Whether or not Elizabeth Warren is dangerous to Hillary is entirely up to her. If she treats Warren with respect, includes her in formulating the 2016 Democratic platform, and generally acts like she matters, I think Warren will follow her heart and remain happily in the Senate. She doesn't want the presidency, after… » 1/28/15 12:56pm Yesterday 12:56pm

Given how readily police departments practice civil asset forfeiture, I don't understand why they can't just take the guy's ring and go back about their business. If we're not going to bother with treating black Americans like citizens, why bother with due process? » 1/28/15 12:28pm Yesterday 12:28pm

So when someone asks why Obama had John Kerry stay in India instead of attending the Charlie Hebdo march, here's your answer. Same goes for why almost everyone in international politics is deeply concerned with the political instability in Nigeria. The world is changing, and this map shows it better than any other… » 1/28/15 8:51am Yesterday 8:51am

Steve Jobs was great for the Apple that was. Tim Cook is great for the Apple that is. As large as Apple is, a lot of people still see them as the little guy taking on Big Microsoft, a lot of people love the simple, integrated ethos of Apple design, and the Apple brand retains its cachet. As long as those facts stay… » 1/28/15 10:45am Yesterday 10:45am

Write how you would talk, but examine how you talk. If you're a stream-of-consciousness rambler, prune away unnecessary asides. If you talk like a professor, look for ten dollar words that could be replaced by one dollar words. Resolving your rhetorical weaknesses will highlight the strength of your argument. With… » 1/28/15 7:25am Yesterday 7:25am

The last generation Phaeton isn't venerated as one of the great cars of the decade, it's remembered as the best used car of the decade. Almost anyone pulling down enough cash to buy one of these things new is going to be way too badge-conscious to consider a Volkswagen. Imagine what their clients might say, or their… » 1/28/15 9:44am Yesterday 9:44am

For once, we're getting more people than we're letting go (ex. Israel's swaps of dozens of prisoners for one or two Israeli soldiers, our 5 Gitmo detainees for Bowe Bergdahl.) I generally subscribe to the "no negotiating with terrorists" line, but I think I'd accept this trade. It's not like keeping this lady created… » 1/28/15 9:38am Yesterday 9:38am

I wouldn't mind seeing them get something more on the order of 40 years, with a chance at getting out in 25 for good behavior. Problem is, if we wanted shorter, more merciful sentences, we'd need to have a prison system that makes a genuine effort at rehabilitation and reducing recidivism, rather than simply locking… » 1/27/15 8:27pm Tuesday 8:27pm

If any rich people decide they no longer want to do their jobs once their taxes increase, I will be more than happy to take over for them. They can have my job, where I pay very little income tax, and we'll both be happy. Better yet, have everybody swap jobs for a few weeks. I'll bet support for a higher minimum wage… » 1/27/15 5:39pm Tuesday 5:39pm