Jul
18

On Iran – The “Fix” Is In

When Ego Substitutes for National Interest...
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Since the Obama administration’s announcement of the nuclear deal with Iran, the body politic has erupted in a confusing discourse, arguing the relative merits of the deal’s limitations on Iranian centrifuges, nuclear facilities, nuclear material and inspections. The debate is loud and sharp, but ultimately self-defeating. The “fix” is in. A pro-forma review reveals that this …

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Jul
12

Germany & the Fallacy of the EU

The "Indispensable Nation" - for the EU
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As the Greeks and EU officials again play out a familiar routine of “austerity for bailouts,” the most obvious question is “why.” Now that EU and international institutions have largely assumed the risk of Greek debt from the private sector, direct economic contagion – that was all too possible in 2010-11 - is largely contained. Why would a union of …

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Jul
05

John Roberts Dishonors the Supreme Court

Roberts diminishes the Court...
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Oh for the days of “balls and strikes.” The relaxed confidence of John Roberts at his confirmation hearings in 2005 was a soothing balm for a nation enmeshed in a growing partisan polarization. Speaking in reassuring tones to his Senate inquisitors, Roberts professed no agenda, ascribing his philosophy  as a potential Chief Justice to that of America’s favorite …

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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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