Do immunizations cause autism? Don’t ask a celebrity

We don’t take advice from celebrities on many issues, like how to avoid scandal or how to turn down Oprah’s request for an interview. Why? Because celebrities are renowned for both scandalous behavior and illuminating Oprah interviews. But it’s surprising what we do take advice from celebrities about and increasingly, that is whether or not…

I’m shocked! GOP calls Obama budget a “shocking attack on seniors”

This was, of course, entirely predictable. President Obama is the only elected official in Washington to officially propose a cut in Social Security. Moral implications aside, not even Paul Ryan was so politically clueless as to include Social Security cuts in his budget. Here’s what Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) chairman of the NRCC had to…

Nate Silver: 2012 (Data)person of the year

It’s official.  Time magazine recently anointed Barack Obama as the 2012 Person of the Year.  With all due respect to the editors of Time—and to the president himself—I would have recommended someone else whose name didn’t even make it onto the short list. That would be Nate Silver, statistician extraordinaire of fivethirtyeight.com. You see, what…