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OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight from 7-8 Eastern. I’ll be joined tonight by Alex Knapp, Dodd Harris, and Dave Schuler will be joining me to talk about medical marijuana, the state of the libertarian movement, security contractor accountability, the state of the Democratic field, and […]

Halloween Poisonings and Razor Blades

Becks points to the emergence of something called “Trick or Trunk,” wherein parents stock the trunks of their cars with candy on Halloween and the neighborhood kids traipse by. This, of course, all started because of parental hysteria about theoretical child murderers that could be lurking behind a bush somewhere that would snatch your child […]

Everything Sucks, I Blame Mexicans

Everything Sucks, I Blame Mexicans

Had Headline of the Day honors not already been awarded,

Karen Hughes Leaving Public Diplomacy Post

Karen Hughes Leaving Public Diplomacy Post

Karen Hughes has announced that she’s leaving her post as Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush’s last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year. […]

Stephen Colbert Outpolls Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich

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It’s apparently silly season at Rasmussen, which continues to release results of absurd polling questions. Given a choice between Colbert running as a Democrat and Republican Congressman Ron Paul, 36% of voters prefer Colbert while Paul attracts 32%. Twenty-one percent (21%) say they’d vote for some other candidate while 10% are not sure. If the […]

Kucinich Questions Bush’s Mental Health

Headline of the Day: “Kucinich questions Bush’s mental health.”

A Noun, a Verb, and 9/11

Alex Massie, who watched last night’s Democratic debate so you wouldn’t have to, awards Joe Biden Best Line honors for his quip that Rudy Giuliani “uses three words in a sentence: A noun, a verb, and 9/11.” Kathryn Jean Lopez calls it “low, crass line” and thinks “it’s disturbing it got laughs.” But why is […]

Free Medicare for Everyone!

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Kevin Drum, taking as a given that most of us are perfectly satisfied with our current health coverage but scared of losing it, offers an interesting solution: [E]xpand Medicare (or create a similar program) to cover every person in America under the age of 21. And then let them keep it as they grow older. […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Gay Enclaves Passé

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The NYT today laments the the demise of gay neighborhoods. There has been a notable shift of gravity from the Castro, with young gay men and lesbians fanning out into less-expensive neighborhoods like Mission Dolores and the Outer Sunset, and farther away to Marin and Alameda Counties, “mirroring national trends where you are seeing same-sex […]

John Murtha King of Pork

John Murtha King of Pork

John Murtha gets more pork for his district than any other Representative. If John Murtha were a businessman, he’d be the biggest employer in this town. The powerful U.S. congressman has used his clout on Capitol Hill to create thousands of jobs and steer billions of dollars in federal spending to help his hometown in […]

Take from the Super Rich and Give to the Rich

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That is the effect of Charles Rangel’s tax proposal. Mankiw sums up the proposal nicely, Thus, as a first approximation, the plan increases the progressivity of the tax code by redistributing income from the very rich (e.g., CEOs, hedge fund managers, superstar athletes and actors) to the upper middle class (e.g., doctors, lawyers, congressmen). Charlie […]

Blackwater Killers Immune from Prosecution

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The State Department offered limited immunity to Blackwater contractors involved in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians last month, despite having no authority to do so and an ongoing FBI investigation. A front page piece in today’s WaPo by Karen DeYoung discusses the problems this has caused. FBI agents called in to take over […]

Ron Paul at 38 Percent in Rasmussen Poll

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Hillary Clinton beats Ron Paul 48 to 38 in the latest Rasmussen poll. As their own analysis shows, however, that says much more about Clinton than Paul. A recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey featuring a match-up between Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul highlights one of the perils that comes from overanalyzing poll results between […]

Krugman vs. Krugman

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Greg Mankiw presents a quote and article by Paul Krugman that, if you didn’t know any better you’d swear were written by different people. Krugman on This Week: Paul Krugman: Social Security, if you go through the federal government, piece-by-piece, and see which programs are seriously underfunded and which are close to being completely funded, […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The I Feel Pretty Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Dropout Factories: 1 in 10 American High Schools

