In Comes Gillibrand

The early candidacies keep on coming. This week, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a growing field of Democratic presidential candidates. Democrats and pundits responded with a resounding “meh.” That’s not to say she should be overlooked. While she excites few constituencies or powerful interests, she also alienates few constituencies and powerful interests. For the… Read More In Comes Gillibrand

Planets, Dwarf Planets, and the 2020 Presidential Candidates… So Far

It’s my oldest son’s fourth birthday tomorrow. It’s a great age, and he’s curious about so many things. People sometimes ask what he’s most interested in. Is it dinosaurs? Trucks? Superheroes? Each of those have phased in and out, but their transience contrasts with his greatest passion. For nearly half his life, all other interests… Read More Planets, Dwarf Planets, and the 2020 Presidential Candidates… So Far

Fifty Years Later: A Look Back At the Mission That Looked Back At Us

On December 24, 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft hosted two of history’s most remarkable moments. The first: its rockets slowed three astronauts into lunar orbit, the first time that had ever been done before. If there’s no Apollo 8 that December, there’s no Apollo 11 the following July. Second: as Apollo 8 emerged from the… Read More Fifty Years Later: A Look Back At the Mission That Looked Back At Us

FAQs: Impeachment

Okay, I’ll bite. Some readers have noticed that I generally avoid Mueller speculation on this website, an approach that stands in diametrical opposition to the media’s favorite obsession of the past 18 months. (Yes, it’s been exactly 18 months since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Bob Mueller as special counsel on May 17, 2017.) It’s… Read More FAQs: Impeachment