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Tom Cotton, again, gets Iran right

  On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) once again showed why the imminent Iran deal is so reckless and why he is such an irritant to the White House. His argument is simple: We are getting snookered by an evil regime and giving up way too much on a dangerous […]

Morning Bits

Reprehensible forced-turnout for a pro-freedom candidate. “‘They make you come. If you don’t come, you get punished,” said Ana Delgado, a sophomore, who said students face a $10 fine for not showing up at convocation [to see Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential kick-off]. Delgado wasn’t among those wearing [Sen. Rand] Paul gear. She is undecided about […]

Robert Reich is right: Stop pushing college on every kid

Liberal economist Robert Reich’s words of caution about our higher ed system could not be more important or more timely: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class. But not every young person is suited to four years of college. They may be bright and […]

Rubio’s repeal and replace

Every GOP candidate for president will run on repealing Obamacare. They will joust for the distinction of being the competitor who most dislikes the law. But for now, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the only top 2016 contender to offer a concrete alternative. He writes: First, we should provide an advanceable, refundable tax credit that all […]

Where does Hillary Clinton stand on the Middle East?

Hillary Clinton’s experience as secretary of state is supposed to be the main selling point for her presidency. Oddly, we know very little about her specific views on matters of pressing concern directly within her sphere of supposed expertise. If the press ever corners her, here is what we would like to know: Does she […]

Democrats’ Israel test

How many times have we heard Democrats such as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, declare that Israel should not be a partisan issue? How many times have Democrats deplored those who would “politicize” the relationship with Israel? Well, it is time to apply the test to their own ranks. […]

Why Cruz’s presidential run is absurd, but important

On one level you can say that the presidential announcement expected today from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is absurd. He’s got less legislative experience than President Obama (who served in the state legislature) and Sen. Marco Rubio (who will be completing his first term and served for years in the Florida legislature and as speaker […]

Ups and downs

UP: Senate Republicans’ persistence in backing anti-human trafficking legislation DOWN: Senate Democrats UP: Concessions from P5+1 being made to Iran DOWN: Confidence in Obama’s judgment to tell a good deal from a bad deal with Iran UP: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu DOWN: Jeremy Bird and a cadre of left-wing groups who tried to unseat Netanyahu UP: […]

Morning Bits

Dore Gold hits the nail on the head. “In my eyes, [the U.S. administration’s comments on the two-state solution] are less related to the Palestinian issue but are much more connected to the Iranian issue. We’re having a substantial disagreement with Washington over the agreement they’re about to sign in the coming days and weeks.” […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President.” 2.  “This for me was a question of who stands the best chance of actually winning the White House.” 3. “Lindsey Graham is the one I think knows best about national security.” 4.  “I think the problem is that we’re not going to have […]

Marco Rubio has shown he belongs in the 2016 race

When Jeb Bush began “exploring” a presidential race, I, like many other observers, assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would not run. He would buried by the avalanche of money Bush would raise. Bush was better known and had more support in their home state. Bush had the executive experience. Well, Rubio deserves a mea […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection despite President Obama’s apparent personnel vendetta against the head of a government that will not bend to Obama’s will and accept a deal that effectively leads to a nuclear-ready Iran. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stood tall in a fight with Democrats playing abortion politics with an anti-human […]

Questions about Jeb Bush’s passion for foreign policy

No one can doubt Jeb Bush’s passion for education reform or his belief that immigration reform is an essential part of his pro-growth message. But when it comes to foreign policy it is fair to ask: Is he a milquetoast? Unlike many of his competitors, he refuses to say unequivocally that he would not abide […]

Democrats are losing a filibuster fight

Liberal pundits sneered. Delay an African American attorney general nominee?! Hold firm against pro-choice lobbyists?! How absurd. Actually, it was and is inspired. The Republicans appear to have stumbled into a fight they can win in the overwhelmingly popular anti-human trafficking bill. Granted, they got a big assist from foolish Democrats. The abortion language about […]

Getting serious about defense

Democrats, you expect by now, are unconcerned about the defense budget — or rather, they are unconcerned with a properly-sized budget appropriate for the times we are in. They want the defense budget as small as possible so the domestic side of the budget can be as large as possible. And given that they generally do […]

Obama ignites a backlash

  On Thursday, the White House, despite clarification about election comments from the reelected Israeli prime minister, kept up its war of words on the Jewish state. In a read-out of the president’s belated call with the prime minister the White House said Benjamin Netanyahu had won only a “plurality,” which might suggest there is […]

Morning Bits

The widespread view on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “The only explanation you can give is so many Israelis think that President Obama is not a friend of Israel, that they actually like it when Netanyahu stands up to him and seems to be fighting him.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) spots what the Democrats are […]

Walker’s finding his groove?

  The Post reports that, despite some rocky moments earlier in his nascent campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “opened his first campaign swing across South Carolina here in Columbia on Thursday, foreign policy emerged as the highlight of his stump speech. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s problem: Even Democrats are unimpressed

Reuters reports: Democrats’ support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party’s presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state. SupportShow More Summary

Only Congress can derail the Iran appeasement train

  Former senators Evan Bayh, Saxby Chambliss and Norm Coleman, as we have reported, have begun a campaign to force a Senate vote on any final Iran deal. Yesterday they wrote: For half a century, Congress has reviewed, amended and voted on treaties that have achieved lasting results with nuclear disarmament. In fact, many of these […]

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