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Beltway Traffic Jam

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Wal-Mart TV

Wal-Mart’s PR firm has sent me a release noting that Wal-Mart has a new television show called “In Front With Wal-Mart.” Somehow, I don’t believe I’ll be adding this to my TiVo list.

The Case For Credentialism

Kevin Carey, Matt Yglesias, Ross Douthat, and James Fallows think it terribly unfair that Marilee Jones was forced to resign from her job as admissions director at MIT after it turned out that she had lied about having a college degree. Now, I’m sympathetic to the argument that, since the initial dishonesty occurred 28 years […]

Iran Joining Regional Talks

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that Iranian representatives will take part in a regional conference to discuss Iraqi security issues at Sharm el-Sheikh this week. Condi Rice would not rule out talking to the Iranians on yesterday’s This Week and said that, if she talked to her counterpart, she would ask him to “stop […]

Global Warming on Mars

A new study has detected the melting of the polar icecaps on Mars. I’m sure SUVs are somehow to blame. via Bruce McQuain

TSA Logic

Megan McArdle tries to board an airplane carrying 3.5 ounce bottles of shampoo that are not in a government approved Ziplock back. Hilarity ensues. As asinine as TSA regulations are, however — and they are incredibly asinine, by the way — I’m with the commenters who argue against requiring TSA agents to make a lot […]

Brady Quinn Line of the Day

“Everyone was saying that I was losing money. Well, I never had it to lose. In my wallet, I have, like, maybe a dollar in cash.” — Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn on the money his first-round slide cost him on his rookie contract. (via ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli) I like this kid and think he’s […]

Point of Information

There’s a large number of contractors in Iraq, many performing tasks which, in the past, would have been performed by military personnel. I’ve seen some estimates that suggest something like 150,000. How, if at all, does the number of contractors factor into the calculations of adequate troop strength for counterinsurgency operations? How does it factor […]

Rudy Giuliani Leads Among All Republican Groups

Gallup has aggregated three polls taken in March and April to get some insights into the support of the Republican presidential candidates among Republicans and Republican leaners. Frank Newport analyzes based on differences in ideology (conservative vs. moderate/liberal), region, age bracket, education level, gender, and church attendance. Interestingly, Rudy Giuliani leads and John McCain is […]

Update on the Pet Food Recall

The New York Times is reporting this morning that adulterating vegetable protein with melamine is a common practice in China: ZHANGQIU, China, April 28 — As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United […]

Democrats Project House Gains in 2008

Private Democratic polls “project a gain of 9 to 11 seats in the 2008 elections,” writes Robert Novak in his Sunday column. This would be unprecedented, as “All previous major surges of House seats have been followed by losses in the next election. The 54-seat Republican gain in 1994 that produced GOP House control was […]

McCain Complains About Press Treatment

Robert Novak reports that, “Sen. John McCain, who was the darling of the political press corps during the 2000 election cycle, complains to friends that he is getting much rougher treatment from the news media than his competitors for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.” McClain blames this on his support […]

Caption Contest

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Is There No Hope?

Ali Eteraz of and a front-page contributor at Dean’s World has written a post at DW proclaiming the situation in Iraq to be without hope: When — it is only a matter of time — we withdraw from Iraq, the Sunnis of the world are going to say “the mujahideen defeated the world’s greatest […]

Gary Hart’s ‘Open Letter’ to Rudy Giuliani

Former Senator Gary Hart writes an “open letter” to Rudy Giuliani on the Huffington Post blog. (You’d think someone of his stature could get op-ed space somewhere, no?) His beef is that Giuliani says Democrats aren’t serious about terrorism yet Giuliani did nothing to stop the 9/11 attacks even though Hart put out a white […]

Alabama ‘Militia’ Raided for Stockpiling Weapons

Federal agents raided a ragtag collection group of tent dwellers calling themselves the “Alabama Free Militia” and arrested them for conspiring to make a firearm. Raids that resulted in the arrests of six alleged militia members and the seizure of hundreds of hand grenades and bullets were “much ado about nothing,” a defense lawyer said […]

American-built Iraqi Reconstruction Projects Are Crumbling

An inspection of American-financed reconstruction efforts in Iraq has found that, out of eight projects studied, seven of them have failed. In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven […]

18 Million

OTB hit the 18 million unique visitor mark, as measured by SiteMeter since 4 February 2003, a couple hours ago. Thanks to all who visit, comment, and link.

