Nov
22

Obama Crosses the Rubicon

Executive Amnesty
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Every four years, the American people conduct the most consequential job interview on earth. While news coverage during the primaries and general election is dominated by complex issues on everything from tax credits to foreign policy, like any job interview, these topics serve as a national gateway to assess the underlying character and temperament of the candidate. …

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Nov
09

The GOP’s 2014 Triumph & Task

The Scale of Triumph...
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Barack Obama is the best thing to happen to the GOP since Ronald Reagan. Provocative but true. In 2008, with the weight of war and economic crisis on its collective shoulders, the GOP faced not just loss, but disgrace and looming irrelevance.  A young, eloquent and historic president-elect, with a Democratic super majority in Congress, suddenly had the …

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Nov
03

Predictions: 2014 Midterm Elections

Change is in the Air....
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The biggest puzzle in the lead up to this year’s midterms has been the apparent disconnect between convincing – and overwhelming – sour national metrics regarding the public’s mood, and the dynamics of individual races which, in both Senate and gubernatorial contests, have gone down to the wire. Nationally, President Obama’s approval rating is at …

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Nov
01

A Reckoning for the Senate Class of ’08

Time for a Vote of No Confidence...
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With about 72 hours left before Election Day, there is not much left to be said that hasn’t already been said. But as the clock counts down, polling shows both a large  number of highly competitive races, and a large number of undecideds; unusual this late in the campaign. For those who have not yet …

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Oct
21

A Reality Check for the GOP

GOP Must Do Better....
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GOP Must Do Better….   2014 is shaping up as a good year for the GOP. It is all but certain that John Boehner is going to add seats to his House majority. In addition, most forecasting models suggest, with increasing certainty, that the GOP will pick up the net six seats it needs to …

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Oct
17

The Case for an Ebola Travel Ban

Prudence is More Important Than Symbolism...
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To understand the American reaction to Ebola, consider Mega Millions, the multi-state lottery that regularly offers hundreds of millions as a top prize. The chances of matching all six numbers and winning the big bucks are precisely 1 in 259 million, an inexact but ballpark figure akin to the current risks of  contracting Ebola in the …

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Oct
11

A Modest Proposal for Real Reform

Broken but Fixable...
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Imagine the following hostile takeover fight. Two large and well-financed groups struggle to win majority ownership of a holding company.  Recent changes in finance rules, and rapid advances in technology, have allowed both sides to target and motivate potential shareholders of the company to a degree unprecedented in history. The money to support those efforts is eye-popping …

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Sep
30

The Petulant President

Whose Policy is it Anyway?
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 President Obama was on “60 Minutes” on Sunday. I watched the interview with an almost prurient curiosity. Away from a teleprompter and adoring crowds, how would President Obama answer basic questions about his stewardship of the nation, particularly at a time when it feels as if the world is spinning out of control? Also, in a …

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Sep
22

It’s ISIS That Should Be Worried

Deadly, But Not Undefeatable...
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  Deadly, But Not Unbeatable For weeks now, we have been treated to exposes on the existential crisis that ISIS poses to the Middle East and to the West.  A terror group as good at fighting with tanks and artillery as it is with guerilla tactics. A group that takes and holds territory, declaring a …

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Sep
11

Remembrance on 9-11

I Will Never Forget....
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The freshman class that just entered college were in kindergarten when terrorists struck America thirteen years ago today. But the passage of time does nothing to dull the senses or emotions inexorably linked to that Tuesday. My memory of the day was etched early, before the violence and carnage. I remember the chill in the air as I collected the …

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