President Bush’s announcement of the name of the person who would replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was eagerly anticipated by many in Washington. Gonzales, caricatured as inept and bumbling by critics of the President, had decided in August that he wouldn’t continue in his designated role as Washington’s whipping boy du jour.
According to the commander of IDF Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, Israel's raid in Syria on September 6 against what was reportedly a North Korean-supplied nuclear installation in eastern Syria restored Israel's deterrent posture which was so weakened in last summer's war in Lebanon.
FYI young dudes and dudettes: no matter what they tell you on the various TV commercials, these diverse and multitudinous sex plagues aren’t just a “little inconvenient” like a runny nose, halitosis or dandruff. They are devastating.
Last week, a SurveyUSA/WBZ poll out of Boston caused a minor earthquake in the Massachusetts political universe. The race to replace liberal Congressman Marty Meehan was supposed to be a sleepy affair leading to a walk-in-the-park victory for Democrat Niki Tsongas, the well-known wife of the late Senator Paul Tsongas.
Rather used to compare his job to "a very high trapeze act, frequently with no net." Three years ago, he went splat in the bull's-eye of the center ring. Now, with the circus long since out of town, he all of a sudden wants a net rolled out.
After nearly single handedly bringing about the failure of her husband’s health care package, the former first lady careful crafted her latest proposal to appear different in style and substance from her earlier attempt.
Back in the 1950s, a southern journalist named Harry Golden became famous by turning out a series of best-selling books, the first of which he called “Only in America.” The title was a reference to a popular expression that reflected the feeling of most of his countrymen that America was special, a unique place that offered millions of people unlimited freedom to express themselves and to achieve dreams that were unimaginable anywhere else on earth.
Feeling down in the dumps? Start trashing Rudolph W. Giuliani or Hillary Rodham Clinton, and you'll be feeling better soon. "The strange fact of the matter is that the hard-core liberals and conservatives in America are actually some of our happiest citizens," says Arthur C. Brooks, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. "As much as you might prefer not to believe it, the politics of happiness is actually the politics of intolerance, nasty sloganeering and the screaming pundits on cable television."
Last year, Stephen Walt of Harvard and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago published a paper accusing the "Israel Lobby" of having "unmatched power" and managing to "manipulate the American political system" into actions that undermine U.S. interests.
The public face of Hillary Clinton's new health care plan is sunny, filled with choices for consumers and bright with promises for better health care for all. But a close examination of the proposal alongside other initiatives of Sen. Clinton in the past few years reveals a dark side she wants to hide from public view until after the election is over.
In 2004, at the height of the Dan Rather Memogate story, I wrote in National Review: "Across the media universe the questions pour out: Why is Dan Rather doing this to himself? Why does he drag this out? Why won't he just come clean? Why would he let this happen in the first place? Why is CBS standing by him? Why ... why ... why?
In her latest plan to transform the American health care system, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invokes a word she usually reserves for abortion: choice. It sounds good, but like all things Clinton, you have to look behind the facade to discover reality.
Next week the Big Apple will host another gut buster -- "The World According to UNGA." If it were a flick, it would be a dark and depressing documentary combining the conspiratorial rantings of Oliver Stone, the eerie horror of Alfred Hitchcock and the antics of a Looney Tunes cartoon.
Hillary Clinton has spent years trying to erase the memory of her failed attempt to bring socialized medicine to the United States, but this week the ghost of Hillary Care was lurking in the wings again as she unveiled her new plan to overhaul the nation's health system.
Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, played to the nationalistic galleries in his own State of the Union address the other day- even though he was prevented from delivering it directly to his county's Congress. (He's the second consecutive president of Mexico to be denied that privilege by an obstreperous opposition.) Senor Calderon had to settle foran invitation-only event at the National Palace to attack the gringos'daring to enforce their immigration laws. In a particularly unfortunate phrase, he warned: "Mexico does not end at its borders."
