Canada Beats USA in Overtime for Olympic Hockey Gold

Team Canada beat Team USA 3-2 on an overtime goal by Sidney Crosby. A shame for Team USA, which outplayed expectations, beating Canada in the early rounds and arriving undefeated in the gold medal game. It’s a rather odd tournament structure for an undefeated team to face a rematch in the championship game against a […]

Why the Internet Will Fail

Newsweek presents a devastating essay by Clifford Stoll explaining why this newfangled Internet thing is unlikely to catch on. After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy […]

High IQ = Liberal, Atheist, Monogamous

Yet another academic study finds correlation between IQ and political and religious beliefs. This one throws in sexual practice, too. Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds. Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ […]

NBC Olympic Coverage: Congressional Action Needed?

Senator Herb Kohl is pressuring NBC to open up online access to its Olympic coverage. A Democratic senator criticized NBC on Friday for its handling of online access to the Vancouver Olympics, calling it unfair and restrictive. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, wrote NBC Universal Chief Executive […]

Coffee Party vs Tea Party

A joke on Facebook has burgeoned into a movement.  Or, well, something. Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party — the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending — Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook […]

Bunning Blocks Unemployment Extension

A single Senator has blocked a routine measure that would extend unemployment benefits to 1.1 million people. The Senate failed late Thursday to extend programs for laid-off workers, jeopardizing unemployment benefits scheduled to expire over the weekend.  The benefits are part of a larger package of government programs, from highway funding to loans for small […]

Crist Leaving Republicans, Running as Independent or Democrat?

Responding to rumors that Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who’s getting crushed by Marco Rubio in the primary polling, will leave the Republican Party and run as an independent, Ezra Klein sees “a huge coup for Democrats.” The best possible storyline for them going into the 2010 election is that the Republican Party’s apparatus has been […]

DC Police Leave Stolen Car in Traffic for Week

Here’s a story you don’t see every day:  A stolen car was left parked in traffic — even facing the wrong way — in a busy DC thoroughfare for a week. WaPo’s Mary Pat Flaherty reports. For more than a week, the silver Mercury Grand Marquis sat abandoned in a traffic lane of 15th Street […]

Jimi Hendrix Greatness Explained

Jimi Hendrix was a pretty good guitar player. He was also more ambidexterous than most. At least one guy quoted by another guy thinks this may not be coincidental. Was Jimi Hendrix’s ambidexterity the secret to his talent? This is the question explored in a new paper by psychologist Stephen Christman (via TwentyFourBit), who argues […]

Health Care Summit: Seven Hours and a Cloud of Dust

When President Obama invited Republican Congressional leaders to join him for a televised health care summit, they reasonably feared it was “a trap” in which the contrast between the contrast between a smooth talking Commander-in-Chief and Podunk legislators would make them look small.   Clearly, Obama intended it as a PR gambit that would showcase him […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Halal’s Angels Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Political Science Collaboration: Two Heads Better than One?

A new study — itself co-authored — finds that political scientists are increasingly doing collaborative research and focusing less on the single-author research that characterized the discipline in the recent past. They analyzed the research articles in American Political Science Review, the flagship publication in the field, and found that in 1970, nearly two-thirds of […]

Toyota vs. The Government

In my discussion with Dave Schuler on the hearings about Toyota safety issues on last night’s episode of OTB Radio, I noted in passing my concern that Congress has a conflict of interest now that the federal government is effectively the owner of General Motors and Chrysler — direct competitors with Toyota. PJM’s Tom Blumer […]

Bruce Bartlett, the VAT, and the Right

In an interview with Pejman Yousefzadeh on why Supply Side Economics has outlived its usefulness and the United States desperately needs a Value Added Tax, former WSJ columnist Bruce Bartlett remarks, “I have yet to find anyone on the right who takes any of my arguments seriously.” The line happens to be Glenn Reynolds‘ takeaway […]

Apples and Oranges

In a helpful post titled “Facts and Figures,” Ezra Klein observes: This morning, Lamar Alexander said that reconciliation has never been used for anything as big as health-care reform. Health-care reform has a 10-year cost of about $950 billion. The Bush tax cuts, which passed through reconciliation, had a 10-year cost of about $1.8 trillion. […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Winners will be announced Monday PM

