Thompson and Pataki Won’t Run but GOP Can Still Take Senate


In disappointing news for Republicans, Tommy Thompson and George Pataki have decided against running for Senate in Wisconsin and New York respectively. The latter appears to have turned down the challenge so he can lay the groundwork for a 2012 presidential bid—which shows that Pataki is so out-of-touch with reality that he did his party [...]

Will the Palestinians Just Declare a State?


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As cold winds blow from Washington, Israel is worried.

Obama’s Victim: The “Peace Process”


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And the winners are . . .

Obama’s Dangerous Diplomacy


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How the Obama administration’s policies have undermined Israel, inflamed Palestinian extremism, and emboldened Iran.

No Compromise Over Jerusalem


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Arab rioting and violence betray the folly of negotiations over East Jerusalem.

Biden’s Dinner Diplomacy


As a presidential candidate, Obama won plaudits from media and political sophisticates for his promise to meet “without preconditions” with America’s enemies. This was to be a break with the putative “cowboy diplomacy” of the Bush years. Obama didn’t get around to explaining how his administration would conduct diplomacy with America’s allies, but now we [...]

FULL TEXT of President Obama’s State of the Union Address


The prepared text of tonight’s State of the Union address:
Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They [...]

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Robert Kagan: Obama’s Lonely Decision, Washington Post


So now two presidents in the space of less than three years have bucked overwhelming conventional wisdom, as well as public opinion, and decided that they did not want to lose a war. And what lonely decisions these have been. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the last few years has been the stunningly large […]