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It’s 3 a.m. It Must Be Hillary

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Hillary Clinton is running a new ad in Texas arguing that the world’s too safe to trust to Barack Obama. “It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” the announcer says. “But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing — something’s happening in the world. Your vote will decide who […]

White House Aide Accused of Plagiarism

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A low level White House aide has been rebuked for plagiarism but apparently still has his job. A White House aide accused of plagiarism was chastised Friday and his actions were criticized as unacceptable. Timothy Goeglein, who has worked for President Bush since 2001, was accused of lifting material from an essay that appeared in […]

Democrats Split, Too

Pew Survey 2008 Presidential Race Vulnerabilities

A new Pew survey finds that, while John McCain has made some progress in building support among conservative Republicans, a significant number of white Democrats would not vote for Barack Obama. Still, the news overall is good for Democrats. Party Disharmony: Even as there are indications McCain is consolidating his support within the Republican base, […]

John McCain ‘Honored’ To Receive Endorsement From Bigot

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Yesterday, John McCain announced that he was “honored” to receive the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, a Texas-based preacher who can probably be most charitably described as “pro-Apocalypse”. McCain lavished praise on him for being “pro-Israel”, but as Sarah Posner (via Matthew Yglesias) points out, what he actually stands for is the destruction of Israel […]

Pressing Home the Benefits of Globalization

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You may already have seen this. It’s a couple of years old. But if you haven’t I urge you to set aside 15 minutes to watch one of the most interesting, informative, and amazing things you may ever have seen. From Hans Rosling at TED: Hat tip: QandO Blog There are a number of observations […]

Ready to Whine on Day One

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Continuing her theme from last Tuesday’s debate, Senator Hillary Clinton is continuing to complaining about how the media treats her, claiming that they are harder on her because she’s a woman: “And I think women just sort of shake their head,” Clinton continued. “My friends do. They say, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is so hard.’ […]

Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama and Clinton on Iraq

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America’s top military leader is warning about rapid withdrawal from Iraq. The Joint Chiefs chairman has a word of warning to Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: A rapid of withdrawal from Iraq would lead to a “chaotic situation” and would “turnaround the gains we have achieved, and struggled to achieve, and turn them around […]

Drudge Breaks Media Silence on Prince’s Mission

Drudge Breaks Media Silence on Prince's Mission

At 12:20 Eastern yesterday, I got a CNN Breaking News alert that read, in its entirety, “Britain’s Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan, CNN confirms.” I found it mildly interesting, in that his superiors had previously decided the security risk in sending him to Iraq was too high, but didn’t […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The If The Trailer’s Rockin’ …. Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Bill Buckley and The Gays

Bill Buckley and Gore Vidal

Andrew Sullivan appreciated the late William F. Buckley, Jr.’s civil tone on matters of homosexuality, especially as contrasted with other conservatives of his era, but laments that “Buckley never challenged what he believed was a necessary moral and social injunction against gay love, marriage and sex.” GayPatriot‘s B. Daniel Blatt is more charitable, noting that, […]

Bloomberg Not Running, Nation Recovers Quickly

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Michael Bloomberg says that he is not running for president but has an op-ed in the NYT purporting to show that he’s smarter and more reasonable than those who are and it’s therefore the nation’s loss. WATCHING the 2008 presidential campaign, you sometimes get the feeling that the candidates — smart, all of them — […]

Is John McCain a ‘Natural-Born Citizen’?

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John McCain was born on a U.S. Navy base overseas. The NYT’s Carl Hulse has an interesting article about whether McCain is Constitutionally eligible to be president. Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate […]

Red Meat and Barack Hussein Obama

Red Meat and Barack Hussein Obama

Ohio talk radio host Bill Cunningham, who got his 15 minutes of national fame for being repudiated by John McCain for a reference to “Barack Hussein Obama” in a speech introducing McCain, defended himself last night on “Hannity and Colmes.” He was, he swears, only following orders. His people told me to give the faithful […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Peter Morgan Winners will be announced Monday PM

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

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The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight from 7-8 Eastern. Dave Schuler and Chris Lawrence will join me to talk about the latest twists and turns in Campaign 2008, the war in Iraq, and whatever else we can think of in a relatively slow news week. Please […]

Everyone’s a Beltway Insider Now

Everyone's a Beltway Insider Now

Lee Gomes argues that the Internet has turned garden variety political junkies into virtual Beltway insiders. While all good reporters have their own sources, they also share the same daily reading list. Most start with the big national papers, though you can skip those and head right for a site like Mr. Klein’s “the Note” […]

William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP

William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP

Kathryn Jean Lopez has the sad news that “William F. Buckley Jr., died overnight in his study in Stamford, Connecticut. After year of illness, he died while at work.” Sad news, indeed. More from AP: Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82. His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died […]

PETA: Kill People But Please Don’t Scare the Animals

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PETA is apparently more concerned about some frightened animals than thousands of dead human beings. An international animal rights group called on Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tigers to “leave animals out” of the armed conflict, two weeks after a grenade attack blamed on rebels at the island’s main zoo. People for the Ethical Treatment of […]

Clinton to Superdelegates: Stop Endorsing People!