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1 in 10 schools are ‘dropout factories’ – Yahoo! News It’s a nickname no principal could be proud of: “Dropout Factory,” a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That description fits more than one in 10 high schools across America. […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Presidents and Abortion Rights

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George Will argues, correctly, I think, that the next presidential election will have little practical effect on abortion policy. First, the Supreme Court is unlikely to substantially reverse Roe v. Wade, for a variety of reasons. Second, in the unlikely event it did, it wouldn’t much matter because only a small handful of states — […]

Huckabee Rising, Edwards Falling

Mike Huckabee has moved into second place in Iowa while John Edwards continues to fall off the radar screen, Jay Newton-Small reports for TIME. The latest still photo from the slow motion, inter-party electoral horse race known as Iowa is in — and it looks like John Edwards is losing steam on the Democratic side […]

G.I. Joe – Real Belgian Operating Entity

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Fearing that the American soldier is not the ideal international marketing figure in the current climate, the makers of the forthcoming G.I. Joe movie have decided that not only is “G.I. Joe” not an American G.I., he’s no longer even named “Joe.” Variety reports, While some remember the character from its gung-ho fighting man ’60s […]

Waterboarding is Torture

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Malcolm Nance provides a detailed, passionate argument as to why “Waterboarding is Torture… Period” In fact, waterboarding is just the type of torture then Lt. Commander John McCain had to endure at the hands of the North Vietnamese. As a former Master Instructor and Chief of Training at the US Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and […]

Obama Raising Money, Not Poll Numbers

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Barack Obama is a “rock star” and is raising nearly as much money as Hillary Clinton and is spending more money on advertising in Iowa, yet he’s losing ground in the polls. LAT staffer Robin Abcarian wonders how that could be. Everywhere he goes, Obama gets a Hutton Street-style welcome. Crowds coo, strain to shake […]

Foreign Service Myths

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In two posts about the recent announcement that the State Department would force Foreign Service Officers to take hardship assignments in Iraq, Consul-At-Arms, a former soldier and current FSO, dispels some myths about his chosen line of work. First, the alternative to Iraq duty isn’t necessarily a day at the beach: [A]nyone who thinks that […]

Brits Flying to 3rd World to Escape NIH

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The British nationalized medical system is so bad that tens of thousands are flying to the Third World to get better treatment. Record numbers of Britons are travelling abroad for medical treatment to escape the NHS – with 70,000 patients expected to fly out this year. And by the end of the decade 200,000 “health […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM > (Darren Staples/Reuters) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Medical Marijuana Advocate Kills Herself

A 50-year-old woman committed suicide after 25 years of living with the pain of an autoimmune disease. Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week, she tried again. This time, she succeeded. After her earlier […]

Richardson To Investigate Roswell UFOs

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Bill Richardson promises that, in the unlikely event he’s elected president, he will get to the bottom of the Roswell UFO cover-up. If he wins his bid for the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson may be just the man to get to the bottom of the 60-year-old Roswell UFO mystery. Answering questions at […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney is conversing with Carlton the Doorman. Wizbang is headed to Texafornia. Bullwinklette has an interview with Rosie O’Donnell Wyatt Earp just can’t get the part in his hair right. Right Pundits is all puckered up. Public […]

FEMA Fake News Conference

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The idiots at FEMA stagged a fake news conference to highlight their efforts in California wildfire relief. The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California. The agency — much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina […]

State Department to Order Diplomats to Iraq

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Unable to find enough volunteers for hazardous duty, the State Department will start forcing Foreign Service Officers to take assignments in Iraq. The State Department will order as many as 50 U.S. diplomats to take posts in Iraq next year because of expected shortfalls in filling openings there, the first such large-scale forced assignment since […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Economic Class and Voting Behavior

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Andrew Gelman posts the familiar Red-Blue map of the 2004 election with a twist: What if only poor people’s votes counted? Only the middle class? Only the rich? The results are posted at right. Visually, at least, it’s a Republican blowout if the poor are excluded and a Democratic landslide if only the poor vote. […]

Democratic Message Lacking Emotional Appeal?

