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Law School Applications Nearing 30 Year Low

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Applications to America’s Law Schools are down, because the nature of the legal profession is changing.

OTB Turns 10

It has just occurred to me that today marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of OTB. I started the site with an “I’m here” posting at 9:37 am on the old blogspot service. About a quarter of the posts the first few weeks were bitching about the old blogspot service. I finally launched at […]

President’s Jobs Council Shuts Down, Jobs Crisis Continues Forward

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Two years ago, the President formed a “Jobs Council” made up of CEO’s and other executives from some of America’s largest companies. The last time that council met was in January of last year, and it’s now being formally disbanded: The panel of CEOs, labor leaders and economists President Barack Obama tapped in 2011 to […]

Another Democratic Senator Comes Out Against Assault Weapons Ban

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The prospects of an assault weapons ban actually making it through Congress appear to be growing dimmer by the day. During yesterday’s hearings on gun control, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy made it clear that he was not at all inclined to support such a ban, which means it may have a rough time in […]

The Role of Editors

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I have over the years been both editor and edited; currently, I’m both, often in the same day. Some thoughts on the relationship.

Fox News Hits 12 Year Ratings Low

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For whatever reason, Fox News has become somewhat less of a ratings behemoth than it used to be: Fox News had its worst primetime ratings among a key group of viewers since 2001 in January, according to the latest figures. The network had a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic in primetime and fell to its […]

Coca, Cocaine, and Cola

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Plus some thoughts on prohibitionist policies (because sometimes a Quick Pick grows in the making).

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Thudsay OTB Caption ContestTM

Russian Family Lived Alone For 40 Years,

There’s an absolutely fascinating account in Smithsonian magazine of a Russian family that lived in a remote part of Siberia with no contact with other people for 40 years from the mid-1930s  until they were discovered in 1978: The Lykov children knew there were places called cities where humans lived crammed together in tall buildings. They had […]

Initial GDP Report Shows Economy Contracting In Final Quarter Of 2012

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Some surprisingly bad economic news

The Army is Not the NFL

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A retired Marine gunny argues that women should not be in the infantry since they’re not in the National Football League.

Virginia Electoral College Reform Bill Fails

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Virginia has decisively killed a bill that would have awarded the Commonwealth’s electoral votes to the winner of gerrymandered congressional districts rather than the statewide winner.

Killer Kitties Create Carnage

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The New York Times breaks the shocking story (“That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think”) that cats kill birds and small mammals.

Gitmo Closing Office Closed; Gitmo Still Open

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The office working to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has been closed.

Iraq War Vet Gets Double Arm Transplant

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I first heard about this story this morning on D.C.’s news radio station as I was driving to a morning appointment, and I find it utterly fascinating: It was an exciting day for a 26-year-old veteran, the first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq War. On Tuesday, Brendan Marrocco wheeled himself into a […]

John Kerry Confirmed As 68th Secretary Of State

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Not surprisingly, John Kerry has been confirmed as Hillary Clinton’s successor at Foggy Bottom: The Senate voted 94 to 3 Tuesday to approve Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of state, with bipartisan tributes and a few words of caution. Kerry is set to formally take over from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton […]

The Death Of The Twinkie Was Greatly Exaggerated

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Hostess is close to a deal to sell several of it’s baked good brands, including the Twinkie: Hostess Brands Inc. is nearing a deal to sell its Twinkie brand and other cakes to private-equity firms Apollo Global ManagementLLC and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. for more than $400 million, said people familiar […]

Chris Christie Is Looking Unbeatable

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Chris Christie looks unstoppable in his bid for re-election

Majority Backs Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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With the immigration battle just beginning to heat up, a new poll finds that a slim majority of Americans supports the idea of allowing people here illegally to become legalized, and eventually, citizens of the United States: A slim majority of Americans believe that illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the United States […]

A Second, Less Republican, Republican Party?

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David Brooks has an idea that only David Brooks could love.

Ray LaHood To Leave As Transportation Secretary

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There’s more change coming to the Obama Cabinet: WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still in President Obama’s first-term Cabinet, said Tuesday he plans to leave the Obama administration. LaHood, a former congressman from Illinois, pushed for greater safety on the highways and in the air. He led the Transportation Department throughout […]

UK Sends Troops to Mali and West Africa

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Via the BBC:  Mali crisis: 350 UK military personnel sent to West Africa The UK is to deploy about 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces, No 10 has said. This includes as many as 40 military advisers who will train soldiers in Mali and 200 British soldiers to be […]

Egyptian Military Chief Warns of “collapse of the state”

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Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis "The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations," Gen Sisi, who is also Egypt’s defence minister, said. He said the economic, political and social […]

Virginia May Legalize Shacking Up

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Since 1877, it has been illegal for unmarried Virginia couples to cohabitate. That may soon change.

