Saudi religious police launch Valentine’s Day crackdown – AP

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The Saudi religious police launched Thursday a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or in any other way allude to the banned celebrations of Valentine’s Day, a Saudi official said. Members of the feared religious police were inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners […]

Jeffrey Goldberg: Leon Wieseltier, Andrew Sullivan and Anti-Semitism – The Atlantic

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Here are a couple of observations about Leon and Andrew, based on a more careful reading of Leon’s piece, and a look back at some of Andrew's greatest hits. 1 I don’t mean this as a cop-out, but Chait says much of what I would say, but better. 2 Like Chait, I don’t believe that […]

Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson dies at 76 – washingtonpost.com

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DALLAS — Charlie Wilson, the former congressman from Texas whose funding of Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Union was chronicled in the movie “Charlie Wilson's War,” died Wednesday. He was 76.Wilson died at Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin after he started having difficulty breathing while attending a meeting in the eastern Texas town where he lived, said […]

Newt Gingrich and John Goodman: Ten GOP Health Ideas for Obama – WSJ.com

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“If you have a better idea, show it to me.” That was President Barack Obama’s challenge two weeks ago to House Republicans regarding health-care reform. He has since called for a bipartisan forum, not to start over on health reform but to “move forward” on the “best ideas that are out there.”The best ideas out […]

Ralph Peters: Miranda wrongs – NYPOST.com

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In a breathtakingly cynical example of playing politics, the White House just accused Republicans of playing politics over its Miranda-rights Christmas gift to the crotch bomber.With fumbling terrorism czar John Brennan walking point, administration spokesmen attacked those who believe that treating would-be suicide-bomber Umar Abdulmutallab the way we handle shoplifters harms our national security.The White […]

John Fund: Who Rules the Tea Party Empire? – WSJ.com

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The Tea Party convention held this past weekend in Nashville wasn’t the biggest such gathering (600 people) or the most representative (the ticket price was more than $500) but it did give the national media a pretty good angle on the views and direction of this disparate movement. First, it's clear the group has no […]

Sarah Palin assails Obama at ‘tea party’ gathering – AP

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sarah Palin, in a speech that was short on ideas but big on enthusiasm, took aim at President Barack Obama and the Democrats, telling a gathering of “tea party” activists that America is ripe for another revolution. Noting his party’s dismal showing in elections since Obama moved into the White House a […]

Byron York: Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons? – Washington Examiner

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“The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 individuals on terrorism-related charges,” writes Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter to Republican critics in Congress. The letter is part of the Obama administration's aggressive defense of its decision to grant full American constitutional rights to al Qaeda soldier Umar […]

Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending? – Washington Post

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Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but […]

France denies citizenship to man with veiled wife – AP

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PARIS – French authorities have denied citizenship to a man who forced his French wife to wear a face-covering veil, saying he had rejected national values of secularism and gender equality.The government has been speaking out strongly against head-to-toe veils, and is moving toward banning them in public after a long public debate over French […]