Neil Armstrong Laid To Rest In Private Funeral

In another era, someone who arguably qualifies for the title of great explorer would’ve had his passing marked by a massive public ceremony. Consistent with his life long desire for privacy, though, Neil Armstrong was buried today in a ceremony attended by family, friends, and fellow astronauts: CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a humble […]

The Question Mitt Romney Didn’t Answer Last Night

Mitt Romney left one crucial piece out of his speech last night.

Nobody On Team Romney Taking Credit, or Blame, For The Eastwood Fiasco

Not surprisingly, Romney campaigns staffers don’t seem to want to take responsibility for Clint Eastwood’s performance last night.

Obama Campaign Wins Lawsuit To Restore Early Voting For All Ohio Voters

A clear victory for the Obama campaign in an Ohio Court, but will it stand on appeal?

Acknowledging and Understanding Government

The GOP (and our politics in general) will not be healed until there is an honest assessment of what government is (and is not).

Harvard Says 125 Students May Have Cheated In ‘Introduction To Congress’ Class

Harvard has announced the discovery of what one official calls an “unprecedented” cheating scandal.

My Basic Take on Romney’s Speech

I give it a C+/B- (adequate, passing, nothing exceptional).

Palin’s Fox News Contract In Jeopardy?

After an outburst last night on Facebook when her appearance on Fox News Channel was apparently canceled, Sarah Palin’s contract with the network may be in jeopardy: Last night’s kerfuffle between Sarah Palin and Fox News was a classic display of Sarah Palin being, well, Sarah Palin. But her Facebook outburst complaining about Fox canceling her […]

Ann Romney Clearly Not Happy About The Eastwood Fiasco

Ann Romney clearly didn’t like Clint Eastwood’s bizarre performance last night: (CBS News) The morning after actor Clint Eastwood gave an ad-libbed monologue at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney said he did “a unique thing.” “He’s a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night,” she said, referring to unscripted remarks during […]

Romney’s Closing Speech Was Good, But Was It Good Enough?

Mitt Romney’s speech last night was the best he’s ever given, but it’s impact may have been undercut but several odd production decisions that preceded it.

Todd Akin Within One Point Of Claire McCaskill In New Poll

A new poll out of Missouri from Public Policy Polling shows a much tighter race than many had thought we’d see in the wake of Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments last week and his abandonment by pretty much the entire Republican and conservative establishment: PPP’s newest poll of the Missouri Senate race finds that Todd Akin is […]

Pentagon Threatens To Sue Former SEAL Who Wrote Bin Laden Book

The Department of Defense is threatening a lawsuit against the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden: The Defense Department is threatening to go after an ex-SEAL author and his publisher over a new book that challenges the administration’s official account of last […]

Clint Eastwood Channels James Stockdale

After three days of buildup to a “mystery speaker,” the closing night of the Republican convention featured a rambling performance by Clint Eastwood and an empty chair.

Romney’s Bain Lie

The real story of Bain Capital is impressive. Mitt Romney chose instead to present an origin story that’s utter horseshit.

Koch Brother Endorses Withdrawal From Middle East And Gay Marriage, Says Tax Increases May Be Necessary

One half of the team of brothers that have become the bane of the left’s existence has thrown something of a curve ball: TAMPA, Fla. – Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Viewership For Ryan’s Speech Below That For Palin’s

Last night’s penultimate hour of convention coverage drew far fewer viewers than the night that Sarah Palin spoke in Minneapolis: Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, drew fewer viewers than the 37.2 million that nominee Sarah Palin attracted four years ago. The final hour of convention coverage last night attracted slightly more than 20 million […]

A Ronald Reagan Hologram At The Republican Convention? It Almost Happened

When we first heard the rumor of a GOP “mystery guest” on the final night of the convention, many people jokingly suggested it would be a Ronald Reagan hologram. As it turns out, that wasn’t a joke: Despite some conflicting reports, Yahoo News has learned that a hologram projection of former President Ronald Reagan is in […]

Catholic Priest Defends Child Molesters, Blames Victims

A well-known Catholic Priest who has his own show on the global Catholic television  network EWTN has made comments that essentially defend child sex abusers, including Jerry Sandusky: A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and […]

GOP Foreign Policy Positions Expose Their Claim To Be A Party Of Limited Government As A Lie

The GOP claims to be a party that favors limited government, but its foreign policy positions reveal this to be little more than a lie.

Confirmed: Clint Eastwood Is The RNC Mystery Guest

As suspected yesterday, it’s been confirmed that Clint Eastwood will be the “mystery guest” who will speak just before Senator Marco Rubio introduces Mitt Romney tonight at the Republican Convention: (CNN) - Clint Eastwood will be the “mystery guest” at the Republican National Convention’s final night, a GOP source confirmed Thursday. Eastwood, a longtime Republican, is […]

Two Words Missing From The Republican Convention: Tea Party

Over two days of speakers, not a single Republican has mentioned the Tea Party.

Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A legal setback for the Texas Voter ID law, but not much of a political setback for Voter ID laws in general.

Paul Ryan Gives An Acceptance Speech That Most People Will End Up Forgetting

Paul Ryan did what he needed to do last night, but in the long run his speech will be lost to history.

The Speech Of Mitt Romney’s Political Life

Tonight’s convention speech is the most important speech Mitt Romney has ever given.

