The word “Latinx” is growing in popularity. This comic explains why.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:16 AM

The word “Latinx” is growing in popularity. This comic explains why. The gender-neutral term that’s supposed to be for everyone, well, isn’t.

Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 5:21 PM

On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google, hitting the kind of incendiary themes — immigrant invaders, the corrupt media — that play best on platforms where algorithms favor outrage and political campaigns are fre…

Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 3:21 PM

On September 26, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to investigate a whistle-blower complaint against President Donald Trump.

Why Aren’t More Democrats Endorsing Warren?

Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:21 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has moved into the top tier of the Democratic primary field in national polls, joining former Vice President Joe Biden. Further, she leads in Iowa and New Hampshire and raised more than anyone except Sen. Bernie Sanders from July through September.

Remember Sure-Fi? Lostik is open standards Lora you can play with

Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:21 PM

A lot of readers commented on our earlier report on Sure-Fi┬álong-range, low-bandwidth RF chirp communicators that we should test generic Lora gear. Lora is the open standard that Sure-Fi began with and built on top of, and it’s available in a variety of inexpensive kits.

The racial pessimism of Clarence Thomas

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:48 AM

Most people have strong opinions about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. At 71, Thomas has been on the court for nearly three decades and his views on everything from affirmative action to abortion rights to prison reform and voting rights have delighted the right and offended the left.

What’s wrong with a President Pence?

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:35 PM

What’s wrong with Mike Pence?…

The climate crisis and the failure of economics

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8:55 AM

The first intro-to-economics class often starts with the question: why are diamonds expensive and water cheap? After all, we need the latter to survive. The answer, of course, is scarcity, a concept at the core of economics. Diamonds are rare and water literally falls from the sky.

It Took A Long Time For Republicans To Abandon Nixon

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM

On July 23, 1974, Rep. Lawrence Hogan, Sr., a Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, bought airtime on TV networks across his home state of Maryland.

What Happened When 2.2 Million People Were Automatically Registered To Vote

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:34 AM

As recently as 2015, automatic voter registration did not exist in the United States. Yet today, 16 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted (though in several cases, not yet implemented) some version of AVR.

What Would Happen If American Voters All Got Together And Talked Politics?

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:24 PM

There is a story that Stanford University political science professor Jim Fishkin likes to tell about George Gallup, the man who helped popularize public opinion polling in America. After the 1936 presidential election — which Gallup’s polling correctly called for Franklin D.

The Retail Apocalypse Isn't What You Think It Is

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:09 PM

When well-known retailers close large numbers of stores, it makes us take notice. Parents couldn’t miss it when Toys R Us went bankrupt. Whether or not you’ve shopped at a Sears lately, you certainly know it has shrunk massively, and that J.C.

Populism is growing because more people than you think want chaos

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:09 PM

At the heart of populism is the divide between the establishment and the people. Two new studies suggest that divide is deeper than we think. A substantial number of people aren’t just angry at certain policies or leaders but want to simply smash the system – and enjoy the chaos.

Greta Thunberg is right: It’s time to haul ass on climate change

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:11 AM

For those elites, it was unfamiliar language. They are accustomed to talking about climate change, but typically such talk amounts to ritual invocations of “urgency” coupled with promises about what might be achieved in 2030 or 2050.

Warren and Sanders raised significantly more money than Biden in the third quarter

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:06 AM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the powerhouses of the 2020 presidential campaign’s third-quarter fundraising — thanks primarily to small donors. The Warren campaign announced Friday it had raised $24.6 million in the third quarter, per a memo from campaign manager Roger Lau.