Joseph Lawler

Joseph Lawler, former managing editor of The American Spectator, is editor of Real Clear Policy. Follow him on twitter: @josephlawler.

The Modest Researcher

 

Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society By Jim Manzi (Basic Books, 320 pages, $28.99) THE FIRST THING Barack Obama did as president was enact the stimulus. Two of his economic advisers, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, preceded the rollout of the $800 billion bill with a now infamous prediction that […]

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TARP’s Goodfellas

 

Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall StreetBy Neil Barofsky (Free Press, 270 pages, $26) Neil Barofsky can be forgiven a little posturing. Early on in his short stint as Special Inspector General for TARP — the bank bailouts — he realized that he had no choice but to […]

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Farewell to the Spectator

 

On Monday I will begin a new job at RealClearPolitics, meaning that today is my last day at The American Spectator. I would like to thank you, the readers, for supporting our work and coming back to read us day after day. It’s been a privilege to write about national politics for you, and am […]

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Tentative Praise for Ryan’s New Bipartisan Medicare Plan

 

Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden’s introduction of a bipartisan Medicare reform plan will reshape the political landscape in ways that, in my estimation, benefit Republicans. It’s worth considering, though, whether congressional Republicans who stuck their necks out to vote for Ryan’s previous fiscal reforms should be disappointed that Ryan himself is now working with a […]

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The Day Ahead: Thursday, December 15

 

Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden share an op-ed on Medicare reform proposal (WSJ) U.S. forces and officials in Baghdad officially marked the end of the war in Iraq this morning (CBS News) Fox News will host a Republican debate in Iowa tonight at 9 p.m. (Orlando Sentinel) Former senator, N.J. governor Jon Corzine will testify […]

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Examiner for Romney, National Review Against Gingrich

 

The Washington Examiner editorial board has endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP primary. That is no small achievement for Romney, given that the Examiner has subjected Romney to some fairly harsh criticism.  Meanwhile, National Review has taken the remarkable step of..rejecting (I’m not sure what other term to use to mean “the opposite of endorsing”) Newt Gingrich. According […]

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Paul Ryan to Introduce New Medicare Plan with Democrat Ron Wyden

 

According to The Washington Post, tomorrow Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon are planning to jointly introduce a new plan to rein in Medicare’s costs without transitioning away from Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service model.  The Post’s report includes a brief description of what the reform would look like: it would add traditional […]

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Ryan Pushes Back Against Gingrich’s “Suicide” Comment

 

Rep. Paul Ryan tells Robert Costa that he’s not impressed by Newt Gingrich’s recommendation that Republicans avoid unpopular agenda items to avoid political “suicide”: Ryan, in an interview with National Review Online, says that he disagrees with Gingrich, and urges Republicans to confront fiscal problems, irrespective of political risk. Worrying about electoral “suicide,” he says, is […]

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Obama on the Economy: We Didn’t Know How Bad We’d Let It Get

 

Today President Obama floated a new excuse for the sad state of the economy:  President Barack Obama said Tuesday he wishes he knew the full extent of the economic crisis when he took office, if only so he could have let Americans know just how tough the coming years would be. “I think we understood that it […]

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The Day Ahead: Wednesday, December 14

 

President Obama travels to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina to thank Iraq veterans (Politico) He also registers his highest unfavorable rating yet (Politico) House Republicans last night passed a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and open up the Keystone XL pipeline (Washington Times) Gingrich slipping in Iowa polls, Ron Paul rising (The Hill) […]

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