Romney, Carter and the Order to Get OBL

Via Politico:  Romney on OBL: ‘Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order’ Mitt Romney, asked if he would have given the order to go after Osama bin Laden, as President Obama’s new video and his campaign aides have suggested he wouldn’t have done, per POLITICO’s Ginger Gibson: "Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have […]

A Sign that Perhaps You Have too Much Money

Via The Lookout:  Australian billionaire plans to build Titanic II

Spirit Airlines Gives Us A Lesson In Really Bad Public Relations

Let’s say you’re running a mid-level airline during a time there’s a slow economy and one of your customers wants his ticket price refunded. Let’s add in the fact that this customer is a 76 year old Vietnam vet in the advanced stages of esophageal cancer. What do you do? Well, if you’re Spirit Airlines, […]

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Obama Still Winning Catholics Despite Contraception Coverage Controversy

This past winter’s controversy over contraceptive coverage doesn’t appear to be hurting President Obama among Catholic voters: While Catholics — who make up 24% of all registered voters — tilt toward Obama over Romney, their support differs significantly based on how religious they are — just as was the case for Protestants. Very religious Catholics […]

Mitt Romney’s Incredibly Narrow Path To Victory

The biggest argument against Romney winning in November is the fact that there aren’t many ways for him to get to those pesky 270 Electoral Votes.

Chart Of The Day: Gas Prices Are Heading Back Down

Jared Bernstein links to this chart at which does indeed seem to confirm that retail gasoline prices have peaked and are headed back down: Of more interest, I think, is this chart showing prices over the past 18 months: What this chart shows us is two-fold. First, that the run-up in prices we saw […]

Another Stagnant Spring For The Economy?

The economic tea leaves don’t look disastrous, but they don’t look all that great either.

How Risky Was the Osama bin Laden Raid?

We seldom blame presidents for bold actions that go wrong. We despise them for appearing weak and indecisive.

Chinese Dissident Hiding In U.S. Embassy

A well known Chinese dissident escaped house arrest over the weekend and made his way to Beijing, where he is now being given sanctuary at the U.S. Embassy: Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is under U.S. protection after an bold escape from 19 months under house arrest, sources told NBC News on Monday, a revelation […]

Jimmy Carter Least Popular Ex-President Among Ex-Presidents

Once upon a time, Jimmy Carter was everyone’s favorite former president. Not so much these days, especially among other former presidents.

More Drug War Success: Cannabis in the UK

(And yes, the title is meant to be ironic). Via the BBC:  Cannabis farms: 21 found each day, police chiefs say An average of more than 21 cannabis factories were found daily in Britain last year, police chiefs say. […] The number of farms discovered increased to 7,865, more than doubling in four years. […] […]

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World Trade Center Once Again Will Be The Tallest Building In New York

When the Twin Towers came crashing to the ground that crisp fall morning of September 11, 2001, the Empire State Building regained a title it had held from 1931 to 1972 as the tallest building in New York City (it was also the tallest building in the world during that period, a title now held […]

Presidential Experience Redux

Is Mitt Romney the least experienced major-party presidential nominee since1940?

Former Israeli Domestic Intel Chief Criticizes PM on Iran

Via BBC:  Israel ex-security chief says leadership ‘misleading public’ on Iran The former head of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency has accused the country’s leadership of "misleading" the public on the merits of a possible military strike on Iran. Yuval Diskin said an attack might speed up any attempt by Iran to obtain a nuclear bomb. […]

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Secret Service Tightens Rules Of Conduct

In the wake of the scandal that began with a dozen agents and a few Colombian prostitutes and has since expanded to uncover other incidents, the Secret Service is setting new rules for its protective details when they travel: WASHINGTON — Two weeks after the Secret Service opened an investigation into whether a dozen of […]

Obama vs. Romney: Experience Factor

Joe Biden says we can’t afford a president who has to learn foreign policy on the job.

Obama Spikes Football on Bin Laden Killing

The Obama campaign’s cheap politicizing of the SEAL raid that took out bin Laden is unseemly. And unnecessary.

First Quarter GDP Report: Economic Growth Sluggish At Best

A disappointing beginning to 2012.

Biden: “The President Has a Big Stick”

Really, someone needs to proofread Joe Biden’s prepared remarks before putting them in the teleprompter: Daniel Drezner puts in best: NOTE TO WHITE HOUSE/CAMPAIGN SPEECHWRITERS:   In the future, avoid having Biden utter any of the following:  ”big stick”, “hard power”, “pounding the enemy”,  ”won’t take no for an answer”, and “smooth-talking his adversaries”. Am I […]

Romney Campaign Warns Of Soviet Threat To Czechoslovakia

Does the Romney campaign know the USSR doesn’t exist anymore? Of course they do, but the language they use still means something.

Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Some Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

The Solicitor General had another bad day in Court yesterday.

USS Harvey Milk?

Should the United States Navy name a ship after martyred gay activist Harvey Milk? This is not a rhetorical question.