OTB Radio — Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will talk about ObamaCare, Toyota’s woes, the Olympics, Joseph Stack, and other news of the week.  We’ll be joined at 6:00 by David Weigel of The Washington Independent to talk about CPAC, the state […]

Gates’ Pentagon Uni Policy

I missed the news last month that Defense Secretary Gates ordered his personal staff to start wearing their service uniforms to work at the Pentagon, reversing a post-9/11 tradition of all-fatigues-all-the-time.   Whether desired or not, SECDEF’s move naturally has others nervously following suit, not only at the Pentagon but also in office environments across DoD. […]

Washington Post Earnings Brought Down by Washington Post

The Washington Post company had a surprisingly good year in 2009: The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) today reported net income of $91.2 million ($9.78 per share) for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, up from $65.8 million ($6.87 per share) for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2008. Net income for the fourth […]

DHS Has More Contractors than Employees

It should come as a surprise to no one familiar with how our government works that the Department of Homeland Security employs more contractors than civil servants.  Excepting, of course, Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. The Department of Homeland Security has more contractors working for it than full-time employees, a situation two members of Congress […]

BREAKING: Obama Running in 2012

In an EXCLUSIVE, Politico‘s crack staff has learned that Barack Obama is running for president in 2012. President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign, which is likely to be run out of Chicago and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats […]

$1 Billion Fortress America to be Built In London

I’m not sure how this got approved, but apparently the State Department was budgeted $1 billion to build a new embassy in London: The United States has unveiled plans for its new $1 billion high-security embassy in London — the most expensive it has ever built. The proposals were met with relief from both the […]

Liberal Magazines Suffering Under Obama

If you’re trying to sell political magazines, you’re better off when your team is out of power and angry. Vanity Fair‘s Matt Pressman investigates this blinding flash of the obvious: The George W. Bush years were good for more than just oilfield-services companies and waterboard manufacturers. They were also a boon for liberal political magazines, […]

DAs 8 Year Old Slut Theory

Yes, you read the title correctly. Here is the story with excerpts below, Residents were alarmed last summer by a rash of thefts, trespasses and burglaries in Stonegate, a neighborhood in Douglas County. Fear turned to panic in July after an intruder reportedly climbed into a second- story window and groped an 8-year-old girl in […]

Military Leaders: Go Slow on Lifting Gay Ban

In something of a reversal of recent statements, the senior leadership of the Army and Air Force warned Congress about moving too fast to end the ban on gays serving openly. Top Army and Air Force officers said Tuesday they would be reluctant to overturn a 17-year policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in […]

Hillary Clinton on NATO’s Future

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on the future of NATO to the Atlantic Council last night, kicking off the Washington Strategic Concept Seminar. More often than not, when sitting officials give public speeches, they tend to be incredibly bland, containing little fodder for those of us engaged in the subject matter on […]

Of Course You Have a Right to Health Care

Everyone has a right to health care. There, I said it. You have a right to health care. I have a right to health care. Our grandparents have a right to health care. Even illegal immigrants have a right to health care. What you don’t have is a right to make someone else pay for […]

Olympic Nationalism

Berkeley arts and culture prof Michael O’Hare has had an epiphany: I don’t understand the endless obsession of Olympic commentators and event organizers with the countries competitors come from: parading in national costumes at the opening, keeping score by country on the front web page of the NY Times, Canadian whining about not winning enough […]

Gregor Mendel’s Grant Proposal Rejection

Via Thoreau, I see this oldie-but-goodie [PDF] in which the application of a Gregor J. Mendel for a modest grant  to investigate the assortment of traits in the common garden pea is summarily rejected because he is unfamiliar with previous literature, the unlikelihood that the pea is a good subject, and the fact that Mendel […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Shovel Ready – Redux Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Action Comics #1 Sells for Million Dollars

When I started collecting the books, back in early 1977, copies of Action #1 were available for something like $3500. 

Democrats Will Lose the House: Charlie Cook

Veteran political prognosticator Charlie Cook argues that it’s not only likely that Republicans will take back the House of Representatives in November but that it’s hard to come up with a scenario under which they won’t. I’ve spent the last couple of days talking to some of the brightest Democrats in the party that are […]

Bronze Better Than Silver?

