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President Obama in Context

George Will, Washington PostBarack Obama claims only that his legislative and foreign policy achievements in his first two years matched those of “any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln” …

Smart Democrats Should Be Worried

John Fund, National ReviewLiberal pundits are already fanning out in force to attack and discredit Paul Ryan. Michael Tomasky, who recently wrote a Newsweek cover story calling Mitt Romney a “wimp,” has now decided that Romney&…

Thomas Friedman’s Fracking Fallacy

Richard Epstein, Defining IdeasIt is amazing how quickly the technological and political landscape can change over a period of only four years. At this point during the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama was touting a promising fu…

Recovery Drag: The Age of Cheats

Rich Karlgaard, ForbesOne day in the 1980s my father called to share some exciting news. A shot-putter on his track team—Dad was a high school athletic director—was breaking all the state records. “This kid spent the whol…

Average Is Over, Part II

Thomas Friedman, New York TimesA big mismatch exists today between how U.S. C.E.O.’s look at the world and how many American politicians and parents look at the world — and it may be preventing us from taking our education challeng…

The Incredible Shrunken Economy

Tom Blumer, PJ MediaYou wouldn’t know it from reading the wire services’ headlines, but the government’s Employment Situation Summary released on Friday contained nothing which would cause any sane person to beli…

Nuking of Japan Was a Moral Imperative

Henry Miller, ForbesMonday, August 6, will mark one of the United States’ most important but unheralded anniversaries.  It is remarkable not only for what happened on this day in 1945 but for what did not happen su…

Shale Gas Boom Could Kill Solar, Wind

Thomas Friedman, NY TimesWE are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in America that is a potential game changer for the economy, environment and our national security — if we do it right.The enormous stores of natural gas that have been…

Attack of the Media Cookie Monsters

Matthew Continetti, Free BeaconLet us now praise the unknown reporters! Let us acclaim those stolid scribes who, at the conclusion of Mitt Romney’s overseas trip to England, Israel, and Poland, told Politico—anonymously, of course,…

Searching for the Undecided Voter

Elizabeth Kolbert, The New YorkerWhat is the 2012 election about?There are, of course, many possible answers to this question. According to President Barack Obama, “this election is about our economic future.” House Speaker John Bo…

Jobs Report: Not That Bad!

Andrew Leonard, SalonThe bleeding stopped — at least temporarily. The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, a significant jump from June’s revised 64,000 gain, and its best performance in five months. The unemployment rate rose …

Inside Obama’s Swing State Charm Tour

Alex Altman, TimeFor a few minutes, it almost feels like 2008 again inside the air-conditioned gym. The raucous crowd is chanting and cheering and slinging I love you‘s. Before Barack Obama revs up his speech, they’re singing happy…

WFB’s Old Nemesis, Gore Vidal

Christopher Buckley, The New RepublicMy father, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. had a bit of history with the now-late Gore Vidal. In what actually might be the quintessential unscripted TV exchange, Vidal called him a “crypto-nazi.&rdq…

Romney Hasn’t Done His Homework

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Jared Diamond, New York TimesMITT ROMNEY’S latest controversial remark, about the role of culture in explaining why some countries are rich and powerful while others are poor and weak, has attracted much comment. I was especially interested …

There Was No Romney Gaffe in Israel

Marc Thiessen, Washington PostThe media is accusing Mitt Romney of having committed another “gaffe” abroad — this time when he suggested that cultural differences help explain why the Israelis are so much more economicall…

Romney Changes His Tone in Europe

Ashley Parker, New York TimesWARSAW — On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney mocks it as “a social welfare state” and an “entitlement nation.” He rails that it smothers entrepreneurs and innovators. And he…

The Mysteries of Romney’s Finances

Michael Graetz, New York TimesPRESSURE is mounting for Mitt Romney to release more of his financial records. Mr. Romney has made public only his 2010 tax returns and has said his 2011 documents will be released soon. “That’s all th…

Those Shocking Bourgeois Values

Glenn Reynolds, New York PostIn one traditional form of pornography, from the Victorian “A Man With a Maid” to the more recent “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a young woman is initiated — sometimes uncomfortab…