Are the feds subsidizing vaccine hesitancy?

Are the feds subsidizing vaccine hesitancy?

Last week, approximately 160,000 doses of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 were delivered to states at a cost of $2,100 per patient. The federal government––determined to deliver the treatment at no cost to patients––footed the bill. That choice might seem reasonable given the ongoing pandemic, but it’s damaging vaccination campaigns that come at a fraction of […]

How to actually steal an election

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This past weekend, Russians went to polling places, received ballots, and checked names off for seats in the Duma. Just don’t call it an election. Elections involve predictable rules and unpredictable results. Russian elections are precisely the opposite.  Putin wants Russia to appear democratic to its citizens and foreign observers, but he has no interest […]

Why did California even have a recall?

Gavin Newsom woke up this morning as governor of California, just like he did last week, last year, and like he probably will every day until at least January 2023. So he’s got to be wondering, what the hell was the last year about? California’s recall election was a lot of things, but reasonable wasn’t one […]

Is Duterte really leaving office?

The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, is a solid contender for the Worst Person Holding National Office award.  In 2016, he boasted that he rode his motorcycle under the city of Davao when he was mayor “looking for trouble… looking for a confrontation so I could kill.” “I killed about three men,” he said “Just to show to […]

Learning to live with the Taliban

The Taliban control Afghanistan. Their insurgency is over, but their task of governing is just beginning. We don’t have to tell you that 80,000 militants aren’t up for the job. For the 38 million people of Afghanistan, things are dire. Last year, 43 percent of Afghanistan’s GDP was foreign aid––almost all of which is threatened. 80 percent of the […]

Who are the Sedition Hunters?

Robert Reeder, a Maryland man, was due for sentencing last week after he pleaded guilty to “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building”in the January 6th Capitol Riot. Federal prosecutors recommended he spend two months in jail for his role in the riot. Then, just hours before Reeder was to arrive in court, a […]

Why is the IMF funding dictators?

On August 23 last year, 250,000 people marched through Minsk protesting dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s self-declared victory in the sham elections held earlier that month. Then, exactly one year later, the IMF announced that it was awarding Lukashenko’s government $1 billion, undermining the sanctions that Western governments have imposed on the regime for offenses including hijacking a Ryanair flight to […]

Where’d all the white people go?

The census data is out and things are looking bearish for white folks. The white population is down by 8.6%, and the non-white population is going up, up, up.  With headlines this juicy, it didn’t take long for the politicos to bite. Charles Blow wrote in the New York Times that “It Was a Terrifying Census for White Nationalists.” The […]

Can we solve gerrymandering?

“Gerrymander” is a swear word in American politics, with just 5% of Americans supporting the practice. But redistricting following the census results has it on everyone’s minds again, with some prominent Democrats raising the alarm that Republican state legislatures might use it to skew the map in their favor. Last week, former Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that “The […]