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Andrew Cline
by | Jun 22, 2012

As millions of NPR listeners made their way home in Thursday afternoon’s oppressive heat, their windows rolled up and AC on (incidentally allowing them to hear the radio more clearly), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio managed to achieve three important goals:…

by | Mar 29, 2012

The alleged constitutional justification for Obamacare’s individual insurance coverage mandate can be summarized in one sentence: The federal government has the authority to preemptively regulate your economic activity. President Obama, famous denouncer of preemptive war, declares that he has not…

by | Feb 29, 2012

Rick Santorum is stretching his criticism of President Obama’s advocacy of universal college attendance into a broader attack on college itself. Santorum has three college degrees, which provides a good indication of how seriously one should take his assault on…

by | Dec 30, 2011

On paper, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are nearly ideal Republican candidates for national office. Both are solidly conservative on almost all issues; both are evangelical Christians; both share blue collar upbringings; and both have populist, Washington-outsider messages. Election campaigns,…

by | Dec 15, 2011

To illustrate its Person of the Year cover story, Time magazine posted a gallery of portraits on its website. On Page 11 of the gallery is a portrait of Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy, who was “arrested and assaulted by police in…

by | Dec 6, 2011

Mitt Romney has taken his first shots at Newt Gingrich. At what does he aim? Newt’s career choice, of all things. Romney has spent some time in the past few days attempting to beat back the rising Gingrich by pointing…

by | Nov 17, 2011

In the last few weeks it’s seemed as though one could learn more about the Occupy Wall Street movement from the police blotter than from anywhere else. As the arrests piled up, many protesters who found themselves on the business…

by | Sep 30, 2011

In an interview with WESH-TV in Orlando yesterday, President Obama described the nation he was elected to lead the way one might describe Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. “This is a great, great country that had gotten a little…

by | Sep 29, 2011

“When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were instinctively, to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” — George Orwell, “Politics and the English language” Last weekend,…

by | Aug 10, 2011

There he is, talking again. If the markets could express thought in verbal instead of monetary form, that would’ve been the vocalization on Monday afternoon as President Obama, for some reason, gave a press conference. As markets usually do, they…

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