How do Trump’s current numbers compare with past three midterms? It’s bad.

We're just 11 months away from the 2018 midterms. That's an eternity in politics, and a lot can change, but as it stands right now, Republicans are on track for a very, very bad night. Compare Trump's current approval ratings with those of Bush in 2006 and Obama in 2010 and 2014, as well as … Continue reading How do Trump’s current numbers compare with past three midterms? It’s bad.

Republicans love Trump? Fake News!

The idea Republicans love Trump like they've never loved anyone before isn't just North Korean-level personality cult propaganda, it has absolutely no basis in fact or data. First, his numbers among Republicans right now are statistically identical to George W. Bush's the last time the GOP were going into a mid-term election. Republicans would lose … Continue reading Republicans love Trump? Fake News!

American culture as you know it was born 70 years ago tonight, in a pink robe

70 years ago tonight, November 11, 1947: The greatest wrestler of all time, Gorgeous George, has his first nationally televised match. It would completely revolutionize American culture. In the 1940s, professional wrestling wasn't much different than amateur wrestling. Two clean-cut men would come to the ring in wrestling gear, exchanging holds and pins until reaching … Continue reading American culture as you know it was born 70 years ago tonight, in a pink robe

What draws ‘lone wolves’ to the Islamic State?

James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles The recent attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan once again compels us to ask: Why do people pledge allegiance to the Islamic State? Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack, isn’t a devout Muslim. He cursed and came late to prayers, according to acquaintances who … Continue reading What draws ‘lone wolves’ to the Islamic State?

‘Tolerant’ Clinton Voters Refuse to Associate with Trump Voters

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey finds nearly two-thirds (61%) of Clinton voters agree that it’s “hard” to be friends with people who voted for Donald Trump, while 38% disagree. However, Trump voters don’t feel a similar animus toward Clinton voters. Instead, a majority (64%) of Trump voters do not think that it’s hard to be … Continue reading ‘Tolerant’ Clinton Voters Refuse to Associate with Trump Voters

51% of Strong Liberals Say It’s Morally Acceptable to Punch ‘Nazis’

Is violence an appropriate response to hate speech? The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolernace Survey finds most Americans say no. More than two-thirds (68%) of Americans say it is not morally acceptable to punch a Nazi in the face. About a third (32%), however, say it is morally acceptable.[1]  Strong liberals stand out with a slim … Continue reading 51% of Strong Liberals Say It’s Morally Acceptable to Punch ‘Nazis’