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…
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.
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
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
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…
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 spend
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 …
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 cla
George Will, Washington Post
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 e
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…
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 ye
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?
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…
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”…
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.
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…
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 myo
Robert Reich, Huffington Post
Job-growth is sputtering. So why, exactly, do regressive Republicans continue to say “no” to every idea for boosting it — even last week’s almost absurdly modest proposal by President Obama to combine corporate tax cuts with increased spending on roads and other public works?It can’t be because Republicans don’t kn
Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Good morning, it’s Monday, August 5, 2013. This evening, in a private ceremony at the White House, President Obama will host a reception for Negro League players.Unfortunately, the event is not open to the press or the public, perhaps out of deference to the advanced ages of the players. Like the heroes o
Jonathan Tobin, CommentaryPresident Obama has been a broken record lately claiming over and over again that Republicans are promoting “phony scandals,” the chief of which is the effort to keep asking questions about the Benghazi te…
I was shocked to read this morning of the fact that Jim Messina, manager of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, had marketed himself to the UK’s Conservative Party, while, at the same time, chairing the president’s "Organizing for Action" program here in the States.