State of the Union: “Woe to the People Whose Leader Has No Teacher”

Historically, State of the Union speeches leave no trace. Their impact on presidential approval ratings is nil. Their utility, therefore, is in what they reflect about the presidential character and the presidential course. Last night President Obama gave a speech that was at times quite eloquent, and on occasion rhetorically empty. But at all times […]

Obama Defiant

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Unchastened and unbowed, the president doubles down on the Democrats’ agenda.

After Brown victory, Obama struggles to control message – AP

With the president’s State of the Union address coming up on Wednesday, the White House appears to be struggling to find its feet. Republican Scott Brown’s surprise victory in liberal Massachusetts has dominated the national conversation in the last week and made Obama’s goal of signing health care reform impossible before the big speech. Now, […]

Great Scott!

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Scott Brown’s stunning Senate victory proves that the people are not powerless against bad policies.

French report wants limits on Muslim face veil – AP

PARIS – A parliamentary panel that wants Muslim women to stop veiling their faces recommended Tuesday that France ban such garb in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit, and a leading panel member said he foresees such an interdiction by the end of 2010. The nearly 200-page report contains a panoply of measures intended […]

For Bigots, Israel Can Do No Right

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Jew-haters condemn Israel for giving aid to Haiti.

Today, Brown is Golden

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A stern rebuke of the Democrats’ national agenda.

Al Qaeda Burrows into Yemen’s Tribal Population – WSJ.com

SAN’A, Yemen—In nearly a decade of rebuilding its terror network here, al Qaeda has put down deep roots, a move that is now complicating U.S.-backed efforts to battle the group. Unlike other chapters of the global terror network, Yemen’s Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a largely homegrown movement, with carefully cultivated ties to […]

Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome

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Because McCain isn’t going gently into that good night.

Socialism is Great! (And Other Chinese Fables)

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Two new books detail the brutalities of daily life in Mao’s worker’s paradise.