Robert Samuelson: A Parody of Leadership – RealClearPolitics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s quest for historic health care legislation has turned into a parody of leadership. We usually associate presidential leadership with the pursuit of goals that, though initially unpopular, serve America’s long-term interests. Obama has reversed this. He’s championing increasingly unpopular legislation that threatens the country’s long-term interests. “This isn’t about me,” he […]

Fiddling While Treasury Burns – by Vasko Kohlmayer

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The Democrats’ latest spending outrage.

It’s now Democrat vs. Democrat on health care – AP

It’s one of the oldest spectator sports in American politics: Democrat vs. Democrat. Welcome to the health care overhaul edition. With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a self-imposed Christmas deadline and pass President Barack Obama’s signature initiative through the Senate, Democrats seeking a rendezvous with history instead detoured to an intraparty […]

Monica’s back – says Clinton lied – POLITICO.com

In the years since their bitter battle, both former President Bill Clinton and independent counsel Ken Starr have predicted they’d be vindicated in the history books. Now the first definitive history of the Clinton scandal is about to arrive — and neither man can be completely happy about his portrayal in its pages. “The Death […]

Kim Strassel: Democrats on the Health-Care Precipice – WSJ.com

Barack Obama emerged from his meeting with Senate Democrats this week to claim Congress was on the “precipice” of something historic. Believe him. The president is demanding his party unilaterally enact one of the most unpopular and complex pieces of social legislation in history. In the process, he may be sacrificing Democrats’ chances at creating […]

Pakistan In Peril – by Stephen Brown

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Military coup brewing against President Zardar.

Karl Rove: The President Is No B+ – WSJ.com

Barack Obama has won a place in history with the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year: 49% approve and 46% disapprove of his job performance in the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll. There are many factors that explain it, including weakness abroad, an unprecedented spending binge at home, and making […]

China tells U.S.: No deal on climate change – POLITICO.com

COPENHAGEN — China’s climate negotiators have told Western counterparts they can’t agree to an “operational agreement” on climate change that President Barack Obama had hoped to bring home from Copenhagen –- and will push for a short, noncommittal collective statement at the end of the talks, according to American staffers briefed on the situation.It’s not […]

Obama Gives Himself a B+ – by Joseph Klein

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Here’s the grade he deserves and why.

Spending Folly – by Vasko Kohlmayer

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The Obama administration’s mind-boggling financial excesses and waste.