Cap Gun Gets Maryland 5 Year-Old Suspended, Interrogated Without Parents Present

The insanity of “Zero Tolerance” policies.

Suspect Ordered To Provide Decryption Password: A Fifth Amendment Violation?

New developments in a still very new area of the law.

When Presidents Used The IRS For Political Purposes

The Christian Science Monitor details some instances from history when Presidents, or those under them, have used the IRS to target political opponents. I was aware, of course, of Nixon’s use of the IRS during Watergate. I was surprised by some of the other names on the list. Via Facebook  

Douglas Shulman’s 157 Visits To The White House: Less Than Meets The Eye

Apparently, some people don’t want to let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

Democrat Who Nearly Beat Michele Bachmann Won’t Run For Her Seat

Jim Graves, who came within 4,300 votes of defeating Michele Bachmann last year, will not be running for her seat now that she’s retiring: Minnesota businessman Jim Graves, a top Democratic recruit who had been planning a rematch against Rep. Michele Bachmann next year, abruptly suspended his campaign Friday morning — two days after Bachmann […]

Headline Of The Day

Democrat State Senator resigning after purchasing porn, male enhancement pills with campaign funds Yea, there’s not much to add to that, but click on over if you want the, umm, details.

Texas Man Gets 50 Years For Stealing Baby-Back Ribs

Apparently, they take their ribs quite seriously in Texas: All Willie Smith Ward wanted was his baby-back ribs, but it cost him 50 years in prison. His problems started when he tucked a large rack under his shirt and tried to leave the H-E-B store at 1102 Speight Ave. without paying in September 2011. A […]

Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers Take A Dip

According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers have taken a hit over the months since she  left office, primarily it would seem due to the slow drip of ongoing news regarding the attack in Benghazi last September: Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating dropped significantly in a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, as the […]

Mitt Romney Stepping Back Into Political Arena

Mitt Romney returns from the political graveyard.

Amelia Earhart’s Plane Found?

The continuing effort to solve a nearly 76 year old mystery may have found something interesting: A grainy sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati might represent the remains of the Electra, the two-engine aircraft legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was piloting when she vanished on July 2, […]

FBI Narrative Of Shooting Of Alleged Tsarnaev Acquaintance Questioned

Last week, we learned that a Florida man who had been an acquaintance of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev while he lived in Boston had been shot to death by FBI agents when some kind of confrontation developed while he was being question. Yesterday, the family of that man started raising questions about what actually happened […]

Jeb Bush Laughs Off His Mom’s Comments About Running For President

Last month when she was being interviewed as part of the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Barbara Bush, the matriarch of  the Bush clan, said she didn’t believe her son Jeb should run for President because there have already been too many Bush’s in politics. Well, Jeb doesn’t seem to agree: Jeb […]

Open IRS/501(c)4 Discussion: Crime and Damages

Today on the Rush Limbaugh Show guest host Doug Urbanski asked the following open-ended question about the “IRS Scandal”: “Why has no one been fired or arrested for this clearly criminal activity?” That comment led me to some linked questions that I’m currently working my way through. I thought that OTB readers (in particularly lawyers – […]

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Ruling Against Effort To Block Planned Parenthood Funding

The Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal of a case in which Indiana’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood had been blocked by a Federal Court.

First Quarter GDP Revised Slightly Downward

The first revision to the first quarter GDP report released last month came out this morning and it showed a slight revision downward, but otherwise actually had some positive news: WASHINGTON — A drop in government spending dragged more on the U.S. economy than initially thought in the first three months of the year, although […]

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

Out of Chicago, we see yet another example of the contraction of the newspaper business: The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers going forward, the newspaper said. About 20 full-times staffers received the news Thursday morning, according to sources familiar with the situation. Here’s the paper’s […]

Media Organizations Turning Down Holder’s Request For Off The Record Meeting

Caught up in controversy over subpoenas directed at the Associated Press and Fox News reporter James Rosen, Attorney General Eric Holder proposed earlier this week holding off the record meetings with all of the major news organizations. For the most part, media organizations are turning down that request: Several news organizations have announced they will […]

Dog Bites One Third of Homeowner’s Insurance Claims

While most of us buy homeowner’s insurance to protect against storm damage and theft, injuries caused by dogs account for a third of all damage payouts.

Ricin-Tainted Letter Sent To Mike Bloomberg

A letter apparently tainted with a crude form of ricin was sent to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg: Letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun violence group appeared to include the substance ricin and also issued threats to Bloomberg that referenced gun issues, the chief spokesman for the New […]

Syria Says It Has Recieved Russian Air Defense Missiles

The Syrian government is claiming that it has received delivery of the Russian air defense missiles I wrote about yesterday: BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a television interview to be broadcast on Thursday that Russia has delivered S-300 air defense missiles to his country, weapons that Israel has said present […]

Anthony Weiner Looking For Interns

Oh, this will end well: Calling all co-eds — sexting king Anthony Weiner wants you! The mayoral wild card has put out a call for passionate young campaign interns who can handle both the rigors of his bizarre bid for mayor and the snickers they’re sure to get from their friends and family. “If you […]

D.C. Area Not Feeling Much Pain From Sequester

Among other dire predictions regarding the impact of the sequestration cuts, the run-up to those cuts going into effect included predictions that the Washington D.C. area, where the Federal Government and contractors that do business with it is a large economic force, would feel the impact of those cuts quite harshly. As with other pre-sequestration […]

Lincoln Chafee Officially a Democrat

The former Republican Senator and current Independent governor has come full circle.

