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The Iran deadline is not a deadline

As I noted yesterday, the March deadline for the “political framework” in the P5+1 talks is fish-or-cut-bait time for Democrats who said they would vote on the Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill if there was no such deal covering all the relevant issues. But Iran’s supreme leader complained about an interim deal and now — wouldn’t you […]

Marco Rubio’s moment?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumbled out of the gate. Mitt Romney decided not to run. Despite conventional wisdom that Jeb Bush would overshadow and squeeze him out of the race, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) shows every sign he intends to, as they say, “seriously consider” a run for the presidency. In hiring a top-level former […]

Bush’s e-mails: A Jeb microcosm

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush released the first chapter of his e-book, which essentially narrates his first weeks in the governor’s office via e-mails. He sent and received a lot of them. He recounts that he spent an astounding 30 hours a week reading and answering them. So what do we learn? If you didn’t […]

What chance does Christie have?

Last week New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a semi-disastrous week. Andrew Ferguson of the Weekly Standard is ready to drop him from the list of credible contenders. There was the bobble over the vaccination issue, but Ferguson is more worried about the Christie persona: “The jets, the meals, the concerts, the parties with celebrity […]

Morning Bits

If he is going to imitate Dr. Oz, he might as well write off a presidential run. “[Mike] Huckabee may run for president in 2016, but for now, he’s using his famous name and identity to sell products that promise to ‘reverse diabetes’ using herbal supplements. ‘What if I told you that you could reverse […]

How not to evaluate the president’s comments

President Obama is being slammed, and deservedly so, for his deep dive into moral relativism at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he invoked the Crusades as a reason not to get on our “high horse” about Islamic violence. Conservative Michael Auslin writes: No one said, “Wait, this is just stupid.” Or, “Isn’t this irrelevant to today’s […]

Where will the LGBT envoy be allowed?

The Post reports: “Secretary of State John Kerry this month will appoint a special diplomatic envoy to promote gay rights abroad, according to the State Department.” There is certainly no lack of work to be done on this front. For example, the State Department says of one particularly egregious abuser of human rights: “The law […]

Iran deals, loopholes and sanctions

The Wall Street Journal and other outlets picked up on a new wrinkle in the Iran negotiations: “Mr. Khamenei seems to oppose a procedure already agreed to by the two sides, which is to conclude an understanding of general principles by March 24 and to finalize details of a deal by the end of June. “If […]

Ted Cruz needs better answers

Out on the Sunday shows Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) — I know this is a shock — said he is “seriously” considering a presidential run. Before he does that, he should seriously reconsider some answers that with the slightest bit of analysis don’t hold up. In a debate or challenging interview he will have to […]

How to answer the ‘boots on the ground’ query

The question du jour for political reporters when interviewing GOP presidential hopefuls is, “Will you put boots on the ground to fight the Islamic State?” It is one detail in a much larger question about our approach to the Middle East, but it’s one the chattering class can grasp easily and the answer to which […]

Ups and downs

UP: Vaccinations DOWN: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) UP: Talking with the media DOWN: “Is there something you don’t understand about ‘no questions‘?” UP: Disdain for MSM DOWN: Brian Williams UP: Jobs DOWN: Rationale for another stimulus plan UP: Obama’s anger at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu DOWN: Obama’s willingness to defend the West UP: Wisconsin Gov. Scott […]

Morning Bits

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) responds to the president’s latest National Security Strategy (NSS): “President Obama needs to fundamentally realign his foreign policy approach to match the reality of the world we live in. While the President has been pursuing ‘strategic patience,’ and reassuring himself that not every problem can be solved by America, our enemies […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “We defeated the Nazis — this is another ideology we have to defeat.” 2. “On the Syria side, I don’t think we’ve quite figured out yet.” 3. “If we are going to ask people to risk their lives, Congress ought to do our job and put our thumbprint on this mission […]

Jeb Bush’s foreign policy speech

Jeb Bush will be giving a foreign policy speech, the first of his pre-campaign effort, in Chicago on Feb. 18. It could not come at a better time. The president won’t get on his “high horse” to denounce barbaric jihadism because Christianity had the Crusades, of course. Iran is on the verge of getting a […]

Distinguished pol of the week

The new freshman Senate class is among the most promising in decades. One standout, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), showed this week why he is among the leaders of a new generation of smart, capable and informed conservative hawks. In a speech at the Institute of Peace, he persuasively argued that the United States must extend the […]

The difficulty of governing from Congress

There is no question that the Senate is less dysfunctional, more deliberative and more productive under the GOP majority than it was under the rule of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who considered amendments and votes to be the enemy of the Democratic Party. But that does not mean it is easy to unify members, develop […]

Obama won’t defend Western civilization

The confluence of events is striking. The president is capitulating in slow motion to the demands of Iran at the P5+1 talks. With regard to the Islamic State, which just this week burned alive a Jordanian pilot (a Muslim, remember), the president has empty words. Yemen, which was held up as a great success story, […]

Why get rid of Amy Pascal but not Brian Williams?

You don’t have to be fixated on gender to notice it is more than a little odd that after 30 years in Hollywood and a sterling record artistically and monetarily, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal was forced to resign (the Hollywood equivalent is “given a production deal”) after North Korean hackers and American media put her […]

Rick Perry’s comeback continues

Former Texas governor Rick Perry is benefiting from others’ foibles, as is often the case with a second-time presidential candidate. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a miserable week, as did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (now reportedly under another federal investigation). Meanwhile, Perry released a list of more than 80 top donors and methodically continued […]

The Jeb Bush media strategy is not for every candidate

The Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson caught a noteworthy difference between Jeb Bush and potential rivals: Bush can engage with the media freely to his advantage. She noted his interaction with the New York Times and National Journal on the day of his Detroit speech (he also talked to MSNBC about reform conservatism), “With his interviews, Bush is […]

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