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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 […]

Morning Bits

This president has kicked the can down the road. The next one won’t be able to. “New mortality estimates released Monday by the nonprofit Society of Actuaries show the average 65-year-old U.S. woman is expected to live to 88.8 years, up from 86.4 in 2000. Men aged 65 are expected to live to 86.6 years, […]

Take your stale lines with you, Sen. Reid

If the Democrats suffer a big defeat in the midterms, they may lose not only their Senate majority and some more House seats, but also some favorite gambits. Along with his majority leader’s office, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may have to retire his campaign demonizing of the Koch brothers. Obsessively talking about it on the floor […]

Has a deal with Iran stalled?

We are counting down the days not only to the midterm election but to the Nov. 24 deadline in the P5+1 Iran talks. The latter seem to be stalled — and that’s the good news. Iran is publicly repudiating the basis of any deal that would be acceptable to the West, which would require dismantling […]

Mike Huckabee’s conservative challenge

As we have noted, the 2016 GOP presidential primary race may see an interesting face-off between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. It is not clear that both will run, but if they do, it will certainly be a study in contrasts. The National Journal notes: While some have doubted aloud whether […]

Jeb Bush’s early decision

George P. Bush on Sunday articulated what we have suspected for several months: It is more likely than not that his father Jeb will run for president: JONATHAN KARL: Do you think it’s more than 50 percent, less than 50 percent? BUSH: I think it’s — it’s more than likely that he’s giving this a […]

Christie’s comeback

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey had one of his better national media outings on Sunday, showing the advantage governors will have in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. On the bridge scandal he was calm and confident: “All the people of New Jersey know and need to know is that I absolutely had nothing to […]

Ups and downs

UP: Chances of a bad deal with Iran DOWN: Chances the administration will walk away from a bad deal with Iran UP: Support for a quarantine for those returning from Ebola hot-spots DOWN: Self-monitoring of returnees from Ebola hot-spots UP: Iowa GOP absentee ballots DOWN: Hispanic support for Democrats UP: The midterm turnout gap DOWN: […]

Morning Bits

He could well help unify the party. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, “a first-term governor, who previously spent a dozen years in the U.S. House — told [RealClearPolitics] that he is currently making plans to run for re-election in Indiana in 2016. But the deeply conservative governor, who generated low-key buzz in Republican circles as someone to watch during […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “This is the kind of violence from these homegrown extremists that we’ve [sic] concerned about over several years.” 2.  “I don’t believe that when you are dealing with something as serious as Ebola we can count on a voluntary system.” 3. “If you get a Republican majority, it’ll get the President […]

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