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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Sorry, the pundits have moved on edition

Leonard Pitts on political court cases, Ruth Marcus on Obama's legacy, Tamar Jacoby on immigration policy, Ross Douthat on acid, but first... Kevin Horrigan takes us back to Ferguson to show another way that this small St. Louis suburb...Show More Summary

Why Can’t Conservatives See the Benefits of Affordable Child Care?

Ross Douthat is puzzled. He seems to sense that a liberal policy might actually help, but his high conservative principles and morality keep him from taking that step. It’s a political version of Freudian repression – the conservative superego forcing tempting ideas to remain out of awareness. In his column, Douthat recounts several anecdotes of criminal […]

The threat to the rule of law

ROSS DOUTHAT has been arguing for the past week that Barack Obama's unilateral immigration-policy changes pose a threat of "presidential caesarism". The power grab Mr Douthat is most vexed about involves the so-called DACA ("Deferred...Show More Summary

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"Welcome to The Moviegoers,"—no—"an occasional new series in which the Op-Ed columnists"—no—"Frank Bruni and Ross Douthat"—no, and no—"banter"—no—"about movies, "—no —"pop culture, "—no —"television "—no —"and other real-world distractions. "—no. Read more...

THE QUESTION IS, WHO WILL STOP HIM? Megan McArdle: Mr. President, You Can’t Do Whatever You Want. …

THE QUESTION IS, WHO WILL STOP HIM? Megan McArdle: Mr. President, You Can’t Do Whatever You Want. On Sunday, Ross Douthat of the New York Times wrote an uncharacteristically blistering attack on the plan being floated by the Barack Obama administration to quasi-legalize the status of almost half the immigrants who are now in the [...]

ROSS DOUTHAT ON OBAMA AND PRESIDENTIAL UNILATERALISM: “Imagine George W. Bush directing the IRS to …

ROSS DOUTHAT ON OBAMA AND PRESIDENTIAL UNILATERALISM: “Imagine George W. Bush directing the IRS to add private accounts to Social Security after Congressional Democrats rejected entitlement reform.” The press would have treated it like the second coming of Hitler. If Obama unilaterally grants amnesty, the press will treat it like the second coming of FDR. [...]

Theory of the coup

(Scott Johnson) Ross Douthat’s New York Times column this past Sunday eloquently warned against Obama’s threatened coup with respect to immigration law. Douthat characterized the action threatened by anonymous White House leakers asShow More Summary

ROSS DOUTHAT: Obama’s Impeachment Game. Over the last month, the Obama political apparatus — a cl…

ROSS DOUTHAT: Obama’s Impeachment Game. Over the last month, the Obama political apparatus — a close aide to the president, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the “independent” voices at MSNBC — has been talking nonstop about an alleged Republican plan to impeach the president. John Boehner’s symbolic lawsuit against the White House has been [...]

NYT's Ross Douthat: Obama's Immigration 'Caesarism' Crossing the Rubicon to Impeachment

Note From Senior Management: In an opinion piece in today’s New York Times, columnist Ross Douthat articulates the case that Breitbart News has reported on in regards to the attack on American sovereignty and the president's increasing lawlessness that is leading the country to a Constitutional crisis later this summer. Show More Summary

Can Obama Order Immigration Amnesty All By Himself?

Normally, says Ross Douthat, all the recent alarmist liberal chatter about impeachment "would simply be an unseemly, un-presidential attempt to raise money and get out the 2014 vote." But not this time: Even as his team plays the impeachment...Show More Summary

Yes, many Republicans really do want to impeach Obama

If you think New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is right in arguing that impeachment is just a “game” that President Obama is playing, you need to get up to speed by reading this, this and this. Republicans have been calling for Obama’s impeachment almost from the day he took office in 2009. What’s really […]

Douthat: Hey, The Rest Of Us Are Victims Of Paternalism Too!

In a blog post yesterday, Ross Douthat lashed out at critics of the Paul Ryan poverty plan (New York magazine's Annie Lowrey, Demos's Matt Bruenig) who've charged Ryan with paternalism for proposing that poor people work out and live up to a plan of action (developed in conjunction with a "life coach") before they can receive aid. Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Happy days could be here again edition

Anjam Sundaram reports on the dearth of actual reporting... Ross Douthat tells how Republicans became the party of the working poor (in his mind)... Doyle McManus explains the Paul Ryan hop to the left... a trio of pundits on why no one is in a hurry to get in Putin's way, no matter what he does... Show More Summary

Ms Rogers’ Neighborhood

##July 24, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Why are all these parents being arrested? That was the question raised by Ross Douthat’s recent column. It’s also the title of an article in The Week that Douthat links to in a follow-up blog post. Show More Summary

The Challenge Of Reform Conservatism, Ctd

Last week, in response to me, Douthat kicked off a conversation about reform conservatives’ foreign policy views. Ross, for his part, advocates for a “kind of unifying center for conservatives weary of current binaries (Tea Party versus RINOs in the domestic sphere, ‘isolationists’ versus ‘neocons’ in foreign policy), which would internalize lessons from the Bush […]

Ross Douthat’s “pro-family” nonsense: Poverty is a bigger threat than helicopter parenting

Conservatives' lack of concern for kids is on full display as they grapple with the arrest of Debra Harrell

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Parent Trap. Some of these cases have been reported, but some are first-person…

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Parent Trap. Some of these cases have been reported, but some are first-person accounts, and in some the conduct of neighbors and the police and social workers may be more defensible than the anecdote suggests. But the pattern — a “criminalization of parenthood,” in the words of The Washington Post’s Radley Balko [...]

Nannies and States

July 20, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Ross Douthat is puzzled. He seems to sense that a liberal policy might actually help, but his high conservative principles and morality keep him from taking that step. It’s a political version of Freudian repression – the conservative superego forcing tempting ideas to remain out of awareness. Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Hope you had a good time edition

Ross Douthat on the right of parents to ignore their kids... Nicholas Kristof says nothing using a couple of thousand words... Nate Cohn on the role black voters may play this cycle... Dana Milbank thinks Elizabeth Warren knows too much to be president... Show More Summary

Obama Already Has Tools to End Border Crisis

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has written a generous and fair response to the suggestion made yesterday that Republicans should not...

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