The Plank

The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities
August 20, 2013 academia

What can we do to make the case for the humanities? Unlike the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), they do not—on the surface—contribute to the national defense.

Don't Buy Ken Cuccinelli's Latest Ad on Women's Rights

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor of Virginia, came out with a new ad this week touting the efforts he made as a University of Virginia undergraduate to com

Note to David Brock: All Clinton News Is Fit to Print
August 20, 2013 Obsessions

If I say “Bill Clinton” and “Kazakhstan,” does that ring a bell?

The Obamacare Opposition Has Finally Caught Its Own Tail
August 20, 2013 Politics

It's time to pop the champagne and blow the kazoos: the war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum.

The Legal Battle for Gay Conversion Therapy Is a Losing One
August 20, 2013 Gay Rights

On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a ban on gay conversion therapy.

Democrats Should Be Open to the Newest State Secessionist Movement
August 20, 2013 Politics

One of the weird things about the “blue states” is that some are mainly red. I’m from Washington State, where the populous and liberal Seattle metropolitan area dominates state politics.

Ryan Braun Stoops Even Lower By Screaming ‘Anti-Semitism’
August 19, 2013 Ethnic Baseball

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, postponed his eventual suspension for violating Major

Maybe the Sequester Wasn't So Overstated After All

Not long ago, the emerging Beltway consensus was that the impact of the budget sequestration that went into effect last spring had been wildly overst

A Republican Cancer Survivor Sends His Party a Message on Obamacare
August 19, 2013 Obamacare

Lots of people have been telling Republican Party leaders that simply opposing Obamacare isn’t enough—that they need to develop an alternative. But few can offer such advice with the authority, or the insight, of Clint Murphy.