Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

The UK’s longest-reigning monarch has passed, aged 96.

Federal Employees Take Another Pay Cut

What’s being billed as the largest hike in years is anything but.

U.S. Kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda Founder and Leader

A precision drone strike on a balcony in Kabul took out a longtime nemesis.

Military Recruiting Woes

The US armed forces are looking for a few more good men and women.

Takeaways From the Takeaways

It’s not all about Trump.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Less Popular Than Worst President Ever

He’s underwater and not going to take it anymore.

January 6 Committee Divided on Which Non-Starter Recommendations to Make

They’re taking their eye off the ball.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

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Russia Loses Another Top General

They have lost at least seven.

Some Thoughts on “Cancel Culture”

Thomas gets the ball rolling, and I take off from there.

Putin’s War Gets Closer to NATO

Strikes near the Polish border show the real possibility of escalation.

It’s Not Time To Eulogize The Old Order

Pundits like Thomas Friedman struggle with premature prognostication.

P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

The great conservative humorist is gone at 74.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Stupid 2024 Fantasies II

Hillary Clinton edition.

January 6th Yeah But-ism

Yes the riots were a disgrace but the Democrats . . . .

If It Was an Insurrection, Why Hasn’t Anyone Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’?

It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.

Hezbollah in Latin America! (Part Gazillion)

A possible murder plot in Colombia embedded into a problematic multi-decade narrative.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

DC Circuit Delays Trump Paper Release

The matter of Executive Privilege and former Presidents is settled law.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Stu Scheller’s Sideshow

The convicted criminal has taken his shenanigans to court.

Biden’s Polls and Magical Thinking

The President’s approval has plummeted, largely because of factors outside his control.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

More Tabs to Clear

Steve Story, 1976-2021

We have good reason to believe that a longtime member of the OTB community has passed.

A Photo for Friday

“Contemplation”

9/11 at 20

Two decades after a day we’ll not forget.

OTB 2003 Revisited

A blast from the past.

9/11 20th Forum

Moulton and Meijer Make Unauthorized Afghanistan Trip

Grandstanding in the midst of chaos is a bad look.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Vaccination Speech

The President hit all the right notes.

Afghan War: Twenty Years For Nothing

Our last-ditch airstrikes only postpone the inevitable.

Biden’s Plunging Job Approval!

Democrats and Independents are losing their enthusiasm. But some perspective is needed.

Americans Sneak Out of Bagram in Darkness

A shameful exit from an ill-conceived war.

The Impending Fall of Afghanistan

For years, American troops fought a ‘forever war’ to delay the inevitable. It’s now coming.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

Congress May Repeal Iraq AUMF

A meaningless gesture that’s long overdue.

Who’s to Blame for the War Dead?

The answer seems simple but it isn’t.

My Two Cents on a 1/6 Commission

We need what we aren’t going to get.

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

Counterpoint: The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

I think this underscores the problem with the 60-vote requirement.

The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Half-Mast or Half-Assed?

A powerful symbol has been robbed of its significance.

McConnell’s Statement on Afghanistan

Yes, it’s complicated, but it is also time to stop relying on cliches.

Leaving Afghanistan After Only 20 Years

Four administrations and two decades later, it’s about to be over.

Performative Leadership

The downfall of Andrew Cuomo shines a light on toxic workplaces and governance styles.

On Coups, Insurrections, and Security Theater

Reflections on the events of 6 January two months later.