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Featured image • The best laugh line of the week comes from—where else?—the New York Times, which ran an op-ed about how Trump’s hypermasculinity is causing problems for the raising of boys. Here’s the punch line from the piece: Even at my son’s preschool, the children’s interest in Mr. Trump led to a circle-time discussion about bullying. Ah yes, circle time. Wonder if that preschool had circle time discussion of President Clinton »

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Featured image • Can you imagine what the leaks to the media will be like from a Trump White House? Trump will probably be one of the biggest leakers. • As we call remember last year Yale University melted down over . . . Halloween costumes. This month the University of Wisconsin is taking steps to make sure no such thing happens on their campus, so the university’s Ethnic and Racial Studies »

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Featured image • The fracks of life? The surprising news story of the day comes out of Colorado, where two initiatives to restrict hydraulic fracturing production of oil and natural gas have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The Wall Street Journal reports: Supporters of the measures, which could have severely limited oil-and-gas production in the energy-rich state, fell short of gathering the nearly 98,500 signatures each initiative needed to get »

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Featured image • There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »

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Featured image • Seven almonds? Seven?? Lightly salted? This, the New York Times tells us this morning, is the snack Obama allows himself at the White House in the evening. I know successful politicians need to be very disciplined (except for Bill Clinton), but this is ridiculous. You’d think Obama would at least go for skinned olives instead. And doesn’t Obama know that each almond grown in California (where most come from) »

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Featured image • Those madcap travel agents at The Nation have another excursion for you if you’re not interested in seeing the Soviet Union Russia with their unique perspective. This time The Nation wants to take you to Cuba, where “We will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by »

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Featured image • So far today the stock markets are up sharply, probably reflecting the judgment of traders that the Brexit referendum will fail. Curious, isn’t it, that the perpetuation of the EU is thought to be so important to Wall Street? Where are Bernie and Trump on this? Stay tuned for updates. . . • Where are the headlines saying, “House Democrats Attempt to Shut Down the Government”? Oh, that’s right—only Tea »

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Featured image • “See Russia like no one else has”?? This is the email subject line from The Nation magazine, flacking for their September Russia excursion. And it is the most perfect subject line ever, or perhaps truth in advertising at least: It is certainly the case that The Nation has seen Russia like no one else has for decades now. Here’s my favorite part of the trip description: Throughout the trip, »

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Featured image • Was it merely coincidental that yesterday enough Democratic superdelegates declared themselves for Hillary that she could claim to have sealed the nomination? Why yesterday? Likely because today we’re voting out in California, and there is a decent chance Hillary may feel the Bern with the results tonight, which would give Bernie the headlines even though Hillary would still have collected enough delegates through proportional allocation to go over the »

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Featured image • I received an email notification today about the new editorial team for the American Political Science Review, the premier academic journal for the field: After an intensive search for the next editorial team, APSA selected a team led by Thomas König of the University of Mannheim who will be supported by six associate editors from the University of Mannheim, the University of Bremen, and the London School of Economics »