The CIA Spying on Congress is Big News, Right?

On Tuesday, Sen. Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on Congress and of interfering with a congressional investigation. The details would make for a taut political thriller. But that’s not the news, not really. The news is that Congress has lost the ability to oversee this country’s clandestine operations. Continue reading

After More than a Century, Puerto Rico is Still a Colony – Should Americans Care?

More than a century after the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico is still a colony of the United States. That’s 3.6 million Americans who can be drafted to fight in a war declared by a foreign legislature, and who can’t vote for the people who govern them. Care to venture what the Founders would have made of it? Continue reading

What You Can Learn from Watching the State of the Union with the Sound Turned Off

Tonight is the night that the President goes before Congress and delivers his State of the Union address. Political scientists and political junkies alike will be sure to huddle around their screens, and out will come the red pens to parse the President’s words. But I wonder if some insightful anthropologists couldn’t be more helpful, and the words the President speaks might be the least important part of it. Continue reading

Sunday Morning Lights What Bad Football Officiating can Teach Us about Politics

Something horrible happened on Sunday in the world of football. Here’s the story of how one awful call by a sports official stole a win from my beloved Patriots and led me to a late realization about American politics. Continue reading

Everyone is to Blame, But Some Are More to Blame Than Others With Few Adults in the Room, Gov't Shuts Down

Happy government shutdown! After years of flirting with the idea, folks in Washington have finally gotten their act together and failed to pass spending authority for the federal government. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill failure of leadership, this is really exceptional stuff.
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8 Conspiracies People Actually Believe And Why You Should Care

Here are eight conspiracies you probably forgot people actually believe – by demonstrating what exists towards the edge of believability, they reveal quite a bit about how people see the world around them and their place in it. Continue reading