Back in the days before the President’s poll numbers plummeted over Iraq, perhaps the Bush administration’s best strategy was the rope-a-dope. We saw it played over time and time again. Democrats would attack Bush, he would ignore them as if they were nothing more than gnats. Democrats would ratchet up their attacks, going farther and farther out on a limb with each successive one until -- “thwap.”
Global capitalism has long lacked for a ringing slogan like "workers of the world unite." It's never too late to find one, and a good candidate -- with apologies to the international charity of the same name -- might be "save the children."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) would not criticize MoveOn.org on the campaign trail for an offensive advertisement the group produced to attack Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, but she sided with the anti-war lobby in a vote on Thursday.
New scientific discoveries keep eating away at the prophecy that “bird flu,” avian influenza type H5N1, will become readily transmissible from human to human and unleash a disastrous pandemic. This leaves little but rhetoric to counter the reality, such as massive death estimates.
A few short months ago, the anti-war left was feeling its oats. On campuses around the country, professors were receiving letters asking them to steer students to “a major new organizing initiative to end the War in Iraq – Iraq Summer.”
If nothing else comes out of the Iraq war, it should banish the concept of "nation-building" from our language and our minds. "The track record of nation-building and Wilsonian grandiosity ought to give anyone pause," as was said in this column before the Iraq war began.
Yesterday, I took the time to log on to www.RateMyProfessors.com to see whether there was any evidence suggesting Pino was spreading anti-Semitic and anti-American rhetoric in the classroom. I also wondered whether he was one of those History professors more into teaching about his present political views than teaching about the past.
In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law that banned gun possession near schools. For the first time since the New Deal, the court ruled that Congress had exceeded its constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce, its usual excuse for meddling in state and local matters.
Whatever cretin at MoveOn.org hit on the idea of running a full-page ad in The New York Times describing General Petraeus as "General Betray Us" probably never gave a moment's thought to the implication of that expression. And that tells us something sad about the level to which political debate in this country has sunk.
Next week brings the 50th anniversary of the desegregation at gunpoint of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
President Bush has nominated former federal judge Michael Mukasey to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Nominated to the bench by President Reagan in 1987 to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he served for over 18 years, Mukasey seems to be a very solid candidate.
As the saying goes, in politics, timing is everything. No doubt Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign thought carefully about the ideal moment to unveil her proposal to revamp the nation’s healthcare system. Senator Clinton’s history of politically disastrous forays into healthcare policy made this release that much more politically delicate.
"They feel kind for a season, but remain blind to all reason." Such is the nature of political correctness. And in that spirit, lawmakers — who are purportedly sane — plan to take us all on a "long strange trip" through a mystical fantasyland where the impossible is possible and the objectionable is obligatory.
The Palm, a favorite restaurant and watering hole for Washington's movers and shakers, reopens its remodeled facilities tomorrow, showing off a new glass-enclosed atrium, expanded bar (more elbow room for Democratic strategist James Carville's bar-stool lunches) and refurbished kitchen.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's closest adviser and architect of the New Deal, Harry Hopkins, advised, "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect, because the people are too damn dumb to know the difference." Professor Bryan Caplan, my colleague at George Mason University, sheds some light on Hopkins' observation in his new book, "The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies."
"While there are significant long-term risks associated with such contractual arrangements, the well-informed actor, motivated by some historically recognized intangibilities - maximization of regalement, binary association, et al. - finds that those outweigh the downside risks. To wit, would you - exigencies and externalities permitting - enter into a matrimonial association of indefinite duration with me?"
Following General Petraeus’ testimony before Congress last week, embedded blogger Jeff Emanuel took a few moments to correspond via email with Townhall.com about what he has witnessed on the front lines in Iraq.
Few opinions I've expressed on air have produced a more indignant, outraged reaction than my repeated insistence that the word "genocide" in no way fits as a description of the treatment of Native Americans by British colonists or, later, American settlers.
