When Does Politics Stop Being Politics?

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

The Weird New York Times Walkout

Did you even notice?

Clinton Lawyer Acquitted in RussiaGate Case

What does it all mean? It depends on who you ask.

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The Middle Ain’t Woke

The average American is neither progressive nor all that interested in politics.

The State of America’s Political Parties

One party is divided on how to govern and the other is united in not governing.

DOJ Will Defend Trump’s Rape Denial

A typical case of American blind justice.

The signatures of House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer and President Joe Biden are seen on the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” Thursday, March 11, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. The signatures of House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer and President Joe Biden are seen on the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” Thursday, March 11, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

A Biden Boom?

The economy looks to be in full recovery. But it’s not clear how much credit the President deserves.

Alex Trebek Dead at 80

The longtime host of Jeopardy! is gone.

‘Anonymous’ Still Anonymous

Some guy you never heard of is the guy.

Cancel Cancel Culture

The state of American debate is not strong.

Biden’s Veep Search

Every Democratic woman seems to be under consideration.

David Koch, Businessman, Political Activist, and Philanthropist, Dead At 79

David Koch, one-half of the Koch Brothers and the head of a wide-ranging business empire who also went on to have a huge impact on politics and cultural philanthropy, has died at the age of 79.

Republicans Learned Right Lesson from 2012, Went Wrong Direction

What happened to “building a lasting relationship within the African American community”?

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Jeffrey Epstein and Guilt by Association

A weird media narrative has formed.

Writer Accuses Trump Of Sexual Assault in the 1990s.

Another woman has accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her some 20 years ago.

Buttigieg vs Booker

Two youngish Rhodes Scholars turned mayors are getting covered differently.

Congressman: Abolish Filibuster and Electoral College

Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton makes an argument familiar to OTB readers.

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Outrage Over Minority Rule

There is a frustration and a growing sense that the American political system is illegitimate.

Trump DOJ Won’t Defend Obamacare ‘Must-Carry’ Mandate

Longstanding policy that the Justice Department defend an Act of Congress if there is “any reasonable argument” it is constitutional is being ignored.

Another Question for Trump Supporters

European alliance and Russian goals edition.

The Fine Line Between Nationalism and Racism

Andrew Sullivan wonders, “Will there always be an England?”

Is All Money Good Money?

How ‘tainted’ must a funder be before a charity is obliged to reject the donation?

Democrats Facing Blowback From The Left Over Deal To End Shutdown

The deal that led to the end of the Federal Government shutdown isn’t sitting well with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Steve Bannon Is Out At The White House

Another one bites the dust.

Senior White House Official Is ‘Person Of Interest’ In Russia Investigation

The Russia investigation seems to be getting closer to the Oval Office.

Trump’s Damaged Brand

Donald Trump is losing something much more important to him that an election.

Roger Ailes May Be On The Way Out At Fox News Channel

As the allegations of sexual harassment grow, reports are also growing that Roger Ailes may be out at Fox News much sooner than many may have anticipated.

Democracy, Demagogues, and Populist Pandering

The rise of Trump and Sanders has resurrected a debate as old as Western civilization.

Is The Donald Trump Implosion About To Begin?

The fallout from Donald Trump’s debate performance, and his comments afterward, continues, and it’s leading some to wonder if we may finally be at the end of this ridiculous charade.

Clintons Most Successful, Most Controversial ‘Power Couple’

A series of mini-scandals point to the conflicts of interest around the Clintons.

Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?

Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win.

Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Seinfeld Is 25; Jerry Seinfeld is 60

The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired 25 years ago yesterday.

Who Cares Who Edits The New York Times?

The editors of our great newspapers are interchangeable.

Measles Reports Hit Highest Level In Nearly 20 Years Thanks To Anti-Vaccine Movement

The anti-vaccination movement has earned a dubious achievement, the return of a disease that was effectively eradicated 15 years ago.

Does Judge Leon’s Ruling On NSA Surveillance Vindicate Edward Snowden?

Does a determination that NSA data collection practices are likely unconstitutional mean that Edward Snowden’s actions were, in some sense, justified?

Fiscal Cliff Compromise

A outline of a deal both sides could live with.

Dick Armey Quits FreedomWorks in Huff

Dick Armey has resigned as chairman of Tea Party group FreedomWorks over unspecified principles.

Republicans, The Latino Vote, And Immigration

Republicans are going to get trounced among Latino voters tomorrow, and they only have themselves to blame.

Journalists As Opposition Researchers

Jonathan Chait makes an astute observation about the media’s role in meme generation.

Critics Find Real Depiction of 1966 Fake

Sometimes, art imitates life rather than the reverse. And sometimes reality seems stranger than fiction.

Guide to Men’s Bracelets

There are three and only three circumstances under which a man may wear a bracelet.