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Why Conspiracies Theories—From Kate Middleton to the Moon Landings—Are So Seductive

A Gallup poll taken in 2001 found that after the disputed 2000 vote, more than a third of Democrats insisted that then-President George W. Bush had stolen the election. “Being out of power tends to add fuel to the fire,” wrote Joseph Parent, a professor of political science at Notre Dame University and Uscinski’s co-author, in an email to TIME.

Responsible Statecraft - Are Houthi attacks doing that much damage to the world economy?

But do the Houthi attacks really pose a major threat to world trade, as the Biden administration claims? If so, is that a good enough reason to risk further escalation by bombing the Houthis when less risky options are still available?

Responsible Statecraft put these questions to Eugene Gholz, a political science professor at Notre Dame University and an expert on the relationship between economic policy and national security.

Ireland Turns on Joe Biden Over Israel

Michael Desch, a professor of international relations at the University of Notre Dame who specializes in international relations, told Newsweek: "Blood is generally thicker than water and President Biden has had a good relationship with the Emerald Isle over the years given his family ties to the Old Sod.

"But there are limits to how much Irish ancestry will make up for the gallons of innocent blood being shed in Gaza by Israel with the Biden administration's reluctant support.

"In general, global opinion is turning against Israel and the United States and it is not surprising that many in Ireland would share this critical view.

"We are well past the point where wearing a shamrock on St. Patrick's Day will endear the president with his ancestors' country given his unconditional support of Israel's overreaction to the tragic events of 10/7."

Cato Institute - The US Military Role in the Red Sea – Now Turning Offensive – Is a Bad Deal

By Eugene Gholz

The economic cost of using the US military to try to block or deter the Houthi attacks is way higher than the commercial interests’ cost of adapting on their own. Using the US military takes those costs away from the goods’ consumers, makes them larger, and puts them onto the back of the US taxpayer.

Harper's Magazine - The Tragedy of Volodymyr Zelensky

By Michael C. Desch

In December 2022, Time magazine named the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky its Person of the Year. The reasons seemed obvious: When Russia invaded in February of that year, few thought that Ukraine would survive more than a week, or that its president would remain at his post in Kyiv. But Zelensky, who had been a comedian and actor before his unlikely landslide election victory in 2019, defied Russian airstrikes and mobilized his countrymen, rebuffing Western offers of evacuation: “I need ammunition, not a ride.” His unexpected courage helped to rally Ukrainian forces against Russia’s northern thrust. He also reminded many of the two-time Man of the Year—in 1940 and 1949—Winston Churchill.