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White House: Transparency Transhmarency

Posted by Lloyd Grove, Daily Beast On August - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Lloyd Grove, Daily BeastAt a time when Obama communications specialists seem to have grown accustomed to attempting to make reporters accessories to White House message-control in return for granting access to policymakers, the Post stiffened its spin… read more
  

MSNBC Has Full Deck of Race Cards

Posted by Jonah Goldberg, National Review On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Jonah Goldberg, National Review
“Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?”So asks Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of The Grio, a web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to “focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience.” The “they” in question are conservatives and journalists asking, among other things, why President Obama hasn’t inserted himself into a new criminal-justice case the way he did in the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The irony-impaired Reid… read more
  

The Right’s Obsession With Black Crime

Posted by Brian Beutler, Salon On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Brian Beutler, SalonThere are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly.This isn’t a particularly new… read more
  

Obama’s Economy Has Fallen and Can’t Get Up

Posted by Investor's Business Daily On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

  

Obama’s Higher-Ed Power Grab

Posted by Paul Mirengoff, Power Line On August - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Paul Mirengoff, Power Line
While the first elements of Obama’s plan is merely unnecessary, the second element"”tying federal assistance to the federal rating system"”strikes me as pernicious. read more
  

President Obama’s Thin Red Line

Posted by New York Post On August - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

  

Republicans Are Losing August

Posted by Taegan Goddard, The Week On August - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Taegan Goddard, The Week
A new Gallup poll finds the summer has once again not been kind to President Obama, with his approval rate dipping yet again. In fact, August has historically been the worst month for his approval rating throughout his presidency.But there’s a big difference this year: Republicans have had a worse summer.Halfway through the August recess, congressional Republicans are still fighting with each other over the direction of their party. While they’re united in hating ObamaCare, they have no coherent strategy for confronting Democrats and the president. Some want to shut down the… read more
  

Reality Versus Mirages in Egypt

Posted by Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily On August - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Thomas Sowell, Investor’s Business Daily
Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military, because of the widespread killings in what is becoming a civil war in Egypt. Such utter lack of realism from the left is not new, but hearing some conservatives saying the same things takes some getting used to.President Obama’s call for the Egyptians to end the violence and form an “inclusive” government, with all factions represented, may sound good to many Americans. But there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that it will… read more
  

Obama’s Rude Mideast Awakening

Posted by Walter Russell Mead, American Interest On August - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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Obama’s Approval Falling Fastest Among Youth

Posted by Harry Enten, Guardian On August - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Harry Enten, GuardianWe all know Republicans have done well among seniors, while Democrats have done better with the young. Part of this is that the youth segment of the electorate is more diverse – although younger white people have also be… read more
  

2013 Races Will Turn on Personal Factors

Posted by Michael Barone, DC Examiner On August - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Sometimes off-year elections provide insight into national political trends and voters’ views on issues. That was true in 2009, when the issues in the governor elections in New Jersey and Virginia were congruent with the issues facing Congress and the president.In both states the Republicans campaigned for lower spending and taxes, in contrast to the Obama Democrats’ policies. Heavily Democratic New Jersey voted narrowly for Republican Chris Christie, and in Virginia, the state voting closest to the national average in 2008 and 2012, Republican Bob McDonnell won a landslide… read more
  

President Obama and the Drone Wars

Posted by Mark Bowden, The Atlantic On August - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Mark Bowden, The AtlanticConsider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding … read more
  

The Debate Obama Never Wanted

Posted by Major Garrett, National Journal On August - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Major Garrett, National Journal
Edward Snowden has put words in President Obama’s mouth. Words like transparency, reform, openness, and debate.This is not necessarily cause for celebration or condemnation. It is, however, a fact. That the White House refuses to acknowledge this is testament to the policy-altering effect of Snowden’s leaks of classified documents about the National Security Agency’s wide-ranging Internet and phone surveillance programs. read more
  

Obama Tramples the Constitution

Posted by George Will, Washington Post On August - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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Eric Holder’s Urgent Sense of Justice

Posted by Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian On August - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian
Only Obama’s most vicious critics deny him the singular accomplishment that, in a way, he shares with the country as a whole: he’s the first black president. Nothing can take that away from him, or from us; it’s a point of pride and hope whenever we are reminded of racial inequality’s tenacious grip.But imagine we’d elected another white guy – same policies, even the same personality. read more
  

Obama’s New 27-Year-Old Paternalist

Posted by Kyle Smith, New York Post On August - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Kyle Smith, New York PostUnemployed? Underemployed? Working the register at Denny’s when you used to be on the management track? Just been informed you’ll be one of the ObamaCare “29ers” who gets that many hours… read more
  

The Budget Sequester Is a Success

Posted by Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal On August - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
The biggest underreported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected.Consider the numbers: According to the Congressional Budget Office, annual outlays peaked at $3.598 trillion in fiscal 2011. After President Obama’s first two years in office, many in Washington expected that number to hit $4 trillion by 2014. Instead, spending fell to $3.537 trillion in fiscal 2012, and is on pace to fall below $3.45 trillion by the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30). read more
  

Arianna and Ron Reagan discuss what’s wrong with Washington as seen through Leibowich’s #1-selling This Town: Money/media insiders? Radical right who hate Obama and government? Can Bezos’s money & tech be a WashPo life-preserver? And did you know about Orion’s big supernova? read more
  

The big political news today, of course, was President Obama’s press conference. While the subject matter largely revolved around the National Security Agency reforms Obama… read more
  

Why The Right Is Mad At Norquist

Posted by Salon On August - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Enough Republicans have derided the Tea Party-backed plan to shut down the government unless President Obama agrees to kill the Affordable Care Act, as “suicidal”… read more
  

A User’s Guide to Obama’s Inside-Out Economics

Posted by C. Baum, Bloomberg On August - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

C. Baum, BloombergThe president may be out of ideas, but he is never out of words. He has been sharing voluminous amounts of them with audiences over the last two weeks on his latest speaking tour, or pivot, on the economy.And for good reason. read more
  

Obama’s Breathtaking Statement on Ho Chi Minh

Posted by Paul Kengor, AmSpec On August - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Paul Kengor, AmSpecAll I wanted to do last week was enjoy my vacation. Instead, I was assaulted by another breathtaking statement from the president of the United States, provided courtesy of an official White House press release. The occasion was a J… read more
  

A Setback for Minority Education Under Obama

Posted by Paul Peterson, WSJ On August - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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New al-Qaeda Menace Result of Years of Bad Policy

Posted by Eugene Robinson, WP On August - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Eugene Robinson, WP
WASHINGTON — If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.The Arab Spring contributed by creating power vacuums for militant anti-Western jihadists to exploit. But myopic decision-making in Washington clearly played a huge role — and, while I hope we’re getting smarter, I have my doubts.President Obama’s decision to order the closure of U.S. outposts in much of the Muslim world drew rare bipartisan support on Capitol Hill,… read more
  
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