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Today’s Counterfactual: Tea Party Incumbent Loses to Establishment Republican in House Primary


David Trott’s victory in Michigan’s District 11 Republican House primary marks the first time this year a Republican Establishment candidate has upset a Tea Party Incumbent.

Reminder about the OTB TOS

We (the Authors and Mods of OTB) wanted to take a moment to remind everyone* of the site’s Terms of Service (TOS) and, in particular, the portions on civility: Remember that the people under discussion are human beings. Comments that contain personal attacks about the post author or other commenters will be deleted. Repeated violators will […]

From the Fools and Money Stack: Kickstarting… Potato Salad?!

Potato Salad

Kickstarting a dream of potato salad to the tune of $40k+

Who will be the new House Whip?


GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California won the vote to replace Eric Cantor as the new GOP House Majority Leader. The question is who replaces McCarthy.

Amazon’s next step towards total retail (and search) domination


Some thoughts on Amazon’s new smartphone: Fire

Donald Sterling really doesn’t get it, does he?


Last night, Donald Sterling kicked off his apology tour with an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, during which he said that he was “asking for forgiveness.” However, when the topic got to Magic Johnson, Sterling’s contrition seemed to disappear: “Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches […]

The NBA, the NFL, Sterling, and the Redskins


Today, NPR Commentator Frank Deford, also a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, made the following observation about longer reaching implications of the Donald Sterling affair: On thing I think may have a carry over factor here, is that it puts more pressure on another commissioner, Roger Goodell of the NFL, to try and force Daniel […]

One to watch: Alleged Voter Fraud in North Carolina

Ohio Early Voting

Voter ID supporters are pointing to a report from the North Carolina Board of Elections as proof of ongoing Voter Fraud. But, while long on facts, the report has yet to reach any such conclusions.

No Previously Published Works Will Enter Into US Public Domain Between Now and 2019


No previously published works have entered the US Public Domain since 1978. And none are scheduled to enter until 1923. So what are we missing?

On Veterans, Crime, Timing, and “Other Than Honorable” Discharges


For veterans who get in trouble with the law, *when* they commit a crime can have profound implications on their future. Does this make sense?

What the Heck is Going On in DC?!

First we have the actions of the Conservative Wing of the Republican Party. Then we have the unfortunate incident of the mother who attempted to crash into the White House and the Capitol. AND NOW SOMEONE SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE ON THE NATIONAL MALL?! From the CNN link: Washington (CNN) — Law enforcement and medical […]

Open Thread: Predictions On Shutdown & Debt Ceiling


As of an hour-and-a-half ago EST, the US Government entered into shutdown thanks to the inaction of Congress the nihilistic strategies of hard Right Republican Congresspersons, in turn enabled by Republican House colleagues who feared getting primaried. And if this wasn’t enough, by most estimates, Congress only has 17 days to act on the Debt […]

Open Thread: Why Do You Respond to Trolls?


James’ post about tweets exchanged between Allen Brauer, former communications chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, and Amanda Carpenter, Ted Cruz’ speechwriter, has generated a lot of reader discussion. Part of James’ argument is that Brauer’s actions can be seen as part of a larger pattern of treating one’s political opponents as enemies […]

Stay Classy NY Daily News!


And now for a little, well needed, levity. On Monday, while guest hosting a Tri-State area Sports-Talk radio show, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called New York Daily News Jet’s beat writer Manish Mehta an “idiot” and a bunch of other names over Mehta’s coverage of a Jet’s press conference. Yesterday, the Daily News swung […]

Republicans Vote to Boycott 2016 NBC and CNN Primary Debates


At their annual meeting, the Republican National Committee has made good on something they have been promising for a while. Via Fox News: The Republican National Committee has voted to boycott any presidential primary debates planned by CNN and NBC if they proceed with lengthy television features on Hillary Clinton, widely expected to be a […]

Quick Thoughts On Political Satire and Rodeo Clowns

Missouri Fair Obama Mask.JPEG-04873

(Jameson Hsieh/Associated Press) The current cause célèbre in many Right Wing circles is that of a rodeo clown who has been banned-for-life from performing at the Missouri State Fair after he oversaw the production of a skit in which another clown donned a Obama mask (and broom) and was chased by a bull. Here’s a […]

Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Run Un-Officially Began Yesterday

Hillary Clinton at 2013 ABA

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech that will most likely be remembered as the start of her 2016 Presidential campaign.

Estate of William Faulkner sues for damages over 9 words


Lighting strikes twice in this case. Not only did a court get a fair use decision correct, but when you read the details, you’ll find yourself siding with a major motion picture company. From the Hollywood Reporter: A federal judge in Mississippi declared victory on Thursday for Sony Pictures in a lawsuit brought by the […]

If This Samantha Power Video Is The Next “Big Controversy”, Will It Be The Right Controversy?

Samantha Power's 2002 Interview

Some thoughts on a decade old video in which Samantha Power speculates on actions to take against an unfolding genocide.

