The Constitution vests the Senate with the “sole power” to hold President Trump’s impeachment trial. Current Senate rules call for minimal proceedings: No witnesses required and senators sitting silently as jurors. Meanwhile, the cause of the impeachment mess, the president, will be tweeting happily, even ferociously, from a distance. But Trump could radically change the course of the proceedings by appearing in person in the Senate, which would be his right.
In a New Year’s Eve blog post, multi-billionaire Bill Gates Jr. called for raising taxes even higher on rich people like himself. Here are some relevant parts of his post (in boxes) along with my comments.
All universities say they value diversity in ideology and political points of view in addition to diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, etc. Maybe so, but good luck finding more than a handful of Republicans among faculty. Moreover, as older conservative, disproportionately male faculty members retire, they are being replaced with more leftist-leaning women and underrepresented minorities. Political diversity on campus is nothing more than a slogan.
"The law of unintended consequences is the only real law of history." So says my good friend, the distinguished historian Niall Ferguson. We are seeing the wisdom of that line playing out in the days since a United States drone strike killed Iran's most important military commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani.
In a seemingly cynical and tactical move ahead of another congressional hearing, Facebook announced today that it is officially banning intentionally manipulated video aimed at misinforming the public, a.k.a. deepfakes.
One of the more intriguing “factoids” that emerged during 2019 was the shift in parental views on intermarriage. Objections to their children marrying across racial or religious lines continued to diminish; however, the proportion of people who didn’t want their children marrying across political lines increased substantially. In fact, more parents would object to their child marrying into a family with a different political persuasion than would be upset by an inter-racial union.
We’ll hear plenty of ideas about taxes during this big election year. Many of them will be based on misunderstanding of the facts. Far too many will fail to account for potential negative unintended consequences.
Dead Reckoning announced “Churchill: A Graphic Biography,” a graphic novel written by Vincent Delmas and illustrated by Christophe Regnault and Alessio Cammardella. It explores the life of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, beginning with his upbringing through his time serving in World War I and his role as Prime Minister during World War II and other world conflicts.