Balloon Juice at 20

John Cole’s blog is older than dirt.

Doug Mataconis, 1968-2021

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

There’s No Generational War Brewing Over Coronavirus

Young people acting selfishly is a fact of life.

Report: Hillary Clinton Evaded Government Email While Secretary Of State

Hillary Clinton’s use of email while Secretary of State pretty much violated every Federal law and regulation on the issue.

State Senate Resignation Sends Virginia Budget Negotiations Into Twilight Zone

Some old fashioned political arm twisting has up-ended the apple cart in Richmond.

Diversity on TV Talk Shows

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes uses a quota system to make sure his guests aren’t all white dudes.

US Congress War Criminal Free

An ode to one-term Congressman Allen West.

Attempts to “Carterize” the Race

Romney supporters seem to want to paint Obama as Carter. This is unlikely to help.

One Man’s Truth Is Another’s Outright Goddamned Lie

John Cole takes exception to my recent summary of recent Obama campaign highlight.

Anderson Cooper Is Gay, Almost Nobody Cares, And That’s A Good Thing

We’ve reached the point where public figures coming out of the closet is barely news anymore, and that’s a good thing.

Where Have the Thoughtful Conservatives Gone?

OTB’s comment section as a microcosm of the American political landscape.

Unsurprisingly, Obama Re-Elect Will Accept SuperPAC Aid

The Obama Campaign is being criticized for agreeing to play the SuperPAC game like everyone else does.

Calling Out Pundits And Politicians When They’re Wrong

Why do pundits who are consistently wrong keep getting invited to be on television?

Palestinians To Go Forward With U.N. Statehood Resolution

Foolishly, the Palestinians are going forward with their effort to get Palestinian statehood recognized by the United Nations.

Success In Libya Does Not Justify An Unnecessary, Improper Decision By President Obama

Success in Libya does not make the American mission any less unjustified than it was on the day President Obama announced it.

Al Franken Distorts CDC Study to Claim Distortion of Study

Senator Al Franken called Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery a liar in yesterday’s hearing on DOMA. Franken was the one being dishonest.

Allen West is an Embarrassment

Freshman GOP Representative Allen West is a loose cannon and unfit for office.

In Which I Question Radley Balko’s Sincerity

Sure, Radley Balko has apologized to John Cole. But I don’t think he means it.

President Obama To Congress: War Powers Act Doesn’t Apply To Libya

The Obama Administration tells Congress that it doesn’t need to comply with the War Powers Act because the Act does not apply to the mission in Libya.

Quote of the Day, Ryan Plan Politics Edition

The bungled politics of the Ryan plan.

Bin Laden, The Afghan Mujahadeen, And The CIA: The Myth That Needs To Die

The myth that the U.S. armed and trained Osama bin Laden in the early 80’s is rearing its ugly head again.

Retirement: No Good Options

We can’t rely on private companies, the stock market, or the taxpayers to maintain our lifestyle in our golden years.

ObamaCare and the Lexicon of American Politics

Is “ObamaCare” a slur or a breezy and descriptive nickname?

Nancy Pelosi Gets ‘It’ Done

John Cole is ashamed that some House Democrats are running against Nancy Pelosi, given her effectiveness. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Clarence Thomas’s Wife Seeks Apology From Anita Hill

Nineteen years after they ended, the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings are back in the news thanks to a voicemail that Thomas’s wife left for Professor Hill.

Military Ordered Soldier To Delete Video Of Fort Hood Attack

A US soldier who captured a deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood with his cell phone camera testified Friday that he was ordered to erase the video by his commanders.

Obama Wins Executive Secrecy Case

The Obama administration has persuaded the nation’s most liberal appellate court that the executive branch’s right to secrecy trumps the rights of people claiming they were tortured by the United States Government.

A Return to AZ Crime Levels

Let’s revisit the question of crime levels in Arizona.

Ugly Party vs. Grown-Up Party

Michael Gerson argues that the source of our polarization isn’t the Democrats and the Republicans but the Ugly Party and the Grown-Up Party.