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Philip Klein
by | Dec 4, 2018

President Trump and the First Lady’s graceful tribute to the late George H. W. Bush underscored, a little awkwardly, one reason for the tone and fragrance of all the obituary tributes we’re reading. The Trumps praised — with unimpeachable dignity…

by | Oct 14, 2013

DETROIT — Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison last Thursday for graft, racketeering, extortion, and conspiracy to use city hall as what Judge Nancy Edmunds called “a criminal enterprise” to enrich himself, his family,…

by | Mar 25, 2011

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…

by | Mar 25, 2011

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…

by | Mar 17, 2011

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…

by | Mar 17, 2011

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…

by | Mar 17, 2011

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…

by | Mar 16, 2011

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…

by | Mar 15, 2011

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…

by | Mar 15, 2011

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…

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