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  • Swiss Army knife? A federal judge recently ruled that assault rifles, banned in California since 1989, are like “Swiss Army knives,” ubiquitous and useful. This triggered my memory of a neatly dressed young Swiss cradling his ...
  • In school long ago, I learned little of racial problems. Until recently, few heard about the Tulsa pogrom. U.S. history was taught as a triumphal pageant of democracy. Most countries teach unblemished nationalistic histories to ...
  • The enthusiasm unleashed by the unveiling of the electric Ford F-150 has jolted our national psychology: America is back! We’re still great innovators! It’s a new dawn! Quite possibly true. Along with the decline of COVID infections ...
  • At a certain point, Russian cyber penetration becomes acts of war. We are approaching that point. Sure, a “Russian criminal gang” may well have shut down Colonial Pipeline, but nothing important happens in Russia without Kremlin ...
  • QAnon, for a while, virtually merged with the Republican Party. Many Trumpist Republicans still accept QAnon’s attacks on Democrats. QAnon’s disinformers, now identified as the founders of the 4chan alt-right website ...
  • Security is shifting from yesterday’s weapons — aircraft carriers, nukes and superjets — toward tomorrow’s — cyber and information. The new strategic question: “Who can paralyze whom?” Washington still arms for yesterday’s ...
  • Digital technology is changing too fast. I can’t keep up with it. The only solution is to be young and learn from your cool, digitally savvy peers, who pick it up almost by osmosis. Right. Sign me up to become young again. I first encountered ...
  • In Madison, Wisconsin, years ago, I photographed a statue in front of the state capitol of Col. Hans Christian Heg, a Norwegian immigrant who gave his life fighting slavery for the Union. Last June, Black Lives Matter extremists, enraged ...
  • President Biden faces agonizing choices in withdrawing from Afghanistan, a situation where there simply are no neat, ethical answers, only unhappy tradeoffs. Let’s see if we can untangle some of the conundrums. Warning: It whipsaws ...
  • The Constitution gives states the power to conduct elections but does not specify their electoral system. It presumed that the English tradition of single-member districts where simple plurality wins would be standard nationwide....

  • Now they sound alarms over COVID-19. If top health officials had used words like “impending doom” a year ago, hundreds of thousands of lives might have been saved. Officials pulled their punches because they wanted to keep their ...
  • Commentators worried that recent U.S. denunciations of both Russia and China mark serious deteriorations in relations. Actually, relations have been bad for years, but this rhetoric clarifies where things stand. As such, it is useful....
  • The number of democracies peaked in 2005 and has since declined. Once seen as an irreversible wave, democracy has proved shaky and vulnerable. Even in the United States. Thus finds Freedom House, a research institute ...
  • There’s a gap in America’s political spectrum where there should be a conservative party. Many real conservatives have left the Republicans and see nothing conservative about a populist wrecker of institutions. What, if anything, can be ...
  • The Biden administration has embarked on a perilous path in releasing an intel report that the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS, more bone saws), approved the grisly 2018 murder and ...
  • The Republicans are split between a Trumpist majority and a traditional Republican minority. The Democrats are also split, but the proportions are reversed: mainstream centrist Democrats are the majority while “woke” purists ...
  • The “Texas First” calamity has highlighted the necessity of restoring federal powers, which President Biden — channeling FDR — has seized with vaccination programs, relief spending and $15 minimum wage, all supported ...
  • Last week’s call between President Biden and Xi Jinping accompanied rumors of an early summit meeting. That would be premature and even dangerous. If Xi demands Biden essentially give Beijing ownership of the ...
  • Last week, the Republicans attempted to become a “big-tent party” that internally agrees to disagree. Won’t work. A big tense party is more like it. Two Republican congresswomen — new member Marjorie Taylor Greene ...
  • Three classic studies put our current troubles into perspective. Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 “American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy” explained that the contradiction between the lofty ideals ...
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