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Tom Edsall notes today that the Clinton Administration is now begging superdelegates to not commit themselves to a candidate: In language that could have been lifted from the Obama playbook just a few weeks ago, the email says Clinton backers should make the case to super delegates that: “If House, Senate and DNC members try […]

Iraqi Army Trading AK-47 for M-16

Iraqi Army Trading AK-47 for M-16

The Iraqi military is trading in its AK-47s for shiny new M-16s. In a move that could be the most enduring imprint of U.S. influence in the Arab world, American military officials in Baghdad have begun a crash program to outfit the entire Iraqi army with M-16 rifles. The initiative marks a sharp break for […]

Obama Tag Teamed on Farrakhan

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Last night’s Democratic debate featured seven minutes of discussion of Louis Farrakhan’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Despite Obama forthrightly rejecting, denouncing, and otherwise disassociating himself from Farrakhan within the first paragraph of his answer, moderator Tim Russert continued to hammer him with Farrakhan quotes and then allowed Hillary Clinton a couple of minutes to bash […]

Quote of the Day

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“When government towns become boom towns, that’s the beginning of the end for a nation.” – Stephen Green in an exchange on why Virginia is trending purple and my judgment that putting Jim Webb on the ticket would likely give the Commonwealth to the Democrats.

The Many Faces of Hillary Clinton

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Danny Glover marvels at Hillary Clinton’s adaptability. Hillary Clinton adopts a new persona for every setting. She is alternately a lover, a fighter, a mocker, a whiner and a crier as she competes with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Whatever it takes! As I recall, the same was true of Bill Clinton in […]

2008 Electoral College Maps

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Stephen Green has gotten decidedly ahead of the curve, noodling out some Electoral College scenarios for a McCain-Obama matchup in November. He figures 41 states are already in the bag for one party, meaning the race starts as a virtual tie of 229 for the GOP and 227 for the Democrats. That means a best […]

Kosovo and the Clash of Civilizations

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Richard Fernandez argues that the rioting by Kosovar Serbs was entirely predictable: The wider impact of the Kosovo crisis is the precedent that it sets for many of the “frozen conflicts” of the world, ranging from Azerbaijan to the Basque region. Remarkably, many Muslim countries have refused to recognize Kosovo. And their reluctance is fueled […]

McCain Beats Clinton in November, Diebold Reveals

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In an embarrassing technical glitch, Diebold has accidentally released the 2008 election results early, revealing that John McCain will win with 48 percent of the vote. ONN has the video report: Of course, I told you this months ago. via Thoreau

McCain’s Advantages Over Clinton in Fighting Obama

McCain's Advantages Over Clinton in Fighting Obama

Mark Halperin argues that Hillary Clinton is hamstrung in her campaign against Barack Obama by the need to have party unity for the general election and lists sixteen “Things McCain can do when running against Obama that Clinton has been unable to do well or at all.” Among them: 1. Play the national security card […]

Washington Times Ends Gay ‘Marriage’ Scare Quotes

Washington Times Ends Scare Quotes

Erik Wemple reports that new Washington Times editor John Sullivan has ended the use of scare quotes for everyday words. He sent out this All Staff email: Here are some recent updates to TWT style. 1) Clinton will be the headline word for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. 2) Gay is approved for copy and preferred […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Group W BenchTruck Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Rational Conservative Blogs

Commenting on Ed Morrissey’s decision to shut down his blog and start posting at Hot Air, John Cole remarks, “It is a shame, too, because Ed was who I was using as my barometer for rational conservatives. Now all I have left are James Joyner and Daniel Larison.” While I appreciate the compliment, there must […]

Sex Scandals and Journalistic Standards

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Howie Kurtz has an interesting piece on how mainstream media coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct have changed in recent years. It begins: When Gennifer Flowers held a news conference in 1992 to announce that she had carried on an affair with Bill Clinton, the New York Times devoted one paragraph of a news story […]

Captain’s Quarters Closing

Captain's Quarters Closing

Ed Morrissey has announced that he’s mothballing Captain’s Quarters and joining Michelle Malkin’s team at Hot Air. He’ll be replacing Bryan Preston, who has left to take a position as a producer for Laura Ingraham. It’s an interesting move and certainly strengthens the Hot Air brand. I can’t remember the last time a blogger of […]

Obama in Muslim Garb

Barack Obama Somali Muslim Garb

The Clinton campaign is circulating a 2006 photo of Barack Obama in Somali tribal clothes, playing to the “B. Hussein Obama is a secret Muslim” nonsense, and getting properly excoriated from the left and right alike. Indeed, even Robert Spencer[*] judges the “Obama-Is-Secretly-A-Muslim” rumors to be “a lot of hooey.” The attack is backfiring on […]

NYT Failed to Think Politically in McCain Story

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Jay Rosen has a lengthy examination of the flap over the New York Times story on John McCain and hits on a very plausible theory: “Times editors are smart people prevented by their own codes from thinking politically. Yet those same codes permit intrusions into politics, like the Vicki Iseman story, that require them to […]

Primary Popular Vote Totals

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Matthew Shugart tallies up the popular vote totals from both parties’ primaries and notes that “Obama is closing in on a majority of the popular vote” while “McCain has yet to crack 40% of Republicans.” While I don’t think there’s any doubt that Obama is more popular among Democrats than McCain is among Republicans, there’s […]

Hillary Clinton’s Next Television Ad?

