Only Obama Can Go To Morehouse

President Obama delivered another powerful speech on race.

Judging Presidents (and Thinking about Institutions)

Because sometimes poorly contructed observations can set a fellow to writing.

Understanding History: The Argentine Military Regime

Providing a little context for Pope Francis’ background+Erick Erickson needs to learn a little history.

Apple Sued over iPad Planned Obsolescence

A Brazilian group is suing Apple for making its iPads better too quickly.

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Guns and Preventing Tyranny

The notion that guns prevent tyranny is based on fantasy and movies, not reality.

Governing Requires Compromise

There are factions of the American right that really need to understand this.

America’s Dysfunctional Election System

Fareed Zakaria declares “America’s election process an international embarrassment.” He’s right.

Why Pick On China?

Eduardo Saverin Denies Tax Dodger Charge

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin denies that his motivation for renouncing his US citizenship was tax avoidance.

America’s Prison Culture Destroying Our Future

We’re literally choosing locking up drug offenders over investing in our children.

Does America Spend More Than Next 10 Nations Combined on Defense?

A Washington Post fact check calls this “true but false.”

Despite Congressional Reprieve, The Old Incandescent Light Bulb Is Still Dead

Welcome technological change, or crony capitalism?

The Other Jobs Crisis

You’d think that in today’s world employers wouldn’t have trouble finding qualified employees. You’d be wrong.

Mitt Romney’s National Security Team

Ahead of his big foreign policy speech, Mitt Romney has unveiled his “Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team” which “will assist Governor Romney as he presents his vision for restoring American leadership in the world and securing our enduring interests and ideals abroad.”

Libya Fight Reaches Tripoli

After months of fits and starts, it appears anti-Gaddafi forces are on the verge of victory.

GDP Alone Does not Tell the Development Story

Yes, China’s GDP growth has been impressive for some time now, but it is not the sole way to understand development.

Hybrid Cars, Rare Earth Elements, and Supply

President Obama wants a million hybrid cars on the road by 2015. That’s easier said than done.

Guns and Democracy

Is it reasonable to state that countries with less guns are more likely to become tyrannical than countries with more guns?

Tyler Cowen’s Productive Mind

A profile of George Mason economist and blogger Tyler Cowen offers this amusing description: “Cowen, 49, has round features, a hesitant posture, and an unconcerned haircut.”

President Obama’s Address to Parliament

While President Obama has had some amusing gaffes on his trip to London, including getting the year wrong in the guest book and an awkward toast to the Queen, his speech to Parliament today hit all the right notes.

Is There Anything That Washington Can Do About Gas Prices? Not Really

Congress is coming back to Washington and gas prices continue to rise. Expect a lot of demagoguery, but very little in the way of solutions.

Mighty White of You

Breathless hysteria over the trend toward a less white America misses an important fact: most Hispanics are white.

Obama In South America: Nitpicking, Bad Optics, Or A Really Bad Idea?

Obama is visiting Brazil and Chile while American fighting men join the coalition against Libya.

Yet Another War

America is about to enter a third war in the Muslim world with no clear idea of the end game.

Peak Coffee?

We’ve been hearing about peak oil for years. But now some experts are warning of an even more serious crisis: Peak coffee.

A Trip Down Memory Lane (Militaries and Democracy Edition)

A few thoughts/historical examples, as to why I am guarded in my optimism on Egypt.

Transatlantic Plane Wars

European subsidies have given Airbus a competitive advantage over America’s Boeing in commercial aircraft salesboein. The reverse is true on military aircraft.

Americans Wealthier Than You Think

How rich is the United States? Our poor are richer than the richest in India.

OTB Foreign Desk

Today’s Foreign Desk includes comments on Brazil’s floods, developments in Ivory Coast, and Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandal.

Hillary, Hugo, and that Diplomacy Thing

Diplomacy means having to be nice.

New Security Council Members (and a Discussion Question)

Should the UN expand the number of permanent Security Council members?