Bloggers Regurgitating Talking Points?

Since no subject fascinates bloggers quite so much as bloggers, it’s no surprise that former White House communications director Dan Bartlett’s Texas Monthly comments on the subject have generated a blogstorm. In the critical exchange, highlighted by TPM’s David Kurtz, Bartlett reacts angrily to a question about a “myth that there’s an underground tunnel between […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain) 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. Dave Schuler and Alex Knapp will be joining me to talk about the Iran NIE controversy, the Mike Huckabee surge, and whatever other topics come up. We’ll also be taking your calls at (646) 716-7030. You can […]

Professors on Facebook

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting piece on the pluses and minuses of professors joining Facebook. It creates some social issues, with some students feeling that their free speech zone has been invaded by the enemy and some profs worrying about fraternizing with those whom they are in charge of evaluating. It also […]

No New Taxes – Or Old Ones, For That Matter

Megan McArdle briefly discusses abolishing taxes altogether and having the federal government pay its way merely by printing money and taking measures to control inflation. (How state and local governments would meet obligations is unspecified.) It’s an intriguing idea beyond my amateur training in economics to rebut. My gut tells me this response from an […]

Illegal Immigrants Create Community College Controversy

North Carolinians are up in arms over a statewide community college policy that allows illegal immigrants to attend community colleges at out-of-state tuition rates: A recent legal memo from the North Carolina Community College System office broadening the definition of “open door” admissions sparked a firestorm across the state. Citing a 1997 state attorney general […]

Global Warming Conferences Add to Global Warming

Headline of the Day honors go to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for “More than 10,000 jet into Bali for global warming conference,” their take on an AP story by Robin McDowell. My expectations were that it was an amusing accident but it reflects the author’s intent nicely. Never before have so many people converged to try […]

Why the NIE Did a 180 on Iran

In a piece entitled “New Data and New Methods Lead to Revised View on Iran,” NYT reporter Mark Mazzetti sheds some light on how reforms in the intelligence community led to a 180 degree change in the consensus on Iran’s nuclear weapons program in only two years. Current and former intelligence officials insist that much […]

Huckabee Unaware of Iran Report

The most interesting campaign news this morning is a report from The Politico‘s Jonathan Martin that surging GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was totally unaware of a new National Intelligence Estimate finding that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program four years ago. Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been […]

Mike Huckabee Too Moralistic to be President?

Paul Mirengoff argues that Mike Huckabee is weak on national security because he’s blinded by his ideals. My main objection to Huckabee — the reason why he’s my fifth choice out of five — is that I lack confidence in his ability to fight terrorism. It’s not just that he lacks experience in this realm, […]

Rove Sees Bush as 2008 Asset

Karl Rove is swimming against the currents of conventional wisdom, warning candidates that running against President Bush is a losing strategy, Joe Curl reports: The president had been pummeled ever since Democrats retook control of Congress in January, but he has pushed ahead with his second-term agenda on issues ranging from opposing federal funding of […]

Fallout From NIE Iran Nuke Assessment

Yesterday’s release of a National Intelligence Estimate reporting that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003 has, as Steven Lee Meyers points out, dramatically shifted the landscape. Rarely, if ever, has a single intelligence report so completely, so suddenly, and so surprisingly altered a foreign policy debate here. An administration that had cited Iran’s […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Behind the ’08 Ball Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Iran Halted Nuke Program Four Years Ago

Despite years of loudly proclaiming otherwise, the United States intelligence community now reports that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Mark Mazetti, NYT: A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago […]

Hillary Clinton Campaign Imploding?

The Hill‘s Ron Christie proclaims the “Beginning of the End of the [Hillary] Clinton Campaign.” He traces the downfall to Clinton’s inability to “answer a simple question” about issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens at a recent debate, which was followed by whining that the boys were all picking on the one girl in the […]

PoliGazette Launch

Michael van der Galiën, Pieter Dorsman, and Jason Steck have banded together to create a new center-right group blog called PoliGazette. Their first week will feature several guest posts, including one by our own Dave Schuler. Go check ’em out. Update (Dave Schuler): And my guest post is up! Michael has established a presence in […]

Wolfowitz Back in Bush Administration

Paul Wolfowitz is back in a prestigious international relations advisory post with the Bush administration, Newsweek‘s Michael Isikoff reports. He’ll chair the 18-member International Security Advisory Board, which “advises the Secretary of State on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters.” Wolfowitz is a lightning rod, so it’s no surprise that the move is […]

Sudan Pardons Teddy Bear Teacher

Gillian Gibbons, who was facing the death penalty for allowing school kids to name a teddy bear Mohammed, has been pardoned by Sudan’s president after the intervention of the British government. A British woman jailed in Sudan for insulting religion was to be released on Monday after being granted a presidential pardon for insulting religion […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (PRNewsFoto/Newport Aquarium) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Chávez Narrowly Loses Referenda Votes

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez will have to make do with the powers he currently has after voters narrowly rejected two packages of constitutional amendments proposed by Chávez and the Chavista-dominated national legislature: Venezuelan voters narrowly rejected a constitutional referendum that would have bolstered President Hugo Chavez’s embrace of socialism and granted an indefinite extension of […]

Iowa Shake-Up: Huckabee and Obama Take Lead

The bizarre drama that is the Iowa caucuses has taken another interesting turn, with Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama suddenly leading the polls, displacing long time front runners Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton, respectively. Des Moines Register staff writer Jonathan Roos discusses the Republican half of the paper’s latest survey: Mike Huckabee has leaped ahead […]

More Americans Believe in Devil than Darwin

Twice as many Americans believe in God and half again as many believe in a literal devil than the scientific theory of evolution, a new survey finds. Indeed, Darwin’s theory barely outpolls UFOs and witches. More Americans believe in a literal hell and the devil than Darwin’s theory of evolution, according to a new Harris […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney is getting a head start. Wizbang has the munchies Bullwinklette has the Carjack Rabbit. Wyatt Earp is attempting teh Triple Lindy. Right Pundits has a hash trash stash. Public Pondering blames the village. Electric Venom is […]

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