When it comes to success, why effort and hard work are not enough

How do you grow up in a survivalist family, surrounded by extreme poverty, with no formal schooling until you are 17 years old, physically...

How do you replace an icon on the Supreme Court? (and why that is the wrong question)

The news that progressives dreaded for years came to pass last night: Justice Ginsburg died. An icon of the liberal wing of the Court,...

Arguing about the Past: Why all the fuzz about the 1619 Project?

The 1619 Project is all the rage in conservative circles.  And for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. I still remember...

Do we really have to ask, What is Puerto Rico?

Does it really take 61 pages to answer such a simple question?   The legal question in the recent Financial Oversight and Management Board for...

Taking the Streets

Protests rage across the United States.  Fires.  Shootings. The President turned off the lights and hid in a bunker.  And as this tragic moment...

The High Density Debate Comes to Indiana’s “Progressive” Oasis, and the outcome is not close

A few months ago, while listening to a Freakanomics Radio episode about why rent control does not work, I heard things that made me...

What do North Carolina Judges Know that Supreme Court Justices Do Not?

Last week, a three-judge court in North Carolina did the unthinkable: it struck down a state redistricting plan on partisan gerrymandering grounds.  This plucky...

“School Begins” in Puerto Rico. A Hundred years later, nothing changes

As mass protests swirled in Puerto Rico over vulgar tweets and governmental corruption, I could not stop thinking about a famous cartoon published over...

Statehood for Puerto Rico and DC?

I listened with great interest to a recent conversation in 538’s Politics Podcast about the political status of Washington, DC and, by implication, Puerto...

What’s wrong with “open borders”?

Any chance he gets, President Trump assails critics of his immigration policies as advocates of “open borders.”  Unsurprisingly, he is wrong as a matter...