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Monday, March 10, 2014
If there is a greater example of exquisite timing than the Obama administration's announcement of massive defense cuts just before Putin marched into the Crimea. This has not escaped the noticed of Bob Gates, former defense secretary.
Having passed Obamacare to find out what was in it, at least one national union representing hundreds of thousands of low wage workers in the hospitality industry is predicting disaster for its members.
When Condoleezza Rice, one of the smartest women ever to be in public life, became George W. Bush's second secretary of state, some wondered why. Dr. Rice is, after all, a Soviet affairs expert, knowledge that was surely irrelevant in the modern age.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
If State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki is to be believed it is not the position of the United States government that the Palestinians actually recognize Israel as a Jewish state for there to be a final peace agreement.
With Vladimir Putin marching through the Crimea like Hitler through the Sudetenland, the economy continuing to sputter, and Obamacare devouring all in sight, Senate Democrats are preparing to hold an all night session on-climate change.
During her keynote address at the 2014 CPAC convention, Sarah Palin, former governor, former vice presidential candidate, and most powerful female politician on the planet, channeled Dr, Seuss to taunt President Obama.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
The old conventional wisdom was the Bill de Blasio represented a resurgence of the far left wing in the Democratic Party due to his election as mayor of New York. The new conventional wisdom finds the old one alarming.
What a difference two years make. During the 2012 presidential primaries, Gov. Rick Perry's health problems caused some rather embarrassing moments during debates and on the stump. But clearly those issues are now behind him.
Sen. Rand Paul's speech before CPAC wisely avoided mention of foreign policy, an area in which his position has become weaker thanks to the Russian rape of the Ukraine. Instead he stuck to libertarian red meat about liberty vs. security.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, addressed the CPAC convention with some much needed truths about foreign policy and the danger the world faces from multiple threats even if many in the United States are war weary.
Some political observers are surprised that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not get booed when he addressed the CPAC convention. He had not even been invited in 2013, after all, and conservatives are still irked at his embrace of Obama.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016, perhaps first in the Democratic primaries against Hillary Clinton, but also ultimately in a third party run, just as Ralph Nader has done several times.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Investor's Business Daily lays out a strategy that will humble Russia for Vladimir Putin's rape of the Ukraine. The good news is that it will also afford the United States and Europe some measure of energy independence.
Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, thought he had a promise by Loris Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tea party harassment scandal, to finally testify.
President Obama made three mistakes concerning the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Each of these mistakes is going to cost him severely.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
It seems that Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida has been accused of conducting his own personal war on women by none other than his estranged wife, who accuses him of physically assaulting her, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
There are a number of takeaways to consider from the results of the 2014 Texas Primaries. Quite a few races have already been decided for the fall, but there were at least two interesting runoffs that resulted as well.
Hillary Clinton Compares Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to have changed her mind about Russia and Vladimir Putin in the wake of the Rape of the Ukraine. Out is the reset button and Putin as a partner for peace. In is Putin as - Adolf Hitler.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
COMMENTARY | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who predicted the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in 2008 as a vice presidential candidate, took to the airways on the Sean Hannity show to taunt President Obama and offer some political wisdom.
Tax reform will likely be part of any platform for a Republican running for national office, especially the presidency in 2016. Along those lines, Rep. David Camp, R-MI has offered his own plan that flattens rates and lowers deductions.
With the Rape of the Ukraine proceeding apace, Politico asks the obvious question, how does this affect the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and architect of the so-called "reset" policy toward Russia?
Monday, March 03, 2014
RealClearPolitics notes the remarkable juxtaposition of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's announcement of deep defense cuts with Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. Does one have something to do with the other?
Now that Vladimir Putin has occupied the Crimea, tearing up treaties, and humiliating the Obama administration, the question arises, what to do now? The Washington Examiner's Michael Barone has some helpful suggestions.
One of the ways that Israel has been trying to impede Iran's drive to obtain a nuclear weapon has been to assassinate that country's nuclear scientists. But it seems that policy ran counter to President Obama's appeasement approach.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
According to the New York Post, New York City's mad cap Sandinista Mayor Bill de Blasio is about to find out a truth that conservatives have known all along, that bashing the rich can only go so far.
Just to illustrate how desperate the Obama administration is to sign up as much people for Obamacare as possible, the Weekly Standard tells the story of how Vice President Joe Biden tried to recruit a visitor from Canada.
As of this writing, President Obama is demanding that Vladimir Putin remove his troops from the Crimea, that part of the Ukraine that he seems intent on gobbling up. Or what is a question that has been left discretely unanswered.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become an issue in the 2014 midterm elections, thanks to his quiet rant on the Senate floor that suggested that Americans complaining about Obamacare are all liars.
The Hill newspaper is reporting that a number of Texas tea party leaders are denouncing Rep. Steve Stockman for his lackluster and dysfunctional campaign to unseat Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Back during the 2008 campaign, as then Senator Barack Obama was in full hope and change mode, then Gov, Sarah Palin warned the American people that if Obama were to be elected president, Russia might invade the Ukraine.