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Late Night OTB – Jeff Tweedy

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We’ve made it home after a twelve hour road trip. Regular posting will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a solo effort from Jeff Tweedy of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco fame, “The Thanks I Get” from “Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest.”

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Caption Contest Winners

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The Highly Placed Whitehouse Source Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Cancer Research and Cancer Treatment

The first installment in a series of posts on the status of cancer research and cancer treatment has been posted at Dean’s World. The series has been written by guest bloggers George L Gabor Miklos, PhD and Phillip John Baird, MD PhD. George L Gabor Miklos and Phillip John Baird are Director and CEO, respectively, […]

Caption Contest

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Time for Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/Norberto Duarte) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Voyage of the Damned – The Nation’s Cruise

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Not my headline, but rather that of the alternative Seattle Weekly to describe The Nation’s all Liberal cruise to Alaska, with prices from $2600 to $8400. Focus cruises are proliferating, started by The National Review decades ago. The cruise departed Seattle last Saturday. Of course it was the success of The National Review’s cruise that […]

Waging Information War

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A key problem in waging war at the information level is that the truth or falsity of the stories may make no difference. They will be taken as true or false as suits the predilection of the audience. Take, for example, today’s Telegraph story reporting shouting matches between Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and Gen. David […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney has found a little stinker. Wizbang is in a league of his own. Willisms thinks stripes go with bars. Right Pundits doesn’t fear the reaper. Bullwinklette is ready for the seventh inning stretch. Cowboy Blob has […]

Late Night OTB – CCR (The Other One)

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Continuing the back home theme (yes, we made it), here’s Cross Canadian Ragweed with “Alabama.” Hardly the anthem of last night’s selection or, indeed, having much to do with the state. Still, a pretty good song by an excellent band that has gotten far less attention than they deserve.

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Economic Growth

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis is reporting that economic growth for the last quarter was good at 3.4% growth. Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 3.4 percent in the second quarter of 2007, […]

Nonsense, Absurd, Ridiculous, Inexplicable

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I have to agree with Radley Balko, this is just insane. TAMPA – Mark O’Hara left jail without handcuffs Wednesday, two years after he went to prison and one week since an appeals court ordered him a new trial. He was serving a 25-year sentence for having 58 Vicodin pills in his bread truck. Jurors […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Dumbledork Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Late Night OTB – Skynyrd

Kim and I are headed south for a long weekend to see the folks and some friends. We’ll stay overnight in Tennessee somewhere and won’t actually cross the state line until tomorrow morning but this one still seems appropriate: A live version of “Sweet Home Alabama,” their 1974 breakout hit.

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Court Strikes Down Local Illegal Alien Law

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A federal court has ruled that localities are prohibited from regulating United States international borders. A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country. U.S. District Judge James Munley […]

China a Natural Ally

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Thomas Barnett argues that a little strategic vision is all that’s needed to turn China from a potential adversary to a key ally in spreading globalism. Loaded with excess bodies willing to scour the world for economic opportunity, China is America’s natural ally in extending globalization’s reach and absorbing those off-grid regions where rogue regimes, […]

Gonzales Target of Perjury Probe

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As the sorry spectacle of the investigation into the firing of a dozen U.S. Attorneys for political purposes has unfolded, it’s been rather clear that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been both an incompetent administrator of his Department and a really bad liar, doing a lousy job of covering up something that almost surely didn’t […]

Caption Contest

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Time for Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Edwards’ Butt Hurts — RAGBRAI

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Drudge has a headline Edwards bikes with Lance Armstrong: ‘The biggest problem is my butt hurts.’ This is an occasion where context is necessary, and as a multi-year veteran of the annual craziness of crossing the non-flat state of Iowa (AKA northern end of the Ozarks, and this year is relatively flat) on a bicycle […]

Late Night OTB – Willie Nelson

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A live performance of his classic “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” It was his first #1 single as a performer after several as a songwriter and won him a 1975 Grammy. Ironically, he didn’t write it.

