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The Republican Party Jumps the Shark

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In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

The Steady Decline of News

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The business of the media is business. Business is not good.

Cruz Likeliest Winner in Contested GOP Convention

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The second place finisher in the Republican primaries is looking like the first loser.

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

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A country music legend has passed.

Bernie Sanders Exposed?

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How much command of detail should we demand of presidential candidates?

Anybody But Trump. Except Cruz.

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Is Ted Cruz really the only alternative to Donald Trump?

Site Woes

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We appear to be under some sort of hacking attack.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

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Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Clinton and Trump Move Closer to Nomination; Brokered Convention Last Hope

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The alternatives to Trump vs Clinton are getting into the realm of fantasy.

Rigor in Professional Military Education

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “Professional Military Education and the Rigor Problem, has posted.

Pat Conroy, Lords of Discipline Author, Dead at 70

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The great author Pat Conroy has died, aged 70, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

You’ve Thanked Us Plenty for Our Service

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

My latest for RealClearDefense, “The Forgotten Veterans of Desert Storm,” has posted. The headline belies the argument.

The End of the Republican Party As We Know It?

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Ronald Reagan famously claimed, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” I’m going through the process in reverse.

Kasich It Is

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For probably the first time since I started voting back in 1984, I went to the polls this morning unsure for whom I was going to vote. As I noted Saturday, I was torn between voting for John Kasich, the candidate I’d most like to see as president, and Marco Rubio, the acceptable-to-me candidate with […]

Ex-CIA Chief Says Military Would Have to Disobey President Trump

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Michael Hayden notes that many of Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions are illegal.

Trump Wants to Repeal First Amendment

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The Republican frontrunner doesn’t want newspapers to be able to write negative stories about him.

Kasich or Rubio?

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I’m torn between my preferred candidate and an acceptable candidate who’s more likely to win.

The Revolt Against Politics

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David Brooks has articulated a frustration many of us share.

Melissa Harris-Perry Doesn’t Understand TV

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The host of a weekend show on MSNBC is angry that the network wants her to talk about the presidential race.

No, Democrats Aren’t ‘Screwing’ Military Voters

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It’s hard to caucus away from home.

The ‘West Wing’ Solution to the Scalia Vacancy

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What would Jed Bartlet do?

Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dead at 93

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The godfather of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine has passed.

Chris Christie Expected to Quit Race

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is “expected” to drop his bid for the Republican nomination after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

Post New Hampshire, Trump Clear Favorite with Four Plausible Challengers

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The GOP field is now down to five.

Pitfalls of ‘Bring Your Own Device’

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Work Phones Are Being Phased Out at Banks

Rick Santorum Quits

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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

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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

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

Rand Paul Drops Out

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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

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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

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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

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

POLITICO to Leave POLITICO

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

Rush Limbaugh Really Doesn’t Get Donald Trump

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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

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Not your average DC-area snowstorm.

Of Course ‘National Review’ Was Disinvited From the Debate

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You can either be a partisan or a moderator.

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

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Is this really ‘infuriating’ news?

Glenn Frey, Eagles Founder, Dead at 67

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Glenn Frey, bandleader of the Eagles, has died.

Rams Returning to Los Angeles; Chargers May Join Them

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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

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

The Sagebrush Rebellion, the Bundys, and American Vigalantism

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

‘Militia’ Takes Over Federal Wildlife Refuge

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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

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

The Quixotic Quest for the Radical Center

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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

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

Last Republican Debate of 2015 Open Thread

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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?

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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?

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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

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

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