Team Obama Helped Clinton Retire 2008 Campaign Debt

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Obama’s fundraising team helped raise half a million dollars for Hillary Clinton.

Virginia Considers Moving Into The 21st Century

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If you live in Virginia and you’re shacking up with your significant other, you’re actually breaking the law. Thankfully, the state legislature may come to your rescue: RICHMOND — A Senate panel on Monday unanimously advanced a bill to repeal an old law that makes it illegal for unmarried couples to live together in Virginia. It is a misdemeanor […]

Katherine Applegate Wins Newbery Medal for ‘The One and Only Ivan’

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Katherine Applegate, long suffering spouse of frequent OTB commenter Michael Reynolds, has been awarded the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children for The One and Only Ivan.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Arachnid The Kid Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Report: Israel Forced Ethiopian Jews To Take Birth Control Without Their Knowledge Or Consent

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A truly shocking story out of Israel: Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent. The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report […]

Ariel Sharon Showing Signs Of Brain Activity Seven Years After Stroke

It’s been seven years since former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a series of strokes that sent him into something that seems similar to a coma, but now we’re learning that there’s more activity going on in his brain than anticipated: (CNN) – Comatose for seven years, Israel’s iconic former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is […]

Boy Scouts Rethinking Gay Exclusion

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The Boy Scouts is strongly reconsidering its ban on gays.

Observations on Comparative Politics. Exceptionalism, and Party Systems

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The following, from an interview in Haaretz with Mark Mellman, a US political consultant who worke din the recent Israeli elections with Yair Lapid, is an excellent definition of comparative politics (although that is not the intent): Q. But people in Israel think that we are unique A. What would be truly unique is if […]

Bipartisan Senate Group Reaches Immigration Deal

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A good start toward solving a long standing problem.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Military Family Divided By Women’s Role

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Greg Jaffe has an outstanding feature titled “In one Army family, women in combat evokes two different perspectives.”

Republicans Still Sticking Their Heads In The Sand

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The GOP seems to be drawing all the wrong lessons from the 2012 elections.

Tom Harkin Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election In 2014

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The mid-term elections are still more than a year and a half away, with Tom Harkin of Iowa becoming the fourth Senator to make that announcement in just a month: Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin announced Saturday he will not seek re-election in 2014, giving Republicans a shot at picking up his seat. “It’ll be wide-open as […]

A Glimpse Inside The Horror That Is North Korea

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The London Telegraph has video that purportedly comes from North Korean dissidents intent on capturing the reality of life inside their country, it is nothing other than horrifying and utterly sad:

Sarah Palin Is Out At Fox News Channel

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel have parted ways: After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation’s highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor. “It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract […]

Appeals Court Declares Obama Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

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A potentially significant ruling on Separation Of Powers.

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss To Retire

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Two-term Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss will not seek re-election in 2014.

Allocating Electoral Votes By Congressional District Is A Bad Idea

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Some proposed reforms just need to be ignored.

J.J. Abrams To Direct New Star Wars Movie

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With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney complete, the rumor mill is filled with Star Wars rumors, and the latest is quite interesting: Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be helming the next Star Wars movie. “It’s done deal with J.J.,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Deadline today. Argo director Ben Affleck was also up for the gig, the […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The President Fauxbama Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Clint Eastwood’s Chair Finds A New Home

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The chair used by Clint Eastwood in his bizarre speech at the Republican National Convention has found a new home: The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone’s throw away from the U.S. Capitol. That’s right, the chair Clint Eastwood […]

The GOP Civil War Continues Apace

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Republicans continue to fight over their party’s future.

Documents Confirm That Cardinal Mahoney Shielded Priests Who Abused Children

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Another example of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of priests who abused children is coming out of Los Angeles: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, for more than 25 years the savvy shepherd of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, retired nearly two years ago to a renovated yellow house behind his childhood parish, pledging to stay in the spotlight by […]

GOP Congressman: Obama Only Upholds The Soviet Constitution

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Ladies and gentleman, Congressman Paul Broun: Up in Washington, during a conversation Tuesday afternoon about the debt ceiling and the ongoing budget battles, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy asked U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, an Athens Republican, if his role in Congress is to pull the House Republican leadership to the right – given that he is […]

McConnell And Reid Reach Filibuster Deal

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Once again, the filibuster survives. Nobody should be surprised.

GOP Swings And Misses At Clinton Benghazi Hearings

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Despite some tough questions, Congressional Republicans didn’t land a glove on Secretary of State Clinton.

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