Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

It’s Thanksgiving, So Of Course People Want You To Start Political Fights With Your Relatives

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to start a political fight with your family!

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Last Dance Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

To no real surprise, the Obama Administration has rejected the application to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is likely to remain an issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign, though.

TransCanada Asks For Delay In Keystone XL Pipeline Review

Another piece of news that all but guarantees the fate of the Keystone XL project will not be resolved before President Obama leaves office.

Paul Ryan Easily Elected Speaker Of The House

With only a handful of opposition, Paul Ryan was easily elected the 62nd Speaker of the House.

Waiting For Joe Biden

According to reports, Vice-President Biden may or may not be close to a decision about running for President, and he may or may not be running.

Of Course the Pope is Political

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

Can Lindsey Graham Win?

The NYT paints the longshot senator as a happy warrior trying to win the White House by doing it his way.

A New Era for Conservatives?

The events of the past two weeks could allow the Republican Party to move forward.

Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

Lindsey Graham Begins His Long Shot Bid For The Presidency

Lindsey Graham is the latest entrant into the Presidential race, but it’s hard to see how he gets out of the bottom of the polls.

Bernie Sanders ‘Gaining Momentum’ and Drawing ‘Overflow Crowds’

The New York Times really, really wants a horse race for the Democratic nomination.

What Can Republicans Learn From The Tory Victory In Great Britain?

Republicans could learn a few things from the Tory victory in the recent British elections, but they are in danger of drawing the wrong conclusions.

George Stephanopoulos And A Question Of Journalistic Ethics

George Stephanopoulos’ s ties to the Clinton’s have always raised questions about his objectivity. Now, there’s further reason to doubt that he can play fair when the Clinton’s are part of the story he’s covering.

Bill Clinton’s Response To Reports About His Foundation Is About What You’d Expect

Former President Clinton doesn’t seem to get it. Or, does he?

Clintons Most Successful, Most Controversial ‘Power Couple’

A series of mini-scandals point to the conflicts of interest around the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton Faces New Revelations About Questionable Donations To Clinton Foundation

A new report ties undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation to a Russian company’s acquisition of controlling interest in a major uranium mining company.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Don’t Know Much about Foreign Policy: The Senate 47

Amateurish? Condescending? Yes. Treasonous? No.

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

IR TOs WH NSS

Most in the international relations community are not amused by the president’s National Security Strategy.

Obama’s National-Security Wish List

The first installment of my analysis of the National Security Strategy.

The Anti-Vaccination Thing

The debate over whether kids need to be vaccinated against communicable diseases baffles me.

Obama And Congress Headed For First Confrontation Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Just one day into the new Congress, the first confrontation is already set.

Despite Last Minute Drama, House Narrowly Passes Bill To Fund Most Of The Government

Despite opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, the compromise budget resolution passed narrowly last night, but not without some last minute drama

How To Argue With Family About Controversial Political Topics At Thanksgiving: Don’t

Today is a day for turkey and football, not a day for politics.

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

News Media Mostly Ignoring Iraq War Critics

When it comes to Iraq, the media only seems to be giving Americans one side of the story.

Speaker Boehner To File Lawsuit Against Obama Over Executive Actions

A clash over Separation Of Power and the Imperial Presidency, coming soon to a Federal District Court in Washington, D.C.

On Many Issues, The Tea Party Is Out Of Step With The American Public

The people with the biggest voices in the GOP seem to be leading it to positions that most Americans disagree with.

Obama’s New Carbon Rules Pose Political And Economic Risks For Questionable Benefits

The EPA’s new carbon rules leave much to be desired.

House Science Committee Has Investigated Aliens More Than It Has Investigated Climate Change

Not much science from the Congressional Committees devoted to science.

Associated Press Wants Reporters To Keep It Short

The Associated Press doesn’t want its reporters to get too wordy.

Like Every Other Senator, Marco Rubio Thinks He’s Ready To Be President

The junior Senator from Florida drops some hints.

Obama’s Poll Numbers Dip Again, Time For Democrats To Worry

A grim new poll for the President and his Democratic allies.

Eyewitness Testimony: Don’t Believe Your Eyes

Contrary to popular belief, eyewitness testimony is often quite unreliable.

Basic Math and Representative Blackburn

Lack of understanding or basic dishonesty?

Texas May Block Biology Textbook Because Of Evolution

Once again, some groups in Texas are trying to block approval of a science textbook because it is too deferential to Evolution.

November 5th Not Looking Good For Virginia Republicans

With debate season over, it’s looking less and less likely that Virginia Republicans will be able to hold back the Democrats on November 5th.

For The Eighth Time, Obama Pivots To The Economy

Time to “pivot to the economy” again.