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Outside the Beltway

Online Journal of Politics and Foreign Affairs

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:45:20 +0000


George And Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:45:16 +0000

Both former President Bush and his wife Barbara have been hospitalized in a Houston-area hospital: Former president George H.W. Bush was under observation at an intensive care unit in Houston on Wednesday after being treated for an “acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to a statement from his office. The update described the 92-year-old […]

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:13:25 +0000

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Search For Flight MH370 Officially Comes To An End

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:18:57 +0000

The mystery of what happened aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean forever.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:53:13 +0000

A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Donald Trump To Take First Weekend As POTUS Off

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:37:58 +0000

Donald Trump will take some time off after taking the Oath of Office.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Aiming For A ‘Hard Brexit’

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:22:43 +0000

British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that she intends to move forward with Brexit.

Hey, thanks for not enslaving me…

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:42:47 +0000

Apparently Governor Paul LePage believes that (African-American) Rep. John Lewis owes a “simple thank you” to (white) Republicans of old for abolishing slavery.   It doesn’t require an especially uncharitable interpretation of the Governor’s words—especially given his track record on race—to read them as implying that rights are rightly understood as the property of whites to dispense—or […]

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:56:05 +0000

One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

Trump’s Approval Numbers not Very Approving

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:47:56 +0000

Via CNN:  CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump’s […]

Ethics Concern Raised over HHS Nominee

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:35:03 +0000

Via CNN:  Trump’s cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. Price bought […]

Monica Crowley Backs Out Of Post In Trump Administration After Plagiarism Charges

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:04:45 +0000

After a week or more of plagiarism allegations, Monica Crowley has withdrawn from the position she was named to in the Trump Administration: Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, CNN confirms. The move comes after CNN’s KFile uncovered multiple […]

Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Free Speech Case

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:00:51 +0000

An important free speech case is coming up this week at the Supreme Court.

OTB Caption Contest

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:43:21 +0000

Time For The Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Ringling Brothers Circus To Shut Down After 146 Years In Business

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:49:31 +0000

A long-standing staple of American culture will soon be no more.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:11:39 +0000

The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.