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The House’s game plan for immigration

I realize that facts and polls meant little to the segment of right-wingers who thought shutting down the government in 2013 was a swell idea. But here goes: Half of the public would blame GOP lawmakers for a government shutdown while only a third would blame President Obama, according to a CNN survey released Monday. Thirteen percent, […]

Whose brand is rotten?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may need a new talking point. “The Republican Party brand sucks” he said, confirming the debasement of political rhetoric is a bipartisan affliction. However, the GOP brand seems to be doing well, in contrast to Paul’s. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that “the Republican Party’s brand has improved over the past year, and […]

What must Elizabeth Warren think of Hillary Clinton?

The Hill reports on the latest leftist spasm convulsing the Democratic Party: President Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss to serve as the Treasury Department’s top domestic finance official is drawing fire from an unusual sector: his fellow Democrats. Liberal lawmakers like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have been quick to oppose Weiss, […]

Don’t blame ‘micromanaging’ for our national security debacles

The media have fallen in love with an explanation for the departure of three secretaries of defense: Too much micromanaging. They say the president is so darn hands-on that it drives defense secretaries batty and uses up their time. Really? That’s the explanation du jour, but it makes little sense upon closer examination. The media love […]

How to eviscerate a mainstream media host

Sen.-elect Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) gave a tutorial in how to dismantle a mainstream media host on “Meet the Press“: CHUCK TODD: Would Republicans be on higher ground here if the House had passed an immigration bill? Any immigration bill? REP. TOM COTTON: Well, I think we should pass an immigration bill that addresses our problems, which […]

Ups and downs

UP: Vitriol from Iran’s supreme leader DOWN: Obama administration’s negotiating skill. (“The frenetic, feverish, and foolish pursuit of a deal by the Obama administration, marked by one concession after another to Iran, raised the real...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Do Democrats have an Hispanic problem? “If this is purely a cyclical problem and the presidential race brings Latinos back to the ballot boxes, then their recent woes have little bearing on 2016. But that’s a big ‘if,’ and one that no Democratic presidential candidate will be willing to take as a given.” The problem […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “The fact is he was hired to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq and now we are in Afghanistan and Iraq.” 2. “The president said [last week] that the next president needs … a new car smell, and it’s pretty hard for me to say … that she [Hillary] has a […]

The end of the 2016 preseason: Where are they now?

By the year’s end, we will learn whether Jeb Bush will run for president, if he sticks to his schedule. That, in turn, may affect the decision-making of other GOP candidates. But while we don’t yet have declared candidates, the possible 2016 presidential contenders have had a robust preseason skirmish over the past few months. […]

Distinguished pol of the week

The incoming Senate class is among the best in memory with more veterans, experienced legislators and sensible conservatives than we have seen in decades. Among those is at least one superstar, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). His military experience, intellectual soundness and sunny optimism will make him a force to be reckoned with in the new […]

Open thread

Happy Thanksgiving!   Right Turn will be back on Sunday. In the meantime, chat among yourselves!

Beyond Obama

Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute writes: At an annual gathering of government, business, academic, and civil-society leaders from democratic nations here, one theme emerged clearly: The world has moved beyond Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Early polls: Where things stand among potential 2016 contenders

The Quinnipiac poll reports: “Republican voters nationwide want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game, giving him the top position at 19 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.... With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14 […]

Let Obama pay the price for his immigration action

The Hill reports: “The incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee is pushing GOP leaders to pursue a government-funding measure that would only fund immigration-related services for a couple of months, a GOP congressional aide told The Hill. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) calls his proposal the ‘cromnibus,’ because it is a combination of a long-term omnibus […]

Morning Bits

Not looking so bright these days for Hillary Clinton. “Only yesterday everyone was measuring the Grand Old Party for a shroud. Maybe the undertaker could use it to dispatch the Clinton dreams of dynasty.” Bright legal anaylsts will acknowledge that this grand jury was particularly thorough. Dan Abrams on the process in the Michael Brown case: […]

Schumer’s folly

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) confessed today, “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus. Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs; not for changes in their healthcare.” Well now he tells us. Show More Summary

Confirmation hearings provide an oversight opportunity

A recent confluence of events — the change in the Senate majority, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy in a myriad of scary ways — gives Congress the opening to exercise a whole lot of oversight, pushing the administration to rethink its national security approach. The […]

The phony bravado behind Rand Paul’s war authorization scheme

Jack Goldsmith, guru on national security law and a past member and critic of the George W. Bush administration, writes about Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal for war authorization against the Islamic State: The United States has declared war in five armed conflicts in American history: The War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, […]

Yes or no, Hillary Clinton?

The great athletes always want the ball in the clutch. They thrive on pressure and want to control their destiny and their team’s. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, seems dead set on never taking the heat, never exposing herself to risk and, most of all, never committing to a position she might later want to change […]

GOP should pivot away from immigration

In the space of just a few days, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the extension of the Iran negotiations (as well as revelations about wholesale U.S. concessions) and the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict and ensuing reaction have put the executive action on immigration on the back burner. This is a good thing. […]

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