The United States Election of…2017?

If you thought November 8th marked the end of the election season and a brief respite from the barely-organized chaos of political campaigning, think again. It turns out that while the United States only holds federal elections for the Senate and House every two years, there are some states that hold elections for their governors…

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Brief Thoughts: The Yemen Raid

Donald Trump is in the process of learning why every Commander-in-Chief before him has left the office of President with way more gray hair than normal. I think we should cut him some slack on this one. On 29 January, a daring Navy SEAL raid infiltrated a Yemeni village with the intent of capturing or…

Why “Take the Oil” Is a Terrible Idea

Early in his unfortunately-historic campaign for President, Donald Trump said that he would get rid of ISIS by bombing the bejesus out of their oil fields and getting American oil companies to set up shop and "take the oil."┬áSaid companies would then extract as much oil as possible and send it to the U.S., thus…

The 41-Vote Calculation

  Last Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch┬áto fill the ninth seat on the United States Supreme Court, replacing last year's nomination for Judge Merrick Garland. Gorsuch's nomination may fill the shoes of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who had served thirty years with distinction as the Supreme Court's conservative lion. In picking Gorsuch,…

Brief Thoughts: Diversity and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court could use some diversity. I don't mean racial diversity, by the way (though that sort of thing is also welcome). I mean law school diversity, because right now there are only three law schools that have a presence on the bench of the Supreme Court: Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. At multiple points…

On Nuclear Warfare

There is a question that should both freak out and enrage any sensible American, at least when it comes to foreign policy: "Why can't we use nukes? Why do we keep them around if we don't use them?" When I think of a nice, easy, lighthearted topic that I can talk about, I go to…

Brief Thoughts On: The Travel Ban

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from visiting or immigrating to the United States of America. The full text of the order, which does not yet have an EO number assigned to it, can be seen here. Having been a proponent of executive orders for a long time,…