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The Myth of Iran's 'Isolation'

June 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- In announcing the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, President Obama stressed not once but twice Iran's increasing "isolation" from the world.

Whose Blowout Is It, Anyway?

May 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Heres my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

Miranda and Public Safety

May 5, 2010 - 6:00pm

"(Law enforcement) interviewed Mr. Shahzad ... under the public safety exception to the Miranda rule. ... He was eventually ... Mirandized and continued talking."
-- John Pistole, FBI deputy director, May 4

Obama's Nuclear Posturing, Part Deux

April 16, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945. That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations, which 65 years ago seemed an event of world-historical importance.

Slapping Friends

March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- What is it like to be a foreign ally of Barack Obama's America?

The Vat Cometh

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON As the night follows the day, the VAT cometh.

With the passage of Obamacare, creating a vast new middle-class entitlement, a national sales tax of the kind near-universal in Europe is inevitable.

The Biden Incident

March 17, 2010 - 7:00pm

Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

And a gaffe it was: the announcement by a bureaucrat in the Interior Ministry of a housing expansion in a Jewish neighborhood in north Jerusalem. The timing could not have been worse: Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, Jerusalem is a touchy subject, and you dont bring up touchy subjects that might embarrass an honored guest.

In Praise of the Rotation of Power

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- As the Afghanistan War intensifies -- Marja, soon Kandahar, and the steady arrival of 30,000 new American troops -- it has come to be seen as Obama's war.

Not so. It's become America's war. When the former opposition party -- habitually anti-war for the last four decades -- adopts, reaffirms and escalates a war begun by the habitually hawkish other party, partisanship falls away, and the war becomes nationalized.

Onward, He Said, Regardless

March 4, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- So the yearlong production, set to close after Massachusetts' devastatingly negative Jan. 19 review, saw the curtain raised one last time. Obamacare lives.

After 34 speeches, three sharp electoral rebukes (Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts) and a seven-hour seminar, the president announced Wednesday his determination to make one last push to pass his health care reform.

Toyota and the Price of Modernity

February 25, 2010 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- Amazingly, the congressional hearings on Toyota were

relatively civilized. Apart from some inevitable theatrical hectoring, the
questioning was generally respectful, the emotions controlled. This was all
the more remarkable given the drama of some of the testimony, such as that
offered by a tearful Rhonda Smith, who recounted how, in her runaway Lexus,
she had called her husband because "I wanted to hear his voice one more




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