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How We Can Avoid Becoming Like Japan

David Smick, CommentaryThese days, it is said, the industrialized world economy is like a beauty pageant for the unattractive in which the victor will be the contestant deemed the least ugly. And so, as disappointingly as the U.S. economy has performe…

Radical Republican Winterfest

Dana Milbank, Washington PostHouse Speaker John Boehner gave a spirited reply when asked recently about whether his party’s resistance to middle-class tax cuts risked making Republicans appear to be lackeys of the rich.“I&rsquo…

Vaclav Havel: The Outsider in Power

Madeleine Albright, Washington PostMadeleine Albright was secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.Nov. 24, 1989: Prague’s storied Wenceslas Square swarmed with demonstrators chanting slogans and waving signs that read “Posledni Zvonen…

A Brokered Convention Just Might Happen

Michael Medved, Daily BeastWith many (if not most) GOP voters harboring a “none-of-the-above” attitude toward the current crop of presidential contenders, insiders and activists have begun developing dreams of deliverance via deadl…

Newt and the Roosevelts

Newt Gingrich took pains to wrap himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan during last week’s Fox debate in Iowa. He reminded viewers that Reagan was once called “not electable,” just as he sometimes is. He went on to point out he had &l…

Tehran and Obama’s Reelection

The formal end of the U.S. war in Iraq on December 15 enhances neighboring Iran as a major, unpredictable factor in the U.S. presidential election of 2012.
First, a look back: Iran’s mullahs already had one opportunity to affect American politics…

Gingrich’s Past, Our Future

 If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office.
What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely …

Austerity, This Is Not

Given a lot of the rhetoric coming out of Washington and mainstream media outlets these days, one could be forgiven for believing that the United States has entered a new age of unprecedented austerity. This is hardly the case. Indeed, despite the best…

The stench of ‘Occupy,’ &c.

In southern Manhattan, the “Occupy” crowd tried to squat on private property, and were arrested. One of the occupier-squatters was quoted as saying, “We’re just trying to say that this country has gone in the wrong direction, an…

Obama, Israel, and the U.S.

President Obama spoke to the annual meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism last week, and he gave them that ol’-time religion: liberalism. Not surprisingly, since Reform Judaism is, in Richard Brookhiser’s timeless phrase, “the Democ…

Under Intensifying Heat, Holder Soldiers On

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Charlie Savage, NY TimesFor nearly three years, Republicans have attacked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on national security and civil rights issues. For months, they have criticized him over a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry, with dozen…

Payroll Tax Shenanigans

Ezra Klein, Washington PostWe don't have a payroll tax deal. Over the past week, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell had been negotiating a two-month extension under the tacit understanding that whatever they agreed on, John Boehner would sign onto. T…

Romney’s ObamaCare Problem

Jonathan Last, Weekly StandardOver at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein reacts to a Romney video Ben Domenech highlighted this weekend. In the clip, Mitt Romney, who is responding to a young Mike Warren’s question at Vanderbilt, talks ab…

Sebelius and Plan B

Democratic waters are still roiled by last week’s decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to overturn an FDA recommendation and continue to restrict access to the Plan B contraceptive pill for girls under 17. Now 14 memb…

Click Here, You Man of the Year

Around here, you are the Man of the Year. America doesn’t have time for anything less.
You are concerned about the future of your country. You, like Sen. Marco Rubio — who has credited NR with helping him get to Washington — look arou…

Obama’s Great Green Fleet

One might assume, or at least hope, that the fallout over the $535 million Solyndra loan scandal would make the Obama administration think twice before lavishing more taxpayer dollars on politically connected “green energy” firms. Not in th…

Life with Newt, &c.

For the last few weeks, something strange has been going on. When I make criticisms of Newt, or National Review does, we’re called “establishment.” Newt is an “outsider,” desperately opposed by establishmentarians like me….

Romney’s Clone Wars — and Ours

The funny thing about the 13 primary debates that the Republicans have held so far is that it has taken so many for us to learn anything. During his post-debate show last Thursday, Sean Hannity admitted to Mitt Romney that he hadn’t realized &#82…

Merry War on Christmas!

Christmas in America is a season of time-honored traditions — the sacred performance of the annual ACLU lawsuit over the presence of an insufficiently secular “holiday” tree; the ritual provocations of the atheist displays licensed by…

The Significance of Wyden-Ryan

Yesterday’s announcement that Democratic senator Ron Wyden and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan have teamed up on a bill that would shift Medicare to a “premium support” model — instead of getting insurance from the gov…

The Saudis at Salem

Even for the late 17th century, the witch trials at Salem were egregious: the last hurrah of an early-modern culture of superstition and retribution that was stopped dead in its tracks by the early sparks of the Enlightenment. By the time, in 1692, tha…