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The economic reality: We are not growing enough

The latest jobs numbers, a meager 151,000 for January, should force policymakers to face economic reality. We are not in a recession, and we have gained jobs since 2009. But our growth is putrid, productivity gains are slight, wages are stagnant and work participation is dreadfully low. Jim Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute writes […]

Good reasons for Hillary Clinton not to release her speeches

You knew that after her “I will look into it” answer in the Democratic debate Thursday night regarding release of her paid speeches, Hillary Clinton was going to take fire from conservative and mainstream media alike. The Post’s Glenn Kessler writes, “Clinton has certainly been looking into it a long time. The Washington Post has […]

Stay sunny, or get mean? Candidates choose their New Hampshire strategy.

It is not hard to figure out who is up and who is down in the New Hampshire polls, nor to predict how the GOP candidates are likely to behave in Saturday night’s debate. After accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Wednesday of fraud in Iowa and calling for a do-over caucus, Donald Trump declared […]

Seven things we learned from the Democratic debate

In the first one-on-one debate of the presidential cycle, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were, some might say, animated. Others might have called it fiery or vicious. A casual observer tuning in would see two senior citizens bickering loudly over labels. (There was an extended screaming match in which, just as Republicans do […]

Previewing the last debate before New Hampshire votes

Tomorrow night, the GOP will hold a presidential primary debate, the last before the New Hampshire balloting on Tuesday. We know — at the very least from their over-the-top, desperate attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — that former Florida governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie need to land near the top […]

Morning Bits

At least there is one witness who makes Congress look great by comparison. “Embattled drug executive Martin Shkreli antagonized lawmakers on Thursday by smirking and posing for pictures during his first appearance on Capitol Hill even...Show More Summary

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings. Secretary of State John Kerry was left to sputter about Russia’s participation in continued violence against the Syrian people: US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Thursday that Russia stop bombing the Syrian opposition, […]

Hillary Clinton, blind to her own greed, makes another blunder

  It is the nature of our political environment that the best performance of one’s career can be ignored — and ruined — because of a single remark. Hillary Clinton was sailing along in the Democratic town hall hosted by CNN Wednesday night, sounding thoughtful and at ease when — bam! — the viral disaster ensued: ANDERSON COOPER: […]

Who will get Romney’s stamp of approval?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday picked up solid GOP endorsements from Rick Santorum and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), a reflection of his growing appeal as a consensus GOP candidate widely acceptable to different factions of the party. Rubio has now eclipsed Jeb Bush in endorsements. (It makes perfect sense that Santorum, a hawk who […]

Sanders must go after Clinton’s ethical deficit

Only a few months ago Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared that no one cared about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.” Well, the voters may find them hard to ignore, and he may have to start playing for keeps if he wants to be the nominee. House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) yesterday claimed that, […]

Carly Fiorina is reduced to playing the gender card

Carly Fiorina entered the presidential race as an acerbic critic of Hillary Clinton, a contrast — she said — between herself (a woman who went from secretary to chief executive officer) and a woman who rose not on her own merits, but in spite of her own incompetence. Fiorina had international business expertise and had […]

Cruz-Carson-Trump circular firing squad

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) of voter fraud (both for sending a shady “voter violation” mailer and fanning false rumors that Ben Carson was […]

Morning Bits

Another legacy. “This is another legacy of the Obama administration, aided and abetted by anti-defense Republicans on Capitol Hill — the army has had to cut its active-duty forces to the bone because of excruciating budget cuts forced upon it by the sequestration process. All the services have suffered, but the army has been especially […]

The GOP’s opportunity with young voters

Hillary Clinton came staggering out of Iowa, only to face questions from supporters about her campaign operation and from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) about the real margin of victory. Iowa, to be blunt, was not a momentum- or confidence-builder for her. The Associated Press reports, “Topping the list of concerns is Clinton’s staggering disadvantage with […]

Paul Ryan woos the gadflies

Heritage Action, which inveighed against former House speaker John Boehner, pushed for the shutdown and perfected the art of demonizing anyone who did not adopt its (losing) tactics, has always said it wanted a conservative agenda. To its credit, it recently has turned to policy development. Now House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is taking Heritage […]

Profound concern about Democrats’ profound lack of spine on Iran

When a clutch of Senate Democrats wrote letters to the Obama administration to express profound “concern” that it was doing nothing about Iran’s illegal missile tests, I was, well, skeptical that they would actually do something about it. No sooner had they sustained a filibuster to permit the deal to go forward than Senate Democrats began […]

Why the Cruz campaign’s ‘dirty tricks’ matter

CNN reports: Republican Ben Carson Tuesday called for the firing of a Ted Cruz campaign staffer who said the retired neurosurgeon was planning to drop out. “I think whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture,” Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper on […]

The out-of-step Rand Paul is out of the race

It seems like yesterday the mainstream media — oblivious to the hawkish turn in the GOP — were making Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) a front-runner in the 2016 presidential race. We obviously took a different view, nearly two years ago. Today, after a shoddy showing in Iowa, Paul announced he would be suspending his campaign. […]

Free advice for the GOP candidates

As in any race, some political advice is exceptionally smart. (Rick Wilson tells Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), “One note about your speech tonight: Stop ACTING. People can tell when you’re doing high-school drama club EMOTING. You had at least four separate accents/affects in the speech tonight. It’s clunky.”) Some is exceptionally silly. (Sen. Marco Rubio […]

Morning Bits

Changing his tune? “Rush Limbaugh defended Marco Rubio on Tuesday as a ‘full-throated conservative’ after the Florida senator scored a strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucus behind anti-establishment darlings Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.” In other words, she is tone-deaf. “How Clinton squandered such a commanding advantage in Iowa is an all-too familiar tale with […]

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