Pakistan Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 12

A suicide bombing has occurred during a speech by Pakistan’s interior minister. A suicide attacker detonated a bomb as Pakistan’s interior minister finished speaking at a meeting in the country’s northwest on Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding the official. Security guards blocked the attacker as he tried to approach Interior Minister Aftab […]

2007 NFL Draft Live Blog

I’ll be live-blogging the 2007 NFL Draft along with some of my colleagues at OTB Sports. The NFL has become the country’s most popular spectator sport partly because it has managed to turn even mundane offseason events like the combine and the draft into fan spectacles. The level of excitement and anticipation that surrounds this […]

Update on the Pet Food Recall

The recall of pet foods that began more than a month ago continues, at this point extends to more than 300 varieties, and I continue to post on it obsessively—twice today. I’ve posted the latest update on the story here and my speculations about the source of the contamination here.

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney has it straight from the horse’s mouth. Wizbang shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if it has Hay-litosis. Willisms is having an epiphany. Bullwinklette has gone vegetarian. Right Pundits has a Bedtime for […]

Limbaugh’s ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ Parody

John Amato reports that “stations around the country who carry the [Rush Limbaugh] show are having concerns expressed by listeners and even their own workers of color about” a Paul Shanklin parody song entitled “Barack the Magic Negro.” John has an audio file of the most recent variant of that song as played on Rush’s […]

Kidnap Threat May Keep UK’s Prince Harry from Iraq

A serious kidnapping threat to Prince Harry has caused UK Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt to rethink whether to send “Cornet Wales” to Iraq, Michael Evans and James Hider report. Army chiefs fear that a fatal attack on two British soldiers in Iraq last week was a dry run for an attempt on Prince […]

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Link Baiting 101 Taught by Professor Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis (pictured at right looking slim as ever with his trusty bulldog Toro by his side), who has since 1996 alternately been a media titan and a nobody, offers some incredibly insightful tips for link baiting that are frankly much better than anything I’ve seen from the likes of Jay Adelson or Kevin Rose. […]

Truce in the High-Definition DVD Wars

Kim Komando offers some good news for those who have been waiting for the high definition DVD wars to play themselves out. There are two high-definition formats: HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The formats are incompatible; so many buyers have been hesitant to commit. Perhaps you remember the VHS and Betamax format war of the […]

Economic Growth Slows

First quarter economic growth was quite slow at 1.3%. This is quite low growth and the article notes it is the lowest in four years. The first-quarter GDP figure was the weakest since a 1.2 percent pace registered in the opening quarter of 2003. GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within […]

They Don’t Remember

I don’t know how it is for you but for me sometimes reading someone else’s post may cause the hamster wheel of my mind to turn to some other, peripherally related, subject. In this case reading James Joyner’s post about Barack Obama’s answer to the question, “Who are our top three allies?” made me wonder […]

Jack Valenti Dies at 85

Jack Valenti, who singlehandedly revolutionized the movie business, died yesterday. Jack Valenti, who became a confidant of President Lyndon B. Johnson and then a Hollywood institution, leading the Motion Picture Association of America and conceiving of a voluntary film-rating system that gave new meaning to letters like G, R and X, died [Thursday] in his […]

Obama’s Israel Problem Obscures His EU Problem

Several reports this morning mention Barack Obama’s omission of Israel from the list of America’s top allies in last night’s debate, which didn’t strike me as a particularly big deal. Foreign Policy‘s Blake Hounshell, though, makes a good argument why it might be: Moderator Brian Williams asked Obama who he considered the United States’ top […]

Gasoline Prices Are Going Up, Why…?