House Democrats Pass Contempt Citation Against Miers and Bolten

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The standoff over subpoenas for Bush advisors who are refusing to testify is moving to the next level. The House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt of Congress citation Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and one-time Counsel Harriet Miers, setting up a constitutional confrontation over the firings of federal prosecutors. The Justice […]

House Democrats Push Another Iraq Withdrawal Bill

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Another day, another Iraq withdrawal proposal. House Democrats have drafted new Iraq legislation they hope will appeal to Republicans fed up with the war: Start withdrawing troops in two months but leave it up to President Bush to decide when to complete the pullout. The vote will come next week, as members take up a […]

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight at 7 Eastern. Alex Knapp will co-host with me. We’ll be talking about the fight between the Bush administration and Congress over claims of executive privilege, how the Democratic presidential field is shaping up, and more. We’ll also be taking […]

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Ward Churchill Fired for Academic Misconduct

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After years of controversy, Colorado University finally fired Ward Churchill yesterday afternoon. CU President Hank Brown had earlier recommended the dismissal. In the end, there really wasn’t much choice, Brown said. Churchill “falsified history and fabricated history.” And Churchill “did not express regret, apologize or agree to refrain from this behavior in the future,” Brown […]

Specter Investigating Roberts and Alito Testimony

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Arlen Specter thinks he was hoodwinked by John Roberts and Samuel Alito during their confirmation hearings. Essentially, they told the Senate that they were very respectful of precedent and Specter thinks their actions on the Court have broken what amounts to a promise. Specter, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, who served as chairman […]

Bill O’Reilly’s Web As Bad as DailyKos

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Bill O’Reilly has been railing against Democrats and corporate sponsors who are associating themselves with the YearlyKos convention, on the grounds that there is a lot of filth and hate spewing from the DailyKos website. While the former is his right and the latter is likely true, virtually all the examples cited come from commenters […]

Breaking News – Developing

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Paul Farhi reflects on a growing trend in cable news in which anything and everything is hyped with a banner proclaiming instant freshness: President Bush’s latest news conference? CNN labels it a “Developing Story.” A car bombing in Baghdad? The banner on MSNBC reads, “Breaking News.” A blown transformer in New York City? Fox News […]

News Loophole Skirts Journalistic Ethics

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Slate‘s Jack Shafer argues that the word loophole should be banned from straight news reporting: “It’s a loaded, partisan word, one that implies wrongdoing and scandal where none exists, and inserting it into a political argument gives the inserter the upper hand. When loophole creeps into news stories, they start to read like editorials.” It’s […]

H.R. McMaster Passed Over – Reverse Peter Principle?

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The legendary Colonel H.R. McMaster has been passed over, for a second time, for promotion to flag rank. Matt Bennett, a VP at the liberal Third Way sees this is a “corollary to the Peter Principle: genuinely gifted and brilliant public servants who are kept far below the level to which they should ascend.” He, […]

Wounded DoD Civilians Getting Poor Care

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American civil service personnel ordered to deploy to war zones are getting very shoddy medical treatment if they are wounded, Ann Scott Tyson reports in a front page story in today’s WaPo. Rather than being treated in military hospitals and afforded the same benefits as uniformed personnel, they are forced to rely on a hodgepodge […]

President Bush Says al Qaeda in Iraq Part of al Qaeda

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President Bush told a group of airmen yesterday that critics who chide him for claiming al Qaeda in Iraq are part of the group that attacked us on 9/11 are simply wrong. President George W. Bush argued forcefully [Tuesday] that an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq is linked tightly to the central Al Qaeda leadership, […]

Rudy Giuliani’s Electability

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Dan Balz, Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta analyze a new ABC/WaPo poll showing that Rudy Giuliani continues to dominate the Republican field and find that “electability” is a key reason for his strong showing. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll of the Republican field shows Giuliani with a sizeable lead over his three principal rivals. […]

Paula Zahn Leaving CNN

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Paula Zahn will be leaving CNN when her contract expires next week. She will be replaced by Campbell Brown. The estimated 558,000 viewers her program has been drawing, on average, each weeknight this year, according to Nielsen Media Research, represents less than a quarter of the nearly 2.3 million who watch “The O’Reilly Factor” with […]

Hair!

