Philip Klein

Philip Klein is The American Spectator‘s Washington correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Philipaklein

Adieu, Adieu, Remember Me

 

After four and a half great years at the Spectator, I will be moving on to the Washington Examiner starting Monday, where I will continue to blog and write about politics and policy.  It’s been fun working with the wonderful group of people here at the Spectator. I especially want to thank Wlady for his […]

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A Wonk in Sheep’s Clothing

 

From the April 2011 issue of The American Spectator In news accounts assessing the likely 2012 Republican presidential field, there are a number of descriptions typically associated with Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. White Southerner. Thick accent. Gifted fundraiser. Connected. Former lobbyist. But when you ask those who know him, another characterization comes to mind. “He’s […]

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DeMint’s Defense of RomneyCare is Ignorant…And Dangerous

 

Jennifer Rubin alerts me to these disturbing comments Sen. Jim DeMint made to the Hill in defense of RomneyCare: “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), a GOP kingmaker. DeMint blames Democrats in the Massachusetts State Legislature […]

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McConnell Pushing Vote to Block the EPA from Regulating Carbon Emissions

 

When “cap and trade” failed to garner enough support in the Senate during the last Congress, it became clear that the only way the Obama administration would be able to execute its preferred energy policy would be to have the Environmental Protection Agency regulate carbon emissions, a possibility that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson hinted at […]

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Scapegoating Mitch Daniels

 

Over the past year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been a case study in how not to seek the Republican presidential nomination — if indeed that is his intention. Despite having a generally conservative governing record, in the run-up to a possible candidacy, Daniels has managed to alienate all parts of the GOP’s so-called “three-legged” […]

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More Barbour on Afghanistan

 

A few weeks ago, I spoke at length with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for an upcoming magazine profile. You’ll have to wait until the April issue comes out to read the whole thing, but given today’s news, I thought I’d excerpt the part of our interview where he spoke about foreign policy and Afghanistan. Here’s […]

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House Passes Three Week Spending Bill

 

Despite a large defection of Republicans, the House of Representatives has just passed a three-week spending bill aimed at averting a government shut down, by a margin of 271 to 158. In the end 54 Republicans voted against it, but 85 Democrats voted for it, enabling it to pass.

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Are Republicans Losing the Budget Battle?

 

Later today, the House is set to vote on yet another short-term spending measure intended to avert a government shutdown by extending funding for another three weeks. While a number of House conservatives are expected to vote against it, it’s unclear whether those defections will be enough to kill the bill. Over at RedState, Erick […]

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Palestinian Street Celebrates Slaughter of Jews While Elites Rationalize It

 

While Palestinian leaders are issuing their standard official statements condemning all kinds of violence following the slaughter of 5 members of a Jewish family (including a three month old girl), Ynet reports: Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of […]

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CNN wins Misleading Headline Award

 

Here‘s the headline: “Tests detect radioactivity on 17 U.S. Navy crew members in Japan.” Yet here is the actual story: (CNN) — Tests detected low levels of radioactivity on 17 U.S. Navy helicopter crew members when they returned to the USS Ronald Reagan after conducting disaster relief missions in Japan, the military said Monday. No […]

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