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Two important pieces of climate change news came out this week involving opposite sides of the globe. First, from the North, we got news that the peak Arctic sea ice level for this winter was the lowest level ever seen in 37 years of recording such data. Second, from the South, new computer modeling projects the…

Plan to Force Senate Vote Highlights Absurdity of Senate

Yesterday, Politico reported on a potential Democratic plan to force a vote on Judge Garland’s nomination. The plan requires the following machinations: This is how it would work: A senator, presumably Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), would propose to discharge Garland’s nomination from the Judiciary Committee during an executive session of the Senate. Republicans would…

Trump Backs Out of Pledge

In the CNN Town Hall tonight, Donald Trump backed down from his pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee. Trump’s only obstacle to the nomination now is a brokered convention. It is hardly surprising that he is now trying to leverage his supporters to protect himself from this possibility.

Brussels

I wish I had some wise words or something hopeful to say after the attacks in Brussels. I don’t. The attacks are horrifying and a chilling reminder that there is pervasive and determined evil in the world. The feeling of dread is only compounded by the knowledge that, back home, the tragedy is being used to appeal…

5 Takeaways from Donald Trump’s Tax Plan

It seems that every time I do a summary of a candidate’s tax plan, the candidate suffers a terrible loss in the subsequent primary. Therefore, as a public service, here is my summary of Donald Trump’s tax plan. As always, I rely on the candidate’s posted plan and the TPC’s study of the plan. 1. Trump would reduce…

Friendly Reminder: Donald Trump Sucks at Picking Legal Talent

Friendly reminder: Trump’s personal lawyer defended his client with the horrifically wrong argument that: “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.” He also claimed Trump was correct about his demonstrably-false accusation that there were mass celebrations by American Muslims on 9/11 with the following ironclad argument:  “I can tell you that Mr. Trump’s…

President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

President Obama announced today that he will nominate Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Garland currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Prior to assuming the bench, he became famous for his role in coordinating the Justice Department’s response to the Oklahoma City bombing. Judge Garland was…

Rubio Drops Out, Kasich Wins Ohio

Marco Rubio suspended his campaign after losing his home state of Florida. Trump beat him handily and, after being rejected by his own constituency, Rubio simply did not have a plausible case to make for himself going forward. Conversely, John Kasich did win his home state and he is now the last hope for Republicans who…

5 Takeaways from Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan

1. Sanders’ plan would generate an enormous amount of tax revenue. The Tax Policy Center estimates Sanders’ tax plan would raise revenue by  $15.3 trillion over the next ten years. For comparison, Hillary Clinton’s tax plan, which also calls for some tax increases, would only generate $1.1 trillion over the next ten years. 2. Sanders would…

5 Big Takeaways From Marco Rubio’s Tax Plan

This is the first in a series that address the candidates’ respective tax plans. I’m starting with Marco Rubio since his plan is the most likely to become irrelevant in the next few days. A great deal of this information comes from the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan group that has done extremely helpful studies on…