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Judging The 2012 Preditions

Last January 1, some of us made a series of predictions. Here’s how we did.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Draft Dodger Rag Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Worst Holiday Ever

Conor Friedersdorf makes the case that New Year’s Eve is our worst holiday: New Year’s Eve is the worst holiday. On Christmas gifts are exchanged, carols sung, and peace and goodwill extended toward all humankind. Done right, Thanksgiving includes a Turducken, traditional sides, and pie. The 4th of July ends with choreographed bursts of pyrotechnic […]

Last Minute Fiscal Cliff Deal Emerging

With less than twelve hours to go before the end of the year, it would appear that agreement is close on a deal that would avoid the largest part of the so-called Fiscal Cliff: Most of the world is counting down to a midnight New Year’s celebration while Congress continues to watch the clock and […]

Complications for Chavez

Via the BBC:  Hugo Chavez: Venezuela leader suffers ‘new complications’ Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suffered "new complications" after a cancer operation in Cuba, his vice-president has said. In a televised address from Cuba, Nicolas Maduro said Mr Chavez continued to be in a "delicate state". […] Mr Maduro did not give details about Mr […]

The Year in Memes

Via the BBC:  The top memes and viral videos of 2012. I have to admit, as cliched as cat memes have become, I find the grumpy cat rather amusing:

When Is A Tax Hike Not A Tax Hike? When Grover Norquist Says So

Grover Norquist seems to be engaging in some doublespeak in order to claim that his precious tax pledge won’t be violated by a resolution of the Fiscal Cliff that includes raising tax rates on high income earners: Grover Norquist on Monday expressed confidence that any last-minute fiscal cliff deal would not hike tax rates. “I’m […]

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Hillary Clinton Hospitalized With Blood Clot

Secretary of State Clinton was hospitalized yesterday after doctors discovered a blood clot apparently related to her recent concussion: (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month, her spokesman said. She is expected to remain at New […]

A 2013 Reading Guide: Challenge Yourself

For the New Year, how about challenging your ideas just a little bit?

The Tea Party Takes a Hit

The Tea Party guys had a bad year.

No Sign Of Fiscal Cliff Deal

With the countdown to the Fiscal Cliff now inside of two days, initial reports from Capitol Hill today don’t seem to hold out much hope for a deal: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still haven’t struck a deal to prevent taxes from rising on wage earners in the new year, sources say, as eleventh-hour […]

Obama Endorses Illinois Marriage Equality Efforts

With the recent successes for marriage equality at the ballot box, advocates are focusing their attention on other states where, pending whatever the Supreme Court may decided in its two same-sex marriage cases, efforts are proceeding to expand the number of states recognizing same-sex marriages. The first state that seems ripe for such an initiative […]

Obama’s Meet the Press Interview

Obama shows some spine.

Giving ‘Disposable Razor’ a New Meaning

Electric shavers have come down in price so much that it’s cheaper to buy a new one than a replacement head for your old one.

100th Anniversary of the Blues

The Blues began a century ago yesterday, with the release of WC Handy’s “Memphis Blues.”

Administrative Bloat at America’s Colleges and Universities

One major factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education in America is a huge increase in overhead costs.

President Bush 41 Out of Intensive Care

President George H. W. Bush has been moved out of the intensive care unit and seems to be improving nicely.

NYC Woman Arrested For Pushing Man In Front Of Subway Train, Claims It Was “An Act Against Muslims”

For the second time in less than a month, a man died after being pushed in front of an oncoming New York City subway train, only this time there’s a twist: A 31-year-old woman was being held by the police on Saturday, authorities said, in connection with the death of a man who was pushed […]

Alabama Judges Reschedules Trial Until After BCS Championship Game

They take their football very seriously down in Alabama apparently: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Birmingham lawyer Marcus Jones III got the miracle he was looking for this afternoon _ the delay of a trial so he could go to the BCS National Championship game in Miami on Jan. 7. His attendance at the game had looked […]

Ban On American Adoptions In Russia Signed Into Law

As expected, President Vladimir Putin has signed into a law a bill that bars adoptions of Russian orphans by American citizens: MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin signed a bill on Friday that bans the adoption of Russian children by American citizens, dealing a serious blow to an already strained diplomatic relationship. But for hundreds […]

Parent Of Sandy Hook Survivor Seeking $100 Million

The parent of one of the children who survived the December 14th shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has made a claim against the Newtown school system and other entities for $100 million: A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting […]

US Seeks Extradition of Mi Sangre

Via the BBC:  US requests Colombia Urabenos ‘gang leader’ extradition Prosecutors in the United States have requested the extradition of one of Colombia’s most wanted drug dealers, detained two months ago in Argentina. Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, known as Mi Sangre or My Blood, is the alleged leader of the Urabenos gang, which operates […]

