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OTB Caption Contest Winners


The Happy HoHoHolidays Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Fiscal Cliff Talks Appear Stalled

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With just about a month to go before we hit the “Fiscal Cliff.” things don’t look good at all.

Will Congress Finally Eliminate The Dollar Bill?

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Once again, there are proposals to eliminate the Dollar Bill. It’s a good idea, which is why it’s not likely to go anywhere.

College and Path Determination in American Economic Life


The best single means of becoming such an economic winner is to gain admission to a top university

Former Congressman, And Convicted Felon, Seeks To Return To Congress


Mel Reynolds was a member of Congress for two years, from 1993 to 1995, when he was forced to resign after being convicted of several sex-related charges, including having sex with an underage campaign aide. While in prison, he was also convicted of several charges related to campaign finance fraud. Reynolds was replaced in Congress […]

U.S. Birthrate Hits Lowest Level Since 1920

Thanks largely to the continued economic downturn, the U.S. birthrate has hit a level not seen in 90 years: The U.S. birthrate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The overall birthrate […]

National Journal Fails As Politico Killer


There aren’t enough readers who want political reporting that’s “more substantive than POLITICO and much more sophisticated than C.Q.” and willing to pay for it.

Third Quarter GDP Revised Upward, Not Necessarily Good News

Economy Heartbeat

The big economic news today came in the form of the Commerce Department’s first revision to the third quarter GDP numbers which showed that the economy grew at the stronger than expected rate of 2.7%: Even as the government said that the United States economy grew faster than first estimated in the third quarter, economists […]

Syrians Shut Off From The Internet


At some point earlier today, Syria was completely cut off from the Internet: It appears that the Syrian government may have just taken a drastic measure it has conspicuously avoided over the nearly two years of fighting: cutting itself off from the Internet. Renesys, a Web-monitoring service, reported Thursday morning that sweeping outages in Syria […]

Michigan State Senator Suggests Eliminating The City Of Detroit


Detroit has been a city with problems for decades now. Thanks in large part to the decline of the auto industry as well as the general trend of residents leaving northern cities for the Sun Belt, the city has lost a large segment of its population and entire areas of the city have been essentially […]

OTB Caption Contest


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Nuke The Moon!

The United States once studied the possibility of detonating an atomic bomb on the Moon as some kind of demonstration to the Soviets during the Cold War: A story that surfaced over a decade ago is making the rounds again this week, as some media outlets are reporting that the U.S. considered detonating an atomic […]

Military Judges Debate Prosecuting Soldiers Who Attempt Suicide


Much has been written recently about the alarmingly high suicide rate among American servicemen, especially those serving in combat regions such as Afghanistan or who have recently returned from tours of duty. The general consensus seems to be that much of what we’re seeing is an outgrowth of the PTSD problem that has been a […]

Majority Supports Increasing Taxes On High Income Earners


A new poll finds widespread support for the President’s position on raising tax rates for high income earners as part of the ongoing negotiations over a deal to avert the s0-called fiscal cliff: With the fiscal cliff drawing closer, raising taxes on wealthy Americans remains a popular option. And while the public divides closely on […]

Big Curiosity News Not Really Big News


Last week I noted rumors that we’d soon be getting news of an important discovery by the Mars Curiosity Rover. Well, it turns out that it was all just a big misunderstanding: When Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger sat down with NPR on Nov. 13, it was to discuss the rover’s mission on Mars. But when the interview aired […]

Romney And Obama To Meet For Lunch On Thursday


Oh to be a fly on the wall for this meeting: WASHINGTON — Defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow, the administration announced Wednesday. The meeting, in the Private Dining Room on the Residence level of the Executive Mansion, will be closed to reporters […]

The Horrors of Having to Think Differently


Thinking can be an uncomfortable exercise.

Happy Headline


Via the BBC:  Hobbit mania grips New Zealand as premiere held. Not only am I looking forward to the movie, there is just something smile-inducing about “Hobbit mania” gripping New Zealand.

Marvin Miller, MLB Union Advocate, Dies At 95


Marvin Miller, who never played professional baseball, but revolutionized the game in ways that we’re still trying to understand, has died at the age of 95: Marvin Miller, an economist and labor leader who became one of the most important figures in baseball history by building the major league players union into a force that […]

Chris Christie Begins Re-Election Bid With Sky High Approval Ratings

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At this moment, Chris Christie is the most popular Governor in the country.

Even Pat Robertson Doesn’t Believe The Earth Is Only 6,000 Years Old


This is interesting: Televangelist Pat Robertson says that radiocarbon dating proves that the Earth is older than 6,000 years — and he’s telling Christians not to “cover it up.” On Tuesday’s 700 Club, a viewer wrote Robertson that her “biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in God’s Kingdom” because […]

Final Costs Of Hurricane Sandy Could Exceed $60 Billion


It’s been just under a month since the East Coast was hammered by Hurricane Sandy and, while the initial problems of power outages and gasoline shortages have largely cleared themselves up, much rebuilding remains to be done, and damage estimates are just starting to roll in. Just a few days ago, New Jersey Governor Chris […]

Romney’s Final Share Of The Vote? 47%


Sometimes, you just have to appreciate the irony: Call it irony or call it coincidence: Mitt Romney’s share of the popular vote in the 2012 presidential race is very likely to be 47 percent. Romney’s campaign, of course, was doomed in large part by comments made on a hidden camera in which he suggested that 47 percent […]

Americans Shut Out Of Intrade


Thanks to the CFTC, Americans will no longer be able to participate in Intrade’s predictions markets.

