Maine Joins ‘National Popular Vote’ Compact

A longstanding project inches forward.

Should Sonia Sotomayor Retire?

Of party, duty, age, and political roulette.

Hitler and OTB

A stroll through the archives.

This is Fascistic

Another sad data point about current politics.

Thanksgiving Traditions

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo Under Investigation

The DC district attorney’s office is looking into allegations of masssive tax fraud.

Chris Christie 2024?!

Can the fat man take down the elephant in the room?

When Does Politics Stop Being Politics?

When we do it, it’s negotiation. When they do it, it’s hostage taking—and terrorism.

Scalia Law School is Conservative!

The New York Times looks into ties between a DC area law school and the Supreme Court.

Patrick Lang, 1940-2023

An old soldier has faded away.

Rod Dreher Canceled

Things finally got too weird for his benefactor.

The Electric Mismatch

Cheap, big, fast: pick two.

OTB at 20

A look back at two decades of blogging.

Gay Wedding Cake Baker Back in Court

Here we go again.

Thanksgiving Traditions

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Doug Mataconis

His final resting place pays tribute to his love of OTB and the Yankees.

Non-Majority Presidents

Are plurality winners less legitimate than popular vote losers?

Content Moderation, Free Speech, and Community

Unlimited dialog makes conversations harder.

Sarah Palin Defamation (Sort of) Dismissed

The bar for defaming public officials is too high.

Clarence Thomas’ Continuing Conflict

Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. Alas.

January 6th Yeah But-ism

Yes the riots were a disgrace but the Democrats . . . .

Winnie the Pooh and Bambi Enter Public Domain

But only the original books, not the Disney adaptations.

Happy Thanksgiving from OTB

Family, football, feasting, and flashbacks.

9/11 at 20

Two decades after a day we’ll not forget.

Doug Update

What we know thus far.

Doug Mataconis, 1968-2021

The longtime OTB front-pager has passed far too soon.

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden Declares Armenian Genocide a Genocide

The President has overturned decades of US foreign policy and alienated a NATO ally for, well, reasons.

Florida Governor Bans Vaccine Passports

He probably lacks the legal authority. And business interests in is state will fight hard against him.

COVID Passports Redux

Competing analogies and externalities.

CPAC as a Leading Indicator

The annual gathering showed us what the Republican Party would become years ago.

Doug Update

‘Anonymous’ Still Anonymous

Some guy you never heard of is the guy.

Ginsburg, Garland, and Court Packing

Two related discussions.

SCOTUS Refuses to Block Trump’s Illegal Wall

The Supreme Court isn’t taking much of a break this year.

Supreme Court Upholds ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws

States can punish Electors who substitute their judgment for those of the voters.

Interpreting Interpretation

A too-long discourse on how courts should function.

Our Awful Criminal Justice System

A stroll down memory lane.

Doug Checked in

On the Act of Voting

A discussion of what #NeverTrump means, on Sanders v. Trump, and some about the philosophy of voting.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

Private Talk and Character

Dennis Prager makes me feel like we are living in the Upside Down.

Virginia Putting ERA over the Top?

The Commonwealth is about to become the 38th State to ratify the Nixon-era Amendment.

The Vacuity of Trump’s NK Policy

More evidence that Trump really doesn’t know what he is doing. (Or just doesn’t care).

On Impartiality in the Senate Trial

Let’s be clear-eyed about this.

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down PPACA Individual Mandate

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the PPACA”s individual mandate unconstitutional but left the fate of the rest of the law unresolved.

On Eve Of Impeachment, Trump Sends Bizarre Rant-Filled Letter To Pelosi

The President of the United States has sent a bizarre, rant-filled letter to the Speaker of the House. Revealing just how unbalanced he actually is.

Fifth Circuit Blocks Mississippi Ban On Abortions After 15 Weeks

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a Mississippi law that banned nearly all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.