The Democrats have two very different profiles. One is their public face of absolute moral purity. They’re just better people than Republicans.

  • The Republicans Take Aim at Academic Excellence

    Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill — a 1.4 percent excise | Read More »

  • Hysterical Mobs are Crudely Judging History – One Book Offers a Better Way

    Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best-seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving at a moment when excitable individuals and hysterical mobs are demonstrating crudeness in assessing historical figures, Chernow’s book is a tutorial on measured, mature judgment.

  • The Radiating Mischief of Protectionism

    What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the Commerce Department. | Read More »

  • Headlines From An Administration That Is Not Putting America First

    We are now nearly a quarter of the way through the entire Trump presidency — and, depending how the 2018 elections go, we could be at the halfway mark.

  • Weinstein’s Pimps: Revenge Of The Ugly Girls

    Liberalism is a sexual assault protection racket.

  • Media Begging Us For Conspiracy Theories on Las Vegas

    Now the media are just taunting us with their tall tales about Stephen Paddock, the alleged Las Vegas shooter.

  • Media Find Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive: He’s White!

    If the media are going to keep wailing about how vital a free press is, could they start reporting stuff?

  • Notre Dame Football Coach’s Big Off-Season Changes Bring Results

    The University of Notre Dame’s head football coach Brian Kelly took criticism for finishing 2016 with his first losing season in the past 12 years of leading Division 1 teams but he is benefiting big time from an eight-and-a-half hour | Read More »

  • When Life Gives You Paul Ryan, Make Lemonade

    It is now clear that Republicans are incapable of giving us a free market in health insurance, so it continues to be illegal in America to buy health plans that don’t cover shrinks, domestic violence counseling and HIV screening, and perhaps always shall be.

  • They Don’t Call It ‘The Great Tweet of China’

    During the campaign, Donald J. Trump made lots of promises — he’d be the greatest jobs president God ever created, he’d cut taxes, he’d balance the budget, he’d give all Americans fantastic health care, he’d renegotiate NAFTA, he’d scotch the Iran deal and so on.