Belgian Spies Out Themselves On Facebook


Someone needs a lesson in operational security: The identities of several Belgian intelligence workers have been exposed, but it wasn’t rival spies who blew their cover. The workers listed the Belgian State Security Service as their employer on Facebook and LinkedIn, the Brussels-based paper De Standaard reports. The security service hasn’t confirmed if the profiles are […]

China’s Paper Of Record Thinks The Onion Is Real News


China’s People’s Daily thinks this Onion article naming Kim Jong Un the “sexiest man alive” is the real thing:  U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012”. “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob […]

Santorum Says He’s “Open” To 2016 Bid


Newt Gingrich isn’t the only 2012 candidate leaving the possibility of running four years from now open, Rick Santorum is as well: (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hinted Monday he may see another presidential run in his future. “I’m open to that possibility,” the Republican said when asked on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” about […]

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The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Supreme Court May Decide To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases This Week

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Possibly a big week for the Supreme Court.

Dianne Feinstein Sets Record With 7.3 Million Votes


California Senator Dianne Feinstein had no serious opposition in her bid for re-election, which is perhaps why she managed to do something that no other Senator has ever done: Dianne Feinstein is the most popular senator in U.S. history. If you measure by votes won, that is. The latest, semi-official tally from the California secretary of state […]

The Future of Conservative Foreign Policy


The Republican Party needs a new message on foreign policy that is true to the conservative principles of the base and yet has a broad appeal to the American public.

Prince Charles Waiting For Mother to Die for 60 Years


Prince Charles has been waiting for his mom to die for a very long time.

Poll Shows GOP Would Get Blame If Fiscal Cliff Talks Fail


If Republicans are looking for a reason, other than the anticipated economic effects, to avoid letting the nation fall off the fiscal cliff, they need go no further than take a look at the polls: A new poll finds the public views the looming “fiscal cliff” as a serious crisis for the nation and would […]

Gingrich Not Ruling Out A 2016 Run


Being embarrassed once apparently isn’t enough for Newt Gingrich: NORTH NAPLES — Newt and Callista Gingrich’s book-signing tour swung through Naples on Sunday and might one day again morph into another turn down the campaign trail. The former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker said he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 — but first […]

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Institutional Clash in Egypt


They are playing the game without rules in Egypt.

A Stunning Chart (2012 Temps)


Via Bill McKibben: h/t:  Rodger Payne at the Duck of Minerva.

The Apolitical


Thoreau at Unqualified Offerings correctly notes:  Most people just barely care about politics. And after an illustrating anecdote concludes: “I think we need to keep this in mind when we think about political discourse in our country.” ‘Tis true (and hard for we political junkies to understand sometimes). Of course, the people about whom Thoreau […]

Two More Republicans Break With Norquist Pledge


Two more Republicans are joining the growing list of Republican members of Congress who are choosing to ignore Grover Norquist: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday he was willing to violate Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to strike a deal with Democrats over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” while a second Republican, Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), echoed the assessment of […]

Truth about the Drug War from Outgoing Mexican President


Felipe Calderón via The Economist: "[E]ither the United States and its society, its government and its congress decide to drastically reduce their consumption of drugs, or if they are not going to reduce it they at least have the moral responsibility to reduce the flow of money towards Mexico, which goes into the hands of […]

Sometimes, The Worst Part Of Humanity Just Reveals Itself

And it happened over the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City: The grinches struck early this year. Residents of storm-battered Breezy Point returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to discover that thieves had looted their damaged homes — even taking one family’s change jars, The Post has learned. At least three homeowners in the Queens enclave […]

Yassir Arafat’s Body To Be Exhumed Tuesday


Eight years after he died, the body of PLO founder Yassir Arafat will be exhumed next week to determine if his death was caused by poisoning: Ramallah, West Bank (CNN) – The body of former Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumedTuesday and samples taken to be tested for poisoning as part of an inquiry […]

Actor Larry Hagman Dies At 81


Sad news from the world of acting: Larry Hagman, whose portrayal of one of television’s most beloved villains, J.R. Ewing, led the CBS series “Dallas” to enormous world popularity, died Friday in Dallas, where Mr. Hagman had been filming the sequel to his famous show. He was 81. The death occurred at a hospital at […]

More Republicans Moving Away From Norquist Tax Pledge


More signs of cracks in the wall of GOP resistance to tax increases.

OTB Caption Contest Winners


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Rejected Beatles Demo Tape Up For Auction


An example of what may be the dumbest decision in the history of the music  is on the auction block: (Reuters) – The Beatles audition tape rejected by a record label executive in arguably the biggest blunder in pop history has resurfaced and will go on sale at a London auction next week. Ted Owen […]

Numbers Of Potential Future Lawyers Hits 13 Year Low


The Law School Bubble has imploded.

“Is our Pundits Learning?” Minisode


Jonathan Chait breaks down John Podhoretz, so I don’t have to:   Commentary Editor John Podhoretz Has Awkward Postelection Epiphany.

Getting The “United States” Out Of Mexico


Mexico’s President thinks it’s time to change the country’s name: MEXICO CITY — With just over a week left in office, the president of Mexico has offered perhaps the boldest proposal of his six-year tenure. He wants Mexico to just be “Mexico.” The formal name of the country is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, often translated as “United Mexican […]

Egypt’s President Grants Himself Dictatorial Powers


Just five months after assuming office as the first elected leader of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi has begun to show signs of the same authoritarianism that Tahrir Square protesters were trying to get rid of nearly two years ago: CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in […]

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