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Jay Tea offers “A Free Ad Suggestion For Hillary” which goes something like this: Play video of Barack Obama saying “I’m the insurgent.” Play video of news anchor saying something like “Insurgents killed three Americans in Iraq today.” Sadly, reductio creep will likely kick in before next week’s Texas and Ohio primaries.

Iraq and Afghanistan Winnable Wars

Iraq and Afghanistan Winnable Wars - Tony Cordesman

Anthony Cordesman, a longtime Iraq War skeptic and administration critic, argued in yesterday’s Washington Post that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are “winnable.” It’s a tightly written piece that defies excerpting but here is the crux of it: No one can return from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as I recently did, without […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM John Kelso AMERICAN-STATESMAN Winners will be announced Thursday PM

NYT Says Readers Idiots; McCain Sex Story Not About Sex

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The hubbub caused by the New York Times‘ front page allegations that John McCain had an improper relationship with a lobbyist took a bizarre new turn today, with editor Bill Keller saying the paper’s readers misunderstood the story and public editor Clark Hoyt mystified that the story was published at all. BILL KELLER, the executive […]

SNL Campaigns for Hillary

SNL Campaigns for Hillary Tina Fey Weekend Update

Former head writer Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host last night and devoted the opening sketch [video] and “Weekend Update” segment [video] to making fun of the media for their love of Barack Obama and urging people to vote in Texas and Ohio to vote for Hillary Clinton because “bitch […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is off to visit Stacy and Clinton. Wizbang hopes some ass doesn’t stop traffic. Wyatt Earp is still voting for American Idol. Public Pondering needs a little respect. Cowboy Blob has the lone star head of state. The Gone Rick Motel welcomes back Mr. Kotter. Blonde Sagacity has […]

Libertarians for Obama?

Libertarians for Obama?

Megan McArdle explains why she prefers Barack Obama to John McCain despite the former’s protectionism and “his insanely bad economic ‘patriot act.’” I might not vote for Obama; I will not vote for McCain. There are some things more important than the economy, and free speech is among them. Yes, I don’t like Obama’s stance […]

Yahoo Sued for Spurning Microsoft

Yahoo Shareholders Sue over Microsoft Bid Rejection

Some Yahoo shareholders are suing their board over their handling of the Microsoft takeover bid. Two Detroit pension funds have sued Yahoo Inc. and its board of directors, saying they breached their duties to shareholders in trying to thwart a takeover by Microsoft Corp. […] According to the lawsuit, Yahoo’s board is pursuing “value-destructive” third-party […]

Rice Rules Out VP Run

Rice Rules Out VP Run

Condi Rice will not be John McCain’s running mate. Condoleezza Rice’s name on the Republican ticket is a dream to some, but not a reality she can see happening. The secretary of State told reporters Friday she will not be a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming election. “I have always said that the one […]

Superdelegates Jumping to Obama

Superdelegates Jumping to Obama

Barack Obama has won eleven straight primaries and now the superdelegates are moving his way, too. The Democratic superdelegates are starting to follow the voters — straight to Barack Obama. In just the past two weeks, more than two dozen of them have climbed aboard his presidential campaign, according to a survey by The Associated […]

McCain Declares Cuba Policy a Success

McCain Declares Cuba Policy a Success

Senator John McCain declared our policy of containment towards Cuba a success and declared his support for an independent Kosovo in a conference call with bloggers this afternoon. He made some opening remarks focusing on foreign policy before taking questions and I had the opportunity to ask him to expand his thoughts. He challenged Barack […]

Huckabee Praying for Brokered Convention

Huckabee Praying for Brokered Convention

Mike Huckabee knows he can’t beat John McCain in the primaries but thinks he might be able to win a brokered convention with a little help from Texas. In an interview with 1200 WOAI news during his swing through Texas, longshot Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee outlined a strategy which has him not winning the […]

Why the P-I Didn’t Run the McCain Story

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer managing editor David McCumber “chose not to run the New York Times story on John McCain” in his paper even though it subscribes to the New York Times News Service. He explains: To me, the story had serious flaws. It did not convincingly make the case that McCain either had an affair with […]

Bush Urges Pakistanis to Keep Musharraf

Bush Urges Pakistanis to Keep Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf may have come to power via a military coup, declared martial law, violated the constitution, and been an obstacle in the fight against al Qaeda but President Bush hopes the Pakistanis will let him continue to run their government.

Energy Independence Is Stupid (Updated)

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One of the things that annoys me is the periodic nonsense about becoming energy independent. This idea that we can “wean ourselves off of oil” is just utter nonsense. The reason for this is that if there were economically viable alternatives to oil as a source of energy that source would be in use today […]

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