Crude oil prices and the calendar says James Hamilton. The calendar part of the answer is easy, we are approaching the “driving season” also known as summer. This is when families pack up stuff and drive for vacations. Even if it is just a weekend camping at the beech or something, gasoline demand goes up. […]

Mike Gravel Dominates First Democratic Candidate Debate

The first primary is still eight months away but the first debate of the 2008 cycle took place last night among the Democratic candidates. I heard a few minutes of it on the radio last night and was wondering who the nut was whose ravings made Dennis Kucinich seem momentarily plausible. It turns out to […]

Serving Officer Blasts Generals’ Failures

The current Armed Forces Journal features a devastating critique of America’s generals by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling, deputy commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Thomas Ricks runs down the highlights: An active-duty Army officer is publishing a blistering attack on U.S. generals, saying they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about […]

Indian Court Issues Warrant to Arrest Richard Gere

An Indian Court has issued an arrest warrant for Richard Gere on a charge of obscenity. An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant for Hollywood actor Richard Gere after he kissed Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in public. Gere, 57, kissed Shetty, 31, several times on the cheek at an Aids awareness event in Delhi […]

LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner Becoming Christine

Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner is about to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.

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War Vote Excuse for Lieberman to Bolt Democratic Caucus?

Michael Illions, Lorie Byrd, and Matt Margolis all wonder if today’s vote by the Senate to tie funding of the war to a departure timeline will be the push Joe Lieberman needs to bolt the Democratic caucus and, in effect, fire Harry Reid. I rather doubt it. In addition to my oft-expressed view that a […]

Marijuana 2.0 – Not Your Daddy’s Old Weed

The marijuana sold in the United States is nearly two and a half times stronger than it was in 1988. The marijuana being sold across the United States is stronger than ever, which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts on Wednesday. Analysis of seized samples of […]

Congress Passes Iraq Timeline Bill, Veto Expected

Both Houses of Congress have passed an Iraq appropriations bill that would require withdrawal to begin at the end of the fiscal year. President Bush’s second veto should follow shortly. A defiant Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation Thursday that would require the start of troop withdrawals from Iraq by Oct. 1, propelling Congress toward a historic […]

Reid’s Approval Ratings (Even) Lower than Cheney’s

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of Vice President Dick Cheney, “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” It’s a great line, which earned Quote of the Day honors from a href=”” title=”Quote of the Day”>Taegan Goddard and an “Oh, Snap!” from Ezra […]

William “The Freezer” Jefferson to Keep Committee Seat

William Jefferson will keep his seat on the Homeland Security committee despite the FBI finding his freezer full of bribe money, Jennifer Yachnin reports for Roll Call. House Democratic leaders are not expected to pressure embattled Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to forfeit his lone remaining committee assignment, even as two Republican lawmakers who similarly face […]

LAPD Skid Row Searches Found Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that parolees and homeless people have 4th Amendment rights. A federal judge has ruled that some Los Angeles police tactics in patrolling downtown are unconstitutional, raising questions about the city’s successful campaign to dramatically reduce the number of crimes and homeless people. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson found that […]

Molecular ‘Light Switch’ Could Cure Epilsepsy & Parkison’s

A stunning new medical breakthrough could revolutionize treatment for brain diseases like epilepsy and Parkison’s. Scientists can now turn on and off specific parts of the brain with a simple flash of light. The new molecular tool, developed by scientists at MIT and Stanford, allows unprecedented control over the brain and could lead to more-effective […]

Harry Reid Embarrassing the Democrats?

The dean of the Washington commentariat, David Broder, terms Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “The Democrats’ Gonzales.” Here’s a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats — a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance. If you answered ” Harry […]

Caption Contest

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Dow Closes Above 13,000 for First Time = Bad News?

The Dow has hit an all-time high and the other markets are following suit. Great news, right? Not according to AP Business Writers Madlen Read and Tim Paradis: It looks like a cause for celebration: The Dow Jones industrial average surged from 12,000 to 13,000 in just six months. But appearances can be deceiving, and […]

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TIME 100 — The Most Influential People of the Year

TIME is having readers chose “The Most Influential People of the Year – The TIME 100” from a list of 200 candidates. Here’s the early voting: Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, is leading the pack at the moment, followed by Korean pop singer Rain, comedian Stephen Colbert, Shigeru Miyamoto (the guy who designed the […]

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