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October 17, 2018

Saudi Arabia, so far, has tried bluster and bullying to silence the questions about journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. On Sunday, a regime statement threatened to "respond with a larger action" to any sanction stemming from the case; Saudi-…


No done deals in midterms

October 17, 2018

After the roller-coaster ride of 2016's election night, have journalists and political junkies learned not to let conventional wisdom substitute for hard knowledge?

Nate Silver, the closest thing there is to a celebrity in the arcane field of statistical journalism, is not wildly optimistic about…


Electoral College protects, preserves the republic

October 17, 2018

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate's confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

She was lamenting the fact that Chief…


Americans keep getting smarter about sugar

October 16, 2018

Per-capita consumption of sugar and other caloric sweeteners was down in the U.S. in 2017 for the third straight year — and 13th out of the past 18. And this time, consumption of refined sugar, which had been rising over the past decade as consumers (and soft-drink makers) turned away from…