Putting Tax Rates and “Socialism” in Perspective

Via the BBC:  French 75% income tax struck down by constitutional council France’s constitutional council has struck down a top income tax rate of 75% introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande. Raising taxes for those earning more than 1m euros (£817,400) has been a flagship policy for Mr Hollande. The policy angered France’s business community […]

California Gun Sales Up, Gun Violence Down

Recent events in California would suggest that the supposed connection between legal gun ownership and gun violence doesn’t really exist: Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data. Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 […]

Fiscal Cliff Attention Shifts To Senate

With just three days left in which they can hammer out a deal to avert at least part of the Fiscal Cliff, attention in Washington has narrowed and shifted to the Senate: WASHINGTON — At the urging of President Obama, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate set to work Friday night to assemble […]

Last Minute Chance For A Fiscal Cliff Deal?

President Obama will be meeting later this afternoon with the Republican and Democratic leaders from both the House and the Senate and, while there still doesn’t seem to be much optimism that a deal can be reached before the end of the year, word is spreading in Washington of what is likely the last chance […]

Institutions Matter: Just Look at the Congress

Representative democracy is a process of delegation of power to agents who act on behalf of citizens. The process of delegation matters.

What, no Freezers in Argentina?

Via the BBC:  Argentine ex-Finance Minister Miceli jailed for corruption Former Argentina Finance Minister Felisa Miceli has been sentenced to four years in prison for corruption. A court found her guilty of covering up an allegedly illegal financial operation and of obstructing justice. Mrs Miceli – who was also barred from public office for eight […]

It Pays to be Silvio’s Ex

Via the BBC:  Silvio Berlusconi ‘to pay ex-wife 36m euros a year

Congressional Gridlock And The Disappearing Swing District

There are very rational reasons behind the current gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Majority Have Positive View Of NRA

The National Rifle Association has taken some well deserved hits over its bungled response to the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, but a new poll indicates that a majority of the public still views the organization positively: More Americans have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association than unfavorable, according to a Gallup poll out […]

Jets’ McElroy Hid Concussion

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy was experiencing post-concussion syndrome but hid it from the team for days.

Norman Schwarzkopf Dead at 78

Associated Press/Bob Daugherty, File - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1991 file photo, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. He was 78. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File) l

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander during Operation Desert Storm, has died at the age of 78.

Taxing Ammunition

Taxing Ammunition Should Be Considered to Reduce Gun Violence

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Witch Doctor Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Filibuster

An attempt to declare the filibuster unconstitutional has ended in failure.

With Five Days Left, No Fiscal Cliff Deal In Sight

With less than a week left, the odds of a deal to avert the “Fiscal Cliff” seem longer than ever.

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

Marvel Kills Spider-Man Again

Issue #700 marks the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s run as that character. For now.

Hawaii’s Governor Appoints Lt. Governor To Replace Daniel Inouye

To the surprise of many political observers, Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie named his Lieutenant Governor to replace Daniel Inouye in the Senate: HONOLULU —Gov. Neil Abercrombie picked Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Wednesday to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the late Daniel K. Inouye. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell KITV4 […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Many Happy Returns Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Liability Insurance for Guns

Would Liability Insurance Help Minimize Threats to Public Safety?

Treasury Department: Debt Ceiling Will Be Reached On December 31st

The Treasury Department announced today that the nation would reach the legal borrowing limit established by Congress in August 2011 before the end of this year: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday that the nation’s statutory debt limit will be reached on December 31 and the Treasury Department will take “certain extraordinary measures” to […]

Former President George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized

For more than a month now, former President George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital as doctor’s try to deal with what appear to be persistent respiratory problems: A “stubborn” fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, […]

Forget The Fiscal Cliff, There’s Also A Milk Cliff.

Along with increased taxes, a loss of unemployment benefits, the return of the Payroll Tax, and the lack of any adjustments to the Alternative Minimum Tax, failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff” issues before December 31st could lead to a huge increase in the price of milk. Suzy Khimm explains how it could happen: Here’s how that […]

Has Social Media Taken The Sting Out Of Political Scandal?

Does the public still care about the personal transgressions of politicians? The evidence seems to suggest they don’t.

Inauguration Turnout Likely To Be Lower Than 2009

The crowd for the President’s Second Inauguration is likely to be far below 2009’s record crowd: Now that Christmas is over and New Year’s Day is just days away, the next big event on D.C. residents’ calenders is the inauguration. And while it will still be a D.C. party, this time around President Barack Obama […]

Virginia GOP Goes Redder as State Goes Purple

The bizarre dynamics of Virginia politics.

Speaker of the House Jon Huntsman?!

Norm Ornstein may have written the sillest op-ed of 2012.

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