Atlantic Media launches a online publication aimed at the defense/intellegence community


Yesterday, Atlantic Media, the parent company of The Atlantic, launched Defense One. The site’s editor describes Defense One’s mission as such: Defense One will deliver a daily mix of stories by award-winning journalists and useful, insightful commentary across the entire national security spectrum — from politics and procurement to global affairs and ground troops. Expect […]

Nobody Saw THAT Coming: US Border Patrol Wants to (Non-Lethally) Arm Drones


Given the post 9/11 trend to militarize domestic law enforcement, this news from the Atlantic Wire should surprise absolutely no one. Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol indicate that the agency is close to finalizing payload standards for its drone aircraft. Among the things […]

Weekly Crowdsource: Summer Non-Fiction, American History Reading Edition


Dray, PhilNow that summer has officially started, its time to crowdsource some recommendations for summer reading. And after reviewing the recent threads on the Civil War, it seems to me that American History (including, but not limited to, the Civil War) is a perfect topic. Since this topic can easily get out of control, I’m […]

IRONY!: Rush Limbaugh Edition


Yesterday, while out running errands, I caught a segment of the Rush Limbaugh program that featured the following insightful — believe it or not, I am not being ironic or sarcastic when I say “insightful” — monologue: [I] believe that most liberals actually look at Republicans and conservatives as full-fledged, real — not just political, […]

Two Excellent Summaries Of Recent IRS Developments


Looking for a quick overview of recent developments in the IRS Tea Party Scandal? Here are two links to help.

House GOP Flirting With Criminalizing Illegal Immigration


Doug recently posted two articles about the uncertain future of Immigration Reform in the House of Representatives. Here’s further evidence about the growing Immigration rift withing the GOP: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the chamber’s immigration subcommittee, are proposing a measure that makes […]

Elijah Cummings Releases A Full IRS Interview Transcript To The Public

IRS Building

When last we left the stand off between the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Republican Daryl Issa, and the committee’s senior Democratic Member, Elijah Cummings over the release of IRS Interview Transcripts, Issa had largely ignored Cummings request to begin to publicly release the full transcripts of recent interviews with IRS employees. Instead, Issa […]

Will Elijah Cummings Release IRS Transcripts Later Today? (Updated)

IRS Building

Today is the deadline for Darryl Issa to respond to a request from Elijah Cummings to defend a decision not to release IRS interview transcripts. What happens if Issa doesn’t respond?

Weekly Crowdsource: Your “Must Read” Experts Edition


This week’s Weekly Crowdsource is a search for new experts to follow.

Could Have Phrased That Better: Jeb Bush Edition


Jeb Bush at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority conference (via the Washington Post): “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans […] Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” Kudos to […]

Charting 33 Years’ of FISA Reports to Congress


Exploring data from 33 years’ of FISA reports to Congress

Cool Infographic – Evolution of Superman’s “S” Shield


Superman’s famous shield changes from 1938 to present.

Weekly Crowdsource: RSS Tools


With the last days of Google Reader upon us, I’ve started to do housecleaning on my RSS feeds in preparation for migration. So I thought I’d go to some of the smarter (not to mention, better lookin’) folks I know and ask for recommendations for alternatives. So, what do ya’ll use to follow your online […]

Security Data-Mining And Other Forms Of Witchcraft

Azande Granary

At what point do science and magic converge? And what are the potential costs?

NSA PRISM Cognitive Dissonance of the Day – WSJ Edition


Courtesy of BuzzFeed’s Tech Editor John Herrman who noted the following of Wall Street Journal editorial team: Bikes: evidence of a totalitarian state live.wsj.com/video/opinion-… Massive government data mining: ehhhh online.wsj.com/article/SB1000… — John Herrman (@jwherrman) June 7, 2013 I don’t think there’s much more to add…

The BOLO List And The Question Of Optics VS Effectiveness

TIGTA IRS Audit Wordle

The TIGTA audit reveals the BOLO “Tea Party” list was right 81% of the time. But does that change anything?

1/3 of Flagged 501(c)(3)&(4) Applications were from Non-Conservative Groups

EO "Potential Political Case" Breakdown

Tax analyst Martin A. Sullivan finds that 1/3rd of “potentially political applications” approved by the IRS were from non-conservative groups.

So Far, Issa’s IRS Transcripts Contain A Whole Lot Of Nothing


Just about all of the substantive information in the excerpts was already revealed in the TIGTA audit.

Open IRS/501(c)4 Discussion: Crime and Damages

TIGTA IRS Audit Wordle

Today on the Rush Limbaugh Show guest host Doug Urbanski asked the following open-ended question about the “IRS Scandal”: “Why has no one been fired or arrested for this clearly criminal activity?” That comment led me to some linked questions that I’m currently working my way through. I thought that OTB readers (in particularly lawyers – […]

The Wetumpka Tea Party and Defining “Potential Political Cases”

TIGTA IRS Audit Wordle

When does politics become the “primary activity” of a 501(c)4?

You Got Your X-Men in My Avengers!

Quicksilver's Studio Split

Fox and Disney are in a legal fight over movie rights to a minor comic book character.

Diving Deeper into the TIGTA IRS Audit

TIGTA IRS Audit Wordle

Inside the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration investigation into the IRS scandal.

501(c)4 vs 501(c)3 vs 527


Almost no one can confidently explain, let alone define, the specifics of the 501(c)4 designation.