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  • McManus: A ticking clock on Syria

    McManus: A ticking clock on Syria
    The interventionist liberals of the Obama administration were a doleful bunch last week. It was the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, when a Bosnian Serb army battered a city full of civilians with artillery while the United States issued ineffective cries of alarm. The comparison with this year's massacres in Syria was painfully apt.
  • McManus: Applying the 'ground game'

    Outside the old red-brick City Hall in Manassas, Va., Dorothy Cummings was beaming. She had finally persuaded her son Charles to register to vote — and now she was marching him into the registrar's office to make sure he got it done. "Three votes...

    McManus: A kinder, gentler Romney

    McManus: A kinder, gentler Romney
    It's a safe bet that President Obama misses the old Mitt Romney — the one who described himself as "severely conservative." In their first debate in Denver, Romney outflanked the president by assuming the role of Moderate Mitt, a sweet-tempered...

    McManus: Reshuffling Obama's Cabinet

    McManus: Reshuffling Obama's Cabinet
    "Second terms are hard work," a veteran of the Bill Clinton White House told me Tuesday. "It's a good idea to get some fresh blood in there." But so far, President Obama seems more inclined to simply shuffle the chairs as he reshapes his Cabinet for...

    McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem

    McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem
    Here's an issue that hasn't been debated much in the presidential campaign but ought to be: How much should we spend on defense? President Obama has proposed keeping the Pentagon budget essentially flat for the next 10 years. Mitt Romney, by contrast,...