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President Obama in Context

Posted by George Will, Washington Post On August - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by John Fund, National Review On August - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Richard Epstein, Defining Ideas On August - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Rich Karlgaard, Forbes On August - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Thomas Friedman, New York Times On August - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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...

Federal Spending: Killing Economy With Stimulus

Posted by Doug Bandow, Forbes On August - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Doug Bandow, ForbesPresident Barack Obama’s presidency hangs in the balance after another disappointing employment report.  He continues to advocate new government “stimulus” programs to boost his reelection camp...

The Incredible Shrunken Economy

Posted by Tom Blumer, PJ Media On August - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Henry Miller, Forbes On August - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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...

Marilyn: The Love Goddess Who Keeps on Seducing

Posted by Maureen Dowd, NYT On August - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Maureen Dowd, NYTMIKE NICHOLS claims he called Marilyn Monroe to work on a scene.“Are you sure you weren’t hitting on her?” I asked.“I wouldn’t have dared dream of it,” he replied.It was the ...

Shale Gas Boom Could Kill Solar, Wind

Posted by Thomas Friedman, NY Times On August - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Matthew Continetti, Free Beacon On August - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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!

Posted by Andrew Leonard, Salon On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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 ...

Obama’s Mission Failure: Economy Was Job One

Posted by John Podhoretz, NY Post On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
John Podhoretz, NY PostThings are going wrong in the American economy right now - and in a way that no one expected, least of all an incumbent president with Election Day three months away. The man who said in 2009 that “if I don’t...

Inside Obama’s Swing State Charm Tour

Posted by Alex Altman, Time On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Christopher Buckley, The New Republic On August - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Jared Diamond, New York Times On August - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Marc Thiessen, Washington Post On August - 1 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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...

Cruz Makes the Senate A Lot More Conservative

Posted by Ed Kilgore, TNR On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Ed Kilgore, TNRThe holy crusade that movement conservatives undertook against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst concluded with Tuesday’s Senate runoff, producing his once-unlikely defeat at the hands of his much-celebrated Tea Party challenger, ...

Romney Changes His Tone in Europe

Posted by Ashley Parker, New York Times On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Michael Graetz, New York Times On July - 30 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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

Posted by Glenn Reynolds, New York Post On July - 30 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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...
Civil liberties, including LGBT rights and protections for those living with HIV/AIDS, are not partisan issues.

One-Term Presidents Are Usually History’s Losers

Posted by Al Hunt, Bloomberg On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Al Hunt, BloombergU.S. political junkies are being treated to a feast this summer: David Maraniss’ acclaimed new book on Barack Obama, the durable Mitt Romney biography by two Boston Globe reporters and, of course, another installment of Rob...
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