NYPD Union Denounces de Blasio for Abandoning NYC During Failed Presidential Bid

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio gives a media briefing outside the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, N.Y., October 24, 2018. (Kevin Coombs/Reuters) The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (P.B.A.), the city’s largest police union, put out a… [+1772 chars]

Trump Administration may Divert Additional Pentagon Funds for Border Wall

President Donald Trump talks to reporters in Morristown, NJ., August 13, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Senior Trump Administration officials are considering a plan to divert additional billions of dollars in military funds to pay for upcoming construction o… [+1664 chars]

House Hearing Devolves into Shouting Match as Sharpton Questioned about Past Statements

Al Sharpton in Baltimore, Md., July 29, 2019. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Sparks flew at a House Judiciary Committee on policing last Thursday as Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Flo.) questioned witness Al Sharpton regarding derogatory comments he allegedly mad… [+1386 chars]

Hawley Says Facebook’s Zuckerberg Admitted Bias in Censoring Pro-Life Content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill, April 11, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley said Thursday that Facebook chief M… [+1478 chars]

DHS Backs Off Plan to Halt Medical Deportation Relief

Immigrant families at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, July 28, 2018. (Loren Elliott/Reuters) The Trump administration on Thursday formally canceled plans to deport migrants with serious medical conditions, including critically ill children, which would have e… [+1540 chars]

Whistleblower Complaint Against Trump Involves Ukraine and a Promise to Foreign Leader

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., August 21, 2019. (Tasos Katopodis/Reuters) A whistleblower complaint against President Trump, the existence of which was revealed last week, involves the U… [+1955 chars]

What Do Progressives Have against Vaporous Substances?

(Pixabay) Its weird how science and harm reduction are important lodestars for progressives, except when they arent.In the classic 1979 comedy The Jerk, Steve Martin plays a very dumb guy who often misses the point. In one scene, while hes working as a gas-s… [+4387 chars]

The Iran Dilemma, the Saudi Dilemma, and the Iran–Saudi Dilemma

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019.(Mandel Ngan/Pool via Reuters) The United States has enough firepower at its command that it can afford to wear its idealism … [+18759 chars]

<i>Tattoo of Revenge</i> Turns Our Modern Spiritual Crisis into Film Noir

Diana Lein in Tattoo of Revenge(Breaking Glass Pictures/Trailer image via YouTube) In Julian Hernándezs bohemian underworld, sex, politics, and morality mix, disturbingly.At the end of Julián Hernándezs vigilante melodrama Tattoo of Revenge (Rencor Tatuado),… [+5057 chars]

The Art of Punctuation

From the cover of Semicolon(Ecco) Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark, by Cecelia Watson (Ecco, 224 pp., $19.99)Each of us has his or her own history with punctuation. For the first 18 or so years of my life I attempted to get by… [+7936 chars]