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Liberals do themselves no favor by denying their ideology

May 1, 2015

For the last 20 years, give or take another 50, one of the most cherished baubles of Beltway conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party has moved too far to the right.

  • The Clintons lower the bar -- again

    April 29, 2015

    I once had a boss who gave me some great advice, not just for managing people but for judging politicians: You forgive mistakes; you punish patterns. Everybody screws up. But if someone won't learn from his mistakes and try to correct his behavior, then he either doesn't think it was a mistake, he just doesn't care or he thinks you're a fool. The one indisputable takeaway from Peter Schweizer's new book, "Clinton Cash," is that Bill and Hillary Clinton fit one or all of those descriptions.

  • The Clintons lower the bar -- again

    April 29, 2015

    I once had a boss who gave me some great advice, not just for managing people but for judging politicians: You forgive mistakes; you punish patterns. Everybody screws up. But if someone won't learn from his mistakes and try to correct his behavior, then he either doesn't think it was a mistake, he just doesn't care or he thinks you're a fool. The one indisputable takeaway from Peter Schweizer's new book, "Clinton Cash," is that Bill and Hillary Clinton fit one or all of those descriptions.

  • Clinton Restoration could be in jeopardy

    April 24, 2015

    How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)?

  • Clinton Restoration could be in jeopardy

    April 24, 2015

    How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)?

  • Martin O'Malley's modern-day know-nothingness

    April 23, 2015

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things.

  • Hillary Clinton's Iraq War vote underscores her greatest weakness

    April 21, 2015

    So far, of the declared candidates for president, the only one who voted for the Iraq War is the Democrat.

  • Vote for Iraq War underscores Hillary's greatest weakness

    April 16, 2015

    So far, of the declared candidates for president, the only one who voted for the Iraq War is the Democrat.

  • Obama coalition isn't a coupon that Hillary can redeem for votes

    April 15, 2015

    In news only slightly more surprising than this morning's sunrise, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she is running for president again.

  • Tsarnaev conviction puts death penalty opponents in an awkward spot

    April 10, 2015

    How about now?

  • Iran nuke deal is no deal at all

    April 9, 2015

    The first thing one needs to know about the nuclear deal with Iran is that it is not, in fact, a deal. You might be confused about this point, given that so many news outlets refers to a "deal" that doesn't exist.

  • Rolling Stone ignored basic journalism with bogus UVA rape story

    April 8, 2015

    Rolling Stone screwed up.

  • RFRA not like Jim Crow laws at all

    April 3, 2015

    "It's the Jim Crow law of our time." That exact quote, or one very much like it, has come from the mouths of reporters, editorialists, activists, corporate CEOs and, of course, politicians, all because of Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. (RFRA)

  • How do 'religious freedom' acts encourage discrimination?

    April 1, 2015

    "I could have handled that better."

  • Can Jewish Americans support both Democrats and Israel?

    March 27, 2015

    "I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president," vented Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Boston Herald Radio last week.

  • Washington, D.C., comics: Dr. Ignoro vs. Bibi

    March 25, 2015

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough recently spoke to J Street, a left-wing organization that fancies itself the headquarters of the tough-love-for-Israel crowd. J Street's critics would phrase it a bit differently. In a charitable mood, they'd say J Street is all about loving Israel to death.

  • Coffee, tea, or a frank discussion on race?

    March 20, 2015

    Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers -- "barista."

  • The inconvenient truths in Tom Cotton's letter to Iran

    March 18, 2015

    It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of "Death to America!"

  • Jeb Bush isn't the GOP's ideal 'change' candidate

    March 13, 2015

    Let us now make the case for Jeb skepticism.

  • Carefully scripted Hillary knocked out of comfort zone

    March 11, 2015

    In the wake of Hillary Rodham Clinton's fairly disastrous press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, there's only one conclusion shared by all parties: This was not how it was supposed to go.

  • Email scandal won't doom Hillary, but supporters should feel uneasy

    March 6, 2015

    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie "Aliens," to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you'd have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

  • It's prime time for Scott Walker, whether he's ready or not

    March 4, 2015

    Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order.

  • Is liberalism exhausted?

    February 27, 2015

    Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it's a sign that maybe there's something wrong with the air in the mine.

  • Hillary Clinton's identity crisis

    February 25, 2015

    Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?"

  • Silly denials of Islamic terrorism bring a silver lining

    February 20, 2015

    "Could this argument be any dumber?"

  • Conservatives face bad-faith question of faith

    February 13, 2015

    At an event in London on trade policy, Scott Walker was asked about evolution. "It's almost a tradition now," the moderator said, to ask "senior Republicans" if they are "comfortable with the idea of evolution."

