Is Russia Weirder Than Florida? You Decide.
August 25, 2013
Today, we start a regular new feature on The Plank: Florida or Russia? Both places produce stories that boggle the mind: cannibalistic meth heads, people getting into bar fights so vicious they end in death when one guy puts his shoe-clad foot up ano
Marco Rubio Doesn't Like Jeb Bush's Plan To Fix Schools
July 30, 2013
Early last week, one of the groups tasked with designing tests to accompany the new K-12 education standards known as the Common Core released an estimate of what its final product would cost, and all hell broke loose.
Opponents of immigration reform are right about one thing: Hispanics aren’t enough for Republicans to win back the White House. But that doesn’t mean that the GOP can sacrifice Hispanics without big consequences for their chances. That’s already happened in New Mexico and Nevada, where the Hispanic vote has flipped two states from red to blue. The GOP’s route to the presidency has survived the loss of those two small states—they’re worth just 11 electoral votes.
Why Rubio Will Probably Walk
April 02, 2013
The risk-averse senator is unlikely to strike a deal on immigration.
Most new religions, like most new businesses, die a quick crib death. Scientology, however, is not about to disappear. Scholars put the number of adherents in this country at about 25,000—a far cry from the millions of members its leaders claim, but hardly insignificant for a group that was founded about 50 years ago. Despite all its bad press, the allegations that it terrorizes its critics, its cult-like secrecy and hounding of apostates, and its very weird science-fiction cosmogony, it has become a part of the fabric of communities across the country.
The NFL Playoffs Offer Little Reward for All Their Risk
January 10, 2013
You won't believe how much Robert Griffin III got paid to injure his knee.
Nick Saban’s Long, Winding Path to Sophomoric Success
January 07, 2013
Alabama Coach Nick Saban might be the greatest college football coach in history—but only because he gave up on the pro game.