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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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