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.

Fact-Checking in a Fact-Free World

Debunking urban legends and Internet rumors is harder than it used to be.

POTUS Should Be Just A Job

The distance in accountability between the highest and the lowest must be shortened.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Stripped of Committee Assignments

House Democrats have done what their Republican colleagues refused to do.

Assessing the Party Fringes

AOC v. MTG: one of these things is not like the other.

Freedom, Security, and Insurrection

The aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riots runs into the First Amendment,

Trump Impeached Once More with Feeling

The 45th President will go down in infamy, setting a record that’s unlikely to be broken.

Capitol Riot Could Have Been Much Worse

The live coverage of Wednesday’s assault on American democracy underplayed its seriousness.

The Faceless Pandemic

It’s easy to mismanage what we don’t have to see.

Covid Deaths Continue to Mount

Meanwhile, a report states that a Trump admin official pushed infections to promote herd immunity.

More Nonsense About the Election

A shadowy flight into the realm of evidence that does not exist.

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

America’s Slow Presidential Transitions

Why isn’t Joe Biden President already?

More Kook Than Coup

A shameful farce continues to unfold.

Al Qaeda Deputy Killed in Iran

The man behind the 1998 embassy attacks is dead.

The Proud Boys Heard Trump Loud and Clear

They are standing by as ordered.

Comparative Approval Ratings

Is Trump really an outlier?

Considering US Attitudes toward Latin America

Pondering lack of US interest in our friends to the south.

Harris and Racial Labels

There are different, and not equally good, reasons to talk about labels.

In Response to John Podhoretz’s Latest Column

Shame on him for defending authoritarian actions.

Police Shouldn’t Be Anonymous

Cops aren’t soldiers or spies but fellow citizens.

Covid-19 Deaths Rising

The trend line shifted this week.

The Cold War Was A Sobering Influence For A Silly People

As scary as the Cold War was, it did reduce the silliness in American politics.

Pentagon (Maybe) On Alert to Stabilize Minneapolis

The President has reportedly invoked the Insurrection Act.

Who Gets Honored?

Are those who die in our wars more deserving than those who die in our stores?

100,000 Americans Dead from Coronavirus

Yet another grim milestone.