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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Feb
15

DHS Funding and the GOP

Illegal but Hard to Reverse...
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Mitch McConnell must be wondering whether the job was really worth the all the effort last year. Only six weeks into his new post as Majority Leader in the Senate, and one of McConnell’s first promises to the nation – that a Republican Congress would get out of the business of shutting down the government …

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Feb
08

Ukraine and the New European Crisis

On the March Again...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were conducting shuttle diplomacy over the last few days, desperately seeking a cease-fire in the growing, Russian-sponsored war in eastern Ukraine. While a short-term end to the shooting is still possible, the longer-term prospects for a lasting peace in a Ukraine are much darker, with potentially profound impacts for the …

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Jan
24

SOTU and Reality

Not Telling It Like It Is...
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President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) was notable for its bold and optimistic pronouncements and  statistics, as he took credit for “turning the page” from the after-effects of the 2008 economic crisis. A more careful analysis would show that President laid out a dangerously artificial picture and shamelessly took credit for results he was not …

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Jan
11

Early Line on the GOP in 2016

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Jeb Bush will be the certain GOP nominee in 2016, if four conditions are met. 1) He actually decides to run. 2) There are no brewing personal or business bombshells in his background that have not been considered as part of #1. 3)  That he is better on the stump and in public than say, …

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Jan
10

Paris Terror Raises Questions

Stand Against Evil...
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France was under siege this week as French-grown terror came home to roost. The plot is depressingly familiar. Radical Muslims meting out vengeance for perceived slights against the Prophet, targeting people guilty of nothing more than exercising free expression rights, rights that are foundational to Western civilization. Our collective response is equally familiar. Unity in the face …

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Jan
08

Futility is Not a Virtue for Conservatives

Unserious - and Damaging to the Cause...
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Tuesday should have been a day of pomp and ceremony. A day filled with smiles, and for the American people, relief. For the first time since 2006, Republicans are again running the show on both ends of Capitol Hill. The six-year reign of policy terror initiated by the President and his allies in Congress – …

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