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How fractured is the GOP? Two issues tell us

A combination of early presidential maneuvering and internal policy debate is feeding yet another iteration of that media perennial: the great Republican crackup. This time it's tea-party insurgents versus get-along establishment fogies fighting principally over two things: national security…

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Detroit is a classic study in Democratic blundering

If there's an iron rule in economics, it is Stein's Law (named for Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers): "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."

July 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Where was the race bias? Nowhere. The jury has spoken

"No justice, no peace" chants the telegenic mob. In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn't rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial. It's the best that humans can do.

July 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Time is ripe for radical simplification of the tax code

The conventional wisdom evolves. Yesterday, Washington was merely broken, gridlocked, dysfunctional. The passive voice spread the blame evenly. Today it's agreed that Republican obstructionism is the root of all evil - GOP resistance having now escalated to nihilism and indeed sabotage.

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's war against coal is economic suicide

The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a "29-year-old hacker" revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change.

July 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Supreme Court adopts dual rationale on DOMA

Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in states that have legalized it. This week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.

June 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Iran, Russia seize the day as Obama does nothing

The war in Syria, started by locals, is now a regional conflict, the meeting ground of two warring blocs. On one side, the radical Shiite bloc led by Iran, which overflies Iraq to supply Bashar Assad and sends Hezbollah to fight for him. Behind them lies Russia, which has stationed ships off…

June 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

So, Mr. Obama, does NSA pose a 'false choice' or not?

Thirty-five years ago in United States v. Choate, the courts ruled that the Postal Service may record "mail cover," i.e., what's written on the outside of an envelope - the addresses of sender and receiver.

June 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama invited Hezbollah's intervention in Syria

Qusair fell Wednesday to the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad's Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It's a major strategic shift. Assad's forces can now advance on rebel-dominated areas in ce…

June 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Dorothy Doctrine: Look for war leadership over the rainbow

"This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises."

May 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Mr. President, the IRS has put a fly in my soup

"Horrible customer service." That's what the newly fired IRS commissioner averred was the agency's only sin in singling out conservative political groups for discriminatory treatment.

May 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Damning Benghazi facts need no GOP hype

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May 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

History will judge Bush 43 favorably

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April 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

What will Obama say when Boston motive is known?

Terrorism is speech - speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. Nineteenth-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it "propaganda by deed." Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack, the first successful terror bombing in the U.S. since 9/11, was designed…

April 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

With order restored to budget process, sides can deal

Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget.

April 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's view on Israeli settlements unmasks Palestinians

"I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those (Palestinian) kids, they'd say I want these kids to succeed."

March 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Dems, GOP should split the difference on tax reform

The proposition that entitlement curbs are the key to maintaining national solvency is widely accepted, though not by many congressional Democrats. President Obama, however, has endorsed it on various occasions. And he could make it happen.

March 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Aid to Egypt is right, but for the wrong reason

Sequestration is not the best time to be doling out foreign aid, surely the most unpopular item in the federal budget. Especially when the recipient is President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt.

March 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Rubio's immigration plan is sole hope for enforcement

The president suggested he would hold off introducing his own immigration bill as long as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace - until his own immigration bill mysteriously leaked precisely as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace.

February 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

With sequester looming, GOP finally has leverage

For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect - $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic programs, half from defense.

February 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Let's not repeat '86 immigration-amnesty blunder

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February 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's hard-left speech should surprise no one

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January 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Choice of Hagel shows Obama's leftward lurch

"This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."

January 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama free to be himself: tax-and-spend leveler

The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Obama got his tax hikes - naked of spending cuts - passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed "principle" of fiscal "balance" by taking the lead on re…

January 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Everything must be on table to curb gun violence

Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.

December 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's negotiation objective: Eviscerate the GOP

Let's understand President Obama's strategy in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. It has nothing to do with economics or real fiscal reform. This is entirely about politics. It's Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign. The election returned to him to office. The fiscal cliff negotiations are designed to…

December 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

GOP mustn't fall for Obama's tax-now-cut-later scam

WASHINGTON - Why are Republicans playing the Democrats' game that the "fiscal cliff" is all about taxation?

November 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

GOP's woes are solvable, and its bench is deep

They lose and immediately the chorus begins. Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority.

November 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney victory could be a historic tipping point

"Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not." That was Barack Obama in 2008. And he was right. Reagan was an ideological inflection point, ending a 50-year liberal ascendancy and beginning a 30-year conservative …

November 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney took the high road in winning third debate

'L'etat, c'est moi."

October 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney will be ready after Obama's Libya gaffe

Fight night at Hofstra. The two boxers, confined within a ring of spectators - circling, feinting, taunting, staring each other down - come several times, by my reckoning, no more than one provocation away from actual fisticuffs, of the kind that on occasion so delightfully break out in the …

October 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney decisively won debate, proving he's not out of touch

It was the biggest rout since Agincourt. If you insist, since the Carter-Reagan debate. With a remarkable display of confidence, knowledge and nerve, Mitt Romney won the first 2012 debate going away.

October 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

So much for Obama's 'new beginning' with Muslims

In the week following 9/11/12 something big happened: the collapse of the Cairo Doctrine, the centerpiece of President Obama's foreign policy. It was to reset the very course of post-9/11 America, creating, after the (allegedly) brutal depredations of the Bush years, a profound rapprochement…

September 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's policy on Iran is incoherent, contradictory

There are two positions one can take regarding the Iranian nuclear program: (a) it doesn't matter, we can deter them, or (b) it does matter, we must stop them.

September 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Why Israel must ponder pre-emptive strike vs. Iran

There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that "deterrence works." It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn't work over North Vietnam.

September 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Acting against Iran, however risky, is imperative

Either Israel is engaged in the most elaborate ruse since the Trojan Horse or it is on the cusp of a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

August 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Republicans have a golden chance to turn the tables on Obama

Vice presidential picks are always judged by their effect on the coming election. They rarely have any.

August 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's many failures stem from his ideology

There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.

August 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Media's 'gaffe' obsession smothers triumph of Romney's tour

At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London's preparations. The response confounded and agitated Romney supporters because it was such an unforced error. The question invited a simpl…

August 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney in Europe: His presence sends message

A generation ago, it was the three I's. A presidential challenger's obligatory foreign trip meant Ireland, Italy and Israel. Mitt Romney's itinerary is slightly different: Britain, Poland and Israel.

July 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

State is not the font of entrepreneurial success

"If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

July 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'Arab Spring' actually an Islamist ascendancy

Post-revolutionary Libya appears to have elected a relatively moderate pro-Western government. Good news, but tentative because Libya is less a country than an oil well with a long beach and myriad tribes. Even if the government of Mahmoud Jibril is able to rein in the militias and establish…

July 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Remarkable immigration ruling is overlooked

Though overshadowed by the shocking Supreme Court decision on health care, the court's Arizona immigration decision, issued three days earlier, remains far more significant than appreciated.

July 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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