  • Brian Williams: puffed up anchor, puffed up tales

    February 11, 2015

    By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist.

  • Obama's comparison of Christianity, radical Islam defies logic

    February 6, 2015

    On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive" at the hands of the Islamic State.

  • The vanilla power of Republican Scott Walker

    February 4, 2015

    Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. Put another way, vanilla is the most acceptable to the most people; it's not many people's favorite, but nobody hates it.

  • The vanilla power of Republican Scott Walker

    February 4, 2015

    Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. Put another way, vanilla is the most acceptable to the most people; it's not many people's favorite, but nobody hates it.

  • Saudi Arabia opens window of opportunity for Obama

    January 30, 2015

    Have you heard about the secret conspiracy between the Saudis and the White House? I haven't either, probably because there isn't one. But events are playing out exactly as one would expect if such a conspiracy existed.

  • Obama, ignoring realities, sticks to his comfort zone

    January 28, 2015

    A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world.

  • Obama still reading from the same old script

    January 23, 2015

    It's hard to believe that was only President Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.

  • Jews, outnumbered by Muslims, suffer under mob rule

    January 21, 2015

    In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home.

  • Obama administration plays word games

    January 16, 2015

    Could this argument be any dumber?

  • The problem with Romney nostalgia

    January 14, 2015

    In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background.

  • Paris attack puts Western world in a bad spot

    January 9, 2015

    The vigils in Paris are moving. The hashtag plumes of #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie") are endearing. The expressions of condemnation from Muslim leaders are commendable, as are the assurances of solidarity and support from Western governments.

  • Why is Jeb Bush smiling?

    January 7, 2015

    Jeb Bush is starting the new year with a smile. Former Arkansas governor and, until last weekend, Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced he would "explore" running for president.

  • Truth is, there's no one behind the wheel

    January 5, 2015

    There's an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet:

  • Ringing out the year with liberal double standards

    December 31, 2014

    Many conservatives finished the year angry about the same thing they were angry about at the beginning of the year: liberal double standards.

  • Dear GOP: Show, don't tell

    December 26, 2014

    Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The "P" in POTUS stands for "President," not "Pundit."

  • Blame game in New York cop killings shows a demonization double standard

    December 24, 2014

    Going by objective standards of reason and fairness, Al Sharpton is not to blame for the assassination of two New York City cops over the weekend. Nor are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama or any of the protesters and activists they supported, encouraged and allied themselves with. Going by what we know, the only person to blame is the man police identified as the killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

  • No superheroes in 'The Interview' capitulation

    December 19, 2014

    The first issue of Captain America came out on December 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth.

  • Jonathan Gruber should've been Time's Person of the Year

    December 17, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the "Ebola Fighters" instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better.

  • Thinking about torture

    December 12, 2014

    For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    December 12, 2014

    We have moved a corrected version of the Jonah Goldberg column for release December 12. Misspellings of the names of Dianne Feinstein and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed have been corrected in the second and sixth paragraphs, respectively.

  • Thinking about torture

    December 12, 2014

    For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

  • Using allegations of rape in a grab for power

    December 10, 2014

    Nine males were accused of being part of a heinous rape. The alleged injustice fomented a mob mentality. An enraged community wanted to skip any talk of a serious investigation, never mind a trial, and go straight to the punishment.

  • What Schumer wants to embrace

    December 6, 2014

    At a time when Ferguson, Missouri, has been under siege, the president unilaterally brought millions of illegal immigrants "out of the shadows," the so-called Islamic State beheaded another American, an architect of Obamacare admitted the law was conceived and birthed in deception, and the secretary of defense was unceremoniously dumped, it's no wonder that a speech by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. -- the Tuesday before Thanksgiving -- didn't get the coverage it deserved.

  • Jonah Goldberg revision

    December 5, 2014

    We have moved a revised version of the Jonah Goldberg column for release December 5. A missing word, "people, has been added to the second paragraph. Please use the revised version

  • Rand Paul is right: Cig taxes factored into Garner's death

    December 5, 2014

    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him.

  • Rand Paul is right: Cig taxes factored into Garner's death

    December 5, 2014

    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him.

  • Rape story sends shock waves -- and stretched credulity

    December 3, 2014

    Rolling Stone has published an incredible story about a rape at the University of Virginia, sending shock waves around the country.

  • Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

    November 27, 2014

    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed.

  • Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

    November 27, 2014

    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed.

  • Obama's immigration goal: enrage Republicans

    November 26, 2014

    Maybe President Obama is just trolling?

