OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: The fallout from the latest WikiLeaks dump and the Pentagon’s report on gays in the military.

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Classified Information and Journalistic Ethics

The two English language newspapers who have been Julian Assange’s accomplices in disseminating stolen secrets defend themselves.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 6 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Escalation on the Korean peninsula, the continued woes of the eurozone, and goodness knows what else.

Ron Paul: Prosecute TSA Agents for Groping

Ron Paul has introduced a law (the “American Traveler Dignity Act”) that would punish TSA agents for groping and x-raying Americans.

Airline Security Killing More People Than It Saves?

It’s quite possible that the delays spawned by airline security measures are killing more people than they’re saving.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: New airline screening measures, Karzai vs. Petraeus, political infighting among victorious Republicans, and the defeated Democrats keeping their leadership intact.

Afghan President: U.S. Should Reduce Military Presence

Hamid Karazi says that the United States needs to reduce it’s military presence in his country. Perhaps we should listen to him.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topic: Slow news day. We’ll figure out something.

Democracy At Its Best

A Chicago voter is less than thrilled with the political slate for which he’s voting today.

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2010 Election Predictions

We’ve been talking about the 2010 elections since, oh, the day after the 2008 elections.   Now, it’s time for final predictions.

Slow Economic Growth: The New Normal?

Another round of GDP growth figures are out, and they show that the U.S. economy continues to grow far slower than necessary to sustain job growth. Is this a temporary problem, or something we can expect to live with for the foreseeable future?

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topic: The election is finally here.

Rising China

While the American economy languishes, China is booming again.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: The foreclosure mess, low GDP growth, and the world-wide Tea Party.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: The latest mortgage scandal, lust for a third party, the role of judges in Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, political motorcades and their impact on the little people, and who knows what else. I hear there’s an election coming up, so perhaps that will enter into the discussion as well.

IRS Considers Licensing Tax Preparers, Exempting Lawyers

The IRS wants to license tax preparers but exempt lawyers and CPAs from the requirement.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topic: America’s rising income inequality and what, if anything, we ought to do about it.

Schwarzenegger: Obama Will Win in 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts President Obama’s re-election. Historically, that’s the safe bet.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Democrats’ infighting, the continued Tea Party “takeover” of the GOP, the Obama administration’s following of its predecessor’s lead on executive power, and the degree to which America’s economic competition is fair.

Rahm Emanuel Leaving White House, Running For Chicago Mayor

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving his job at week’s end to run for mayor of Chicago.

College Wage Premium

The earnings gap between those with and without a college education continues to grow. But this masks other realities.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Bob Woodward’s new book, the Murkowski write-in bid, the weird race in Delaware, and the end of the Great Recession.

Great Recession Ended June 2009

Great news, everybody: The biggest economic calamity since the Great Depression has been over for well over a year.

Is America Too Genteel?

David Brooks blames our economic woes on a change from a culture that valued productive work to one of gentility. And Bill Cosby.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: The Gallup poll and the vanishing 10-point Republican lead, whether we overreacted to 9/11, Mike Castle and the RINO/DINO problem, income inequality, and the retirement of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: President Obama’s speech, Tony Blair’s book, Glenn Beck’s rally, and the GOP’s steady rise in the polls.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Anything but that damned mosque. Possibilities include: Tuesday’s primaries, the continued economic malaise, and the flooding in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, In Pakistan, The Floods Continue To Worsen

While American politics concerns itself with trivial issues, Pakistan finds itself dealing with a devastating natural disaster that could have real geo-political implications.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: the Blagojevich verdict, whether lying about military awards should be protected speech, the politics of the Cordoba House project, the coherence or lack thereof of the Obama administration, and whether the United States should be more like Germany.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: Yesterday’s primary elections, the cost of hiring workers in the public and private sectors, anti-Muslim sentiment, and the move to repeal birthright citizenship.

Unemployment Paradox: Vacant Jobs Unfilled

Despite 9.5% unemployment, American firms are struggling to find qualified applicants for job openings.

Should Government Get Out Of Marriage Business?

Should we abandon the notion of civil marriage? Would doing so end the clash over homosexual unions?

Krugman vs. The Actuaries on Medicare

Paul Krugman’s Medicare projections don’t line up with what the actuaries are telling us.

Americans Under-Educated

A college degree is becoming a virtual necessity to making a good living in America, yet most still aren’t pursuing higher education.

Obama: Time For Rangel to End Career With Dignity

While Congressional Democrats are being careful not to dance on Charlie Rangel’s grave, President Obama is showing no such compunction.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Topics include the WikiLeaks episode and its fallout, the DISCLOSE Act, filibuster reform, and the possibility that the economy has already recovered as much as it’s going to.

Balancing Secrecy and Democracy

“I don’t condone leaking secrets. But nor do I condone a policy that can only work in secret.” – Bernard Finel

How ObamaCare Could Kill Small Businesses With Paperwork

Yet another “hidden” provision of ObamaCare is revealed to hold nasty surprises for America’s small business owners.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Topics include the state of the social contract, the terrorist attack by an al Qaeda affiliate in Uganda, claims al Qaeda is racist, and the new Black Panther Party.

High Taxes and Egalitarianism

Matt Yglesias argues that “Northern Europe is Egalitarian Because of High Taxes.” I would argue that he has his causality backwards.

Elites and Elitists

One can be an elite and not be elitist and vice versa.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Topics include the continuing dismal state of the economy, including the lack of jobs and business investment. On the lighter side: Afghanistan.

Is the Recovery Fizzling?

There are a whole lot of reasons to be concerned about the economy.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Topics include the Kagan hearings, the Dave Weigel brouhaha, and Russian spies.

Third Depression: Barriers to Recovery

A lot stands in the way of returning to pre-collapse employment levels in the USA.

Quote of the Day – Blagojevich Edition

In an honest system Rod Blagojevich would be living in a packing crate on Lower Wacker Drive.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Retired Special Forces colonel and Defense Senior Executive Pat Lang joins us to talk about — well, you know damned well what we’ll be talking about.