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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Republicans jeopardize our financial future

As the government contemplates spending very large sums of money, it is reassuring to know that somebody still worries about waste. Rather, it would be reassuring, if only that somebody were not Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, who promises that he and his fellow Republicans will “protect taxpayers against...
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Monday, Dec. 29, 2008

Continued violations of the Constitution

To understand the philosophy of government that Dick Cheney brought to Washington over the past seven years, it is most instructive to see Frost/Nixon, with Frank Langella's remarkable reanimation of Tricky Dick for a generation that never knew him. In Nixon's famous conversation with David Frost, there came a moment when the old...
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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

Looking beyond money, celebrity and tradition

Caroline Kennedy made her political debut in Manhattan almost exactly 10 years ago, when she showed up as the surprise speaker at a "teach-in" against the impeachment of Bill Clinton at New York University School of Law. Her speech on that occasion was not memorable, nor did she display great passion as she read it, but none of that mattered. Her presence electrified what would otherwise have been a mundane gathering of liberal intellectuals...
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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Clearing up misinformation about the auto industry’s troubles

Nearly every current poll shows that most Americans oppose federal assistance for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, which must be worrying news for members of Congress as they ponder whether to support the proposed $15 billion emergency loan package. Political analysts warn of the consequences for lawmakers...
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Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

Clearing up misinformation about the auto industry’s troubles

Nearly every current poll shows that most Americans oppose federal assistance for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, which must be worrying news for members of Congress as they ponder whether to support the proposed $15 billion emergency loan package. Political analysts warn of the consequences for lawmakers who support the "bailout everyone loves to hate." Like any survey that asks people...
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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Obama and his advisers share the same worldview

When the journalistic pack bites into a tasty cliche, it often refuses to let go, lazily chewing and regurgitating a phrase like “team of rivals” long after the flavor is gone. Derived from the Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Lincoln’s cabinet, that morsel had scant relevance to the cabinet being assembled by Barack Obama, as the...
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Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

His economic advisers share his investment and regulation plans

While Barack Obama introduced the first members of his economic team, a wailing noise could be heard somewhere in the background. That was the sound of complaining liberals, who worry that the president-elect is already surrendering the progressive moment to centrists—the kind of post-election disappointment...
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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Gates has more in common with Obama than Bush

As Barack Obama makes his way through the transition to power, he is learning the steps of an old dance. Having promised change, he now surrounds himself with experience. Having poured scorn not only on the Bush administration but at times on the Clinton administration as well, he...
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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Obstructing legislation won’t be a popular tactic

While the ultimate occupants of three U.S. Senate seats are yet to be determined in Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota, chances seem small that Democrats will increase their new majority to 60 seats-the supermajority that ensures against a successful filibuster. So the same Republicans who once complained about the use of...
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Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Voters reject three decades of conservatism

When George W. Bush looks back on the wreckage of the past eight years, even he may someday realize that he missed his most important political opportunity in the months after 9/11. Despite his lackluster performance on that day, Americans stood with him as the symbol of the nation, displaying a steadfast and sober unity...

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