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Happy Thanksgiving!   Right Turn will be back on Sunday. In the meantime, chat among yourselves!

Beyond Obama

Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute writes: At an annual gathering of government, business, academic, and civil-society leaders from democratic nations here, one theme emerged clearly: The world has moved beyond Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Early polls: Where things stand among potential 2016 contenders

The Quinnipiac poll reports: “Republican voters nationwide want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game, giving him the top position at 19 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.... With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14 […]

Let Obama pay the price for his immigration action

The Hill reports: “The incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee is pushing GOP leaders to pursue a government-funding measure that would only fund immigration-related services for a couple of months, a GOP congressional aide told The Hill. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) calls his proposal the ‘cromnibus,’ because it is a combination of a long-term omnibus […]

Morning Bits

Not looking so bright these days for Hillary Clinton. “Only yesterday everyone was measuring the Grand Old Party for a shroud. Maybe the undertaker could use it to dispatch the Clinton dreams of dynasty.” Bright legal anaylsts will acknowledge that this grand jury was particularly thorough. Dan Abrams on the process in the Michael Brown case: […]

Schumer’s folly

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) confessed today, “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus. Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs; not for changes in their healthcare.” Well now he tells us. Show More Summary

Confirmation hearings provide an oversight opportunity

A recent confluence of events — the change in the Senate majority, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy in a myriad of scary ways — gives Congress the opening to exercise a whole lot of oversight, pushing the administration to rethink its national security approach. The […]

The phony bravado behind Rand Paul’s war authorization scheme

Jack Goldsmith, guru on national security law and a past member and critic of the George W. Bush administration, writes about Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal for war authorization against the Islamic State: The United States has declared war in five armed conflicts in American history: The War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, […]

Yes or no, Hillary Clinton?

The great athletes always want the ball in the clutch. They thrive on pressure and want to control their destiny and their team’s. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, seems dead set on never taking the heat, never exposing herself to risk and, most of all, never committing to a position she might later want to change […]

GOP should pivot away from immigration

In the space of just a few days, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the extension of the Iran negotiations (as well as revelations about wholesale U.S. concessions) and the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict and ensuing reaction have put the executive action on immigration on the back burner. This is a good thing. […]

Hillary’s new difficulty: Iran

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is nonpartisan but composed mostly of Democrats. It has tiptoed gingerly through the wreckage of the U.S.-Israel relationship the Obama administration has created, often declining (as in the case of Chuck Hagel’s nomination) to publicly criticize the administration. But even AIPAC has reached its limit. In a written statement […]

Morning Bits

We are fortunate Iran is so obstinate. “The sad part, then, is that we’re lucky there was no deal. Better farce than tragedy. We’d be luckier still if we had an administration that took our enemies at their word. For now, however, we hang our hopes on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. ” Read the whole thing. […]

Ferguson: What about the pols and the media?

The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown will not dissuade those in the media who believe what they want to believe. No judge or jury, presented with evidence, is more equipped than they, we are supposed to believe, to pronounce on Missouri law and […]

Now what on Iran?

The biggest news of the day is not the Ferguson grand jury decision, or the resignation of Chuck Hagel or even the fallout from the immigration executive order (which now seems like it happened a month ago). It is Iran. The other issues are not matters that pose an existential threat to the U.S. or […]

Chuck Hagel predictably fails

The secretary of defense, whom the president kept on despite an appalling performance in his confirmation hearing and a track record of saying some outrageous things,  is now out. Chuck Hagel was perhaps the worst defense secretary appointment in history.  Predictably, having a crony run the Pentagon did  not work out. But frankly, until the […]

Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown […]

The GOP should look to the heartland

The Republicans future may reside in the Midwest. Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan was just reelected. A publication focused on local and state government recently recognized him as one of its public officials of the year: A Republican, he pushed for the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. That led to 385,000 […]

Rand Paul’s mistake: Courting Al Sharpton

In an indignant rant on Fox News, Juan Williams made an excellent point regarding Al Sharpton, who gets consulted by the White House on the attorney general and listened to respectfully on racial issues. Not only is Sharpton reportedly in arrears on taxes, but, as Williams reminds us, he was front and center in the Tawana Brawley […]

Congress needs to end the Iran giveaway

Ironically, the flood of concessions that the Obama administration negotiators have poured out on the negotiation table — in exchange for no meaningful concessions from Iran — has made it even more difficult to reach a deal. The Iranians have figured out that if they sit there long enough and say no, more and more […]

Morning Bits

Leave it to the New York Times to fret that the GOP’s deep bench is a bad thing. “As the 2016 White House campaign effectively began in the last week, it became apparent that this race might be different: a fluid contest, verging on chaotic, that will showcase the party’s deep bench of talent but […]

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