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Counteroffensive continues. All roads to Lyman now under Ukrainian control

Ukrainian soldiers on a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River. September 25, 2022. Tuesday was one of those days when things changed so quickly that a map of the battlefield in some areas in the evening barely resembled that of the same areas in the morning. In two different areas of northeastern Ukraine, towns and villages were liberated, the area under Russian occupation was diminished, and remaining Russian forces in the […]

todaySeptember 29, 2022 1


Mike Braun likely running for Indiana governor in 2024

Indy Politics reported on Thursday that Braun is informing Republicans in the state about his plans to run for governor and that he will announce after the midterm election, a move typical of lawmakers who are eyeing new offices. Braun’s office declined further comment. Two Indiana Republicans said Braun has made it clear that he’s interested in running. One said he’s been discussing it with the congressional delegation, the second […]

todaySeptember 24, 2022 1


Facebook, Twitter, and Other Platforms Could Learn From Wikipedia’s Success

Wikipedia, the 21-year-old "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," went from being a weird online experiment to a mainstay of the modern internet with astonishing speed. Even as the rest of the social internet seems hellbent on tearing itself apart, it has largely maintained its reputation and functionality. As Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become consumed by controversy over moderation, governance, and the definition of free speech, Wikipedia quietly continues […]

todaySeptember 19, 2022 2


Taking stock of Ukraine’s advances … and Russia’s losses

Ukrainian forces are advancing all over the place. These guys are likely around Kharkiv. Remember when we’d sit here and talk, months on end, about Ukraine “shaping the battlefield” and dream of future counterattacks? We never lacked topics to discuss, but there was breathing room to explore topics in great depth. But I like this better!  Mark Sumner tracked territorial changes this morning, and all I can add to that is […]

todaySeptember 9, 2022 3


Why Sarah Palin’s loss is a warning for the GOP

Palin, a former governor and one-time political sensation, had tethered herself to Trump in a reliably red state, with a similarly fervent base of support. But her race, more than any primary this year, had approximated a traditional general election where a candidate is rewarded for appealing to a broad swath of voters. Her defeat was the firmest evidence yet this year that at least some Republicans may be turned […]

todaySeptember 4, 2022 1


“It’s Illegal for People Under 21 to Buy Canisters of Whipped Cream in NY”

So NBC New York reports, discussing how stores are beginning to comply with this law, enacted last Fall: 1. "[W]hipped cream charger" shall mean a steel cylinder or cartridge filled with nitrous oxide (N2O) that is used as a whipping agent in a whipped cream dispenser. 2. No … business … shall sell or offer for sale a whipped cream charger to any person under the age of twenty-one. 3. […]

todayAugust 30, 2022


Trans girls can technically play sports in Utah, but they’ll need to be evaluated by a panel first

Campaign Action As has been happening across the country, Republicans have been trying to make an example out of marginalized trans youth by hyping up the “issue” of trans girls competing on girls’ sports teams. In Utah specifically, only one openly trans athlete was known to the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAS), as reported by The Guardian, but this doesn’t stop conservatives from using the current rhetoric as a […]

todayAugust 20, 2022 12