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Why NATO Should Offer Ukraine Full Membership

By on 3.14.14 | 11:15PM

On Wednesday, President Obama hosted Ukranian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House and pledged to "Stand with Ukraine".  He added that the international community "will be forced to apply costs" if Russia does not withdraw from the Crimean peninsula. 

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Trump: I Won’t Run for Governor

By on 3.14.14 | 10:02PM

Donald Trump will not run for Governor of New York.

The news comes here Friday night from the Binghamton Press/Sun Bulletin website.

Says The Donald:

“While I won’t be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind — stay tuned, will happen!”

The Donald speaks. The world turns. In a world where everybody from Thomas E. Dewey to Bobby Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton were certain presidents, and Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were pegged as sure presidential losers… stay tuned. 

 

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Kerry Flip-Flops on Palestinian Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State

By on 3.14.14 | 9:45PM

Today, John Kerry did what he does best — he flipped-flopped.

This time he flip-flopped on Israel’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize it as a Jewish state. The Secretary of State said it was “a mistake” for Israel to raise the issue.

But just over two months ago, Kerry was pressing PA President Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and, at the end of January, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times reported that one of the elements of the framework for peace (a.k.a. The Kerry Plan) was for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. 

So I guess you could say that Kerry was for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state before he was against it.

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HHS Official Resigns: “Offended as a Taxpayer” by Federal Bureaucracy

By on 3.14.14 | 12:23PM

Isn't it interesting how we only hear the truth about the horrendous partisanship and incompetence of the bureaucracies which control our lives when people escape from them?

http://news.sciencemag.org/people-events/2014/03/top-u.s.-scientific-misconduct-official-quits-frustration-bureaucracy

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Poll: Most Americans Think Putin Stronger Leader Than Obama

By on 3.13.14 | 7:26PM

The other day I wrote a piece chiding liberals who argued that conservatives are in love with Vladimir Putin because we think he is a stronger leader than President Obama. 

Well, a majority of Americans agree with that sentiment. According to a YouGov/Economist poll conducted among 1,000 Americans between March 8-10, 78% of those surveyed believe Putin as a somewhat to a very strong leader as compared to only 45% for President Obama. Moreover, 55% of those polled view Obama as a weak leader.
 
So do liberals now think a majority of Americans are in love with Vladimir Putin?
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Dana Milbank Doesn’t Know What a ‘Flip-Flop’ Is

By on 3.13.14 | 1:05PM

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is accusing NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of flip-flopping on the clout of David Jolly's recent Florida election win.

Prior to Jolly's win, Walden said:

Whether we win it or lose it, the special elections aren't too predictive for either side going forward. If there's any advantage of a special election, it's that you can test messages, and you can test strategies, and you can test sort of your theories on voter turnout and I.D.

The morning after Election Day, Walden said:

Tonight, one of Nancy Pelosi's most prized candidates was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast.

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Let’s Join Forces With Eric Holder

By on 3.13.14 | 12:16PM

When it comes to prison reform, Eric Holder might just have a point. Skeptical? Read these two quotes:

You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money. Stop the recidivism rates—lower them. That’s what can happen with these drug courts.

This overreliance on incarceration is not just financially unsustainable, it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate.

The first quote comes from Republican Governor Rick Perry, and the second from Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Republicans, Antimatter, and Dinosaurs

By on 3.12.14 | 5:27PM

Earlier today, Ben Brophy questioned the wisdom of congressional Republicans sitting on their hands and letting Obamacare do their electoral work for them. Peter Suderman, in evaluating the speeches at CPAC, had a similar observation:

Yet even as the parade of GOP bright lights affirmed support for a positive vision backed by productive policy ideas, most seemed to struggle to define that vision, or talk clearly about what those ideas should be. The GOP has decided that it should probably stand for something—yet aside from electing more Republicans, it’s still not sure what, exactly, that is.

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Conservatives, Poverty, and Race

By on 3.12.14 | 4:37PM

Debate over solutions to poverty has been dominating American politics as of late. Predictably, Democrats have harped on income inequality and have pushed for extensions in unemployment benefits and an increase in the federal minimum wage. Conservatives, in response, have thankfully done more than just voice opposition to these stock, unimaginative policy prescriptions. In fact, since last year, several prominent figures from the Republican ranks, as well as a number of other conservative leaders, have proposed fresh ideas and positive solutions to combat poverty in America.

However, some remain unconvinced. Some, like Steve Patrick Ercolani at The Guardian, see only malicious intent in GOP attempts to fight poverty. This past Monday, Ercolani made the remarkably outrageous—yet unfortunately unsurprising—claim that Republicans are making a big to-do about poverty only because those who are poor are increasingly white.

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About Sharyl Attkisson’s Resignation From CBS

By on 3.12.14 | 3:31PM

Sharyl Attkisson was arguably the only TV reporter in the MSM on a national level who was prepared to vigorously hold the Obama Administration to account. This was evident with her various reports on Fast & Furious, Solyndra and Benghazi. 

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