How to fix the Supreme Court

The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken. Here’s how to fix it. It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices now is. In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an election year. Given that America hosts national elections one out of every…

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“Calculated misery”: how airlines profit from your miserable flying experience

They don’t need happy customers to make money. The smartest move the commercial airline industry ever made was to convince consumers to pay extra for what used to be the minimum. It’s even got a name: “calculated misery.” “Calculated misery” sounds like a movie featuring a slow-boil revenge plot — one that involves social media and tears of frustration. Instead, it’s the concept that there’s money to be made by making an experience so awful…

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For some on the right, “America First” was a foreign policy pledge. Trump broke it last week.

Conservative anti-interventionists are back in the wilderness. It was a bad week for right-wing non-interventionists. The hodgepodge group of libertarians, pacifists, alt-righters, and paleocons had, for the part, latched onto Donald Trump’s campaign as a vehicle to smash the stranglehold of neoconservatives on the GOP and advance a stay-at-home foreign policy: no more wars in the Middle East, no interventions in the name of democracy or human rights or vengeance. Trump became their man, when,…

"For some on the right, “America First” was a foreign policy pledge. Trump broke it last week."

I voted for Trump. After the Syria strikes, I’m second-guessing my choice.

What happened to “America First”? This is how the Beltway establishment, Republicans and Democrats alike, think about American foreign policy: America’s role is to lead the world. Be it under the slogan of America’s “benevolent global hegemony,” the neoconservative version, or “the indispensable nation”, the neoliberal variant, the party in power scarcely matters. Anything which happens in the globe is potentially a critical American concern. Except for Donald Trump. When he launched his 2016 Presidential…

"I voted for Trump. After the Syria strikes, I’m second-guessing my choice."

What the astonishingly close race in Kansas is — and isn’t — teaching Democrats in Washington

A little-known Democrat with virtually no support from the national party came shockingly close to pulling off an upset in a deeply conservative House district in Kansas this week. The party has instead thrown its financial heft behind 30-year-old former Democratic Hill aide Jon Ossoff for a special election in Georgia’s Sixth District on Tuesday — a district that Donald Trump only won by one point and that national Democrats have made their key election…

"What the astonishingly close race in Kansas is — and isn’t — teaching Democrats in Washington"

The American economy isn’t actually becoming more concentrated

Opportunity is clustering, but people and growth aren’t. Donald Trump’s election win, many speculated, must be due to geographic inequality and the increasing concentration of economic activity in a handful of big coastal cities. It was tough to escape the woeful tales of small-town and Rust Belt voters in the final months of 2016. But as Jed Kolko, an economist focused on regional labor market issues, pointed out last September, the economy isn’t actually becoming…

"The American economy isn’t actually becoming more concentrated"

Few Democratic voters back Syria bombings. So why do so many Democrats in Congress?

A majority of Democratic voters don’t see eye to eye with their party’s leaders on Capitol Hill over President Donald Trump’s strikes in Syria. A new poll released by Gallup on Wednesday found that 61 percent of Democrats nationally opposed the strikes, with just 33 percent expressing their approval. (The remaining 6 percent said they weren’t sure.) By contrast, only five Democratic senators have come out in opposition to the attacks, according to a tally…

"Few Democratic voters back Syria bombings. So why do so many Democrats in Congress?"

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Cheetahs are fast, but not faster than a diving peregrine falcon. Cheetahs may take the lead in Google searches for fastest animal, but in reality the crown goes to the peregrine falcon. Reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, peregrine falcons can dive faster than a moving Formula One race car. Peregrine falcons can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They’re a type of raptor or bird of prey, which hunts other…

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The White House power struggle between Steve Bannon and the “globalists,” explained

This battle cuts to the core of the contradictions around Trump’s character and his presidency.  For weeks, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been locked in combat with another faction of administration officials — and both Bannon’s job and the future of the Trump administration may be at stake. Bannon’s rivals, led by senior White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn — and with the crucial…

"The White House power struggle between Steve Bannon and the “globalists,” explained"

HBO’s The Leftovers deals with life’s great sorrows and joys in a beautiful final season

Season three reveals the series as one of TV’s most prescient. The greatest trick The Leftovers ever pulled was getting audiences to stop thinking about what had happened to the Departed, the 2 percent of the world’s population who simply disappeared one October day in the series’ universe. This was no easy feat! Damon Lindelof, who co-created the series with Tom Perrotta, the author of the novel the show was based on, was previously most…

"HBO’s The Leftovers deals with life’s great sorrows and joys in a beautiful final season"