Open Thread

By Tom Blumer | November 15, 2014 | 9:14 AM EST

Linda Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times for 30 years until accepting a downsizing buyout in 2008. She continues to write bi-weekly columns there.

Greenhouse is absolutely appalled that the King v. Burwell lawsuit has gotten to the Supreme Court. As will be seen, she's also quite selective in her outrage.

By NB Staff | August 5, 2014 | 8:35 AM EDT

It won't be long until America's school kids head back to class, and, before you know it, school fundraising season will ramp up with it, what with PTAs and marching bands and varsity football teams and the like trying to raise money their programs. Only this fall they're doing so with the Obama-signed 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act fully in effect. As a consequence, in many parts of the country you can expect to see the death of traditional money-making staples like candy or bake sales.

Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal has the story (excerpt below; emphasis mine). Consider this today's open thread kickstarter. Leave your comment on this or whatever else in on your mind in the comments section:

By NB Staff | June 10, 2014 | 9:57 PM EDT

So this happened. It should be fun to see the media's furious spin now that a Tea Party longshot has defeated establishment Republican and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in tonight's primary election.

Leave your comments below in this special breaking news open thread. Conversation starter: CNN noted the breaking news during tonight's Anderson Cooper 360 but dropped the ball on the breaking news in the subsequent hour (9 p.m. Eastern), opting to air a pre-recorded special on the 20th anniversary of the murders of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

By NB Staff | May 29, 2014 | 8:53 AM EDT

The Wall Street Journal published a fascinating op-ed yesterday by Dr. Hal Scherz, a pediatric urological surgeon and medical school instructor who relayed "Doctors' War Stories From VA Hospitals." Scherz noted that, in his experience, "the best thing that a patient in the VA system could hope for was that the services he needed were unavailable" because then he would get outsourced "to doctors in the community, where their problems are promptly addressed."

What's more, Scherz noted, while the dedicated medical staff at VA hospitals try their darndest to cut through red tape to serve the patients, often personally attending to tasks not in their job description, doing so was punished, not rewarded by the bureaucrats who supervise them:

By NB Staff | May 8, 2014 | 10:10 AM EDT

"Millions of Americans could face new state taxes on their Internet access this fall, as Congress struggles with how to extend an expiring moratorium on such levies," the Wall Street Journal's John McKinnon reported in the May 6 paper, noting that the federal moratorium in the Internet Tax Freedom Act expires on November 1, 2014 and has, thus far seen Congress taking "few concrete steps to re-enact it."

In a nutshell, some legislators are seeking to use the deadline as leverage to enact passage of the core provisions of a bill -- the Marketplace Fairness Act --which would permit states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes payable to the customer's state government even if the retailer does not have a physical presence in the customer's home state. Below the page break you can read an excerpt from McKinnon's story (emphases mine) and leave comments on this and/or anything else on your mind. This serves as today's Open Thread post.

By NB Staff | May 2, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

A new YouTube channel, Digitas Daily, has an amusing little montage about MSNBC's non-stop talk about racism. It's a clever one-minute look at how the Lean Forward network has been Johnny One-Note. So we thought we'd give you a look at it below the page break.

As an added bonus, we also embedded another video Digitas Daily did a few weeks back, headlined, "He Reports. They Recite," about the media dutifully reciting the Obama administration's 7.1-million ObamaCare signups stat. Leave us your comments on this and whatever else is on your mind in the comments section below for this the Friday, May 2 Open Thread.

By NB Staff | April 24, 2014 | 10:55 AM EDT

So it appears that the supposedly open-minded liberals at Yale University don't think that advocating for the rights of the most defenseless and innocent among us, the unborn, qualifies as a mission which accords to the quest for "social justice."

As Kat Timpf of Campus Reform reported on Monday, the Ivy League school's Social Justice Network has denied an application for membership from Choose Life at Yale (CLAY), a student pro-life advocacy group. We've included an excerpt below the page break (emphasis ours). Leave us your thoughts on this or anything else on your mind for this today's open-thread post:

By NB Staff | April 18, 2014 | 8:26 AM EDT

If government regulation was literally made of red tape, adhesive manufacturers would be making a killing in the Obama economy.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal editorial board noted how the president is a "Regulator Without Peer," citing analysis by Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has a forthcoming annual review of federal regs, "Ten Thousand Commandments" slated to be unveiled on April 29 [click here for the 2013 study]. Read an excerpt of the WSJ's editorial below the page break, and leave us your thoughts on this or anything else on your mind in the comments thread (emphasis mine):

By NB Staff | April 16, 2014 | 10:30 AM EDT

For our open thread, we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane [h/t Hot Air's Allahpundit]. Below the page break we've attached a YouTube video of kids reacting to a Sony Walkman® audio cassette player.

It will both put a smile on your face and make you feel incredibly old. 

By Brad Wilmouth | December 31, 2013 | 5:44 PM EST

On the Monday, December 30, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, Richard Wolffe -- executive editor of MSNBC.com -- mocked "ObamaCare haters," tagging them as the "biggest losers of the year," as he appeared as a panel member to select awards in various news categories for the year 2013.

As he suggested that the reduction in glitches at Healthcare.Gov solves ObamaCare's problems, Wolffe compared opponents to people still "fighting the Second World War on a lost island."

After host O'Donnell asked who was the "biggest loser of the year," Wolffe began his gloating:

By NB Staff | December 6, 2013 | 5:00 AM EST

For general discussion and comment...

By NB Staff | November 5, 2013 | 12:47 PM EST

Since it's an odd numbered year, most of the attention in politics is focused on the Virginia governor's race and also the one in New Jersey. Who do you think will win each race and what will the implications, if any, be?