13 News Items That Will Make You Want to Cower Under a Warm Blanket and Await the Inevitability of Civilizational Doom

At a time when the American economy is humming along, and the country finally has a president with the stamina, both physical and intellectual, necessary to deliver historical success after historical success to the people of Planet Earth, it is easy to overlook the fact that, in spite of Donald Trump’s unprecedented genius, civilization is almost certainly doomed to fail in our lifetimes.

Populism for Idiots

Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) is one of the random white dudes running in the Democratic presidential primary. He recently unveiled a proposal to encourage young Americans to enlist in national service organizations, such as the military, AmeriCorps, or the “Federal Green Corps,” which he would establish as president to combat climate change.

ANALYSIS: Donald Trump Would Benefit Most From Candidate ‘Adversity Score’

The College Board, which administers the SAT exam, has developed a new tool for higher-ed admissions officers to incorporate into their decision-making process. It’s called an “adversity score,” and it takes into account 31 different data points—none involving race or ethnicity—designed to measure social and economic disadvantage.

Woke to Broke: Beto’s Fall From Grace

Beto O’Rourke did all the right things to prepare for a successful presidential campaign. He married a real-estate heiress. He saved money by refusing to give to charity. He served in Congress. He ran for Senate against a loathed Republican incumbent. He was lauded in the press, and cheered on by celebrities. He played guitar with Willie Nelson. He accepted defeat, unlike Stacey Abrams. He soul searched. He blogged about his interactions with real Americans. He live-streamed his dental exam. He was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. With a dog. Wearing jeans.