OTB Latenight – NRBQ

Lisa Murkowski Concedes Alaska Senate Primary

After a day of ballot counting that saw her making no appreciable gains on challenger Joe Miller, Senator Lisa Murkowski has conceded defeat in the GOP Senate primary in Alaska: Incumbent Lisa Murkowski has conceded to challenger Joe Miller in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Speaking to reporters at her campaign headquarters in Anchorage, […]

Alvin Greene: Senate Candidate, Dancing With The Stars Aspirant ?

There’s not really much to say about this video, so just watch:

Public Opinion On Health Care Reform Turning Negative Again

The perfect storm of a bad economy and a new, massive, unpopular government entitlement program may be combing to cause serious damage to Democrats in November.

Debt: Our Greatest National Security Threat?

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has proclaimed, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” Is he right?

Meghan McCain: Palin Created “Drama, Stress, Panic” During 2008 Campaign

While I don’t really think there’s very much that’s newsworthy about Meghan McCain’s new Book, her comments about Sarah Palin are generating some interest. Part of that reason is because of the fact, for two years, Palin was virtually the only aspect of her father’s 2008 Presidential campaign that the erstewhile blogger, Twitter user, and […]

52% Of Republicans Think Obama Favors The Goals Of Islamic Fundamentalism

Another depressing result from a new Newsweek poll: I’m not even sure there is a rational explanation for the fact that 31% of Americans believe something like this, and the fact that a majority of Republicans thinks that it’s probably true that the President of the United States shares the same goals as Osama bin […]

Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus!

FOX reports that the entire combat phase of the Iraq War will cost less than President Obama’s stimulus. That’s not a useful comparison.

Alex Knapp is a Dad

Congrats to OTB’s Alex Knapp, who’s a proud new papa.

More Fun With CNN Chyrons

From Saturday’s live coverage of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally: H/T: Don Surber

Terrorism False Alarm?

Terrorism dry-run or just weirdly packaged items and a few coincidences?

Orrin Hatch Splits With GOP On “Ground Zero Mosque”

The senior Senator from Utah is taking what is probably a minority position among Republicans: Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) this week became one of the most prominent members of his party to voice his support for the Lower Manhattan mosque. In a local television interview over the weekend, Hatch said developers have the right to build […]

China in the News

Four news items and articles about China that have caught my eye.

Arizona Governor Needlessly Freaks Out Over Human Rights Report To U.N.

An obscure U.N. human rights report has become the latest political outrage of the day in the battle over Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Angle and Katrina Relief

More audio from Angle’s past interviews.

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers

Have another drink:  It’s good for you.   Don’t take my word for it:  It’s science. [A] new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one’s risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The […]

Obama the ‘Cotton-Picking President’

CNN’s Rick Sanchez has apologized after referring to Barack Obama as the “cotton-picking president of the United States,” which some have termed “racially tinged.”

Airlines Make Profit!

The airline industry turned a record profit for the 2nd quarter. Don’t expect it to last.

Delaware GOP Primary In The Tea Party’s Crosshairs

Delaware’s September 14th Republican Senate Primary is shaping up to be the next battle between the Establishment GOP and the Tea Party movement.

Glenn Beck Launches Blaze, HuffPo Style Magazine

Capitalizing on the buzz from his weekend rally, talk host Glenn Beck launched a new online magazine called The Blaze overnight.

Caption Contest Winners

The Your Pad Or Mine Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

GOP Takes Ten Point Lead In 2010 Generic Ballot

Republicans now have the largest lead in Gallup’s Generic Congressional Ballot poll that they’ve ever had.

D.C. Metro Ridership On Day Of Beck Rally Up 200,000 From Comparable Saturday Figures

I noted in a comment to Steven Taylor’s post about the politics of crowd estimates that the ridership numbers from the Washington, D.C.’s Metro system would give us at least some idea of how many people may have been in attendance at Saturday’s Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Those figures were released today: […]

Does Alvin Greene Think South Carolina Is Still A British Colony ?

I ask only because he published his campaign manifesto in a British newspaper. Here’s an excerpt: I’m unemployed, and, if elected, I can teach the Harvard rich kids in the White House and the senate a thing or two. I will vote for any law and propose any measure to keep jobs in my state […]

President Obama Addresses Muslim, Birth Certificate Rumors

Barack Obama hasn’t commented very much on the conspiracy theories about his birth or his religion, but he opened up in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams: (CNN) – President Obama dismissed on Sunday the results of recent polls that show a significant portion of the population have doubts about his citizenship and believe he […]

Alaska Libertarians Say No To Murkowski Bid

Lisa Murkowski’s one chance at political survival if she loses the ongoing vote count in the Alaska GOP Senate Primary has gone out the window.

