Open Thread

By NB Staff | August 11, 2012 | 6:30 AM EDT

According to a news release from the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, the soon-to-be Republican nominee will announce his running mate later today.

Word has it that the likely pick is Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan although such predictions have been known to be wrong in the past. In 2008, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty was expected to be John McCain's running mate. Who do you think it will be?

By NB Staff | August 8, 2012 | 11:10 AM EDT

Discuss the news of the day or whatever else suits your fancy...

By Matthew Sheffield | August 7, 2012 | 10:42 AM EDT

Even though President Obama's remark that business entrepreneurs "didn't build" their own successes was made weeks ago, it is still continuing to harm him among voters. Now, it is also starting to harm other Democrats besides Obama:

By NB Staff | August 6, 2012 | 10:21 AM EDT

Over the weekend, NASA landed another probe onto the surface of our neighboring planet Mars. The rover inside the probe, named Curiosity, has begun transmitting its first images of the surface back. They aren't too exciting just yet due to some equipment not being set up yet, but expect many more interesting ones over its two-year lifespan.

By NB Staff | August 4, 2012 | 11:42 AM EDT

Been such a boring week. I can't imagine there's much to talk about.

By Matthew Sheffield | August 3, 2012 | 9:48 AM EDT

Despite the fact that his economic policies have been a dismal failure, President Obama seems to think they're working. Could the reason for his persistence be that he has almost no experience with the regular, private-sector workforce? That is what House Speaker John Boehner thinks, saying that Obama has "never even had a real job, for God’s sake."

By NB Staff | August 1, 2012 | 10:41 AM EDT

With nearly all the votes in, Ted Cruz has prevailed in a run-off primary race in Texas, defeating David Dewhurst, the current lieutenant governor of the state. Once considered a longshot, Cruz won quite handily. How much do you think the media will report his victory?

By Ken Shepherd | July 31, 2012 | 11:26 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being reamed by liberals in the media for a supposed gaffe in stating that Israel is much more successful economically than territories under Palestinian control because of its "culture."

Rich Lowry explains how that is perfectly true in a piece at National Review Online today. The long and short of it is that Western classically liberal values like the rule of law, representative democracy, religious tolerance/diversity, free speech and secure property rights are hallmarks of Israel's civil society that are woefully lacking in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip:

By NB Staff | July 30, 2012 | 1:08 PM EDT

Not only did NBC's Bob Costas fail to honor the slain 1972 Israeli Olympians with a moment of silence when he had the opportunity as he covered Friday's Opening Ceremonies at the London Olympics, but Costas has offended Britons with his decision to air a Michael Phelps interview rather than televise a tribute to the victims of the July 7, 2005 terrorist attacks in London.

The Daily Mail of London has the story (excerpted below the page break):

By NB Staff | July 28, 2012 | 3:17 PM EDT

If only there were something to talk about...

By Matthew Sheffield | July 27, 2012 | 10:47 AM EDT

There will be three presidential debates later this fall and one vice-presidential debate. How important do you think they'll be? Schedule is below the fold:

By Ryan Robertson | July 26, 2012 | 3:58 PM EDT

Are public figures allowed to have an opinion anymore? Are private companies allowed to donate to the charitable causes of their own choosing, no matter how unfashionable they might be?

Shockingly, the ladies from “The View” say yes (with differing levels of enthusiasm) to both questions. On July 26, “The View” addressed the media-manufactured controversy arising from comments Chick-Fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy made more than a week ago. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy told the Baptist Press.