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Rand Paul vs. reality on GOP’s minority outreach

Aside from the unnecessary coarseness of his language, is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) right that the “Republican Party brand sucks, and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans”? First, nothing to do with Republicans for 80 years is not quite right. […]

Ryan: The most experienced 2016 contender

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is sounding Romneyesque in his foreign policy views. In a Post interview he says: “I spend a lot of time thinking about foreign policy and reading about it. My thinking has evolved, and going through the vice presidential experience gave me a deeper appreciation for these issues. I fear that we’re losing […]

Can Ted Cruz change — and does he want to?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) does not wear or travel well. As to the latter, it has not gone unnoticed that he is of use to GOP candidates solely in solid-red states. “The Tea Party’s hero in Washington is increasingly seen as the super-villain of the Republican Party, anathema to Democrats, reviled by conventional pro-business Republicans and […]

Getting the goods on Hillary Clinton is too easy

Sympathetic outlets of the mainstream media will tell you that the vast right-wing machine is out to get Hillary Clinton: “They are compiling dossiers, dispatching trackers to Clinton events and collaborating with like-minded Republicans on Capitol Hill; at the same time, every organization aligned with a potential GOP 2016 candidate routinely includes Clinton questions in […]

No to the nativists, yes to immigration reform

The future of immigration reform rides on two factors. The most important factor will be President Obama’s determination to flout Congress and move unilaterally to alter immigration laws. Should he proceed, a furious reaction will follow and any hope of significant reform will be dashed for the next two years at least. But if Obama […]

Obama’s disdain for Israel remains

The flap over an Obama administration official’s obscene reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not going away, especially given the administration’s total lack of interest in identifying the senior official who spoke...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Is the secretary of defense “anti-science“? “A 21-day quarantine for all military personnel serving in Ebola stricken areas of West Africa was approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday. The quarantine was pushed for by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hagel said.” The most prominent Democratic governor can’t be written off as just another anti-Obama partisan: […]

Obama’s Iran folly

The Wall Street Journal reports the trend we have remarked on for some time: The Obama administration and Iran, engaged in direct nuclear negotiations and facing a common threat from Islamic State militants, have moved into an effective state of détente over the past year, according to senior U.S. and Arab officials. The shift could […]

No defense on the cheap

In justifying the radical reduction in our military forces, anti-interventionists have argued that the future belongs to Special Operations forces, drones and airpower. Big ground forces are so 20th-century, goes the argument. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

Cursing Israel’s prime minister

In a new low in U.S.-Israel relations and, for that matter, a new low in U.S. foreign policy, a senior White House official too cowardly to go on record told Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “chickens—” because he allegedly won’t stand up to his party on a peace […]

Look who the party of good government is

His remarks stung: I always wonder why the Democrats don’t take government seriously. People have to see how government works before they believe it will work. There’s no way to see into this administration positively and see how it works. Why wasn’t Ron Klain out there this weekend, fighting as the czar? If he was going to be […]

Rand Paul can’t hide his isolationist views

Fresh from a speech attempting to straighten out his muddled foreign policy, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an interview to the libertarian Reason magazine in which he utters some of his most problematic sentiments. When asked to respond directly rather than simply read a speech, his true beliefs come through, which will only deepen concern about his […]

Obama still struggling on Ebola

President Obama was illogical and incoherent yesterday in making the case that only military personnel need to be quarantined: QUESTION: Are you concerned, sir, that there might be some confusion between the quarantine rules used by the military and used by health care workers and by some states? OBAMA: Well, the military is in a […]

Morning Bits

With Russian-backed rebels still occupying their country, you have to admire them. “What we’ve seen is overwhelming support by those who voted for political parties that are reformist [and] have a pro-western orientation. … I think this was a pretty resounding victory for those people in Ukraine who want national unity, reforms and a pro-Western, […]

Getting the war right and over ASAP

In Freedom House’s fascinating analysis of the coalition battling the Islamic State, it finds: The actual contributions of tiny and distant states like Luxembourg and Iceland are probably rather small, while those of others, like France, are more substantial. But the overall breakdown of coalition countries indicates that without the involvement of the United States […]

Forget the ‘peace process,’ Palestinians need reform

To give you some insight into why there is no peace between Israel and the Palestinians, consider this poll of Gaza and West Bank Palestinians, from the Times of Israel: Some 57 percent of those polled claimed that Hamas was victorious — a strong majority, albeit far short of the 70% who thought Hamas had won […]

Best of the cycle

With the midterm elections exactly a week away, we thought we’d look back at some of the best (the worst would be too long and depressing) parts of the 2014 midterms: Best policy roll-out: In Virginia, Ed Gillespie introduced and ran on an Obamacare alternative. The new Congress should take its cue from him. Best […]

If the GOP wins the Senate, then what?

The Post reports that Republicans have opened up a 6-point lead in the generic congressional poll. It is hard to escape the conclusion that a GOP victory would amount to a vote of no confidence in the White House: Driving attitudes is a pervasive sense of a country in trouble. Overwhelming majorities say the country […]

At the Reagan Library, Rick Perry lays the foundation for 2016

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, attempting to demonstrate he is not the candidate he was in 2012, has been traveling, writing op-eds and giving speeches in advance of a potential 2016 run. On Monday he was in a tough setting: the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, for a speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Reagan’s “A […]

To shorthand it: Hillary Clinton is a lousy politician

On one level it is comical. As if to outdo President Obama’s contempt for private enterprise, Hillary Clinton on Friday declared, “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Yeah, Obama was giving those businesses way too much credit. But of course this makes zero sense so she […]

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