OTB at 20

A look back at two decades of blogging.

Covid Quick Links

Stories from the ongoing pandemic.

There is No Switch

The policy choices before us are not a dichotomy between off and on.

President Chaos

Exactly the opposite of what we need in a crisis.

Is Presidential Impeachment Constitutional Dead Letter?

(At least the removal part)

Jefferson Davis Highway Slowly Going Away

Northern Virginia is slowly undoing an anachronism.

Buttigieg vs Booker

Two youngish Rhodes Scholars turned mayors are getting covered differently.

20-Year-Old Sues Dick’s and Walmart Over Gun Discrimination

The inevitable response to announcements by the big box stores that they would not sell guns to those under 21 has arrived.

Line of the Day (Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Edition)

No wonder they wrote it in secret and want to move quickly to a vote…

Donald Trump Shrugging Donald Trump Shrugging

Trump Ignores Intel Experts

More evidence that Trump would be a terrible president.

America Hasn’t Really Noticed, But It’s Election Time In The United Kingdom

Great Britain heads to the polls in less than a week, and it remains unclear just what’s going to happen.

Scottish Independence Losing In The Polls

If recent polling is to be believed, the bid for Scottish independence is going to go down in flames.

Prestige Schools Dominate Academic Placement

Want to teach political science for a living? Go to one of a handful of top schools or don’t bother.

Math, Damned Math, and Statistics

How Obama can have a 75 percent chance of winning an election despite being essentially tied in the polls:

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The It Takes A Village People Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Soldier Reprimanded For Ron Paul Endorsement

A Reserve Specialist who endorsed Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy in uniform will only be reprimanded, not court martialed.

Military Less Republican Than You Think

The popular notion that the United States military is monolithically Republican is mistaken.

The Truth About All Those Plans From Presidential Candidates

For the most part, all those plans the candidates release are barely worth the paper they’re written on.

Veto Players and Governance

A political science-y response to the question of whether the system is broken.

Explaining the House Republicans

A recent poll provides some insight into congressional behavior.

Can Congress Extend Director Mueller’s Term at the FBI?

Would it be unconstitutional for Congress to extend Mueller’s term?

Midterm Grades: Barack Obama

Time for midterms.

Back to Health Care Reform: Government Takeovers and Free Markets

Did we have a free market in health care prior to the passage of PPACA? No.

Calderón and Legalization

While it is true, as Jacob Sullum puts it, On Drug Policy, Mexico’s President Has a Bigger Vocabulary Than Ours, it is also true as the headline at Gancho puts it he has Problems with the Legalization Debate (specifically in terms of popular opinion in Mexico).

Professors on Vacation

Teaching college is a lot more work than outsiders think — although probably not as much work as professors think.

Media and Polling