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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Seems like just yesterday liberals were treating the Congressional Budget Office numbers like scripture.”[N]ow a new analysis from the Senate Budget Committee (SBC) Republican staff provides even more evidence that the ACA will widen future deficits, not narrow them. Show More Summary

Can Obama be stopped or will Iran go nuclear?

If you are worried President Obama will strike an awful deal with Iran, Congress will pass sanctions and override a veto, but Obama will waive sanctions anyway — and you should be worried — consider what former Bush administration official and critic, Jack Goldsmith says: “Without getting into the details, it nonetheless appears that the President […]

Morning Bits

Yes, things can get go downhill from here for the hapless Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.): “Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an ‘unwilling invasion’ that took ‘a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands’  and led to deep suspicions of democracy […]

Is Iowa the cincher?

The National Journal reports, “ One senior House Democratic official told National Journal that internal polling in Iowa shows [Republican Joni] Ernst leading Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in all three of the state’s battleground seats,...Show More Summary

GOP 2016 contenders: Repeal Obamacare, reform Medicaid

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio was the first potential 2016 candidate to get snared in the Obamacare/Medicaid media snafu. As one of several GOP governors who expanded Medicaid, he naturally defends that move, which in an Associated Press interview came out as a defense of Obamacare, to which the Medicaid extension was attached. Kasich clarified […]

Is Obama trying to sink fellow Democrats?

It is a measure of President Obama’s unbridled ego that in an election in which he is dragging his party down to defeat, he insists on reminding voters that those struggling to swim against the tide and away from him are really his supporters. In an interview with Al Sharpton (apparently the MSNBC audience and […]

We are not going to defeat the Islamic State this way

Word that we are increasing aid to the Kurds and continuing airstrikes against the Islamic State is welcome news. But is it enough? No, says Syria expert Fred Hof, a former Obama administration adviser: The fundamental problem that’s being confronted right now in terms of the military campaign against ISIS is the absence in both […]

Iran policy: At the brink of the ‘unacceptable’?

President Obama’s former senior adviser Dennis Ross warns, “Ultimately, there appears to be little likelihood of a comprehensive deal at the present time. If that is the case, the P5+1 should be thinking carefully about what will happen after the November 24 deadline.” He is perhaps overly optimistic that the administration will not find a […]

Morning Bits

Well, then, never mind. “The suggestion that [Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg] Abbott would somehow be uncomfortable with marriage among different racial or ethic groups is absurd. Cecilia Abbott, his wife, is the granddaughter...Show More Summary

What can Ebola czar Ron Klain do?

My colleague Ed Rogers wonders what Ron Klain is supposed to do about Ebola. He rightly observes: “If you want to appoint someone to help stop the spread of a lethal contagion, you would never think of Klain. But if you want to contain the Ebola episode so it stays as quiet as possible until […]

Obama is scaring women

If “Life of Julia,” President Obama’s 2012 online version of liberal paradise characterized by cradle-to-grave dependency on the government, were to be revived, the Republicans might be the ones to benefit: Julia’s grandfather has been waiting for treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for years and lives with pain. She liked the idea of […]

Who will get credit for a big GOP win?

Everyone will want credit for a GOP victory if Republicans win the Senate. Some pols crowing the loudest will have done the least to bring that about. Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) bragged: “I have been on the road nonstop traveling the country, campaigning to retake the Senate, to retire Harry Reid. I believe we’re […]

David Axelrod’s bogus excuse for Obama’s poor crisis-management skills

President Obama’s former adviser David Axelrod is quoted as explaining Obama’s chronic emergency-response failure thusly: “There’s no doubt that there’s a theatrical nature to the presidency that he resists. Sometimes he can be negligent in the symbolism.”  I don’t buy it. Show More Summary

Who shows up and how does the GOP expand

Pew has an interesting poll out today: It finds that the two strongest Republican groups – the Business Conservatives and the Steadfast Conservatives – are more motivated to vote than other groups, with 67% and 66%,  respectively,  likely to turn out. Show More Summary

The evolution of Obama’s quarter-baked war plan

To call President Obama’s war plan “half-baked” would be excessive praise. The Post reports: The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom […]

Rand revs up for 2016?

National Journal reports: “Sen. Rand Paul is summoning his top strategists and political advisers to Washington one week after the November election for a strategy session over his widely expected 2016 presidential bid.” There are any number of topics he and his advisers should consider, including who should attend and who his potential campaign advisers might […]

Hillary Clinton’s nightmare: Elizabeth Warren opens the door to a presidential run

Oh, boy. Here we go. The Hill reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has opened the door more than a crack to a presidential run. Just like then-junior Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 cycle (who first discounted presidential talk and then embraced it), Warren doesn’t sound opposed to the idea: “If there’s any lesson […]

Vigilant? Obama is not even awake

In the wake of the shootings in Canada, the president said that “it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.” The president has said we must be vigilant many times, but does he follow his own advice? A dictionary definition of vigilance […]

Morning Bits

The White House can’t fool the American people into thinking that we are winning against the Islamic State. “[M]ost Americans say the U.S. military effort against ISIS is not going well, and just 30% think the U.S. and its allies have a ‘clear goal’ in taking military action. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, […]

Israel under attack, again

In the capital of a U.S. ally, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd, injuring eight people, including a three-month old baby. News reports indicate that the baby subsequently died. From the Jerusalem Post: Palestinian Authority President...Show More Summary

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