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Some Democrats fear that they are getting beat in the rhetorical battle. Democrats are losing the battle for voters’ hearts because the party’s message lacks emotional appeal, according to a widely circulated critique of House Democratic communications strategy. “Our message sounds like an audit report on defense logistics,” wrote Dave Helfert, a former Appropriations spokesman […]

Obama Adds Gay Minister to Balance Anti-Gay Singer

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After spending the week getting hammered for inviting a gay-bashing gospel singer to tour with him in South Carolina, Barack Obama has added an openly gay minister to the line-up. In response to an uproar from gay activists, Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign on Thursday added a gay minister to the lineup for its weekend […]

Libertarians Burning their Carry-Cards

A Pajamas Media essay by VodkaPundit’s Stephen Green explaining why he’s no longer a card-carrying Libertarian has generated substantial discussion, including congratulations from Glenn Reynolds, Bill Quick, and Roger L. Simon, all of whom still think of themselves as small-l libertarians. They all agree that a doctrinaire individualism and anti-government mindset is unserious in a […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The “I Dance Like Elaine Who?” Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Banning Ron Paul Supporters

RedState‘s recent decision to ban those with new accounts from “shill[ing] for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion” has understandably drawn a strong reaction, including condemnations from conservative Republicans like Ed Morrissey and David All, who’ve criticized RedState for close-mindedness and short-sightedness. Erick Erickson has weighed in to clarify RedState‘s reasoning. I […]

Blackwater Softens Logo

Blackwater Softens Logo

Reeling from news portraying the company as reckless killers, Blackwater USA has changed its corporate logo. In the private security business that has made Blackwater USA virtually a household name, being tough is part of the game. Not just for its rifle-carrying contractors but also for its corporate logo. Well, not anymore. The well-armed men […]

McCain Calls for ‘League of Democracies’

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In a conference call with bloggers this morning, Senator John McCain argued that the United States should convene a League of Democracies to get friendly nations to put more severe pressure on Iran. I was able to get in the first question and followed up on this idea, asking whether he was talking about a […]

B-2 Bunker Buster Bombs = Bomb Iran?

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A request for modifying the stealth bomber to carry bunker buster bombs has sparked new speculation about a Bush administration plan to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. Tucked inside the White House’s $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether the administration is […]

Terrorist Watch List at 755,000 People

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The terrorist watch list has grown to over 755,000 people. The governments terrorist watch list has swelled to more than 755,000 names, according to a new government report that has raised worries about the lists effectiveness. The size of the list, typically used to check people entering the country through land border crossings, airports and […]

DoD to Control War Zone Contractors

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The Defense Department appears about to get jurisdiction over security contractors operating in war zones. Congress is moving to put all armed contractors operating in combat zones under military control, acting on a Pentagon recommendation that could run into resistance at the State Department. The Senate this month included such a requirement in its 2008 […]

Caption Contest

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Time for Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian) Winners will be announced Monday PM

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight from 7-8 Eastern. I’ve got an event to attend this evening, so won’t make it. Dave Schuler has graciously stepped in to host the show and Alex Knapp will join him. They’ll be discussing the California wildfires, the Turkey-Kurdistan tensions, […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Bush Biggest Spender Since LBJ

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President Bush is the biggest spender since LBJ, reports McClatchy’s David Lightman. George W. Bush, despite all his recent bravado about being an apostle of small government and budget-slashing, is the biggest spending president since Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, he’s arguably an even bigger spender than LBJ. […] When adjusted for inflation, discretionary spending […]

Colbert Outpolls Republicans with Young ‘Voters’

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Comedian Stephen Colbert is doing quite well in the latest Rasmussen poll. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that Colbert is preferred by 13% of voters as an independent candidate challenging Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani. The survey was conducted shortly after Colbert’s surprise announcement that he is lusting for the […]

Is Division Rooting Really “Flip-Floppery”?

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Matthew Yglesias, Heather Hurlburt, and Christopher Beam are all deriding Giuliani as a sports flip-flopper and panderer for stating that he is rooting for the Red Sox to win the World Series. Sayeth Beam: Giuliani’s situational Red Sox fandom makes Romney’s abortion flip-flopping look forgivable. He might as well have said he’d ask his lawyers. […]

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