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

The Wetumpka Tea Party and Defining “Potential Political Cases”

When does politics become the “primary activity” of a 501(c)4?

Headline Of The Day

Woman has quadruple amputation after black market silicone butt injections I hate when that happens.

Lebron James Looking For Interns To Build His Website For Free

Lebron James wants to hire interns to help build his web presence: Even though LeBron James is getting ready for Game 4 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, he still has time to share with the world that he is looking for a couple of star interns. Early Tuesday, […]

Fort Hood Gunman Wants To Represent Himself At Court Martial

Major Nidal Hassan is asking a military judge to allow him to represent himself in his Court Martial related to the murder charges brought against him for the shootings at Fort Hood: SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan will ask a U.S. military court on Wednesday to rule he can […]

America’s Problems Solved, Congress Now Wants To Change The Redskins’ Name

Apparently, our biggest problem in America is now the name of an NFL franchise.

McAuliffe Leading Virginia Governor’s Race Between Two Guys Voters Don’t Like

Virginia’s voters really don’t seem to like their choices for Governor.

Harry Reid: We Have The Votes To Pass Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he believes that he has the votes to pass immigration reform in the Senate: In the wide ranging, 30-minute interview, Reid also disputed a recent claim by Sen. Bob Menendez that the Senate does not have 60 votes to pass the Gang of 8’s immigration reform bill, which […]

That Term Most Definitely Does not Mean what you Think it Means

Filling normal vacancies on the bench is not “packing the court.”

US Embassy Staff in Caracas Injured at Strip Club

Via the BBC:  US embassy staff hurt in Caracas strip club shooting Two US embassy officials have been injured in a shooting after a brawl at a nightclub in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, police said. The incident reportedly took place at the Antonella 2012 Club, a pole dancing bar in the Chacao neighbourhood. The best […]

Another Shortage in Venezuela

Via the BBC:  Venezuela Catholic Church ‘running out of wine’ The Catholic Church in Venezuela has said it is running out of wine to celebrate Mass because of nationwide shortages of basic supplies. It said the scarcity of some products had forced the country’s "only wine maker" to stop selling to the Church. Critics blame […]

Newsweek For Sale

Variety  is reporting that Newsweek, which is presently part of The Daily Beast media world, is up for sale: Newsweek appears to be on the block — again. According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic […]

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, And The Rules Of Evidence

It’s time to take a look at the pre-trial issues in what is likely to be the trial of the Summer of 2013.

Public Opposes Spending Offsets For Disaster Aid

The public isn’t too supportive of the Republican idea that disaster relief ought to be offset by spending cuts elsewhere: When it comes to disasters, Americans have one word of advice for the federal government: spend. A Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday found 59 percent of the public doesn’t believe disaster aid should be offset […]

Michele Bachmann Won’t Run For Re-Election

Faced with the twin threats of a growing ethics investigation and the prospect of a repeat fight with a challenger that came close to beating her in 2012, Michele Bachmann announced last night that she will not be running for re-election: Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican who made an ill-fated run for the Republican […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Just Say No To Special Prosecutors

Republicans should reject the calls to call for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the unfolding scandals in Washington.

Report: Obama Asks Pentagon For Plan For Syria No-Fly Zone

Josh Rogin is out with an exclusive report that could indicate that President Obama is preparing to substantially increase the nation’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War: The White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced by the U.S. and other countries such […]

For Now, Rand Paul Says He’s Running For Re-Election To The Senate

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is being talked about as a candidate for President in 2016, but for now he says he’s running for re-election to his Senate seat: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that he would seek reelection in 2016, even as he’s widely seen as having interest in a presidential run that year. […]

Weiner Gains Ground In The Polls, But It Likely Won’t Be Enough

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s first week in the race for the Democratic nomination for New York City Mayor has gone very well for him, but he still seems to be far from his goal of winning: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has slashed away at frontrunner Christine Quinn’s lead in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, […]

Bloggers, Media Shield Laws, And The First Amendment

Should bloggers be treated the same as “journalists” for the purpose of the protections granted by media shield laws?

Google To Use Blimps To Bring Broadband To Africa And Asia

One of the biggest problems faced in bringing the Internet to poorer parts of the world is the fact that these areas lack the infrastructure necessary to bring high-speed internet access to the people, specifically the network of above and below ground wires that bring the Internet to the homes of millions of Americans and […]

Three Miles Of Traffic Cameras Net Washington D.C. $28 Million

The Washington Post reports that one three mile stretch of road in Washington, D.C. has been very profitable: There are seasons when New York Avenue seems pocked with potholes, but for the District it is paved with gold. It likely is one of the most lucrative streets in the world when it comes to collecting a […]

Quote Of The Day

I confess, without shame, I am sick and tired of fighting—its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands and fathers … tis only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the […]

Another Big Month Ahead For The Supreme Court

It’s going to be another eventful month for the Supreme Court.

French Reporters Catalogue Syrian Chemical Warfare Attacks

Reporters for LeMonde have catalogued what appears to be increasing use of chemical weapons against rebels by the Syrian government’s forces including attacks experienced personally by the reporters: At first, there is only a little sound, a metallic ping, almost a click. And in the confusion of daily combat in Jobar’s Bahra 1 sector, this […]

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