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Marines Roll Sleeves; Soldiers Roll Eyes

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Rolling up your sleeves is hard if you’re a Marine.

Has Government Worker Pay Been Shrinking?

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Eric Katz of Government Executive points to “The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart.”

Only Nixon Could Go to China–Because Nobody Else Wanted To

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The opening to China was entirely Richard Nixon’s idea. Henry Kissinger opposed it vehemently.

AFSA Reviews Obama Appointments

I am inclined to defer to the president’s judgment in his or, possibly, her appointments and I think that Congress should do likewise. Following that rubric I have been predisposed not to question President Obama’s ambassadorial appointments. Appointing cronies and political allies as ambassadors, after all, goes back to the beginnings of the republic. However, […]

Will Fewer Soldiers and Marines Come with Fewer Wars?

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My latest for The National Interest, “Hagel’s Defense Cuts: The Least Bad Choice,” is out.

White House: U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan If Karzai Balks On New Troop Deal

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Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a new security agreement may result in all U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Debbie Dingell Wants To Continue Dingell Family’s Royalist Legacy

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Debbie Dingell, the wife of retiring Congressman John Dingell, apparently wants to follow in his footsteps: Democrat Debbie Dingell plans to run for the seat being vacated by her husband, Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), two senior Democratic strategists on Capitol Hill familiar with her plans told Post Politics. She will begin her campaign as the […]

HaHa Clinton-Dix Tired of Monica Lewinski Jokes

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Worst part about being named HaHa Clinton-Dix? ‘The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky’

GOP Lobbyist Drafting Bill To Ban Gays From NFL

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Jack Burkman, a K Street lobbyist who has previously served as a Legislative Aide for former Congressman Rick Lazio as well as being a radio host and frequent guest on Fox News Channel, tells The Hill that he wants to ban openly gay players from professional football: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would […]

Pentagon Defies Congress with Budget Request

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Poking the eye of the institution that passes your budget is a bold choice.

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill That U.S. Evangelicals Helped Write Into Law

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The President of Uganda has signed into law a bill that places severe criminal penalties on homosexuals: LONDON — Brushing aside Western threats and outrage, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda significantly strengthened Africa’s antigay movement on Monday, signing into law a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases, according […]

Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis In Texas

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Not surprisingly, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to have a healthy lead over Democratic challenger Wendy Davis in the Texas Govenor’s race: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new poll Monday. Forty-seven percent of voters said they back Abbott, while 36 percent would vote for […]

Congressman John Dingell To (Finally) Retire

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John Dingell, who has served in Congress longer than any other person in American history, announced this morning that he w0uld not be standing for re-election in 2014: Rep. John Dingell is leaving the Congress he’s served for longer than anyone else in United States history. At a luncheon Monday in his beloved Downriver, the […]

Poll: John Cornyn Holds Crushing Lead Over Tea Party Opponents

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The Texas Primaries are just over a week away now and, if the latest poll from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune is any indication, Senator Minority Whip John Cornyn should have no trouble disposing of his Tea Party backed opponents: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, facing a field of seven other Republican primary […]

OTB Caption Contest

Mahouts and their elephants take part in a mock fight as part of regular training exercises at an elephant conservation park in Ayutthaya province

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The I Didn’t Say Equal Opportunity Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

A Test of One’s Second Amendment Resolve

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Via WESH:  Blind man acquitted in fatal shooting gets guns back While Judge John Galluzzo said he did not want to return the guns to Rogers, he said it was the law. Rogers’ guns were confiscated by law-enforcement officers after he fatally shot a man. He was later acquitted. “I have to return property that […]

An Overview of the Venezuelan Economic Situation

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Via CNBC:  Venezuela after Chavez: An economy on the verge. The short version:  not good.

Maduro isn’t Chavez

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One thing is clear: Maduro lacks Chavez’s political skills.

Questions about Venezuela?

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Since I figure most folks only have a passing knowledge of Venezuela, I was curious if there were any specific questions about that I could attempt to answer.  I cannot guarantee that I can provide the answers, as I am not a country-expert on this topic, but ask away and we will see. 

Six Californias?

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A rich guy wants to break up California.

Yanukovych Out in Ukraine?

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been forced out of Kyiv—and possibly out of power entirely.

One Illustration Regarding Venezuela

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Despite good intentions, I have not had time to devote to a story that is quite important and is not receiving enough attention:  the events unfolding in Venezuela.  I hope to address some of the relevant issues over the weekend, but instead of trying to do it all in one mega-post, I will also draw […]

Garrick Utley Dead at 74

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Veteran newsman Garrick Utley has died from prostate cancer at the age of 74.

