Sean Spicer might be bad at his job, but he isn’t a Holocaust denier

Oft-maligned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been in the news this week, basically interjecting Hitler into a discussion about chemical weapons use. Spicer has made a habit of sticking his foot awkwardly into his mouth since he started this job, so it was no surprise that he would be ham-fisted in his delivery … More Sean Spicer might be bad at his job, but he isn’t a Holocaust denier

The Sesame Street Wars Have Begun Anew

The Sesame Street wars are on once again, as Donald Trump’s administration endeavors to cut/redirect funding that is currently used to fund the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Washington Post posits that this is because Sesame … More The Sesame Street Wars Have Begun Anew

Meals on Wheels, the Trump Budget, and Optics Problems

It’s being widely reported in the media that the Trump budget will cut funding for Meals for Wheels, and after school programs, among other things (the familiar assault on the Center for Public Broadcasting is also there, which in turn has brought the “Republicans are trying to murder Big Bird in cold blood” rejoinder from … More Meals on Wheels, the Trump Budget, and Optics Problems

The ACHA Isn’t Going to Kill Anyone

If you’ve been on Twitter, you’ve seen some version of the breathless, pearl clutching “make no mistake, the Republicans are trying to kill people by repealing Obamacare” tweet. SO, Will Repealing Obamacare Kill People?: Turns out, maybe probably not! Because guess what, it’s unclear whether or not Medicaid actually increases mortality (one prominent study says … More The ACHA Isn’t Going to Kill Anyone

The Protest at Middlebury College Was Decidedly Not Good

There’s nothing outrageous about shouting down people we disagree with, writes someone at Slate in relation to a recent protest at Middlebury College that prevented controversial social scientist Charles Murray from speaking. For a long time American civil society has included a free and fair exchange of ideas as one of its hallmarks, and that has … More The Protest at Middlebury College Was Decidedly Not Good

More Discussion of the Obamacare Replacement, and iPhones

There are few things we can always count on as Americans, chief among them death, taxes, and Nancy Pelosi being a complete and total embarrassment to electoral democracy. Yesterday the one-time Speaker of the House tweeted out this gem: “The truth? ACA resulted from one of the most transparent drafting processes in recent memory.” This … More More Discussion of the Obamacare Replacement, and iPhones

A Few Notes on the GOP Obamacare Replacement

The GOP Obamacare replacement plan was released yesterday, and it’s…not as bad as everyone on my Twitter timeline would have you believe (where, just like every other thing anyone not a Democrat does, it has been met with immediate outrage and stupid memes). Here’s a good review of a number of the key provisions. The … More A Few Notes on the GOP Obamacare Replacement