Marines Roll Sleeves; Soldiers Roll Eyes

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

Has Government Worker Pay Been Shrinking?

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

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

Will Fewer Soldiers and Marines Come with Fewer Wars?

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

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.

HaHa Clinton-Dix Tired of Monica Lewinski Jokes

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

Pentagon Defies Congress with Budget Request

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

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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

Maduro isn’t Chavez

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

Six Californias?

A rich guy wants to break up California.

Yanukovych Out in Ukraine?

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

Garrick Utley Dead at 74

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

It Doesn’t Get Better

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

Peggy Noonan asks an interesting question.

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

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

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

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

Paper Covers Rock!

The End of Work?

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

Do Women Make Better Military Helicopter Pilots?

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

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Basic Math and Representative Blackburn

Lack of understanding or basic dishonesty?

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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

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

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

When Will It Not Be News That Someone Is Gay?

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!

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

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

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California Law On Carrying Guns In Public

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

Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Reject Unionization

A big setback for the UAW.

NBC’s Rogue Sochi Starbucks

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

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