Democrats Made Their Bed in Politicizing Nominations, Now They Must Lay In It

In normal times, such as those when an Italian American named Antonin Scalia can be unanimously confirmed by a 98-0 vote, I would have more time to write posts examining Scalia’s life, jurisprudential impact, and judicial legacy. These are not normal times. In the hours after Scalia’s death during a hunting vacation in Texas, the…
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President Obama’s Era of Missed Opportunity

President Obama’s legacy is caught in an odd limbo. To many Republicans, Obama is a leftist’s dream, a European-style socialist who hides his love of big government under a veneer of pragmatism. To many Democrats, Obama is just the opposite – a centrist sell-out who is all too happy to engage in elegant policy debates,…
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Take Heart Republicans, Obama’s Legacy is Written In Pencil

President Obama has been openly covetous of building a legacy that would secure his name in the history books. “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list – you see their pictures lined up on the wall,” Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in 2007. “I really…
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The White House Thinks They Had a Good Year. They’re Mistaken

After resigning as secretary of defense in 2013, Leon Panetta delivered one of the most incisive critiques of President Obama’s leadership. Obama does not suffer from “a failing of ideas or of intellect,” Panetta argued. “He does, however, sometimes lack fire. Too often, in my view, the president relies on the logic of a law…
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Chuck Hagel Joins the Parade of Pentagon Officials Who Criticize the White House

President Obama’s foreign policy has always been a murky mess. But the reason why has always been crystal clear: He views every decision through a political lens rather than a policy one. He rode into the White House on a promise to end the wars in the Middle East and every move he’s made since…
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Republicans Display Foreign Policy Fluency in Latest Debate

Russia is attempting to refashion international borders on a whim. China is literally building islands in the South China Sea in order to create territorial claims on crucial shipping lanes. Libya is in an utter state of disarray. The Islamic State has seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, and its adherents are…
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Foreign Policy is Scrambling an Already Confusing Presidential Race

By an rational account Hillary Clinton has had a terrible, no good, very bad year. Her family’s foundation was linked to possible quid pro quo arrangements with foreign regimes. Her email server scandal, and her inability to come up with reasonable explanations for it, has been a constant thorn in her side. And she’s proven…
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Putin Continues to Play the Obama White House for Fools in Syria

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union sat down to hammer out the foreign policy differences between the two superpowers, which were locked into the Cold War. Kennedy’s aides warned the president that the meeting was a bad idea and that Khrushchev would immediately seize on any mistake…
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Democrats’ Allegiance to Clinton Could Be Upended By a Biden Run

Hillary Clinton’s just refuses to level with Americans about her e-mail debacle. Her campaign argues that it’s a deliberate strategy because “[w]inning campaigns have a plan and stick to it, in good times and bad.” She likes to chalk it up to having a “relationship with the press [that] has been at times, shall we…
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The Hits Just Keep Coming: Clinton’s Favorability Ratings Are in a Free Fall

The hits just keep coming for Team Hillary. Last week we reported on a dumbfounding poll that showed Hillary Clinton trailing three top GOP candidates in the crucial swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. This week, it’s a series of polls showing that Clinton’s favorability ratings have been in an utter free fall over…
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