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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
In Part III of the Ordinary Court’s treatment of the Hobby Lobby case, the Ordinary Justices’ voting pattern shifts, with dramatic results.
On the one hand, it’s a 400 hundred year old tradition in a reasonably religious country. On the other hand, it’s pooping on the Nativity. No, really. I’m pretty sure coming up with...
Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, Everlast, Toots Hibbert. This is a partial list only.
John Judis’ article at The New Republic arguing that the GOP coalition is disintegrating is outstanding, and not least because it emphasizes precisely the same point as I’ve been making: the most powerful wings...
There is no denying that the rollout of the Obamacare exchange website has thus far been a complete and utter disaster. I tend to agree with the assessment that if these problems aren’t fixed...
Grant Wahl’s feature piece in Sports Illustrated on Bob Bradley, former head coach of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, is a must read, no matter how much or how little you care...