It seems that Olympic third place finishers who win a bronze medal are happier than second place finishers who win a silver. When Shannon Bahrke won bronze in women’s moguls Saturday, she hugged first-place winner Hannah Kearney so tightly that she almost knocked her U.S. teammate over. Under the cloud cover of Cypress Mountain, Ms. […]

Obama: Socialize Health Insurance

President Obama seems to have backed off of his plans for a government insurance program to compete with the private sector.  Instead, he’s doubling down and proposing something much more radical:  having the federal government set the rates of private insurance companies! President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to […]

Mike Huckabee: CPAC Broken

Mike Huckabee used some harsh words in explaining why he didn’t attend CPAC this year. “CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Newt Gingrich CPAC Rock Star

Over at C&L’s Video Cafe, Heather is upset that Newt Gingrich received a warm welcome at CPAC. Good grief. Newt Gingrich was treated like a rock star at the CPAC 2010 Convention. He entered the auditorium with “Eye of the Tiger” playing and the audience gave him a standing ovation and pats on the back […]

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Ron Paul beat out Mitt Romney in the 2010 CPAC straw poll, with Sarah Palin finishing a distant third. Jonathan Martin and Jessica Taylor of Politico note that the reaction to the announcement was less than polite. Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican who ran a quixotic bid for the Republican presidential nomination in […]

OTB Latenight – The Eagles

UPDATE: Broken video replaced.

John Napier, Olympian and Soldier

John Napier, the driver for two of America’s bobsled teams at the 2010 Olympics, is planning to head to Afghanistan with his Vermont National Guard unit once the Games end. ESPN’s Rick Reilly: Napier is a member of the Vermont National Guard. He joined three years ago to help his mom out of the $25,000 […]

The Ant Tribe

Is education really the key to a bright economic future? That may not be the case in China: Reporting from Beijing – Six months after graduating from university, Guan Jian was unemployed and living in an 8-by-8-foot rented room on the fringes of this sprawling capital. His quarters were so hastily built that the landlord […]

Al Haig Dead at 85

Al Haig, Ronald Reagan’s first Secretary of State, former NATO commander, and 1988 presidential aspirant has died at 85. Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who served Republican presidents and ran for the office himself, has died. The Haig family says he died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from complications associated with an […]

Ron Paul at CPAC

ABC’s Bret Hovell exclaims that “Ron Paul supporters are taking over CPAC!” Libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul — who has a large and occasionally rowdy backing throughout the country — was scheduled to speak here at the Conservative Political Action Conference at 4:30 Friday afternoon. Large conferences being what they are, the schedule is running […]

Tea Party Speaker calls for Senator Patty Murray to Be ‘Hung’

At a Tea Party rally in Asotin, WA, one of the Tea Party speakers had this to say about Senator Patty Murray. “How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?,” asked one speaker from the podium. “What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he […]

Frank Lautenberg Has Cancer

Frank Lautenberg has stomach cancer, which his doctors tell him is treatable which he expects “a full and complete recovery.” U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s 86-year-old senior senator, was diagnosed with treatable cancer in the stomach in the last 24 hours and will begin chemotherapy today. The Democrat still plans to finish out his […]

Man Bulldozes Foreclosed House

A Moscow, Ohio man decided to bulldoze his house rather than let the bank take it. Like many people, Terry Hoskins has had troubles with his bank. But his solution to foreclosure might be unique. Hoskins said he’s been in a struggle with RiverHills Bank over his Clermont County home for nearly a decade, a […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Avatarnished Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Iraqi Freedom Changing to New Dawn

Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is going to be renamed Operation NEW DAWN, Jake Tapper reports. ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name. The new name: “Operation New Dawn.” In a February 17, 2010, memo to the […]

Joe Stack, Austin Plane Crasher: Terrorist or Nut?

As everyone’s heard by now, a man named Joe Stack crashes his small airplane into a building in Austin this morning, thankfully killing only himself. Fox News reports: A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane Thursday into an office building in Austin, Texas, that houses federal tax employees, setting off […]

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