Yesterday morning I broke away from my work and turned to Twitter right around when the Supreme Court was supposed to announce their decision in the Affordable Care Act case. I, like everyone else, was surprised at the ruling, and followed-up with some instant analysis from my Twitter timeline and on MPR. Shortly after, saw […]
Living in Tim Pawlenty’s Fantasyland
As we get ever closer to the 2012 primary season, I’m watching the GOP Presidential campaign with a growing sense of amusement. The announced candidates and the unofficial contenders are so profoundly unserious that I have a hard time believing they mean half of the things coming out of their mouths. Still, words have consequences, […]
Iran’s Green Revolution
I’m not sure if you caught it over the weekend, but something amazing is happening in Iran right now.
The Pragmatic President
You may have sworn off politics for awhile after the extremely long election cycle that just ended, and I wouldn’t blame you if you did. If you do have any interest left in the subject though, I highly recommend setting aside some time to read through Newsweek’s epic seven part series, titled Secrets of the […]
Yes We Can.
As I sit here watching the amazing scene taking place in Grant Park, Chicago, I can’t help but feel moved. This is a historic day for America, whatever your political views. I’m one of the many Conservatives who voted for Barack Obama, partially because we believe the current Republican party did not deserve to be […]
Making Government More Transparent
One thing that almost everyone can agree on, regardless of political belief, is that our governments are far too opaque. It’s much harder than it should be to determine who’s giving money to candidates, who is making what changes to a piece of legislation, who is requesting earmarks, etc. Some of these can only be […]
I was in the process of writing a long-ish post about why I’m voting for Senator Obama next month, and who knows – maybe I’ll still finish and publish it. But if you want a good idea, just go visit The Corner on the National Review Online site. The amount of pettiness, paranoia, and hate […]
What Are We Going To Do About It?
If there were any doubts, this week should confirm the fact that our country is in deep $#!&. We were (are?) closer to a complete collapse of the U.S. financial system than most people will ever realize, and that’s just one of a number of crises that are boiling up: The root of the recent […]
On Tim Russert
Today, I was reminded how often we don’t really appreciate someone until they’re gone. I was shocked today when Casey told me that Tim Russert had died of a heart attack while working. Since, I’ve been soaking in the web and TV coverage by the fellow journalists and politicians who knew him best, remembering his […]
In case you’re not a regular reader of the New York Times website, they accompany their articles with some of the most amazing data visualizations you’ll see anywhere. When visualizations are executed as well as they are by the Times, complex data suddenly becomes a lot more meaningful and understandable. One example is an interactive […]