The Plank

Obama's New Guidelines for War Don't Provide Much Guidance on Iran and Syria

The speech was a valuable retreat from mindless saber-rattling, but it didn’t provide much guidance to West Point's cadets or foreign policy planners in Washington.

Mitch McConnell Is Playing Voters for Fools With His Big Obamacare Lie
May 28, 2014 Obamacare

Democratic candidate Alison Grimes should make clear that repealing Obamacare will destroy Kentucky's health-care exchange.

Andrew Cuomo Has A Real Problem On His Left Flank. Good.
May 28, 2014 Politics

The Working Families Party's challenge to the Democratic governor is what an organized political left looks like.

Mitch McConnell's Dangerous, Deceptive Retreat from Obamacare Repeal
May 28, 2014 Obamacare

McConnell is banking on the likelihood that most Kentuckians won't realize Kynect-sans-PPACA would be basically superfluous—exploiting confusion over which aspects of the Kynect experience are within Kentucky's power to maintain.

The Supreme Court Gives a Subtle Boost to Free Speech

A Secret Service ruling isn't the setback it may seem.

Is John Boehner Putting on a Show for Pro-Immigration Reform Donors?

Like an executive projecting optimism ahead of a disappointing earnings report, Boehner can't just admit that he's given up on immigration reform and grown complacent.

IQ Scores Shouldn't Be A Matter of Life or Death
May 27, 2014 Intelligence

“There’s this totally false pretense that an IQ of 70 is the same in different time periods, but the conversion of raw scores isn’t stable over time.”

The Supreme Court's Empty Defense of the Intellectually Disabled

States ignored a prior ruling that outlawed executions—and the justices let them get away with it.