Climate Change Opened the Northwest Passage

This month, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity, will complete a journey from Alaska to the North Atlantic. The journey is notable only for its route: the Northwest Passage.The passage is a water route through a series of islands in the Canadian Arctic. It is a route that has existed mainly in the fantasies of sailors because it is impassable for most vessels,…

Clinton Proposes a Standardized Small Business Tax Deduction

Hillary Clinton is rolling out a proposal to offer a standardized small business tax deduction. The plan would be a welcome change to many small business owners as it would allow small business owners to claim a deduction while also eliminating the need to calculate overhead costs and other time consuming requirements. Clinton has not…

A Friendly Reminder that State and Local Politics Matter

The New York Times has an interesting story detailing the efforts by conservative and Tea Party groups to propose amendments to the Constitution through state legislatures rather than Congress. This particular method of amending the Constitution is never used but perfectly legitimate.  Article 5 of the Constitution provides that Congress can propose amendments to the Constitution…

Programming Note

I was out sick most of last week and got sidetracked from my usual blogging schedule. I’m recovered now and back to covering the craziness of 2016 at my usual pace. Thanks for your patience.

This is Not a Reset

Over the past few days, Donald Trump has received some rare positive coverage as because of a perceived shift in his approach. It has been widely referred to as a pivot or reset of his campaign. This analysis is simply maddening. Here is the evidence of a reset or pivot from Trump: He said he has “regrets”…

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things and Have Donald Trump Instead (an ongoing series)

According to a recent survey done by NBC News/Survey Monkey, 72 percent of Republicans still hold doubts about President Obama’s citizenship. When asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement “Barack Obama was born in the United States”, 41 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement and 31 expressed doubt. Photo credit:  Peretz Partensky. 

Yikes

I’m sure Trump will say this was a joke. And that is part of the problem. He has no idea what are laughing matters and what are not. We shouldn’t have to debate whether a major party candidate was joking when he called for his opponent’s assassination. Update: Here is the quote for those who…

Republican Senator Says She Will Not Vote for Trump

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced she will not vote for Donald Trump. Collins’ argument is interesting because it focuses almost entirely on Trump’s character, or lack thereof, rather than major policy differences. Reading between the lines, Collins appears to suggest that she waited to see if…

Jeb’s Son Asks Fellow Republicans to Back Trump

Over the weekend, Texas Land Commissioner and son of Jeb, George P. Bush urged fellow Republicans to back Donald Trump. The endorsement of the Texas land commissioner is not normally a story of much national relevance. However, in this case it is because of who George P. Bush is and what he represents to the Republican…

Sharing Medical Research

Elizabeth Warren wrote an article in the New England Journal of Medicine arguing for greater sharing of data in medical research. While medical researchers use their data to form their own conclusions, such data is rarely shared with other researchers. Warren also points out that many negative studies are not published but, nonetheless, contain data that can lead…