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The headline on a new poll about Hillary Clinton’s presumed presidential bid is that fallout over Benghazi hasn’t hurt her chances. The data show 67 percent of all voters believe she is a “strong leader” and 60 percent find her to be “trustworthy.” With the release of her book, “Hard Choices,” this week, in which […]

Let us pause to observe a moment of silence for a time when politics stopped at the water’s edge. That quaint notion of national unity was mortally wounded immediately after the attack in Benghazi, and finally succumbed to complications after a prisoner exchange for an American POW in Afghanistan.  There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing on […]

Raging Moderate by Will DurstYou see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. Welcome to the Invasion of the […]

President Obama campaigned in 2008 and again in 2012 on tax hikes for the rich. The rich, he told us constantly, weren’t paying their fair share. But to assure us he meant nothing radical, he also frequently clarified he favored “going back to the tax rates that existed under Bill Clinton.” Yet less than two […]

President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech, delivered at this year’s West Point graduation ceremony, was a disappointment to anyone who hoped the president might be changing course. The failure of each US intervention thus far in the 21st century might have inspired at least a bit of reflection. However, the president made it clear that […]

Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public parks flick their butts on walkways they cede their civil rights and we […]

Let’s clear out the idiocy of the Bowe Bergdahl debates and then get to what’s really important: this decision’s legacy. Idiocy: Liberals such as Jonathon Alter and others at MSNBC, Mother Jones, etc. who pretend the U.S. has a policy of prisoner exchanges because Israel has had prisoner exchanges with Arabs. Really. They’re saying that.If […]

Making Sense by Michael Reagan Here in this little French village of Sainte Mere Eglise they remember D-Day. Sainte Mere Eglise, as students of history and World War II movies know, became the first town to be liberated from Hitler’s armies when hundreds of American paratroopers fell from the sky early on the morning of […]

It’s hard to tell what’s a bigger joke: Common Core or Common Core critics. Rightwing hysteria that Common Core will turn our children into gay socialists—not kidding about that one—is overshadowing legitimate reasons to oppose it. The problem with Common Core isn’t that Barack Obama is brainwashing our children. It’s that the brand new curriculum […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman To this day there’s some dispute over who originated the phrase “grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.” What is certain is we’re now seeing living examples of the phrase, demonstrated by both the Obama administration and the Republican Party. Victory’s jaws are surely sore from the pulls by Obama […]