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In 2008, Democratic voters had their pick of many candidates for president — from Hillary Clinton to John Edwards to Joe Biden. Why did they choose Barack Obama? After all, he had less experience in office than many of his rivals. He was not as...
Gen. David Petraeus will testify today before Congress on the war in Afghanistan, and he'll probably echo the cautious optimism recently voiced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates about how it is going. But it's hard to see how this war can end well from...
Robert Gates is generally a hard-headed realist when it comes to international affairs. Realism dictates that you don't use military force except when important national interests are at stake. But as President Obama's defense secretary, he has the duty...
Tags: Unrest, Conflicts and War, Robert Gates, Politics, Texas, Libya
President Obama has called for reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third in the next nine years, and I feel safe in saying it's a complete pipe dream. Presidents have been pledging big steps to cut imports for decades, and imports have kept rising. That's...
Tags: Petroleum Industry, Saudi Arabia, Politics, Elections
When I was in college, and fresh from reading a lot of Ayn Rand, I was happy to hear that a movie would be made of “Atlas Shrugged.” Well, it's been 35 years, and here one is, opening on Friday. I’m not a disciple of Rand, but I have...
Tags: Ayn Rand, Movies, Entertainment
Mayor Daley can't resist an opportunity to express his deep hostility toward guns, even when they're in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Today, he and Rahm Emanuel sent a letter to members of the General Assembly opposing a bill to allow Illinoisans...
Tags: Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Politics, Regional Authority
Unemployment is falling, the stock market is rising, and the economy has grown for seven straight quarters. So why are Americans "more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since...
Tags: Barack Obama, Petroleum Industry, New York
Barack Obama had to know in approving a plan to bury Osama bin Laden at sea that it would fuel suspicions whether we actually got him, and he took the appropriate position: Too bad. The president weighed the alternative, letting him be buried on land, and...
Tags: Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, Politics, Elections
Many Republicans think of themselves as followers of Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand. But at the South Carolina debate, they came face to face with someone who really is -- and they seemed bewildered. That someone was former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson,...
Anthony Weiner behaved like a prize idiot in sending out risque photos of himself to women he didn't know, and he compounded that giant mistake with his brazen lying about it when it came to light. But give the guy credit: When he decided to confess and...
What struck me about the president's address on Libya is how much of it could have been lifted from one of George W. Bush's speeches. For example: "But let us also remember that for generations, we have done the hard work of protecting our own people,...
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