  • Gruber flap reopens not-so-old wounds

    November 21, 2014

    I understand we've turned the page to the next controversy -- Obama's unconstitutional immigration pander -- but I'd like to dwell a little longer on the previous travesty.

  • The feminist freakout over the scientist's gaudy shirt

    November 19, 2014

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool.

  • Democrats' loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

    November 12, 2014

    In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it's not a state organ and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic Party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking.

  • Big GOP win a rebuke of the president

    November 8, 2014

    We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing -- getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party.

  • Maybe Big Data should play smaller role in our politics

    November 7, 2014

    "To everyone who voted," President Obama said in his press conference on Wednesday, "I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate yesterday, I hear you, too."

  • Extended voting period has cranked up the demagoguery

    November 5, 2014

    It used to be that the first Tuesday in November was Election Day, but now it is the last day of Election Month.

  • A word about monsters, real and imagined

    October 31, 2014

    "You're the butcher, or you're the cattle."

  • A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes

    October 29, 2014

    What day is it?"

  • Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

    October 24, 2014

    There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, "narratives."

  • The good news about offshore oil rigs

    October 22, 2014

    Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and the University of California at Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life.

  • The return of the Clinton Democrats (not really)

    October 17, 2014

    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for U.S. Senate in the great state of Kentucky. She is a woman of conviction, of substance, of principle. "I'm not an empty dress," she insists, "I'm not a rubber stamp, and I am not a cheerleader! I am a Clinton Democrat."

  • Ebola is much less scary than Hollywood's 'Contagion.' Or is it?

    October 15, 2014

    While disposing of a body in a mass grave, one man in a hazmat suit turns to another and asks, "When did we run out of body bags?"

  • Colombian hooker flap a microcosm of administration's problems

    October 10, 2014

    In news that must have left my friends at the New York Post -- never mind the gang at "The Daily Show" -- with a renewed confidence that ours is a just and beneficent God, the White House has been caught covering up a scandal involving a Cartagena hooker.

  • Liberals storm California's bedrooms

    October 8, 2014

    I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong: I think it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that.

  • Liberals storm California's bedrooms

    October 8, 2014

    I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong: I think it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that.

  • Wrong ideological choice has cost Obama dearly

    October 7, 2014

    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    October 7, 2014

    The Jonah Goldberg column distributed on Thursday, Oct. 2, for release on Friday, Oct. 3, contained an error. The second-to-last paragraph included a list of governmental departments involved in recent controversies, and the list included the Government Accountability Office, the GAO. That was an error, and the reference to the GAO was intended to be a reference to the GSA, the General Services Administration. We apologize for the error.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    October 7, 2014

    The Jonah Goldberg column distributed on Thursday, Oct. 2, for release on Friday, Oct. 3, contained an error. The second-to-last paragraph included a list of governmental departments involved in recent controversies, and the list included the Government Accountability Office, the GAO. That was an error, and the mention of the GAO has been replaced by a mention of the GSA, the General Services Administration. We apologize for the error.

  • Wrong ideological choice has cost Obama dearly

    October 3, 2014

    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.

  • Obama's mixed messages on war

    October 1, 2014

    It's funny how President Obama is always talking about "I" and "me" whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it's "they" and "we" when mistakes are made..

  • Debates about war protocol hamstring our defense efforts

    September 26, 2014

    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the war on terror.

  • What 'war on women'?

    September 24, 2014

    Last Friday, the White House announced its "It's On Us" initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses. I'm all in favor of combating sexual assault, but the first priority in combating a problem is understanding it.

  • The challenge of stopping do-it-yourself jihadism

    September 19, 2014

    On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia's attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation's history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least 12 properties, was necessary because, "If the ... police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened."

  • Obama is rushing into war against Islamic State

    September 17, 2014

    By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.

  • Is the Islamic State really un-Islamic?

    September 12, 2014

    "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state." -- President Barack Obama in his address to the nation on Wednesday.

  • Upholding America's honor in a dangerous world

    September 10, 2014

    "I should have anticipated the optics," President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters."

  • A foreign legion for losers

    September 5, 2014

    On the Internet, you're never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion -- Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons, Bolivian tree frogs? -- and you're only a few clicks away from someone who shares your obsession.

  • No military dog left behind

    September 4, 2014

    We've all heard the expression: "A man's best friend is his equipment."

  • Obama's non-ideological foreign policy not working

    September 3, 2014

    So much for non-ideological foreign policy.

  • If 'evil' doesn't apply to Islamic State, what does?

