Posts Tagged ‘ Talking Points Memo ’

Westminster Attack

Westminster Attack

Update: Mayor Khan speaks out.  Tommy Robinson explains what makes London such a terrific terror target for Islamists.  Ben Shapiro takes the media to task.  Multiple fatalities. Over 20 casualties.  Could the timing of this attack be symbolic?  The Guardian is live-blogging the terrorist assault upon the UK’s seat of power.
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Europe’s Rightward March

Europe’s Rightward March

Update: A thoughtful leftist analyzes the 1st round of France’s election.  The first round of primary voting for Les Républicains is complete and it looks like Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid to return to the Élysée Palace is over. For those of you who are Marine Le Pen fans, this might appear to be bad news, although the coronation of...
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Round 2: Thoughts On Last Night’s Debate

Round 2: Thoughts On Last Night’s Debate

  Update: David Goldman adds his 2 cents.  A few observations about last night’s presidential debate, which you can view in its entirety here, as well as the post-debate spin which followed. As I pointed out in an essay published earlier this year-before we knew who the parties would nominate-the defining characteristic of Hillary...
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The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Update: Brilliant pre-debate analysis by James Taranto.  Josh Marshall makes a salient point, re: Trump’s greatest handicap entering tonight’s debate. Personally, I tend to agree with Derb. Most voters will overlook an ignorance of policy details-see Aleppogate-if they have confidence in a candidate’s leadership abilities. That said, Trump does have to exhibit some minimal...
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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

  Update: The full debate is now online. One of the arguments which has preoccupied American journalists-and I’m being generous when I use that term-since Donald Trump’s nomination revolves around who is ultimately responsible for his political ascent. Likewise, conservative Never Trump pundits have spent the last few months assigning blame for his capture of...
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A Realistic Assessment Of The State Of The Union

A Realistic Assessment Of The State Of The Union

While kvetching about the State of the Union-its vacuity, its interminable length, or its simple inability to compel the attention of most Americans, despite being  broadcast simultaneously on every major television network-is ubiquitous among Washington observers, I don’t think most people comprehend the malignant influence this ritualistic exercise has upon the body politic.  The...
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Kill The Bill

Kill The Bill

  Far be it from me to praise National Review-especially the feckless leadership of its current editor-in-chief-but when it’s right, it’s right. And in this case, NR is absolutely correct. John Boehner-never a profile in courage-needs to be reminded why he is the Speaker of the House. Here’s a clue: it’s not to fulfill...
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Rebutting The Critics

The critics are wrong. However, there are valuable lessons to be drawn from this experience. Lesson 1. Never trust Jennifer Rubin, who has a tenuous grasp of reality, as we’ve pointed out in the past.
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Injustice

Injustice

With the unfortunate news that Eric Holder is going to remain in his position as head of the Department of Justice for the second Obama term-at least for the foreseeable future-it’s only fitting that we take a cursory glance at the defining moment of his tenure as Attorney General. I refer, of course, to...
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Fight Or Flight (The Stupid Party Bargains With Obama)

Fight Or Flight (The Stupid Party Bargains With Obama)

Last week’s election results undoubtedly left many readers deeply disappointed, if not disaffected, including those of you who couldn’t bring yourselves to cast your ballot for Mitt Romney for any number of well documented reasons. The prospect of a president unencumbered by electoral consequences, whose administration has already shown itself to be flagrantly indifferent...
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