Domestic Affairs Archive

InfoMullet: Comparing Five Most Common National Strategies to COVID-19

TLDRUpFront: We examine the five emerging national strategies to confront COVID-19: People’s War, Pandemic Panopticon, Mobilization & Lock Down aka “People’s War Lite”, Fire Break, and Induced Herd Immunity. We contrast this with the recent national approach in most of Europe, the United States and Canada of “business as usual” and how that early response

InfoMullet: The FAQ & the Furious 18 questions to begin asking.

TLDRUpFront: As governments worldwide respond to the COVID-19 pandemic journalists and advocates need to be asking the right questions. This FAQ provides a starting point with eighteen suggested questions to ask government officials at local, state/province, and national levels in developed and developing countries alike.

InfoMullet: (3/24 Update!) COVID curiosity. Outbreak or containment and why #FlattenTheCurve matters.

TLDRUpFront: (3-24 UPDATE) Italy, Spain, and France are all set to exceed China in confirmed cases within the next week. And the United States will surpass even those countries in the next 1-2 weeks with the most confirmed cases globally. Death rates in Italy, Iran, Spain, and France continue to increase as the decline in

InfoMullet: Adjusting our Mental-Model of COVID-19

TLDRUpFront: A growing fear in the United States is that COVID-19 may kill millions. This fear is based on an incomplete mental-model of how viruses work fed by COVID-19 reporting that highlights facts in isolation from context and triggering our cognitive biases in how we evaluate risk. This InfoMullet provides a mental model for understanding

InfoMullet: Canceling OK is the Wrong Approach – Here’s a Better Idea

TLDRUpFront: The OK hand-sign meaning “white power” started as a hoax but became self-fulfilling as hate groups began appropriating the ubiquitous hand sign. In response some seeking to counter hate-speech are trying to cancel OK, and though the concern about radical or violent non-state actors is legitimate, the approach of canceling is in this case

InfoMullet: Splitting the Baby on Calling Witnesses for Senate Trial

TLDRUpFront: We propose a compromise for consideration by the Senate on calling new witnesses and subpoenas for the President’s Trial. Let the House Managers and President’s Legal Team both present their requests and reasons why. Then let the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court rule on the relevance of each request. Then the Senate, in

InfoMullet: CoronaVirus Mass Ejection

TLDRUpFront: The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan province of China has resulted in 2,000 confirmed cases and as many as ten times that number may remain undiagnosed. China has quarantined 50M people in an effort to halt the spread even as the country is on the move for the New Years. As

InfoMullet: Organized Division

TLDRUpFront: The opening day of President Trump’s Senate Trial focused on debating and passage of the Organizing Resolution governing Trial Procedures where the precedent of President Clinton’s Trial proceedings loomed large. At the end of the day with a GOP Majority Senator McConnell held the field getting most of what he and President Trump wanted.

InfoMullet: Third Time’s a Charm – Impeachment

TLDRUpFront: For the 3rd time in history the House has impeached a President. Never before has a Trial resulted in conviction. Understanding the Trial means understanding “sole power” and “inherently political”. As we cover the Trial check back here for our previous coverage and resources to gain context.

Armistice Signed in China-US Trade War – New Boundary Set at 53rd Parallel

TLDR Up Front: A trade deal between China and the US is closer to an armistice than a peace treaty. It calls off hostilities, exchanges some prisoners and establishes a new boundary that looks a lot like where we started. Many contentious issues are kicked-down-the-road to a future “treaty”, to be negotiated in November 2020.