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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Why is the president always late?

The Post documents what anyone following President Obama’s speeches and press conferences knows: He is really late. A lot. “Obama has been a cumulative 2,121 minutes late to events in 2014. That’s 35 hours, 21 minutes — or almost a day and a half — that his audiences have been waiting for him to speak.” On […]

With Lamar Alexander’s win, tea party gets another drubbing

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) yesterday beat Joe Carr in a decisive primary win, continuing a shutout of all tea party Senate challengers. Carr focused on Alexander’s support for the Senate immigration reform bill, and despite the usual cast of anti-immigrant talk show radio supporters, he came up far short. This is yet one more reminder […]

Obama takes half-steps to prevent Iraq’s collapse

Last night President Obama announced two operations, “targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.” From our standpoint, this is a positive step, albeit too little and too late to […]

Morning Bits

He is certainly out and about. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has “increased foreign and domestic travel with stops this year at World Economic Forum in Davos, the Jimmy Kimmel show and New York, Iowa and South Carolina in recent months. He visits New Hampshire on Aug. 22 and 23. And this fall, he makes another […]

Walsh out, a warning to others

Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), recently alleged to have plagiarized his war college thesis, is dropping out of the Senate race. He was the handpicked successor to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who received a plum ambassadorial post in China. The choice turned out to be a disaster. With Rep. Steve Daines (R) already leading by double digits, […]

Rand Paul : Ending foriegn aid for Israel would be good for Israel

A smart reader points out that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hasn’t really flip-flopped on foreign aid to Israel — he’s always been against it and all other foreign aid. The best indication of this is Rand Paul’s FY 2012 budget proposal. He states flat out: “While this budget proposal does eliminate foreign aid to Israel, it is […]

Obama’s bigotry of low expectations for Hamas

President Obama is deservedly taking flak over his lethargic and detached remarks on Gaza at a press conference Wednesday. Asked about Gaza, he said: “I have consistently supported Israel’s right to defend itself, and that includes doing what it needs to do to prevent rockets from landing on population centers and, more recently, as we […]

Inviting a continent to dinner insults African reformers

The African leaders summit in Washington and the coverage thereof perpetuated a number of unhelpful myths about the countries that attended. Most visibly, when Vice President Joe Biden uttered his gaffe about the “nation of Africa,” it demonstrated the compulsion to treat the continent as one undifferentiated mass. Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, executive director of the […]

Alleviating the middle-class squeeze

Republican politicians talk about “growth” and “tax reform.” Both parties talk about “jobs.” Instead, pols would be wise to start talking about take-home pay and the middle-class squeeze. Unemployment is high, but most voters have jobs. Growth is the precursor to jobs, but that’s an abstraction. “Tax reform” raises suspicions that the rich will get […]

Morning Bits

Better yet, defund it entirely. Three senators write to Secretary of State John Kerry: “We write to express our profound concern with the troubling role the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) has played during the ongoing crisis in Gaza, including multiple instances of weapons found at UNRWA schools as well one-sided statements from […]

The flip-flop charge

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is getting widely panned for apparently flip-flopping on aid to Israel. He denies he has, but a whole lot of people across the political spectrum don’t buy his explanation. He also denied changing his mind on the Civil Right Act. That brings us to a perennial presidential election issue: When is it acceptable […]

Hard facts, unpleasant realities about Gaza

Recently released statistics on the Gaza war provide a good starting point both for evaluating the war and determining what Gaza’s future might look like. The Times of Israel reports: 3,356 rockets fired at Israel: 2,303 hit Israel and 356 were aimed at IDF forces operating in Gaza 116 hit populated areas inside Israel (3.45%) 578 were intercepted […]

Obama’s polling sinks further

The president’s poll numbers may reach George W. Bush levels if the most recent polling trend continues. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll reports: “Mr. Obama registered his lowest-ever approval rating for his overall job performance and handling of foreign policy in the new Journal poll, as well as the worst personal favorability ratings of his presidency. […]

The tea party runs out of steam

The inside-the-Beltway groups that affixed the tea party label to their money-making rackets lost yet another Senate race Tuesday as Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) beat Milton Wolf. Wolf, who had been slammed for posting patients’ X-rays and then mocking them, was one in a string of flaky candidates challenging mainstream Republican incumbent senators this year. Not one […]

Taxation without representation?!

I admit it. I’m rooting for the president to take a step so contemptuous of our system of government that it may jolt ordinary voters and even the media from their constitutional stupor. I’m speaking of the potential for President Obama to unilaterally change the tax code. The New York Times reports: The Obama administration is […]

Morning Bits

A feisty comeback from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s team: “As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has taken extraordinary steps to secure the border, stepping in where Washington has failed. The Washington dysfunction that Sen. Paul is a part of has resulted in a porous border that jeopardizes the security of our country.” Extra points for […]

Obama vs. Israel

The New York Times’ report on the administration’s reaction to Gaza is telling. “[T]he government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has largely dismissed diplomatic efforts by the United States to end the violence in Gaza, leaving American officials to seethe on the sidelines about what they regard as disrespectful treatment.” Seething that Israel would not […]

Rand Paul’s rough ride in Iowa

In a video making its way around news sites, a woman in Iowa identifying herself as a DREAMer approaches Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). King, notoriously anti-immigrant and repeatedly denounced by fellow Republicans, engages with the woman. But with a jerk of his head, a pull of the arm and the sound of […]

Can Chris Christie’s comeback continue?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is continuing a comeback of sorts. As the Wall Street Journal reported, “Christie scored a political win Monday with the passage of bills overhauling the state’s bail system. It was a bipartisan victory years in the making that came as the Republican governor has begun to emerge from a […]

How to tell who’s faking it on foreign policy

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama, the then-junior senator from Illinois, insisted that he was a great friend of Israel, that he was committed to winning the war in Afghanistan and that he fit squarely within the bipartisan mainstream on foreign policy that more or less held up since the end of the Cold […]

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