The Anglicization of Spanish Place Names

You-VAL-dee? You-VAHL-day? Oo-VAHL-deh?

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Ukraine and the ‘New Rules of War’

Many and small beats large and heavy. Finding beats flanking. Swarming beats surging.

The Cautionary Tale of Vermont’s Failed Single-Payer System

Despite seemingly ideal conditions, Green Mountain Care was an absolute debacle.

The Glittering Eye at 15

Congrats to Dave Schuler on his blogiversary.

Madison, Will, and the Ambitions of the GOP

Madison was right about politicians and ambition. He just didn’t see the how it would all play out.

George Will: Vote Democrat in November

The dean of conservative columnists argues that the Republican Congress must be taught a lesson.

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market

We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

ObamaCare’s Predicted Effects Coming True

Major carriers are reporting massive losses and demanding major rate hikes to cover the costs imposed by PPACA.

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.

Glittering Eye Turns 10

Congratulations to Dave Schuler on a decade of blogging.

You Didn’t Build That!

President Obama set off a firestorm by claiming business owners didn’t build “that.”

Megan McArdle’s Hiatus

Megan McArdle is taking a break of unspecified length from blogging to “work on another project.” Said project, she hastens to add, is not a baby.

Pepsi Cuts 8700 Jobs Despite Rising Profits

Pepsi’s profits and revenues are up. Naturally, it’s time to fire 3 percent of its global workforce.

China and US Debt

Contrary to myth, China holds only 8 percent of US federal debt.

Hybrid Cars, Rare Earth Elements, and Supply

President Obama wants a million hybrid cars on the road by 2015. That’s easier said than done.

America’s Intellectual Crisis

The institutions charged with solving our Information Age social problems are stuck in the Industrial Age.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: the Republican effort to run out the clock on the 111th Congress, various reform proposals that are floating around, and goodness knows what else.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topics: The tax cut deal, Obama’s primary challengers, and whether politicians should care about the unemployed.

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.

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.

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.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

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

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Tonight’s topic: The election is finally here.

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.

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.

House Republicans Unveil Underwhelming “Pledge To America”

In 1994, it was the Contract With America. In 2010, it’s the Pledge To America. But does it really mean anything regardless of what it’s called ?

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.

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.

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?

Gay Marriage Politics State-By-State

That attitudes towards gay marriage varies by state won’t surprise you. The degree to which it does just might.

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.

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.