Who in the United States really supports our troops? If truth be told, basically nobody.
When good Americans go bad, there's one man who is their best friend: General David Petraeus. In fact, no congressman is too much for him to handle -- he rehabilitates mentally unstable liberals; he leads brave military people. He is the Congress Whisperer.
If media reports of last week's IAF raid in Syria pan out, the attack against a North-Korean-supplied Syrian nuclear facility in eastern Syria should serve as a pivotal event in the free world's understanding of the enemy it faces in the current global war.
There is a new wrinkle in the old argument about federally-funded universal child care. According to the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies one in five (23 percent) women is delaying pregnancy or has decided against having a second or third child because she cannot afford day care costs.
That labor unions have become champions of the right of illegal immigrants to remain in this country is hardly news. Back in 2000, the AFL-CIO, pushed by its president, John Sweeney, issued a statement supporting unconditional amnesty for illegal workers and their families.
John Agresto, a career American academic and former college president who volunteered to go help create a better higher education system in Iraq, learned a lot about Iraqi society in general and about American attempts to create a better society there.
I don't think nearly enough has been made of the despicable MoveOn.org character assassination attack ad against General David Petraeus and the Democratic leadership's striking refusal to repudiate it. If you want to see the face of the modern Democratic Party, re-read that ad.
"If you can read this, thank a teacher," says the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. But literacy is more than the ability to read a bumper sticker. It also includes the accumulation of basic knowledge combined with a way of thinking that allows an individual to lead a life that is personally productive and contributes to America's health and welfare.
Whether one is on the left or right, it cannot be denied that the left has had an enormous impact on the major institutions of American society -- specifically journalism, education and the judiciary.
I'm officially sick of the way we conduct our politics. I have no beef with partisanship in principle: People should debate their differences. But in the end, we must remember that we're Americans, not just Republicans and Democrats. Sometimes we must simply stand together.
It looks like Americans will soon have two more Dubai-Ports/Harriet Miers moments. President George W. Bush has climbed out on a limb and it is about to get sawed off because he is clearly flouting the wishes of the American people. While Bush was using the platform of his departure from Sydney, Australia, to blast "protectionism" and pledge his commitment to "free trade," the Department of Transportation was proving that the president values unfair trade with foreign countries above protection of U.S. safety and jobs.
President Bush nominated retired judge Michael Mukasey to replace the outgoing attorney general Alberto Gonzales amid threats from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) that Democrats would block former solicitor general Ted Olson from the post.
"It's going to be a Clinton-Obama ticket," top Republican presidential contender Rudolph W. Giuliani told Inside the Beltway, saying Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York will win the Democratic presidential nomination and choose Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois as her running mate.
If there is one thing the media agrees upon it is that Hillary Clinton runs a shrewd and disciplined campaign. This mantra runs through practically every media mention as they report the tried and true horse race story lines.
There is no greater lie than to falsely accuse a person of being a liar. The slander by MoveOn.org, the smearing machine of the Democratic lunatic left, rises to the highest office of the land, falsely accusing the president of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, which was not a lie but a mistake based on the intelligence gathered by several nations of the coalition. A mistake is not a lie; an accusation of mistake has no power to destroy a reputation.
Last week once again we reflected on the memory of the 9-11 terrorist attacks that almost seem ancient to some and just last week for others. The 9-11 responders are still suffering tragic health crises as a result of their heroic actions of that day. We often think of those that are deceased and often don't remember those that suffered loss of health, way of life, and any meaning to their day to day living.
Last Monday, the New York Times ran an ad paid for by the pro-Democratic organization MoveOn.org with the headline, “General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House.” The ad ran the same day that General Petraeus testified before Congress about Iraq.
The anger and frustration over Iraq that prompted voters to bounce many Republicans from Congress last November was supposed to give Democrats the momentum they needed to end the war. Instead, 10 months after Election Day, many are conflicted and confused about what to do next.
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