    August 27, 2014

    I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewar's," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy -- "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewar's!") I prefer single malts, but "evil" always seemed unduly harsh.

  • Obama's small-screen worldview

    August 22, 2014

    Does the president think the world is a TV show?

  • In Ferguson, a race to be wrong

    August 20, 2014

    The events in Ferguson, Missouri, have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

  • America's selective libertarianism

    August 15, 2014

    There's an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend.

  • Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State

    August 13, 2014

    The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It's going to be a long war.

  • Obama remains consistent in his indifference to slaughter

    August 8, 2014

    In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide.

  • Obama remains consistent in his indifference to slaughter

    August 8, 2014

    In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide.

  • WWI demons live

    August 7, 2014

    World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading.

  • Liberals come late to the pot party

    August 6, 2014

    With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

  • Proposed amendments reek of hypocrisy

    August 1, 2014

    Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy.

  • Democrats' impeachment fixation

    July 30, 2014

    "Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.

  • UN a club in need of higher standards

    July 25, 2014

    As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."

  • Will big business become the left's faithful lapdog?

    July 23, 2014

    It was a really nice try.

  • Attacking Israel with the big lie: genocide

    July 16, 2014

    "Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

  • Obama put's politics first, border security second

    July 11, 2014

    All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border.

  • Hollywood, where liberal values reign -- except at the box office

    July 9, 2014

    In the film "Obvious Child," Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: "You are going to kill it out there!"

  • Resentment behind the waning patriotism of liberal Americans

    July 4, 2014

    You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America.

  • Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business

    July 2, 2014

    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read "Birth Control: Not My Boss's Business."

  • Warren positioned to take advantage of Clinton's flaws

    June 27, 2014

    Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment.

  • A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq

    June 25, 2014

    It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem.

  • The naked self-interest of the bureaucratic class

    June 20, 2014

    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn't target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own.

  • The IRS email scandal: Where's the outrage?

    June 18, 2014

    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy."

  • Obama has painted himself into a foreign-policy corner

    June 13, 2014

    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring.

  • Reading between the lines of Clinton's 'Hard Choices'

    June 11, 2014

    Hillary Clinton's State Department memoir, "Hard Choices," has just come out, and who among us can contain their excitement?

  • Bergdahl's free, but at what cost?

    June 6, 2014

    There he goes again. At a press conference in Brussels Thursday, President Obama was asked if he was surprised by the controversy over his decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban leaders.

  • Advice for presidential GOP candidates: Do your homework

    June 4, 2014

    Good for Rick Perry.

  • Mass killers hold culture -- and country -- hostage

    May 30, 2014

    Can we please stop holding the country hostage to crazy people?

  • Putin's well-worn fascist lies

    May 28, 2014

    Vladimir Putin, with the aid of his vast propaganda machinery, has convinced many Russians that the interim government in Ukraine is expressly Nazi and fascist. And while there were some neo-Nazi goons among the protesters who brought down the corrupt government of Victor Yanukovich, and there are definitely ultranationalists among the coalition resisting Moscow, it's simply a transparent lie that the current government is fascist.

  • Hillary's dilemma: How to distance herself from Obama

    May 23, 2014

    Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past.

  • The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    May 21, 2014

    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."

  • Moral compass points toward retribution in Nigeria

    May 16, 2014

    Here's a question. If -- and this is a big if -- the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it?

  • Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come

    May 14, 2014

    What is happening to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is tragic. The sinking of the Titanic, the fall of Saigon, the British defeat at Gallipoli, the Dred Scott decision -- tragedies all. You can go on all day and all night listing terrible calamities and even lesser injustices, misfortunes and other evidence that life isn't fair. But you will probably collapse from exhaustion before you reach Jeb Bush's difficulty becoming the third President Bush.

  • Supreme Court rules on public prayer -- but should it?

    May 9, 2014

    The notion that something can simultaneously be wrong and constitutional really seems to bother a lot of people. Consider the Supreme Court's recent decision on public prayer.

  • Policing thought crime

    May 8, 2014

    In 1920, a bond salesman walked into Joseph Yenowsky's Waterbury, Conn., clothing store. Yenowsky was a tough sell. During their lengthy conversation, Yenowsky told the salesman he thought Vladimir Lenin, the Russian Bolshevik leader, was "the brainiest man" in the world. The bond salesmen turned Yenowsky in to the police for sedition. Yenowsky got six months in jail under a Connecticut statute.

  • Clayton Lockett: A just execution, regardless

    May 7, 2014

    Last week the state of Oklahoma "botched" an execution.