The West Wing And American Politics

Not surprisingly, television and reality don’t really coincide.

The Presidency Costs Taxpayers A Lot, But That’s Not Obama’s Fault

The Presidency costs taxpayers a lot of money, but that’s been true for many, many years now.

A Romney Critic’s Case Against Obama

Mitt Romney is a deeply flawed candidate, but that doesn’t mean the President is any better.

9/11’s Legacy Of Fear

The 9/11 attacks and our response to them changed America, and not for the better.

George Takei Wonders What Happened To The Republicans Who Are Against Big Government

Hey GOP, Lt. Sulu has some questions for you.

Navy SEAL’s Book Disputes Official Account Of Bin Laden’s Death

A new book by one of the Navy SEALs involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden differs significantly from the official version put forward by the government.

What The Heck Is Wrong With The Republican Party?

As its convention begins, one has to wonder what has happened to the Republican Party.

An Alternative History Exercise: What If JFK Hadn’t Died?

Examining a history that might have been.

Why Congress Won’t Stop the Drone War

My latest for World Policy Review, “Oversight or Not, Drones Are Here to Stay,” has posted.

Aurora Shootings Will Not Lead To Restrictions On Gun Ownership

Don’t look for an effort to enact new gun laws in the wake of the Aurora shootings.

CIA Vaccine Plot Makes Vaccinations Harder; Who Could Have Known?

CFR’s Laurie Garrett has a piece in The Atlantic headlined “Good Job, CIA: Your Pakistan Vaccine Plot Helped Bring Polio Back From the Brink of Eradication.”

Romney Campaign Adopts Risky “Take Off The Gloves” Strategy

The Romney campaign has apparently decided to be more aggressive in its attacks on the President, which poses serious risks for the campaign.

The 20 Most Powerful Television Moments Of The Past 50 Years

There are some glaring omissions from a recent list of television’s “most powerful” moments.

Was Yasser Arafat Murdered?

A nine month Al Jazeera investigations indicates that poison may have played a role in Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death.

The Political Impact Of The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

Who benefits from the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling?

Jimmy Carter: U.S. Under Obama Is A “Widespread Violator Of Human Rights”

From one Nobel Peace Prize winner to another.

Egyptian Protesters Contemplate What Went Wrong

The heady days of revolution in Egypt have been replaced with the cold light of political reality.

Nicholas Katzenbach Dead at 90

Nicholas Katzenbach, a central figure in the civil rights fights of the 1960s, has died.

Joe Biden: Bin Laden Raid Was “Most Audacious Plan” In 500 Years

Joe Biden got a little braggadocious last night.

Obama Gets 9 More Military Planes for Campaign

Another chapter in the annals of American Politicians as Royalty:

Eric Holder: Yes, We Can Kill American Citizens Without Trial

Attorney General Eric Holder offered a somewhat alarming defense of the Administration’s policy on targeted killings.

Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction Due To Improperly Withheld Evidence

Another death row inmate. Another case of prosecutorial misconduct from the office of Harry Connick, Sr.

Finally, It’s Caucus Day; Plus, A Prediction

After almost a year of campaigning, it’s finally time for someone to cast a vote.

Republican Candidates Love The Imperial Presidency

Not surprisingly, most of the Republican candidates for President aren’t too keen on reducing the excessive growth in Executive Branch power.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Santa Central Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Vote Moderate Republican: Vote Obama

Understanding the state of the GOP field requires recognizing that President Obama is actually pretty moderate.

Herman Cain Campaign On The Verge Of Collapse?

Is the Cain Train finally running out of steam?

Kennedy Assassination Story

A stark account of how American journalism has changed over the last half century.

Green Beret 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the green beret as the official headgear of US Army Special Forces.

Republicans For Waterboarding

The most disturbing part of Saturday’s debate came when most of the GOP candidates endorsed torture.

Republican Foreign Policy Debate: Winners and Losers

Huntsman will gain little if any traction and none of the frontrunners really helped or hurt themselves.

CNBC Republican Debate Winners And, Well, Loser

Last night’s debate was about more than Rick Perry’s gaffe.

What Is Iran Up To, If They’re Up To Anything?

What’s the logic behind Iran’s alleged plot to commit terrorist attacks inside the United States?

Iranian Terror Plot in US Foiled

The Justice Department claims to have disrupted a major Iranian-backed terrorist attack in the United States.

There Really Is A Death Panel

We’re learning more about the Obama Administration’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki

The Death Of Anwar Al-Awlaki And The Imperial Presidency

Giving the President the unchecked power to kill American citizens raises some serious red flags.

No Football On 9/11?

Was it wrong for the NFL to schedule its opening Sunday on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks?

America’s License to Kill

Killing’s our business and business is good.

Michele Bachmann And The “Submission” Question: Byron York Was Right

On reflection, the nature of Marcus Bachmann’s influence over his wife is indeed a legitimate question in a political campaign.