Archive - 2014

Date

June 11th

The Latest Tea Party Piñata

    About three weeks ago, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation. Hensarling is a Tea Party favorite. His core view is that better government is less government, and that there is nothing government can do that the private sector can't do better.

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Hillary's pre-campaign campaign

    The curse of inevitability isn't likely to ruin Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions, assuming she has them. Not this time.

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The Real War of Ideas

    The takeover Tuesday of the Iraqi city of Mosul by Sunni extremists who spilled over the Syrian border underscores the clash of world views that is underway in the whole Eastern Mediterranean, which I saw close up during my visit to Kurdistan a few days ago. And it's not what you think.

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Uber Is the Future

    As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes -- overnight flights from the West Coast -- land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

    Mine shows a message (now lost) going something like this: Avoid the taxi lines. Use Uber instead.

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Clinton-Bush 'fatigue'? Not yet

    When I was a guest on conservative Hugh Hewitt's national radio program last fall, he asked me what foreign policy achievements I thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would brag about, if she runs for president.

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Fighting for the Right to End Inequality

    Fast-food workers in hundreds of cities across the country and the world went on strike in mid-May to demand higher pay and better working conditions.

    These workers targeted the richest and most powerful fast-food corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King.

    Walmart workers went on strike in 20 cities across the country a few weeks later, making demands similar to those of the fast-food workers.

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Putting A Cap On Cantor

    Pardon me. I'm having trouble getting my thoughts together today. I'm so upset about Eric Cantor.

    Yes! The House majority leader was tossed out of office Tuesday in an apocalyptic, stunning, incredible earthquake of an election in Virginia that has left the nation absolutely floored in shock.

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She Gets No Respect

    Here's a riddle: Why would a Hurricane Alexandra be deadlier than an identical Hurricane Alexander?

    Because females don't get respect. Not even 100 mile-per-hour typhoons, if they're dubbed with female names.

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Teachable moment for Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's tone-deaf comments about being "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House were unfortunate, revealing and -- if Clinton chooses to learn from them -- instructive for the likely presidential campaign ahead.

    ABC's Diane Sawyer asked Clinton about her reported $5 million in speaking fees since leaving the Obama administration, and Bill Clinton's supposed $100 million pile.

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To Right-Wing Nutjobs, Ordinary Citizens Are The Enemy

    "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows." -- Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

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