Supreme Court Shenanigans 2: Electric Boogaloo

Today, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States, effective July 31st. Kennedy has been an Associate Justice for just over thirty years now, and his moderate conservative-ish voice made him a swing vote on the court of nine. Upon his retirement, Kennedy will likely be replaced…

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Super Duper Fun Reaction to the 2018 State of the Union Address

make america meme again

Once again, I'm procrastinating my homework to deliver analysis and a reaction to President Trump's State of the Union. This was his first real SOTU address, although he gave an address to Congress last February (and you can catch my reaction to that speech here), so this is kind of a big deal. Presidents usually…

Brief Thoughts: What the Jones Victory Means

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)

In roughly 20 days, Doug Jones will be sworn in as a United States Senator from the state of Alabama. Jones, a Democrat, will replace Republican Luther Strange and narrow the GOP's already-slim majority from 52 seats to 51. The official election results have not yet been certified, but it appears that Jones has beaten…

Brief Thoughts: On Amateur Hour

hahahahahahhahaha you dumb idiots cant even repeal my law

Just 90 minutes after midnight, 51 United States Senators voted against Majority Leader McConnell's latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I spent the evening worrying about the bill, labeled a "skinny repeal" by the Senate Republican Leadership. The repeal promised to get rid of Obamacare's individual/employer mandate (the thing that requires everyone to…

Director James Comey’s Statement: A Complete Guide

Image Credit: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

This post was written on the night of 7 June 2017, in anticipation of former FBI Director James B. Comey's public testimony before members of the United States Congress, slated to take place 8 June 2017. If you're reading this post, you are probably aware that former FBI Director James B. Comey is going to…

Trump Fired Director Comey Because of Russia (Probably)

On 9 May, President Trump ordered the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey with a written letter. In true Trump Administration fashion, Comey learned of his dismissal by watching a news report and only received the letter afterwards. If you want to read the letters from the President, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General…

The 41-Vote Calculation Part II: Electric Boogaloo

At 9:30 AM on 10 April 2017, Neil Gorsuch's official job title changed from "Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit" to "Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court." Welcome to the bench, Justice Gorsuch, and congratulations. Normally, any nomination to the bench requires 51 "yes" votes on the nominee…

Super Fun Reaction to the President’s Address

This evening, the President gave a surprisingly competentĀ speech to the nation, laying outĀ a number of his major policy initiatives. I'm going through his address while watching it on TV (thanks, spring break, for giving me this free time). Afterwards, I'll back up some of my statements with links and stuff. In the coming hours and…

Really Brief Thoughts: General H.R. McMaster

Today, 20 February 2017, President Trump nominated Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to fill General Michael Flynn's role as his National Security Advisor. I don't know much about General McMaster's current policies and how he stands on Iran and Russia and stuff, but I can say that McMaster is one of the most highly-respected field commanders…

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…