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Take It Easy But Take It

Studs Terkel, radio actor, activist, speech writer, journalist, author, Chicagoan, has died at 96: A television institution for years, a radio staple for decades, a literary lion since 1967, when he wrote his first best-selling book at the age of 55, Louis Terkel was born in New York City on May 16, 1912. “I came […]

Barnett Endorses ‘Weak-Ass Jimmy Carter’

Given that Thomas Barnett is an avid internationalist who abhors the National Greatness strain of foreign policy that McCain champions, I was not at all shocked to see via the Security folder in my RSS reader that he has endorsed Barack Obama. Obama’s task is the great unwinding of the Bush debacle, which Bush himself […]

Equality vs. Redistribution

Matt Yglesias presents this Gallup poll as evidence that Barack Obama is on the right side of the redistributionist issue while John McCain and Joe the Plumber are in the minority: Says Matt, “What you see here is that traditionally a large majority of Americans have favored spreading the wealth around.” Well, no.  What you […]

The Campaign Spot on National Review Online

Jim Geraghty sees some hope for McCain in Pennsylvania: Mason Dixon’s poll putting McCain within 4 percent in Pennsylvania was crazy talk, right? Had to be an outlier, right?   Well, Strategic Vision puts Obama’s lead at 5 percent. (I can only imagine the hate mail they’re going to get.) Rasmussen had the margin at 13 […]

Redistributing the Wealth

This poorly drawn cartoon by Rick McKee appeared in the Augusta Chronicle eight days ago but it’s just making my way around the wife’s office and it’s still fairly amusing: Of course, had McCain followed my advice and opted out of Federal funds,  he’d have more than $87 million to work with, too.

Debit Cards Poised To Overtake Credit Cards

According to Business Week, money spent by means of debit cards could surpass credit card transactions this year as consumers seek to avoid the fees and costs of credit, not to mention the increased difficulty of getting credit in the first place. This has banks scrambling to figure out how to profit from cards that […]

The Devil Made Them Do It

A top general in the Japan Self-Defense Force is reportedly facing discharge for remarks he made on, of all places, the web site of a Japanese hotel and apartment developer, blaming Japan’s invasions of China, Korea, and other neighboring Asian countries on the United States: TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan was ensnared into World War Two […]

1 in 7 Voters Persuadable

A new poll claims that a whopping 14 percent of likely voters think they may still change their minds in the five days remaining before the election. One in seven, or 14 percent, can’t decide or back a candidate but might switch, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll of likely voters released Friday. Who […]

Palin Dragging McCain Down?

A NYT/CBS poll shows that a strong majority of voters believe Sarah Palin is unqualified for the vice presidency and a third saying this would affect their vote: All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly […]

Economic Growth Goes Negative (Updated)

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is reporting that the U.S. economy shrank at a 0.3% annual rate in the third quarter. Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 0.3 percent in the third quarter […]

Blogging the World

Over at New Atlanticist, I argue in “American Elections and UK Relations,” against the notion that Americans or Europeans should expect much to change in our international relationship simply because there will soon be a new occupant in the White House.   Instead, as always, events and the perceived interests of the actors involved will dictate […]

Early Voting Breakdowns Good For Obama

Marc Ambinder breaks down the early voting numbers, and things aren’t looking good for McCain. Gallup and Pew data show that Democrats are leading in the early vote. The equally reliable Annenberg National Election Survey’s data shows that, across the country, Democrats are tied with Republicans in the early vote. Obviously, early voting matters by […]

Building a Rightroots Movement

Patrick Ruffini takes up where Jon Henke and John Hawkins leave off, offering a lament that conservative bloggers don’t engage in activism to the extent that their lefty counterparts do, thus leading to the demise of Western Civilization as we know it. Righty Pundits vs. Lefty Activists Ruffini thinks the rightosphere is mired in 2003 […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Winners will be announced Monday PM Last Monday Winners will be announced on Friday or Saturday

McCain More Trusted on Economy, Losing

A new Rasmussen poll finds that voters trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on taxes (47%to 45%) and on “economic issues” more generally (48% to 47%).  These numbers are, of course, within the margin of error.  They do, however, represent a reversal of a trend and may indicate that the “Joe the Plumber” and […]

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 Dave Schuler and Alex Knapp will join me as we make our election predictions and otherwise ramble on about the election and whatever else comes up. Please join us. We’ll also be […]

Financial Crisis Boosting Dollar?

Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, told an Atlantic Council audience earlier today that the global financial crisis has  “re-emphasized the centrality of U.S. dollar as a currency” and demonstrated once again that “when things go really badly lots of people want go to the U.S. even if U.S. is why, […]

What’s On Voters’ Minds?

A completely unscientific survey of what’s on OTB readers’ minds during the final week of the election: obama antichrist evidence obama campaign finance obama socialism obama socialist election prediction election predictions 2008 john mccain health care plan who pays the most taxes 2008 election predictions hank williams jr mccain palin tradition obama 30 minute spot […]

6.4 Earthquake Strikes Pakistan

A powerful earthquake has struck southwest Pakistan, killing at least 150 people: ZIARAT, Pakistan — A strong earthquake struck before dawn Wednesday in impoverished southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 170 people and turning mud and timber homes into rubble. An estimated 15,000 people were left homeless, and rescuers were digging for survivors in a remote […]

Which Came First?

The melamine or the egg? There’s been a development in the seemingly endless saga of food contaminated by melamine in China that I found interesting: HONG KONG, China (CNN) — Health authorities in Hong Kong have found more eggs contaminated with the chemical melamine. The chemical is at the center of a tainted milk scandal […]

McCain Pollster: Race Too Close to Call

Bill McInturff, John McCain’s chief pollster, released a memo last night saying the campaign has made “significant progress” in the last week and that “All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.” Disclaimer up front: As I’ve noted numerous times before, my wife […]

OTB Latenight – The Shins

Charles Barkley Alabama Governor Candidate

NBA Hall of Famer and TV sensation Charles Barkley is getting much attention for his pledge to run for governor of his home state of Alabama in 2014. When asked if he was serious, the former Philadelphia 76er said, “I am, I can’t screw up Alabama.” He added that his native state could only improve. […]

Christian Science Monitor Going Web-Only

CSM is shifting to an online-only format in the Spring: We recently announced, as covered in today’s paper, that in April 2009 the daily print edition of The Christian Science Monitor will shift to a 24/7 daily Web publication. This will be combined with the launch of an attractive new weekly print publication that looks […]

Obama and McCain Tied among White Voters

A new Pew poll shows a continuing decline for John McCain: Barack Obama leads John McCain by a 52% to 36% margin in Pew’s latest nationwide survey of 1,325 registered voters. This is the fourth consecutive survey that has found support for the Republican candidate edging down. In contrast, since early October weekly Pew surveys […]

Economy in the Toilet?

The photo and headline at right are currently atop YahooNews. The pic didn’t seem to go with any of the other stories and, sure enough, clicking it sent me to “White House tells banks to stop hoarding money.” It’s not clear whether this was some sort of goof or whether this is YahooNews’ editorial commentary […]

Obama Fake Contributions and Wire Fraud

Megan McArdle and Mark Kleiman go round and round on recent National Journal and NYT reports that the Obama campaign was routinely accepting credit card donations from fake donors while the McCain campaign was rejecting them automatically using simple software applications.   Kleiman points out that the reporters in question were technically committing wire fraud, Megan’s […]

Ted Stevens Convicted on Corruption Charges

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in that body, has been convicted of seven felony counts related to corruption and covering up said corruption. Shortly before 4 p.m., the jury convicted the 84-year-old senator for making false statements by failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts from Bill Allen, the former head […]

Obama Assassination Plot Foiled

Two skinheads who were planning a national killing spree, culminating with a drive-by shooting of Barack Obama, have been arrested. In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and […]