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The John Edwards campaign has come out with a pretty darn good video riposte to all of his hair kerfuffle: I personally think that this little spot is brilliant–it shows, with a little humor, that hair care has somehow become attached to his campaign. But then taking that start and seguing into the real failures […]

Late Night OTB – Pink Floyd

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A live cut of “Wish You Were Here,” reportedly from the “Pulse” tour. The song was the title track of their 1975 concept album.

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Glenn Greenwald Demands Equal Time

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Glenn Greenwald wrote General David Petraeus’ press spokesman seeking to get an interview to balance out the one he recently gave to the “highly partisan, pro-war Republican talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt” and received a less than enthusiastic response. Presumably, that’s what he expected. It’s hardly surprising, really, that a man attempting to […]

DailyKos Violating Campaign Finance Law?

BlogCritics contributor John Bambenek claims to have filed an FEC complaint against DailyKos on the grounds that it is an organization committed to electing Democrats to office and provides contributions far exceeding those allowed by campaign finance laws. Apparently, Bambenek missed the sturm und drang over this controversy that unfolded two years ago. After quite […]

House Bans Spouse Campaign Pay

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The House has banned Congressmen from using campaign funds to pay their spouses. In the latest ripple of an ethics spat gripping Congress, the House yesterday passed a bipartisan bill that bans lawmakers from paying their spouses for campaign work. The measure, passed on a voice vote, was sponsored by Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) […]

What Do We Owe Wounded War Contractors?

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Stephen DeAngelis has some interesting reflections on the large number of civilian contractors, both American and foreign national, performing support services for the U.S. military that were not so long ago performed by enlisted soldiers. While most of us focus on the relative unaccountability of the contractors as compared with uniformed personnel, there’s another difference: […]

The Unsustainable Nature of Medicaid

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Jagadeesh Gokhale argues in this Cato Policy Analysis that Medicaid is on an unsustainable growth path. Current trends and policies imply unsustainable growth in federal Medicaid outlays. In the year 2006, federal Medicaid spending was 11.9 percent of federal general revenues and 1.5 percent of GDP. Making conservative assumptions about future growth in Medicaid enrollment […]

YouTube Debate

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I was apparently the only political blogger who didn’t watch the YouTube debates last night. My conscience is clear, though, in that I’m exceedingly unlikely to vote in the Democratic primaries, Virginia doesn’t hold primaries for six and a half months (February 12), transcripts would be available online in short order, and I found the […]

Harry Potter Best Fantasy Series Ever?

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Sophie Masson argues that J.K. Rowling is a “genius” and that her Harry Potter series surpasses the work of the “great fantasy authors, such as [C.S.] Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman.” All of these books share the great themes of good and evil and the quest for wisdom and love. Their authors also share […]

Christiana Hendrix, 1974-2007

Christiana Hendrix, wife of Cold Fury blogger Mike, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday. My condolences. Others: Joe Lemyre, Dean Esmay, Marc Danzinger, Rich Moran, Bob Owens, Glenn Reynolds

Libya Releases Doctor and Nurses

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Six medical workers held in Libya since 1999 on preposterous charges have been released in exchange for diplomatic concessions. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been imprisoned for 8 1/2 years in Libya arrived to a hero’s welcome Tuesday after being released from life sentences for allegedly contaminating children with the AIDS […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The I coulda been a contendah Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Late Night OTB – Billy Joel

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On of Billy Joel’s non-ballad hits: “Big Shot” from his 1978 album “52nd Street.” The video looks to have been shot somewhere during that time period, judging from Joel’s hairstyle.

A Call For Civility

From Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. Reasonable people, including progressives, can disagree on many of the big issues we face today — from which candidate to support in the primary, to whether impeachment is the best way to hold this administration accountable, to the merit of gun control or free trade agreements, to how to handle immigration, […]

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