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GOP Zombies vs. Dem Vampires

A statistical study indicates that our pop culture churns out more vampire-related entertainment under Democratic administrations and more zombie stories under Republicans. The implication of the research is that those icons act as archetypes for each party. Naturally, as a Republican I’m …

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Written by Chris Ladd on Friday December 9, 2011

And the Super Winners Are...

“Winners and Losers” headlines abounded after the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSC) whimpered to an end. One of the most interesting analyses was in The Hill , written by Bob Cusak, although we disagree with some of his picks. Here is our analysis. "and, the winner is…the …

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Written by Steve Bell on Tuesday November 22, 2011

How to Fix Obamacare

In my column for The Week , I discuss ways in which the Affordable Care Act could be streamlined into a workable solution for health care reform: If the election were held today, President Obama would probably lose. The Republicans would very likely score gains in the Senate, but …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday October 5, 2011

Unemployed for a Year. Who Speaks for Me?

I received The Call exactly a year ago at 11:30 a.m. EDT. That was a bit early. For almost nine years I had worked from my home in Charlotte, NC for a small company in California, so calls from the office before noon my time were not frequent. When I heard that my boss, his boss and the HR director …

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Monday August 22, 2011

Too Soon Old, Too Late Wise

I wish my defense hawk friends at the American Enterprise Institute and the Weekly Standard had discerned before it was too late that a budget framework that calls for: (1) no additional revenues and (2) big cuts in discretionary spending, is not a hospitable climate for a robust defense budget. …

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Written by David Frum on Monday August 1, 2011

Boehner's New Plan - Even Deader

A few thoughts on the implications of Boehner adding a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to his debt-ceiling bill (which would now require that Congress pass a BBA before a second debt-ceiling increase could take place early in 2012): Adding the BBA makes the bill very likely to pass the House. …

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Written by Fred Bauer on Friday July 29, 2011

Obama: "Make Your Voices Heard"

President Obama last night appealed to supporters to make their voices heard, to pressure Congress to raise the debt ceiling. The demand he emphasized most: that any deal extend the administration enough credit to get past the next election. Odd priority, no? You might have expected that this …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday July 26, 2011

What to Watch in the Debt Negotiations

Here are the things to watch as the news about the debt negotiations comes out today. While we await the news from today’s debt ceiling negotiations between Republicans and Democratic leaders, news outlets are already leaking and reporting on the possible contours of a deal. But which …

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Thursday July 7, 2011

GOP Must Call Democrats' Bluff On Medicare Cuts

There's good reasons to think a Democrat offer to cut Medicare is insincere. But if the GOP is serious, they need to call Democrats’ bluff and propose even deeper cuts. Eric Cantor’s withdrawal from the debt talks with Joe Biden may be dominating the headlines for now but, in the long run, it …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Thursday June 23, 2011

Obama Dems Back Away From Big Government

Before his budget negotiations with the GOP, Obama's accepted an important fact: a large part of his base doesn't want to be tied down defending the welfare state. In a recent Washington Post piece Sally Kohn suggested that the liberal emphasis on tolerance as a social good has hampered the …

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Written by Mark R. Yzaguirre on Sunday April 17, 2011

Why This Dem Loved Obama's Speech

While he could have offered more specifics, Obama's Wednesday afternoon speech on deficit reduction gave the Democratic base what they wanted to hear. Once again, Barack Obama has given a hell of speech when he had to. While it can be argued that he could have offered more specifics, the …

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Written by Les Francis on Wednesday April 13, 2011

Fenty Endorses Walker

Adrian Fenty, the Democratic former mayor of D.C. says he agrees with what Scott Walker is doing in Wisconsin. Do other Dem leaders feel the same? This seems to me a hugely important fact: Adrian Fenty, the Democratic former mayor of the District of Columbia says he agrees with what Scott Walker …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday March 8, 2011

The Young and Jobless: Does Either Party Care?

Washington is doing precious little to reduce unemployment especially amongst the young. Why is this problem such a low priority for both political parties? Washington is doing precious little to reduce unemployment especially amongst the young. My latest column for CNN.com asks: why is this …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday February 22, 2011

The Dems' Afghan War Hypocrisy

It is laughable for the Democrats to criticize President Bush for being cautious about supporting a massive commitment of men and material to Afghanistan in 2001, when so many in their party feel that same way today. Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s claim that President Bush intentionally let Osama Bin …

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Written by Brad Schaeffer on Tuesday December 1, 2009

Deal or No Deal?

Until now, the threat of a government-run healthcare plan has deterred Republicans from negotiations with the administration. But now that the single most threatening element of such a deal has been voted down by Democrats, Republicans can begin to think: are there things we want? ... well, maybe …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday September 30, 2009

Obama Heads for Foreign Policy Disaster

Despite the domestic focus of these early months of his presidency, Barack Obama thinks of himself as a foreign policy thinker above all, according to those who know him best. His confidence is undiminished by his lack of experience and credentials, and that confidence continues to flourish despite …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday September 17, 2009

Goodbye to the Reagan Democrats

A new Gallup poll on the ideological and partisan makeup of the American electorate shows that white conservative Republicans make up 23% of the population and white conservative Democrats another 6%. If that is correct, things do not look promising for advocates of an all-conservative electoral …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday September 2, 2009

GOP Must Make School Vouchers a Civil Rights Issue

Students in Prince George's County in the D.C. area arrived on the first day of school to find that administrators still had not scheduled classes for them. This failure will certainly have an adverse impact on black students in the county with the largest black middle class in the country. …

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Written by Henry Clay on Wednesday September 2, 2009

Obama Losing Bipartisan Support for Afghanistan

That the doves on the left are growing tired of the costly war in Afghanistan should not surprise anyone. But now, George Will’s change of heart on Afghanistan indicates that support on the right, particularly amongst realists like Mr. Will, may not be as reliable as the administration may …

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Written by Jeb Golinkin on Tuesday September 1, 2009

Will's Exit from Afghanistan

Anybody who does not share George Will’s frustrations with the Afghan mission has not been paying attention. But that does not mean George Will is right in his call for an American evacuation and a new approach. Anybody who does not share George Will’s frustrations with the Afghan mission has …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday September 1, 2009