Andrew Cline

Andrew Cline is editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader. You can follow him on Twitter at @Drewhampshire.

Scott Brown for New Hampshire?

 

Scott Brown’s famous GMC pickup truck displays neither a gun rack nor an NRA bumper sticker. What it does noticeably feature is a Massachusetts license plate. And yet Brown, who spent at least part of Christmas day unpacking moving boxes in his Rye, N.H., home, is the consensus front-runner for the Republican nomination for U.S. […]

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When Terrorists Deny Each Other

 

Had Dzhokhar Tsarnaev paid attention in history class, he might have learned something useful for any domestic American terrorist: if caught, claim solidarity with the American left. No American institution is a safe haven for Islamist terrorists. As sympathetic as the hard left might be to the anti-Americanism of bin Laden’s disciples, the instinct for […]

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Barack Obama, Gun Enthusiast

 

One of President Obama’s greatest political strengths is his ability to convince people that he understands them not in the abstract, but through shared experiences. You have to struggle to get by? Boy, does he know what that’s like. You’ve had bad experiences with your health insurer? He had to sue his mother’s insurer over […]

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Principled Compromise

 

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: 1. Sound simultaneously intelligent, principled, and likeable; 2. Make a principled case against raising taxes; […]

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Obamacare’s Preemptive Regulatory Strike

 

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 only the power but the constitutional authority to regulate every American’s economic behavior before it […]

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Santorum’s College Lesson

 

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 what he is labeling as Obama’s elitism. As with so many of Santorum’s statements, this […]

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Letting Down the Tea Party

 

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, however, don’t take place on paper. In this past week’s national Gallup poll, Perry is […]

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Time Stops at Nothing

 

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 Cairo.” Beside her is the portrait of Ray Lewis, a retired Philadelphia police officer arrested […]

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Mitt Misfires

 

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 out to Republican primary voters that the former Speaker of the House has spent the […]

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The Two Months War

 

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 end of a baton or a set of plastic handcuffs ranted about the perils of […]

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