Ronald Shurer, Medal of Honor Recipient, 1978-2020

A hero of the Afghan War has succumbed to cancer, aged 41.

The Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

A seemingly innocent black man has been killed, sparking a wave of outrage.

US Unemployment at Record Highs

More Americans are out of work than at any time since the Great Depression.

More on Biden’s Low Profile

And some notes on Trump’s media exposure.

Fifteen 9/11s

Another grim milestone.

Eleven 9/11s

Another grim milestone

New York Has More COVID-19 Cases Than Italy

A startling statistic.

Four 9/11’s

The disease has killed three times the September 11 attacks in the last week.

Most Americans Still Not Staying at Home

Social distancing is helping but too many aren’t taking it seriously enough.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans than 9/11

We’re passing grim milestones on a daily basis.

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Trump Approval Up During Crisis

The President seems to be enjoying a mild rally effect.

President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Trump Torn on COVID-19 Measures

The President tweeted, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Not Taking Social Distancing Seriously Enough

Too many people still don’t understand the idea behind ‘flattening the curve.’ That includes our President.

Tom Hanks Infected with COVID-19

Is this our Rock Hudson moment?

Worse Than 9/11 and the Great Recession Combined

The greatest crisis the nation has faced in my lifetime.

US Signs Deal with Taliban

It’s not clear what has been achieved.

Tuberville and Sharia Law

Speaking of xenophobia.

Nevada Debate Reflections

The clear winner was Donald Trump.

Rudy is in Conspiracy Nut Land

America’s mayor talks like a snake oil salesman/conman.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

Jim Lehrer, 1934-2020

A legendary newsman has passed.

Citing 9/11 in Regards to Suleimani

If your case needs a 9/11 boost, perhaps your case is weak.

Afghan War Marked By Incompetence, Misrepresentation, And Outright Lies

A new report details the extent to which the eighteen-year Afghanistan War has been marked by mistakes, and lies by the government to cover-up the fact that we went to war without a clear understanding of what we were doing.

Congressional (In)Action

Especially Senate inaction.

Trump Knew Of Whistleblower Complaint Before Lifting Hold On Ukraine Aid

New revelations punch a big hole in Republican defenses of the President.

Trump Growing More Agitated As Impeachment Inquiry Continues, Reports Say

As the walls close in, the President is growing more agitated.

Trump May Not Benefit Politically From Al-Baghdadi’s Death

If President Trump expected to get a political bump from the death of the leader of ISIS, he is most likely going to be disappointed.

Impeachment is not a Coup

A public service announcement.

The End of Consensus

A conservative columnist argues the legitimacy of our system is in question.

American Public Mostly Ignoring War In Afghanistan

Eighteen years after it started, the American public seems to be mostly ignoring the war in Afghanistan. But that isn’t an excuse for not bringing it to an end.

9/11/01, Eighteen Years Later

Eighteen years after the September 11th attacks, it’s becoming harder to remember what the world used to be like.

President Trump Fires John Bolton

President Trump took to Twitter late this morning to fire his third National Security Adviser.

Trump Says He Called Off Secret Camp David Meetings With Taliban

President Trump announced late yesterday that he had called off secret meetings with the Taliban. The fact that they were even going to happen reveals yet again what’s wrong with his foreign policy.

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What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Trump’s trip to El Paso in one photo and two videos.

John Ratcliffe Is Not Qualified To Be Director Of National Intelligence

President Trump’s nominee to be the next Director of National Intelligence is quite simply not qualified for the position he has been nominated to.

Once Again, Trump Tries To Insert Himself Into Other People’s Heroism

Once again, President Trump can’t help but make something meant to recognize real American heroes all about himself.

Is It Possible To Be Patriotic In The Era Of Trump?

Is it possible, or even appropriate, to express pride in a country that is being led by a President who stands against everything this country stands for?

Senate Declines to Rein in Trump’s War Power

The Kaine-Udall amendment has met its predictable end.

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House Votes to Repeal 9/11 AUMF

Democrats are trying to rein in President Trump. It won’t work.

Pete Buttigieg Lays Out An Encouraging Foreign Policy Platform

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg laid out his foreign policy platform in a speech this week. It’s certainly an improvement over the current President.

Jon Stewart Blasts Congress for Indifference to 9/11 First Reponders

Almost eighteen years after the greatest terrorist attack on our country, we haven’t taken care of those who risked it all.

‘Florida Man’ Has Feelings, Too

Strong public records laws, not an excess of weirdness, has driven a sad meme.

Biden Calls For End To U.S. Support For War On Yemen

Former Vice-President Joe Biden is calling for an end to American support for the Saudi war on Yemen.

U.S. Halts Public Progress Reports On The Never-Ending War In Afghanistan

The U.S. military will no longer release reports regarding the success, or failure, of the current strategy in Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka Attacks Prove That ISIS Has Not Been Defeated

Sunday’s attacks in Sri Lanka make it clear that the claim that ISIS has been defeated are nowhere close to being true.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a town hall meeting at Hillside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire. January 22, 2016. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a town hall meeting at Hillside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire. January 22, 2016.

Hillary Clinton Writes History’s Most Self-Serving Op-Ed

Having lost to him, she’s an ineffective voice on the matter of Donald Trump.

Trump Vetoes Measure To Curtail U.S. Support For War On Yemen

President Trump has not surprisingly vetoed a Congressional resolution to limit American support for the Saudi war on Yemen. His defense for doing so is utterly absurd.

Andrew Marshall Dead at 97

The legendary figure was in charge of strategic forecasting at the Pentagon for decades.

Congress Needs To Fix The National Emergencies Act

Instead of merely seeking to block the President’s declaration of an “emergency” at the southern border, Congress should instead significantly amend the National Emergencies Act.