Too Big to Assail

The Cleveland baseball team has now been eliminated in the playoffs three years running. Each of those three years, the team that eliminated them had just acquired a closer with a previous MLB suspension for domestic violence. Two of those teams traded for that closer during the season in which he was suspended. (One of…

Women on the Bench

A reminder: Representation is not a panacea. That being said, I was reminded last night that Sandra Day O’Connor was elevated to the Supreme Court from a state intermediate court. This got me thinking about the implication that the federal pipeline was relatively devoid of women that Reagan could place on the court. After all,…

Little Kindnesses and Courageous Acts

CW: WWII atrocities in Europe, many committed against Jews I read a book last week. This is not unusual for the vast majority of you reading this, I’m sure. But as somebody who typically has an attention span of ~8000 words, pushing myself to read more books is a deliberate choice that I have to…

The Importance of State Attorneys General

With virtually every state’s statewide elections coming up, let’s talk about state attorneys general. No, really. How many state AGs can you name? If you’re lucky, you might be able to get two or three, most likely. Even the most politically plugged in people are unlikely to come up with more than seven or eight….

Is President Moon Jae-in Really Rooting for a Trump Nobel? Not So Fast.

Let’s talk about how fake news happens. Not just news that’s completely made up, but news that’s stripped of its original context and placed in a made-up narrative, a narrative that might have substantial consequences otherwise. This weekend, a former Korean First Lady, Lee Hui-ho, sent congratulations to President Moon Jae-in regarding the historic summit…

Ungerrymandering Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania gerrymandering case that was handed down today is a Big Deal, but let’s not get carried away with making predictions about how many seats it’ll cost the Republicans. Keep in mind that in the old set of 18 districts in Pennsylvania includes:   Four Very Safe Democratic districts (3 in Philadelphia, 1 in…

Toward Rehabilitation (Aziz Ansari)

All right, so let’s talk about Aziz. As of today, he’s finally responded to the allegations published Saturday regarding a 2017 incident, and his statement appears conciliatory on the surface. Given his outspoken support of women and his understanding of social justice, I want his statement to be conciliatory. However, the statement does a couple things we’ve…