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Gina Haspel: Torturers Should be Punished, not Promoted

Gina Haspel: Torturers Should be Punished, not Promoted

  by Thomas L. Knapp US president Donald Trump should never have nominated Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency. When Haspel offered to withdraw her name from consideration, as the Washington Post reports she did during a White House meeting in early May, her offer should have been gratefully accepted. The US Senate […]

The Atlantic Is at Sea | They Fired Jeffrey Goldberg for What?

The Atlantic Is at Sea | They Fired Jeffrey Goldberg for What?

  By Thomas L. Knapp Things that make me go hmmm … The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, adds conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson to the  publication’s masthead. An odd choice, it seems to me. I’m a fan of both the magazine and the writer, and for similar reasons, but they make an odd match. I […]

Some Questions from the Edge of Immortality

Some Questions from the Edge of Immortality

  By Thomas L. Knapp Nectome, a startup headed by two former artificial intelligence researchers, is serious about immortality. They’re touting a process for preserving the human brain at the point of death (by killing the patient with the preservative), with the next (unfortunately still notional) step being to “re-start” that brain as computer software. […]

Cakes, Guns, Discrimination and Freedom of Association

Cakes, Guns, Discrimination and Freedom of Association

  By Thomas L. Knapp In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a number of businesses have moved to distance themselves from scary-looking weapons like the AR-15, from younger purchasers of weapons in general, and from organizations that don’t support laws violating the Second Amendment to the US […]

There She Goes Again: Clinton’s Blame Game, Mumbai Edition

There She Goes Again: Clinton’s Blame Game, Mumbai Edition

  By Thomas L. Knapp It’s  been James Comey. It’s been Them Russians. It’s been Barack Obama. It’s been misogyny. It’s been WikiLeaks. It’s been social media.  Hillary Clinton has tons of reasons why she lost the 2016 presidential election. And, oddly, none of those reasons are herself or her campaign. This week, the excuse […]

Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive

Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive

  By Thomas L. Knapp Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into “the legality and propriety” of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and […]

No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

  by Thomas L. Knapp If it seems like only a year ago that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was telling us how dangerous it is for Americans to have encrypted smart phones that make it hard for the FBI to poke around in our data, that’s because yes, it really was […]

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

  by Thomas L. Knapp Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation […]

The Census for Dummies (Including the US Department of Justice)

The Census for Dummies (Including the US Department of Justice)

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Uncertainly is swirling over whether the Census Bureau will be able to get an accurate population count for the 2020 census,” The Hill reports. The Department of Justice wants the bureau to ask respondents about their citizenship status, which could result in people avoiding the census altogether. There’s a simple […]

Veterans in Politics: It’s Not About Honor

Veterans in Politics: It’s Not About Honor

  by Thomas L. Knapp The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, “has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working across party lines. … a bipartisan core of House Members who are inclined to seek common ground, whatever their personal […]

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