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A defensive start for the ‘inevitable’ nominee?

The Post reports that “Hillary Rodham Clinton is going small — real small. When the presumed Democratic front-runner announces her 2016 bid in the coming days, expect a Facebook post, a video, maybe some tweets. Then it’s off on the trail to meet one-on-one and in small groups with voters in the early states of […]

Morning Bits

Makes sense. “Iran’s goal has not been to merely get a nuclear bomb. It wants to acquire the bomb while ensuring the survival of its regime. That is why the world needs to wait and give the existing sanctions more time. These sanctions have already caused significant damage to Iran’s economy and are the very […]

Iran confusion: Whom can we trust?

The questioning at the State Department reflects an unpleasant truth for the Obama administration: It can’t honestly tell lawmakers that everything on its fact sheet is actually agreed up: We don’t know whether the Americans misinterpreted discussions with the Iranians and assumed agreement where there was none or whether the Iranians agreed and then reneged. In any case, […]

Mrs. Clinton, about that swing state poll . . .

Quinnipiac is out with a new poll. “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll […]

Scott Walker bests Obama on Iran

  The president handed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a gift by telling him to “bone up” on foreign policy before criticizing the Iran deal. This is an administration in which a State Department spokeswoman tries to deflect a takedown of the Iran framework by two former secretaries of state by saying that they did not […]

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: Co-workers from hell

Conservatives have lambasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose sometimes over-the-top behavior has been captured on video, as a “bully.” They castigate the president for being aloof and arrogant. But when it comes to two conservative favorites, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the right-wing suddenly tolerates all manner of bad and alarming […]

Time to reverse the Scooter Libby conviction

  Right Turn readers know my view that former vice president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby was dealt a severe injustice by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald who knew early on that another official, Richard Armitage, had leaked Valerie Plame’s name. Show More Summary

Is there really any agreement on an Iran ‘deal’?

Since the White House released with great fanfare its Iran framework, the Iranians have announced the deal will allow them to lift sanctions up front, does not allow inspectors to go into military sites (making Parchin off limits, for example) and that on day one of the deal they could employ new super-speedy IR-8 centrifuges. […]

Morning Bits

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not faring well under intense scrutiny. “Does [Rand] Paul want to repeal laws against visa overstaying, or heroin possession, or smuggling? Now, maybe Paul just meant he wants to get rid of all laws that land people of color in prison at rates higher than the rate at which they commit […]

Rand Paul’s biggest problem

Right Turn readers are not unfamiliar with Sen. Rand Paul’s thin-skinned and prickly personality. Time and again we have seen his inability to gracefully withstand even mild scrutiny. He has done it again, losing his cool just as he did when he shushed an interviewer a couple of months ago: The episode is problematic on […]

Classify this as a problem

Most of the attention concerning Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server have centered on her attempt to avoid oversight, the tell-tale Clintonian obsession with control and the rules-don’t-apply-to-me stance exemplified by her foundation’s receipt of foreign monies while she was serving as secretary of state. Show More Summary

Discrediting Obama’s attempt to discredit critics

Had the president not decided to claim agreement with the Iranians when so little had been agreed to, had he not declared that the sole alternative to the framework was war, had he not dispensed sympathetic journalists overeager to help him defend a deal to deride opponents as mere partisans, had he not declared that […]

Carly Fiorina deserves to be taken seriously

In virtually every interview and appearance Carly Fiorina leaves me surprised. Hey, she’s really good. You know, she is making a great argument there. Okay, that’s a good line to use against Hillary Clinton. Maybe I should stop being surprised and start treating Fiorina like a fully capable contender. She surely is more informed and […]

Hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her failures

Yesterday I suggested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker make a point of tying his criticisms of the Obama foreign policy to Hillary Clinton. A Walker supporter points to a Wisconsin radio interview last week. Gov. Scott Walker told Charlie Sykes Wednesday at Insight 2015 that he is looking forward to a potential debate with Hillary Clinton over […]

Rubio still has daylight to make a run

  BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray reports: Sen. Marco Rubio was the featured guest at an event at Republican donor Paul Singer’s place in New York last Monday attended by influential Republican foreign policy hawks. According to sources who attended the dinner, Rubio was well-received among attendees— one said that “people who walked out of the room were […]

Morning Bits

That was quick. “Republican nonprofit will launch a $1 million national ad campaign attacking Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) as ‘dangerous’ on foreign policy one day after Paul launches a bid for the White House. The Foundation for a Secure & Prosperous America, a group led by veteran Republican strategist Rick Reed, will begin running the ads […]

Walker relishes the tussle with Obama

Conservatives generally and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s camp specifically got a good laugh when the president, with a straight face, advised the hawkish governor to “bone up” on foreign policy. No really, he said it. It was part of his condescending dismissal of criticism of his Iran non-deal/deal as invalid, uniformed or strictly partisan. But […]

Rand Paul’s unoriginal campaign rollout

Sen. Rand Paul’s kickoff speech for his presidential campaign was remarkable for its lack of originality or appeal beyond his base of libertarian admirers. The stock phrases piled up. “We’ve come to take our country back.” “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame.” “Washington is horribly broken.” […]

President Obama fesses up about the Iran deal

The Associated Press reports, “Iran could have the capabilities to build a nuclear bomb almost immediately after the first 13 years of the emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner reacted tersely, arguing that Obama had just confirmed what critics of the deal have long feared.” In other words, […]

10 Rand Paul myths

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) kicks off his presidential campaign today. As a freshman senator with no significant legislative accomplishment and a history of association with ideological extremists (his father, for one) and who is thin-skinned and oblivious to the threat from Iran, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the junior senator from Illinois who ran for […]

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