Dot Matrix Printer Plays “Eye of the Tiger”

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Here’s a dot matrix printer playing Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” It occurs to me that, while I’m old enough to have owned multiple dot matrix printers and watched “Rocky IV” when it was new—and, indeed, owned several “Survivor” albums–younger readers may have no idea what either of these things are. via Adam Weinstein

It Doesn’t Get Better

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This spoof on the poignant “It Gets Better” series is rather amusing:

Why Do American Politicians Wrap Themselves in ‘House of Cards’?

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Peggy Noonan asks an interesting question.

The Problem with the House GOP’s Position on Immigration Reform in One Chart

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Yes, the evidence shows you can trust Obama to enforce immigration laws.

H.R. McMaster Gets Third Star, Charge of Army Future

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A rather impressive recovery from a career that was mostly dead in 2007.

Paper Covers Rock!

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Sorry, that was what immediately came to mind upon seeing this photo in a piece in The Atlantic:   Pictured:  the late President Hugo Chávez (Ven), President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), President José Mujica (Uruguay), and  President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Arg).

The End of Work?

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What if the jobless recovery is but the beginning of a trend?

The More Things Change… (Argentine Debt Edition)

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Via the BBC:  Argentina tries to delay $1.3bn repayment to creditors Argentina will on Tuesday petition the US courts to try to stall a $1.3bn repayment to its creditors. If the petition to the Supreme Court is not successful, the country risks triggering a default and debt crisis. […] Argentina has already defaulted on its […]

Amusing Headline of the Day

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Via the BBC:  Synthetic lingerie ban in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. From the video clip: “Why are you afraid of panties?” she shouts.

Florida State University Emergency Meeting

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A cryptic AP report circulating this morning: Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet in an emergency session to discuss matters related to operation of the school. The meeting is planned for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. No further details were immediately available. Presumably, it’s relating to this news: Eric Barron isn’t sure when his last […]

Do Women Make Better Military Helicopter Pilots?

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One in ten Army helicopter pilot is a woman, yet men account for 97% of injuries in helicopter accidents.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Basic Math and Representative Blackburn

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Lack of understanding or basic dishonesty?

Who’s Writing Copy For Local News Broadcasts?

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Conan O’Brien noticed something really odd about a whole bunch of local news broadcasts who all seemed to do the same report about Valentine’s Day online: The only logical explanation I can come up with is that there’s someone writing the same copy for all these stations. Possibly because they’re all owned by the same […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Bathers play chess while relaxing in Szechenyi Bath during a winter morning in Budapest

The Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Headline Of The Day

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key: I Am Not A Shapeshifting Space Reptile Of course, this is exactly what you’d expect a Shapeshifting Space Reptile to say.

Man Arrested For DUI After Parrot Rats Him Out

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A man in Mexico was arrested for DUI after his parrot ratted him out: A Mexican motorist was busted drunken driving after his pet parakeet ratted him out to police. Guillermo Reyes, 49, was pulled over by traffic officers at a routine alcohol checkpoint in Mexico City last week. As he got out of his […]

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

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If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

Kentucky Conservatives Standing Behind McConnell Despite Debt Ceiling Vote

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among the dozen Republicans to vote for cloture this week on the bill to raise the debt ceiling, a vote which Tea Party and other groups backing his primary opponent Matt Bevin have been roundly condemning since it was cast in the hopes that it would be ammunition against […]

When Will It Not Be News That Someone Is Gay?

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Ellen Page is gay. So is Michael Sam. Shouldn’t we be aiming for the day when the response to news like this is “So what?”

We’re 46th! USA!

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This is disturbing (or, at least, it ought to be), via Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic:    The United States Just Finished 46th in a Press-Freedom Contest Every year, Reporters Without Borders ranks 180 countries in order of how well they safeguard press freedom. This year, the United States suffered a precipitous drop. The latest Press […]

25% Of Americans Think The Sun Goes Around The Earth

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Further evidence of the deplorable state of science education: A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation. The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF […]

The Tea Party’s Position On The Debt Ceiling Is Fiscally And Politically Irresponsible

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Refusing to raise the debt ceiling does nothing at all to control spending.

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California Law On Carrying Guns In Public

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Another Circuit Court finds that the Second Amendment protects a right to carry a weapon in public.

Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Reject Unionization

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A big setback for the UAW.

NBC’s Rogue Sochi Starbucks

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They really love their Starbucks at NBC–and not just on “Morning Joe.”

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