Clever Places to Hide Cash

Although, granted not clever enough, ultimately. Via the BBC:  Nicaraguan police seize $7m from fake Mexico journalists Police in Nicaragua say they have found at least $7m (£4.4m) in cash in vans confiscated on Wednesday from 18 people posing as journalists. They were detained trying to cross Nicaragua’s northern border in six vans, some of […]

Condoleeza Rice, New Political Star?

Condoleeza Rice’s first trip onto the political stage was very successful last night. Where will she go from here?

Running Out Of Angry White Guys

Lindsey Graham: “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

Interest Rates and Hacky Political Analysis

Seniors face a variety of economy-based difficulties–but let’s criticizes the media!

Ohio, Ohio, Ohio

Once again, a Presidential election could be decided by the Buckeye State.

How America Dominates the World: Manipulations, Sex, and Money

Chamake Mauriene reveals America’s secret to world domination in Pravda.

Paul Ryan’s GM Plant: Fact Checking the Fact Checks

Paul Ryan pointed to a shuttered GM plant in his hometown as proof of Obama’s failed policies. The truth will make your head hurt.

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

RNC Night 2: This Is More Like It

I’ll give more coherent thoughts in the morning but I’ll say that tonight’s roster beat last night’s in one rather important regard: It kept me tuned in until the end. I clicked it on a couple minutes after 8 and John McCain was talking. Some of the speeches were better than others but none were […]

Trial Court Judge In George Zimmerman Case Removed By Florida Appeals Court

In what I will only say based on my experience here in Virginia is an extraordinary development, a Florida Appeals Court has removed the Judge presiding over George Zimmerman’s trial in the Trayvon Martin shooting case: A Florida appeals court has granted George Zimmerman’s request for a new judge to oversee his trial for second-degree […]

Is Clint Eastwood The Republican Mystery Speaker?

As I noted on Monday, there’s an odd gap in Thursday evening’s schedule of speakers at the GOP Convention that has led to speculation about a possible mystery speaker. Today, the speculation seems to be centered around the former Mayor of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California: Thanks to’s Guy Benson, one of the hotter stories of the morning […]

Would Romney Spend The Nation Into Debt To Increase Defense Spending? Yes, He Would

Left with a choice between their hawkish foreign policy and their supposed commitment to fiscal conservatives, Republicans will, without fail, spend the nation into debt.

Foolishly, Republicans Open Attack On Obama On Foreign Policy

Today’s convention activities will include the opening salvos of an attack on the President’s foreign policy. This strikes me as a mistake.

For Some Reason, Rick Perry Thinks He Might Run For President Again

To say that Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign turned into a flaming disaster, thanks mostly to his debate performances of course, would be an understatement. Perry entered the race as the heralded savior of the conservative base, announcing his candidacy at a Red State Gathering on the day of the Ames Straw Poll no less, and […]

Yahoo News Editor Fired After Saying That Republicans “Like To Party While Black People Are Drowning”

Yahoo News’s Washington editor has been fired after he was heard over an open microphone during ABC and Yahoo’s live-streaming of last night’s convention proceedings making a racially charged comment about Mitt Romney: David Chalian, the Yahoo News Washington Bureau chief, has been fired after getting caught claiming that “they” — Mitt Romney and his […]

Second Quarter Growth Revised Slightly Upward, Still Below 2%

Economic growth is the key to fixing many of our problems. Unfortunately, we’re not likely to see the kind of growth we need any time soon.

Why Veterans Can’t Fit In On Campus

An Atlantic story on veterans returning to college is both poignant and miscast.

Jeb Bush To Republicans: Stop Being Stupid On Immigration

Jeb Bush continues to speak the truth on the GOP’s position on immigration issues. Sadly, his fellow Republicans aren’t listening.

1 In 5 Americans Have Tuned Out The Election

According to a new CBS News poll, 20% of Americans basically consider the Presidential election an afterthought: In spite of persistent, significant concerns about the economy, as many as one-fifth of American voters are paying little to no attention to the presidential election, according to a new CBS News poll. Americans continue to say the […]

Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 49 of 50 States

Mississippi is more conservative than Massachusetts is liberal.

Misleading Chart of the Day

A graph on public debt making the rounds is being used to misdirect rather than clarify.

Hurricane Isaac Pounds Louisiana, Mississippi

Hurricane Isaac isn’t the monster wind storm that Hurricane Katrina was five years ago, and the destruction it leaves in its wake is likely to be far less thanks in large part to the improvements to the New Orleans levee system that were made post-Katrina, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t causing serious problems for […]

Navy SEAL’s Book Disputes Official Account Of Bin Laden’s Death

A new book by one of the Navy SEALs involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden differs significantly from the official version put forward by the government.

Rep. Jeff Flake Wins Arizona GOP Senate Primary

Congressman Jeff Flake won last night’s Republican primary for the Senate seat currently held by Arizona’s Jon Kyl:  U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake handily won the Republican primary in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, setting up a general-election race with former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona that is expected to be much more […]

Ben Quayle Booted From Congress In Primary Loss

Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice-President Dan Quayle who won election to Congress two years ago, will not be returning to Congress in January: Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) defeated fellow freshman Republican Rep. Ben Quayle Tuesday, bringing to an end one of the cycle’s most heated member-versus-member primaries. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Schweikert […]

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