Dean Barnett Dies at 41

Townhall blogger, Weekly Standard writer, and Hugh Hewitt guest host Dean Barnett died yesterday at the age of 41 after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. Bill Kristol: “It’s my sad duty to report that our good friend and valued contributor Dean Barnett passed away today. He was a remarkable man–principled, witty, and to all […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Waiting For Godot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Diplomacy Without Precondition

In my latest for New Atlanticist, “Preconditions, Preparations, and Posturing,” I argue that Matt Yglesias, Kevin Drum, and perhaps even Nicholas Burns are misreading the now 16-month-old debate over Barack Obama’s pledge to meet “without precondition, during the first year of [his] administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, […]

Why Words Matter

In criticizing Barack Obama today, Andy McCarthy makes the claim that Barack Obama wants to end prison sentences for violent offenders. Not to be a broken record, but it’s worth recalling that Obama gave a rave review to former terrorist Bill Ayers’s polemic against the criminal justice system, A Kind and Just Parent. More radical […]

U. S. Raid Into Syria Confirmed (Updated)

U. S. government sources have confirmed last week’s raid into Syrian territory by American special forces against terrorist havens across the Iraqi border: A U.S. military official in Washington confirmed that special forces had conducted a raid in Syria that targeted the network of al Qaeda-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq. The Syrian […]

Outrage: Obama Believes in Separation of Powers; Opposes Activist Judiciary

The latest outrage of the day in this campaign cycle, which is being heavily hyped by Drudge, National Review and others, is an old radio interview that Obama gave in 2001. There are about four paragraphs being called out, and I’ll take a look at them one at a time. You know, if you look […]

Polls Wrong! Obama Losing!

Stories from RedState, Strata-Sphere and elsewhere that the massive early voting so far isn’t going overwhelmingly for Barack Obama as expected have Memeorandum abuzz. While it’s understandable that John McCain supporters are grasping for any good news they can find, the idea that California is “very tight,” let alone that “in the less liberal states […]

China As Economic Engine

This morning the New York Times has an editorial that gets on a bandwagon I’ve been on for some time, urging China’s leaders to cultivate an internal market, to consume more: Over the last 30 years, China has hitched its economy to the industrial world, exporting cheap goods to the United States and other developed […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Winners from last Thursday may be delayed as this is a travel day for me.

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

The Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you […]

OTB Latenight – Ratt

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Do We Need a Bigger Hammer in Afghanistan?

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold penned on op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor questioning the wisdom of increasing U. S. troop strength in Afghanistan: We need to ask: After seven years of war, will more troops help us achieve our strategic goals in Afghanistan? How many troops would be needed and for how long? Is there […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is outstanding in his field. Wizbang has found a new state to visit. Wyatt Earp is gettin’ hammered. Cowboy Blob has a perfect match. RT’s Ponderings still can’t say pododium. Willisms coulda used a tic-tac. Right Pundits is channeling Peter Boyle. Blonde Sagacity always wanted a harmonica. Brainfuel […]

Puppycide in Oklahoma

Another reason to never let your dog go off leash, a stupid cop might shoot your dog. Don’t watch if you don’t want to see the poor dog getting shot. What is particularly disturbing, if true, is that once the police found out that the owner of the dog had captured the entire incident on […]

America is Saving Too Much

Apparently that is what the House Democrats in Congress think. Powerful House Democrats are eyeing proposals to overhaul the nation’s $3 trillion 401(k) system, including the elimination of most of the $80 billion in annual tax breaks that 401(k) investors receive. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., […]

McCain: Obama’s Tax Plan Redistributionist

It appears that John McCain’s latest attack against Barack Obama is that Obama’s tax plan is redistributionist. That is Obama’s plan takes money from one group of people and gives it to another group. McCain is right, but my bigger issue is why now Senator? You’ve been in the Senate for a very long time […]

Banquo’s Ghost

Floyd Norris’s blog post on the day’s declines in the stock market closes with the observation that, assuming that today’s closing levels remain firm for the rest of October, October 2008 will be the seventh worst performing month for the Dow-Jones of any in history. But that’s not what caught my eye in his post. […]

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