Rising Czar: The Inevitability of Emperor Putin

By almost any measure, it’s difficult to think of a more illiberal allegedly-democratic head-of-state than Putin. Vladimir Putin was first appointed as Prime Minister by Boris Yeltsin in 1999. When Yeltsin infamously left office, Putin became the acting president of Russia until he was officially elected in 2000. He won reelection in 2004 but was constitutionally barred from a third consecutive term in 2008. In an unprecedented move, the new president named his predecessor as Prime Minister, a position that Putin filled for four years. Then, also unprecedentedly, in 2012 Putin began his third presidential term and was reelected in 2018 (his fourth term is scheduled to end in 2024). Continue reading Rising Czar: The Inevitability of Emperor Putin

Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 12

As the time spent social distancing and self-quarantining stretch on and begin to be measure in weeks – even months – rather than days, the temptation to give up on these tactics and return to your “normal” life will grow and grow. I know I’m feeling the itch to leave the house and hang out with friends and and visit family, and my area of the country hasn’t been experiencing this isolation for nearly as long as other areas. Continue reading Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 12

Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 11

There are lots of ways for us to help our friends, neighbors, and communities during the difficult challenges that for many have already begun and will likely persist for the next several weeks, or even months. In our Getting Through COVID-19, Together series, we will look at specific ways to do just that. (If you would like to contribute to this series, please let us … Continue reading Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 11

“What Happened”, 2 1/2 Years Later

For whatever reason, I only recently decided to listen to the audiobook version of Hillary Clinton’s 2.5 year-old post-mortem of her own 2016 presidential campaign, What Happened. I had just finished the much newer book A Very A Stable Genius by a pair of Washington Post reporters and saw that What Happened was available for free as an audio book from my local library. So I figured “Why not?”, and took the plunge. Continue reading “What Happened”, 2 1/2 Years Later

Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 9

It’s a sad truth, but there are likely tens of thousands of students, maybe even hundreds of thousands who rely on the breakfasts and lunches they receive from their public schools every day. While the COVID-19 pandemic has the overwhelming majority of public schools shut down at least through late April, that needs does not disappear. Continue reading Getting Through COVID-19, Together | pt. 9