President Of Boy Scouts Of America Calls For End Of Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

Robert Gates, the former Defense Secretary who now serves as head of the Boy Scouts Of America, has called for an end to that organizations ban on gay Scout Leaders.

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Bill And Hillary Rake In Millions On The Speaking Circuit

Bill and Hillary Clinton have done quite well for themselves of the speaking circuit.

Jeb Bush To Skip Pointless Iowa Straw Poll

Jeb Bush will not participate in this year’s version of the Iowa Straw Poll.

Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?

Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win.

The Bright Side of RFRA

We’re down to debating whether bigots should have to sell cakes to gay people.

Sony To Allow Limited Screenings of The Interview

Reversing a previous decision, Sony will allow The Interview to be screened in a small number of theaters.

Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car In Brooklyn. And those suggesting that anyone other than the killer has “blood on their hands” are being absurd.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

More interesting developments from the Supreme Court on what has been one of the biggest legal stories of 2014.

Senate Passes Spending Bill As Ted Cruz Maneuver Helps Democrats Pass Nominations

As expected, the Senate passed the so-called “Cromnibus,” but not before a self-aggrandizing maneuver by Ted Cruz ended up being exploited by Democrats to pass outstanding nominations.

In The Wake Of Midterm Losses, Some On The Left Say Democrats Should Write Off The South

Some on the left are suggesting Democrats should write off the South for the foreseeable future, but that would be as foolish as Republicans assuming that their dominance in the region will last as long as Democratic dominance did in the century after the Civil War.

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Using Redskins Name Controversy In Hail Mary Ad Campaign

Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie picked an odd issue on which to start his closing argument to Virginia voters.

British Government Backs N.F.L. Franchise In London, But It Doesn’t Make Sense

The N.F.L. and the British Government are both behind the idea of a franchise in London, but the idea doesn’t really make sense for the league, or the game.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

Second Dallas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Another health care worker in Dallas is being treated for exposure to the Ebola Virus.

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola, But That’s No Reason To Panic

A second case, and the first person to apparently contract Ebola on U.S. soil. But, that’s no reason to panic.

Secret Service Director Resigns

An inevitable outcome for the head of a once proud agency.

Another Secret Service Breach Put Armed Man With Criminal Record In Elevator With Obama

The security lapses at the Secret Service just continue to mount.

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

Bachmann And Santorum 2016? Dusting Off The GOP Nomination Clown Car

It’s beginning to look like the 2016 race for the Republican nomination will have its own collection of oddballs.

David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff In Georgia

A somewhat surprising win in Georgia.

Mother Charged For Leaving 11 Year Old In A Car: Protecting Children, Or Paranoia?

To some extent, we seem to be becoming overprotective.

Citizens United And Hobby Lobby Are About Individual Rights, Not ‘Corporate Rights’

Much of the criticism of Hobby Lobby, and Citizens United before it, is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what those decisions stand for.

Supreme Court: Public Workers Protected From Retaliation When Testifying Truthfully

The First Amendment protects government employees who testify truthfully.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Warrant Required To Track Cell Phone Location

Should the police be able to track you without a warrant? One Federal Appeals Court says no.

The Real Origin of the ‘Washington Redskins’ Nickname

A debunking of the origin story actually aids the case that the motivation was not racist. It doesn’t matter.

Should We Destroy The Smallpox Virus, Or Save It?

The last known case of smallpox happened in 1977. Is it time to destroy the virus?

Supreme Court Thinking About Whether People Can Be Fired For Telling Truth Under Oath

A bizarre case in Alabama highlights a more bizarre judicial precedent.

Texas is How Big?

JR is from Texas wants you to know that Texas is big. No, bigger than that.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Tom Mix-a-Lot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.