They Only Melt Off

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Brittle states, especially once they are held together only by bare force, can and often do come apart very rapidly. There is a strong element of game theory and crowd action in the process - a rush for the exits that can be baffling.

That Explains It

This is a really good run-down of why - despite the controversy, which goes to the heart of a lot of GOP messaging weaknesses - House Republicans have no intention of dropping Steve Scalise.

2014 Golden Duke Awards Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the Eighth Annual Golden Dukes recognizing the year's best purveyors of public corruption, outlandish behavior, The Crazy and betrayals of the public trust. The awards are named in honor of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham , who epitomizes the iconic modern scandal.

Gaining Perspective on the Other Blue Nation

We got a huge response to the piece I posted yesterday morning from TPM Reader LC, a police officer from the suburban New York City area who describes himself as a progressive Democrat. There were a few points I wanted to expand on and explain about the piece, partly in answer to your questions. First, a number of you asked why LC didn't address this or that question or issue in his email. In part this is just a matter of no one email being able to address every issue tied either to recent news or the general issue of police-community relations. But more specifically, I wanted to make clear that the email you read was one LC wrote in response to a specific request: to give me his reaction to my post on NYPD union leader Pat Lynch's recent comments and the war between the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio in general.

Of Human Bondage

As I mentioned earlier we are considering doing a subscription/contribution drive for a one-year project where we would hire one or two reporters and one editor to report exclusively on crime and policing. The two issues are umbilically connected to each other, which should go without saying. And through all this roiling public controversy about police community relations, the one critical factor that simply doesn't get mentioned enough is the historic drop in crimes of all kinds over the last 20 years. It is nothing less than the end of the late 20th century crime wave which began in the early 1960s and lasted between 35 and 40 years, depending on where you're talking about and just how you want to define it.

The Unspoken Issue

If BDSM, what we used to call S&M, is going quasi-mainstream with pop books like 50 Shades of Grey, why are governments now banning it ?