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Charles Sauer
by | Jul 15, 2019

In “The Princess and the Pea,” an old queen proves that a midnight traveler is a true princess by hiding a pea under an almost unbelievable number of mattresses and down bedclothes. Because she is indeed a real princess, she…

by | Nov 16, 2018

Last week’s elections changed a lot of things. Trump no longer has the support of both chambers of Congress. Leader McConnell will now be fighting for bills to move further right than left. And, of course the fight over recyclable…

by | Sep 14, 2016

The political left’s playbook isn’t very big, but it is always amazing how boldly they run it and nobody is proud to re-run the same old plays more than New York’s Governor Cuomo. If a football team only had two…

by | Aug 2, 2016

For supporters of the free market, one of the highlights of the year is Congress’s summer recess. It’s normally a time to relax and relish the fact that Congress isn’t passing laws, plotting to pass laws, and throwing away taxpayer…

by | Oct 30, 2013

BARACK OBAMA WOULD very much like to be president again. For two glorious years he stood athwart the nation backed by his Praetorian Guard: the Democrat supermajorities in the House and Senate. He could do anything. Obamacare. Financial regulation. Stimulus…

by | Sep 25, 2013

Immigration is different. For 20 years, Republicans have come together to oppose higher taxes. Paul Ryan’s budget won the votes of all but two Republican members of Congress. Tort reform, deregulation, property rights, school choice, religious liberty, and even free trade unite almost…

by | Jul 16, 2013

THE KNIGHTS of the Round Table searched for the Holy Grail. Alchemists in the Middle Ages sought the secret of turning lead into gold. So too have politicians of all ages pursued their El Dorado: the tax that can be…

by | May 17, 2013

THE FALL OF 2005 WAS A PERFECT STORM of troubles for the Bush administration and the Republican Congress: overspending, public tiring of the Iraq War, Katrina, Harriet Miers, the indictment of Tom DeLay, the Abramoff scandal, the Valerie Plame affair…

by | May 3, 2013

He stood astride the republic. He had real power. The first time he had it taken away. The second time he gave it away.  PRESIDENT OBAMA is not Saul Alinsky or Richard Nixon—aware of how one gets power and uses…

by | Apr 30, 2013

THERE’S BEEN A MURDER IN VIRGINIA. Or a suicide, anyway. In mid-February, Republican governor Bob McDonnell—only a year ago viewed as a possible vice-presidential candidate—publicly self-immolated, causing fatal injuries to both his promising political career and the state Republican Party, which…

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