An Observation on all this Discussion of Martin, Owens, and the Blogosphere

I don’t have time for a lenghty post, but the following has been rolling around in my head for a day or so now. So let me get this straight:  we are supposed to accept the notion that the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case is creating a wave of revenge attacks across the […]

Mein Kampf Returns to Print in Germany

Via the BBC:  Mein Kampf: Bavaria plans first German publication since WWII The German state of Bavaria is preparing to publish Hitler’s manifesto, Mein Kampf, in 2015, before the book’s copyright expires. The book is not banned by law in Germany, but Bavaria has used ownership of the copyright to prevent publication of German editions […]

IDF Chief not Convinced that Iran will Pursue a Nuclear Bomb

Via Haaretz:  IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons Iran, [Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny] Gantz says, "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn’t yet decided whether to go the […]

Insurmountable Obstacles in Afghanistan

My latest for The National Interest,Insurmountable Obstacles in Afghanistan, has been posted.

National Polls Mean Next To Nothing In April

Last week, I passed on some of Nate Silver’s tips for how to look at General Election polling over the next six months. Silver is out with another piece, though, that points out the very simple fact that national polling in April tells us next to nothing about how things might turn out in November: […]

Additional Secret Service, Millitary Advance Team Scandals Uncovered

There are two stories out today that would suggest that the events in Cartagena, Colombia involving members of the a Secret Service Advance Team and members of the U.S. military soliciting prostitutes may not have been an isolated isolated at all. First up,  Jeff Quinton passes along a report from a Seattle television station that […]

Actual Details about the Owens Beating

The attack appears to be based on long-standing animus and not revenge for Trayvon.

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Another Poll Shows Possible GOP Troubles In Arizona

Following on the Arizona State University Poll I wrote about yesterday, a new Rocky Mountain Poll has Mitt Romney and Barack Obama tied in a state that Republicans won easily four years ago: Is Arizona truly a battleground state? The jury’s still out, but a second straight survey this week does indicate that it’s all […]

Trayvon Martin, Matthew Owens, And The Politicization Of Criminal Justice

The Rule Of Law is incompatible with political rabble rousing

What Today’s Scholars Can Learn From Watson and Crick

The famous “double helix” article was published 59 years ago today. It’s worth a look.

Report: Gingrich To Suspend Campaign

Fox News is reporting that Newt Gingrich is preparing to bring an end to his Presidential campaign: Newt Gingrich plans to formally suspend or end his presidential campaign next Tuesday, senior Gingrich aides told Fox News. Gingrich will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney at that time, a source said. Why would he wait until […]

Mitt Romney’s Five State Sweep

Entirely unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney won all five of last night’s primaries quite handily: Mitt Romney swept all five Republican primary elections Tuesday night, putting an end once and for all to any hopes for a comeback by his beleaguered GOP primary opponents. The last state to be called was New York, where voting ended at […]

Iran Hasn’t Decided Whether to Build Nukes-Israel Army Chief

Lt Gen Benny Gantz says Iran “is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn’t yet decided to go the extra mile.”

Man Beaten and to Some it is Time to Score Some Political Points

How about we recognize that we do have ongoing and serious racial tension in this country rather than ignoring the issue most of the time and only deploying it when the game of politics is being played?

Most Useless College Majors

The major you choose in college will have an impact on your future.

Al Gore in Internet Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

Al Gore will be part of the inaugural class of the Internet Hall of Fame. Politico (“No invention: Al Gore’s Internet honor“): Former Veep Al Gore is now getting a bit of credit for his infamous 1999 claim that “I took the initiative in creating the Internet”: He’ll be one of the first inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame. […]

Report: New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis Eavesdropped On Opposing Coaches

Another potential scandal in New Orleans.

Worst Primary Predictions

Jim Newell has a fun article wrapping up some of the worst primary predictions made by political pundits and columnists over the course of the past year regarding what would happen in the race for the Republican nomination. Reading through it, you’ll find predictions about the inevitabiity of everyone from Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and […]

For Fourth Year In A Row, Obama Breaks Promise On Armenian Genocide

ABC’s White House Correspondent, Jake Tapper notes that, once again, President Obama has failed to live up to a promise made to the Armenian-American community while he was running for President: On the fourth Armenian Remembrance Day of his presidency, President Obama has for the fourth time in a row broken his promise to the […]

Don’t Tell Thomas Friedman

John McCain is apparently lobbying New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg to endorse Mitt Romney: John McCain is trying to convince Mayor Bloomberg to support Mitt Romney’s bid for president. McCain — the GOP Arizona senator who lost to President Obama in 2008 — visited the mayor at City Hall yesterday to talk up the likely […]

Republicans In Trouble In Arizona?

Most political pundits have scoffed at suggestions from the Obama campaign that Arizona would be competitive this time around. The campaign’s calculations seem to be based on the growing Hispanic population in the state and Republican troubles among that particular demographic. Well, the election is still some six months away but there’s a new poll […]

Rumors of Hugo’s Death: Exaggerated

Via the BBC:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismisses death rumours Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spoken on state TV for the first time since he arrived in Cuba for more cancer treatment nine days ago. Mr Chavez, 57, dismissed rumours that he had died undergoing radiotherapy for a second tumour in his pelvic region. Speaking […]

Asteroid Mining?

Via the BBC:  Plans for asteroid mining emerge The founders include film director and explorer James Cameron as well as Google’s chief executive Larry Page and its executive chairman Eric Schmidt. They even aim to create a fuel depot in space by 2020. However, several scientists have responded with scepticism, calling the plan daring, difficult […]

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