Jun
21

Dump Jackson Not Hamilton

Time to Cash Out of the $20...
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Just as the College Board has released new guidelines for Advanced Placement (AP) American history courses - which are largely devoid of American history – we get a real-world example of the kinds of decisions that will inform a context-free country. Last week, with great fanfare, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Alexander Hamilton will be …

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Jun
01

Rand Paul’s Dangerous Stunt

Opportunism masquerading as principle...
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In assessing the qualities one needs in order to be an effective president, none is more important than good judgment. Both Roosevelts had it. So did haberdasher Harry Truman and Eureka College alumni, Ronald Reagan. JFK’s judgment may have been all that stood between the world we know today and a possible radioactive wasteland that …

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May
18

Jeb Bush, Iraq and Questions for Hillary

Fix America Tour: 2016...
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Even after putting the issue to rest on his third try, neither media nor his Republican opponents will give Jeb Bush a moment’s peace on his now infamous answer to Megyn Kelly when questioned about his take on the Iraq War. Asked by Kelly if he would have authorized the Iraq War, knowing what we …

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May
16

Why the Stephanopoulos Donations Matter

Mr. Conflict-of-Interest...
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When Brian Williams was besieged for inflating his own role while reporting on pivotal news events, NBC brought down the hammer, banishing Williams for his anchor chair for six months. At the time, there was much talk about the public trust, and whether Williams could continue as a credible anchor given his history of serial embellishments. …

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Apr
19

Chris Christie – Truth Teller

Trend Line for National Debt
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Something interesting and noteworthy occurred this past week. No, not Mrs. Clinton’s surreal road trip to Iowa, the bizarre Chipotle stop, or the mystifying, scripted sit downs with “average Americans” – who turned out to be loyal partisans hired by the Clinton campaign to look earnest and interested for the cameras. No, far away from the mobile Potemkin …

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Apr
06

The Deal With Iran

America's New Best Friend?
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Congratulations to the P5+1 for reaching a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. To their credit, the negotiators have developed a document that tangibly restricts the Iranian nuclear program by reducing operational centrifuges used to enrich uranium, converts nuclear facilities for research and development purposes only, redesigns a plutonium reactor so that it cannot …

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Mar
06

The Infuriating Justice: Anthony Kennedy

At the Center of the Storm - Again...
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In 2012, after oral arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius, the original Obamacare case, I counted five solid votes in favor of overturning the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet, in what should have been a slam-dunk ruling against the Administration, Chief Justice John Roberts chose to change sides and manufacture a constitutional justification (which had not …

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Mar
02

The Complexities of an Iranian Nuclear Deal

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Bibi Netanyahu will deliver a speech Tuesday, before a joint session of Congress, outlining the perils of cutting a nuclear deal with Iran. The Obama administration, which was not consulted in advance about the invite extended by the Republican congressional leadership, has attempted to derail, then sabotage the speech, resorting to the kind of incendiary rhetoric that past Administrations …

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Feb
23

Does Obama Love America?

Only Part of the Story, for Some...
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Of course President Obama loves America. How is it possible to believe otherwise? Where else on earth could a bi-racial man, son of an African father and an American mother, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii, rise to attend America’s most elite universities, amass staggering wealth through a book about himself, and become the first black president in …

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Feb
21

Obama’s Tenuous Legacy

Consent of the Governed Matters...
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In the seventh year of his presidency, and with an eye on both the door and the history books, Barack Obama’s legacy is suddenly looking precarious. Obamacare: In March, the Supreme Court will again take up the issue of Obamacare in King v. Burwell.  The Court will hear oral arguments to decide whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows …

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