Journalism in Afghanistan

THIS BLOG WILL PAUSE BRIEFLY. POSTING WILL RESUME ON AUGUST 23. Ayaz Gul at VOA: A survey finds that Afghanistan has lost nearly 60 percent of its journalists, especially women reporters, and 40 percent of its national media outlets since the Taliban regained control...

Threats Against a Judge

Madeline Fixler at JTA: Bruce Reinhart, the federal judge in Florida who signed the warrant allowing the FBI to raid former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Tuesday, has been hit with a wave of antisemitic threats online. The outburst has appeared on...

Nixon Farewell

Richard Nixon to the White House staff, 48 years ago yesterday: We want you to be proud of what you have done. We want you to continue to serve in government, if that is your wish. Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others...

Courage and Reelection

John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage: These, then, are some of the pressures which confront a man of conscience. He cannot ignore the pressure groups, his constituents, his party, the comradeship of his colleagues, the needs of his family, his own pride in office, the...

Chinese Danger

Minxin Pei: Until relatively recently, China’s leaders viewed the situation in the Taiwan Strait as unsatisfactory but tolerable. When Taiwan was ruled by the traditionally China-friendly Kuomintang Party, China was able to pursue a gradual strategy of economic...

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Alicia Adamczyk at Fortune: An estimated 176,906 active-duty service members have federal student loans that are already eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, or that could be consolidated into eligible loans, according to a 2021 report from...

Threats Against Congress

Andrew Solender at Axios: A series of high-profile security incidents is rattling members of Congress and prompting Capitol security officials to take major steps to shore up lawmakers’ security.   Why it matters: Threats against lawmakers have risen...