Charles Scaliger

The path through the speaker's chair runs through the Freedom Caucus — but Paul Ryan wants a guarantee that as speaker, he will have powers that John Boehner did not enjoy, including the power not to have his office challenged in mid-term.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:24

Oh, Canada!

Canadians went to the polls yesterday, and resoundingly rejected the comparatively conservative government of Stephen Harper, electing a majority of Liberals and a new prime minister with a familiar last name.


Saturday, 17 October 2015 16:30

Is Hillary Clinton Untouchable?

Despite Hillary Clinton's mounting scandals, her aura of invincibility continues, with President Obama preemptively jumping to her defense over the e-mail investigation. Will the Washington establishment continue to promote her despite her legal and ethical breaches?

Thursday, 15 October 2015 18:15

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House?

Mitt Romney's charismatic former vice-presidential running mate Paul Ryan is now being promoted as the the best candidate for speaker of the House. But will he change the way House Republicans do business?

The bombing of the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3 is but the latest tragic unintended consequence of a war that no longer has any strategic purpose.

John Boehner's handpicked successor for speaker of the House, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, shocked the Washington establishment by withdrawing his name from consideration as speaker. His withdrawal may allow the candidacy of more principled House members, but Boehner and his backers have other plans.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:00

A New Player in Syria

With Russia now involved in the Syrian War — the first act of overseas intervention by any power other than the United States or its immediate allies since the Cold War — the Middle Eastern quagmire threatens to become an abyss. How steep a price will America have to pay for decades of meddling in Middle Eastern wars?

The fall of the Western Roman Empire was precipitated by immigrants — who had fled to Roman protection from the Huns — when the newcomers refused to follow Roman laws.

Friday, 25 September 2015 07:45

Pope Francis Goes to Washington

The first pontiff from the Americas pays his first visit to Washington, and addresses Congress.

As with gun control a generation ago, Australia is now setting a dubious example among developed countries by passing new legislation cracking down on parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated.