National

The Rise of the Cyborgs

By Frank Blechman The Christmas/New Year’s holiday offer an extended time for reflection. Driving to visit far-flung family and friends gave me even more. And, the visits provided a time to compare my thoughts with those of others. I took… Read More ›

It’s 1856 All Over Again

Immigration. Race. Demographic change. Political demagogy. That year’s presidential race had it all. What can it tell us about 2020? Will fear or demographics prevail? Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, January 10, 2020. By Steve Inskeep On January… Read More ›

When are Coincidences Not Coincidences?

VoxFairfax has on a few occasions cited Gibbs’ rule #39 [yes, the NCIS protagonist] that there are no coincidences. On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court, in a moment of unfettered libertarianism, decided that corporations and unions could flood electioneering… Read More ›

Epic Rollback of Environmental Protections

Despite consistent criticism of this administration as lacking coherence or vision for many national issues, it has achieved a remarkable scorecard in eliminating environmental protections in laws and rules.   The 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act is facing a rollback,… Read More ›

Cooch on American Values

Any review of the career of Ken Cuccinelli tends to affirm UVA politics expert Larry Sabato’s comment in 2010, “You can only conclude that he enjoys being the center of pointless controversy.” Cooch was born in New Jersey but has… Read More ›