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Post New Hampshire, Trump Clear Favorite with Four Plausible Challengers

Vote 2016

The GOP field is now down to five.

Pitfalls of ‘Bring Your Own Device’


Work Phones Are Being Phased Out at Banks

Rick Santorum Quits


As conjectured earlier, Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race after his embarrassing performance in the Iowa Caucuses, which he won last time. CNN: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is ending his presidential bid, two Republican sources told CNN. He is expected to make the announcement Wednesday night and will endorse a candidate. Santorum […]

ObamaCare’s Predicted Effects Coming True


Major carriers are reporting massive losses and demanding major rate hikes to cover the costs imposed by PPACA.

The State of Play Headed into New Hampshire


Clinton is a virtual lock for the Democratic nomination. Rubio is the most plausible Republican winner in a messy field.

Rand Paul Drops Out

Rand Paul

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination.

Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders Hold On To Solid Leads In New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders Donald Trump

With just over a week to go, the New Hampshire primary is being dominated by a bombastic New York celebrity and a septuagenarian Vermont socialist.

Trump, Clinton Hold Leads In Final Des Moines Register Iowa Poll

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton

The final Des Moines Register poll before Caucus Night shows Donald Trump leading the GOP field, and Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders, but much of the final outcome will depend on who shows up for the respective party caucuses.

Trumpless Debate Helped Bush, But Likely Not Enough


Last night’s Republican debate had a different feel with the absence of a certain bloviating narcissist.



Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen are leaving after a dispute with their chief investor.

Rush Limbaugh Really Doesn’t Get Donald Trump


Chris Cillizza thinks “Rush Limbaugh totally gets Donald Trump.” I disagree.

BREAKING: Ammon Bundy Arrested, One Killed, in Confrontation with Police

The Oregon standoff is over, with one unnamed fatality. WaPo‘s Sarah Kaplan Six people involved in the armed occupation of a Central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday. CNN: Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, […]

Blizzard Over; Shutdown to Last for Days


Not your average DC-area snowstorm.

Of Course ‘National Review’ Was Disinvited From the Debate


You can either be a partisan or a moderator.

Gillian Anderson Offered Half David Duchovny’s Pay for ‘X-Files’ Reunion


Is this really ‘infuriating’ news?

Glenn Frey, Eagles Founder, Dead at 67


Glenn Frey, bandleader of the Eagles, has died.

Rams Returning to Los Angeles; Chargers May Join Them


St. Louis will lose its second NFL team in 28 years as the Rams go home to LA.

93% of America’s Counties Still Haven’t Recovered from Great Recession


The economy is booming. Except where it’s not.

The Sagebrush Rebellion, the Bundys, and American Vigalantism


A look at the history behind the ideology driving the standoff in Oregon.

‘Militia’ Takes Over Federal Wildlife Refuge


A group led by Ammon Bundy, son of Clive Bundy, has taken over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon to protest somethingorother.

One Season, Two Directions


Alabama has won more games at the Cowboys’ home field this year than the Cowboys.

The Quixotic Quest for the Radical Center


Americans don’t trust their government or each other. There’s no reason to hope it’ll get better.

Internet Hoaxes Can’t Be Debunked Anymore


People don’t much care whether information supporting their prejudices is true.

Last Republican Debate of 2015 Open Thread


I skipped last night’s GOP debate in favor of a Christmas party with my students. The news accounts seem to indicate that it was mostly a series of one-liners. Did anything happen that would make people rethink Trump? Bring one of the single-digit candidates into the mix?

Is Ted Cruz Today’s Not-Trump or A Legitimate Contender?


It’s now the most hated man in the Senate’s turn in the sun. Can it last?

Pentagon May Declare Sixth Domain of War, Because Why the Hell Not?

Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence

For millennia,  warfare was conducted on the land or sea. About a century ago, we added a third domain, the air. Suddenly, we’ve gone domain happy, with the Air Force successfully lobbying to declare space and even “cyberspace” as separate domains. Now, there’s serious talk of declaring the electromagnetic spectrum its own domain, too. Mark […]

Blog Fatigue


As longtime OTB readers may have noticed, I’m not writing much these days.

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker


A pseudonymous government relations professional examines “The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad.”

America’s Massive Decline in Gun Violence


Mass shootings rightly grab our attention. But the obscure the overall picture of violent crime.

The Rug Rat Race


Paradoxically, the children of affluent parents are less happy than those of the poor.

ISIS is Winning


The United States and Europe are giving everything the perpetrators of the Paris attacks hoped for.

French Suicide Bomber Posed as Refugee


This was not only predictable but predicted.

Attack on France Is an Attack on the United States

A man holds up a sign which reads, "Je Suis Paris" ("I Am Paris") during a rally of solidarity outside the Consulate of France in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, to show his support to victims of the Paris attacks. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

We are legally, morally, and practically obligated to respond. Let’s not do so stupidly.

Missouri Professor Resigns After Not Canceling Exam


The racial saga at Mizzou has not been solved with the ouster of the president and chancellor.

DraftKings and FanDuel Banned in New York


New York’s attorney general has ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to stop taking entries in his state, ruling that they constitute illegal gambling.

Racial Tensions Getting Ugly at University of Missouri


Massive boycotts and protests likely spell the end of Tim Wolfe’s tenure as president.

High School Sexting Scandals The New Normal


Nude photos of hundreds of students in one Colorado high school are being distributed.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player


My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Republican Primary Rules Favor Centrists


Why Republicans nominate moderates for president and not other offices.

Ben Carson’s Sham Campaign Has Him Tied With Hillary Clinton


The juxtaposition of two headlines at memeorandum is amusing.

Republicans Trust Trump And Carson On The Economy, And Nukes, More Than Anyone Else

Ben Carson Donald Trump

Republicans have apparently gone insane.

Wild Swings in Republican Polling Continue


Another day, another poll.

ESPN Shutters Grantland, Continuing Recent Trend


To the surprise of few, Bill Simmons’ site didn’t long survive his departure.

Republican Race Status Quo in First Post-Debate Poll


The first poll after the third Republican debate, by Investor’s Business Daily, shows no substantial change. After taking a battering in last month’s poll, Donald Trump has re-emerged at the top of the Republican field in the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Support for Trump among registered Republicans and those leaning Republican is 28%; support for Carson […]

White House Refusing to Release Obama-Clinton Emails

White House View From Pennsylvania Avenue

Because that’s what White Houseses do.

Fixing the Debates

Republican Undercard Debate Aug 15

Everyone is sick of the current approach. The candidates are looking for a new one.

Rand Paul Promises To Filibuster Budget Deal, But He Won’t Be Able To Stop It

Rand Paul Senate Floor

Rand Paul is promising to filibuster the budget deal when it gets to the Senate, but it’s extremely unlikely he’ll be able to do anything but delay the inevitable.

Governing is Not Win-Lose


Compromise is simply necessary for the country to function.

Jeb Bush Campaign Just Mostly Dead


Several recent nominees were flailing at this point in those cycles.

This is Why Civilianizing Military Justice Can Work

Last week, War on The Rocks published my essay with James Weirick entitled “SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY AND THE UNLAWFUL COMMAND INFLUENCE CATCH-22.” They followed it with a response by Charlie Dunlap, formerly the number two lawyer in the Air Force, titled “CIVILIANIZING MILITARY JUSTICE? SORRY, IT CAN’T — AND SHOULDN’T — WORK.” Yesterday […]

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