Back to the Nevada Polls

The Nevada Senate race is, in many ways, a three-way in which none of the above could be a spoiler for Angle.

Joe Miller In His Own Words

There’s been a lot of talk about Joe Miller in the week or so since the Alaska primary, but I would hazard to guess that most people outside Alaska don’t know much about him. So, here he is yesterday on Face The Nation: Judging from this interview, Miller strikes me as a fairly conventional Tea […]

Despite Successful Endorsements, Palin’s Own Prospects Remain Dim

Sarah Palin has done pretty well at helping Republicans win primaries this year, but her own political popularity isn’t any better than it was after she left office last year.

Flood Water Start to Recede in Pakistan

The floodwaters are starting to recede, although the disaster is far from over.

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Homebuyer Tax Credits: The Return Of A Really Bad Idea

After several months of bad housing sales, politicians in Washington are starting to talk about bringing back one of the worst public policy programs of the last two years.

The Politics of Crowd Estimates

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally raises, yet again, the tiresome fight over crowd estimates and their political significance.

Fire At Site Of Tennessee Mosque Project Ruled Arson

As I’ve noted before, the debate over mosques in America has extended far beyond the two block area around Ground Zero where a group led by Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf plans to build an Islamic Community Center. One of those places in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where a planned mosque project has been the subject of protests […]

Fear And The Housing Market

For many reasons, the housing market is unlikely to fully recover for the foreseeable future.

Chart Of The Day: Economics And Fertility

Via Calculated Risk, comes this chart showing that the Great Recession has impacted more than just people’s pocketbooks: The NCHS reports that U.S. births declined to 4.136 million in 2009, from 4.247 million in 2008. The birth rate declined to 13.5 from 13.9 in 2008 (births per 1000 total population). Births have declined for two […]

OTB Latenight – KISS

Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin Draw Large Crowd To Lincoln Memorial

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin held a rally on the National Mall, but at times it sounded more like an old-time religious revival than a modern political rally.

Apparently, Tim Pawlenty Got The Red Shirt Memo

Notice anything familiar ? H/T: Don Surber

No, Joe Miller Did Not Call Lisa Murkowski A Prostitute

The Miller-Murkowski showdown is starting to get silly.

Charlie Crist Does A Double Flip-Flop On Health Care Reform

Yesterday was not a good day for Charlie Crist. First, in an interview with an Orlando TV station, Crist seemed to pretty clearly say that he would have voted in favor of the health care reform bill: ORLANDO — Gov. Charlie Crist stopped by the News 13 studios Friday to sit down with The Agenda […]

Tweet Of The Week

Talking Points Memo calls it the Best Tweet Evah, and they may be right: Philip J. Crowley is Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and yes this is a Verified Account

Park51 Muslim Center May Get Public Financing

The controversial Muslim center near Ground Zero may get public financing.

Court: No Link Between Autism and Vaccines

A federal appeals court has ruled that there’s no link between autism and childhood vaccines.

Jimmy Carter Frees Hostage

Jimmy Carter has managed to achieve as private citizen that which alluded him as president: Freeing an American citizen held hostage by a hostile government. An American held captive for seven months in North Korea stepped off a plane in his hometown Friday, looking thin but joyful as he hugged the former president who had […]

Whites-Only Class President Rule Ends at Mississippi School

A rule allowing only white students to run for class president at a Mississippi middle school has been quickly changed after the Internet brought attention to it.

Chart Of The Day: The Housing Bubble Has Not Fully Deflated

The housing market that existed from the late 1990s until 2007/08 was an historical anomaly, and anyone expecting a return to those days is fooling themselves.

Get Ready For The Subpoenas If The GOP Wins In November

If Republicans regain control of Congress, you could be seeing a lot of scenes like this on your television for the next two years.

New York Times Fascinated That Republicans Don’t Care That Ken Mehlman Is Gay

The New York Times realizes that most Republicans just don’t care that Ken Mehlman is gay. Surprise, neither do most Americans at this point.

Murkowski v. Miller Standoff Continues In Alaska

Up in Alaska, Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller remain deadlocked and waiting for a vote count that could take two weeks to complete. In the meantime, though, the Senator is already considering other options for getting on the November ballot.

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