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  • The empathy gap

    The empathy gap

    Given the state of the economy, by any historical standard, Barack Obama should be 15 points behind Mitt Romney. Why is he tied?

  • The ‘deterrence works’ fantasy

    There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that “deterrence works.”

  • The Cordesman criteria

    The Cordesman criteria

    Either Israel is engaged in the most elaborate ruse since the Trojan Horse or it is on the cusp of a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

  • Romney's excellent trip

    Romney’s excellent trip

    At his stop in Jerusalem, Romney’s speech was a masterpiece of nuance and restraint. Without directly criticizing Obama, Romney drew pointed distinctions deftly.

  • Busted: Mr. Pfeiffer and the White House blog

    Shortly after 9/11, President George W. Bush received from Prime Minister Blair a bust of Winston Churchill as an expression of British-American solidarity.

  • Romney -- not innocents -- abroad

    Romney — not innocents — abroad

    Unlike Barack Obama, Mitt Romney abroad will not be admonishing his country, criticizing his president or declaring himself a citizen of the world.

  • Did the state make you great?

    Did the state make you great?

    The greatest threat to a robust, autonomous civil society is the ever-growing Leviathan state and those like Obama who see it as the ultimate expression of the collective.

  • The Arab Spring is no Facebook revolution

    Amid the ruins of secular nationalist pan-Arabism, the Muslim Brotherhood is rising to solve the conundrum of Arab stagnation and marginality.

  • The imperial presidency revisited

    The imperial presidency revisited

    Though overshadowed by the shocking Supreme Court decision on health care, the court’s Arizona immigration decision remains far more significant than appreciated.

  • The immigration bombshell: Naked lawlessness

    The immigration bombshell: Naked lawlessness

    With a single Homeland Security Department memo, the immigration laws no longer apply to 800,000 people. By what justification? Prosecutorial discretion, says Janet Napolitano.

  • With Obama flailing, it's Romney's game to lose

    With Obama flailing, it’s Romney’s game to lose

    The more Mitt Romney or Barack Obama disappears from view, the better each fares.

  • What Wisconsin means

    What Wisconsin means

    The ultimate significance of Walker’s union reforms has been largely misunderstood.

  • Barack Obama: Drone warrior

    Barack Obama: Drone warrior

    A very strange story, a 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Obama shuffles “baseball cards” with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike.

  • The joy of winning

    Young, brash and dangerous — how can you not like these guys?

  • Same-sex marriage: Empathy or right?

    There are two ways to defend gay marriage. Argument A is empathy…

  • Echoes of ’67: Israel unites

    In the middle of the night of May 7-8, 2012, Prime Minister Netanyahu shocked his country by bringing the main opposition party, Kadima, into a national unity government.

  • Divider in chief

    Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case.

  • While Syria burns

    In spite of his own urgings that the U.S. not sit idly by and intervene in the Syrian civil conflict, President Obama has done precisely the opposite: Stood idly by.

  • Farewell, the New Frontier

    As the space shuttle Discovery flew three times around Washington, thousands on the ground gazed upward with marvel and pride. Yet what they were witnessing, for all its elegance, was a funeral march.

  • Free-lunch egalitarianism

    If government gives health insurance to 33 million uninsured, that costs. Costs a lot. There’s no free lunch.