Author: Mark of New Jersey
If there’s a better way out of this, I’m sure Nancy Pelosi will go with it. She is nothing if not very good at her job. But here’s what I’ve got.
In which Mark says so long, and thanks for all the fish.
I know it’s popular to hate on Vox these days, but their explainer on the contentious and controversial Indiana RFRA is the first and only major media piece I’ve seen to address most of...
In an election dominated by local economic issues, Benjamin Netanyahu won by cannibalizing his own coalition with a last-minute address about the Palestinian issue that may have permanently ended any hopes of a two-state solution.
The most interesting question from today’s oral argument in King v. Burwell is why Justice Kennedy suggested that a strict reading of the ACA in favor of the petitioners – and against the government – would create federalism concerns. Here’s a theory why.
By Mark Thompson
As Burt Likko argued yesterday, the recent spate of high profile religious freedom cases may indeed create an increase in dubious prisoner claims of violation of their religious rights. But it won’t create much of a backlash against protections for religious freedom. Maybe that’s a good thing.
Mark celebrates what remains of rock and roll.
By Mark Thompson The NFL may have a unique problem with off-field violence. That does not necessarily mean that football causes off-field violence. (UPDATED)
This seems pretty hard to argue with. Does anyone here have the ability or interest to check his work? Via Jamelle Bouie’s (@jbouie) Twitter account. UPDATE: See Chris’ comment below for some significant clarification.
Whatever its flaws, the Hobby Lobby decision was not as radical as some would have us believe. By Mark Thompson
The conventional wisdom at the moment about the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri two weeks ago is that no one really knows what happened, and that the narratives conflict greatly depending on who you ask.
The conventional wisdom is bull.
League alum Jamelle Bouie has been committing journalism in Ferguson for the last week. His most recent piece, placing the events of the last two weeks in both a local and historical context, is...
From Popehat, regarding Ferguson. And yes, this means I’ve actually been looking at Twitter.
Bon Jovi’s Canadian alliance will not end well.
Rising inequality in the United States is a real problem, but that doesn’t mean we should find ways to disregard the reduction of global inequality nor that we should treat all increases in inequality in other countries as first order problems.
For those who missed it or forgot about it – and I hope there’s some of you – we are having a World Cup “pick ’em” contest this year. Instructions for joining our group...
How can a kitschy pop culture variety contest possibly be more important than the increased threat of the first European war involving a major power in 70 years? Easy – just invite a Bearded Lady. She’ll beat Vladimir Putin’s shirtless, macho efforts to salvage a fading empire every time. [UPDATED]
The Ordinary Court’s majority moves on to the final issue left in the case, and issues its ruling.