Although it has been positively swamped by the news of the Nunes memo, you may have heard about another Amtrak crash over the weekend, this time in South Carolina. The crash, between an Amtrak passenger train and a CSX freight train carrying automobiles, killed two Amtrak employees and injured over 100 passengers on the train.Read More »
Yesterday, the Trump administration announced the imposition of steep punitive tariffs on specific materials manufactured abroad and imported into the United States, particularly on solar products from China and washing machines from South Korea. This was a terrible error by the administration and does not bode well for the extremely important next few weeks, which will largely determine the course of American economics and trade for the coming decade or longer.Read More »
When there is a major advance in civil rights for a minority group that has been widely discriminated against, do people have the right to dissent with the new standard? Should individuals and businesses be treated the same with respect to the fundamental rights protected by our Constitution? Are artists, artisans, and other craftsmen exercising their free speech rights when they create custom works for paying clients in the normal course of business? Where does society draw the line when it comes to sincerely-held religious beliefs? And how, if at all, is racial discrimination different than discrimination based on sexual orientation? All of these critically important societal questions are deeply integrated in one of the most widely discussed and anticipated Supreme Court cases of this term, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
In all of the (deserved) fuss about the recently-passed Senate tax bill, an important development in American foreign relations and global geopolitics just may get lost in the shuffle. That critical change? Read More »
Can we really blame the impact of Russian disinformation efforts on Internet companies like Facebook, Twitter, & Google?