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Robert Gates' Book Portrays Obama as a Different Kind of President

January 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Like just about everybody else in Washington and many across the country, I've been reading the excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War."

It presents a significantly more negative picture of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than Gates' statements in office led anyone to expect.

Income Inequality Fecklessly Attacked by Democrats

January 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health-care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality.

Unfortunately, the solutions they advocate are pitifully inadequate or painfully perverse.

Bill to Increase Sanctions on Iran

December 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sometimes it seems like things are upside down.

Barack Obama and his Obamacare administrators are continually making laws, through blogpost (suspending the employer mandate) and bulletin (suspending the individual mandate).

John Boehner's Successful Year on Policy and Politics

December 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

All this year, House Speaker John Boehner has been taking criticism from all quarters.

He is a squish selling out to the Obama administration and the Democrats, many conservatives charged when he engineered bipartisan (mostly Democratic) approval of higher tax rates on high earners rather than go over the fiscal cliff.

Obamacare's Rocky Rollout Improves Republicans' 2014 Outlook

December 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obamacare will be a vote-winner for Democrats in 2014. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing.

Perhaps they really believe that. But the numbers in polls conducted since Oct. 17, when the end of the government shutdown put the spotlight on the rollout of Obamacare, tell a different story.

Obama Abandons Friends Abroad in Hopes of Appeasing Foes

December 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

Watching the twists and turns of American foreign policy while reading Christopher Clark's "The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914" is an unnerving experience.

For Obamacare Architects, Problems are Features, not Bugs

November 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

The defects of the Obamacare website have become well-known. But the problems with the law go further than the website. These problems are not incidental, but central to its design and the intentions of its architects.

Colorado a Microcosm for American Politics

November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Colorado, writes National Journal's always insightful Ronald Brownstein, is"America, writ small." "A microcosm," he goes on, "of the forcesdestabilizing American politics."

Of course, Colorado is not entirely typical of the nation. It has America'slowest rates of obesity, for example -- because of a young population andbecause most Coloradans live a mile or more above sea level. You burn morecalories there just getting out of the car and walking to the mall.

In Shutdown Fight, the Dog That Didn't Bark: Taxes

October 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that did not bark. In the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling fight, there was a five-letter dog that didn't bark: T-A-X-E-S.

Unions Turn on Obamacare, but Don't Call Them Hypocrites

October 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

It's not just Republicans who are unhappy with Obamacare. Labor union leaders have been complaining too.

In July, the presidents of the Teamsters, United Food Commercial Workers union and UNITE-HERE (combined membership: 2.9 million) wrote a letter to congressional Democrats saying that Obamacare will "destroy the very health and well-being of our members along with millions of other working Americans."





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