Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

UPDATED The Best People, the Very Best.


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this updated summary table of how that’s working out. Spoiler alert: Not so good. Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will continue…

Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming.

Working at Cross Purposes


The Anchorage Daily News, without any sense of irony, ran two stories in its October 8 edition that are a fine demonstration of Alaska working at cross-purposes to itself. First there was the Washington Post story on the recalculation of the rate of climate change. The report makes clear that the truly catastrophic changes from man-caused climate…

Associate Justice Owen J. Roberts. Conventional history has characterized his vote in 1937's case West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish as a strategic measure to save the judicial integrity and independence of the U.S. Supreme Court. Maybe it was more prosaic.

Dealing with the Kavanaugh Court


WC doesn’t propose to do a post-mortem on the Kavanaugh confirmation. The nearly-secret installation of the serial liar says it all. As citizens and voters, our only recourse is at the polls in November and in November 2020. We have to move on, which takes WC back to his Administrative Law course, back in law…