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Obama the Familiar
National Review Online, by William Voegeli

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/29/2014 9:03:21 AM

The state of the union is . . . well, it’s complicated. It’s a union of 317 million people, after all. Whatever may be said about the economic, social, or international state of the union, however, its political state was well described by journalist Ronald Brownstein as being closely but deeply, even bitterly, divided. Democrats’ and Republicans’ agendas are starkly dissimilar, but neither party’s leaders can advocate those agendas in ways that command a consensus among the electorate. This state of affairs predated Barack Obama’s presidency, even his political career. Political history since Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 consists of Democrats

      


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Obama the Familiar
National Review Online, by William Voegeli    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 9:03:21 AM     Post Reply
The state of the union is . . . well, it’s complicated. It’s a union of 317 million people, after all. Whatever may be said about the economic, social, or international state of the union, however, its political state was well described by journalist Ronald Brownstein as being closely but deeply, even bitterly, divided. Democrats’ and Republicans’ agendas are starkly dissimilar, but neither party’s leaders can advocate those agendas in ways that command a consensus among the electorate. This state of affairs predated Barack Obama’s presidency, even his political career. Political history since Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 consists of Democrats

   

 

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Presidential Theater
National Review Online, by Mitch Pearlstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 9:01:52 AM     Post Reply
Right at the very end of President Obama’s State of the Union address, when he started talking about “feet planted firmly on the ground,” I thought he might break out into at least a recitation of the “Soliloquy” from Carousel. And no, I’m not being the least bit disrespectful by noting this, as never has there been a showstopper, at least by my footlights, as terrific as Billy Bigelow’s. If only Rodgers and Hammerstein (especially Oscar in this instance) had a few weeks to work with Obama in New Haven. Which is not to say it was a bad speech as

The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama
Wall Street Journal, by Ted Cruz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 9:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president´s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president´s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: "There can

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 7:44:18 PM     Post Reply
Hypocrisy: Gushing at Cuba´s rulers, Latin America´s leaders gathered in Havana this week to proclaim "democracy." And as Fidel Castro lapped it all up, real Cuban democracy advocates were being beaten by his goons. Coming together as CELAC, the late Hugo Chavez´s 32-nation club that prides itself on excluding the U.S. and Canada, Latin American "democratic" leaders met in one of the world´s last remaining Stalinist redoubts to "deepen Latin American integration" as well as reaffirm "the preservation of democracy and democratic values, the validity of institutions and respect for rule of law" and "human rights." Well, yeah. In such a hypocritical

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 7:11:21 PM     Post Reply
Benghazi: Hillary Clinton regrets Americans died in what a Senate panel said was a preventable terrorist attack that she downplayed. While the committee didn´t acknowledge her role, it can be called criminal negligence. What difference at this point do the regrets of former Secretary of State Clinton make, as expressed in an interview Monday during the National Automobile Dealers Association conference in New Orleans? Not much, particularly to Charles Woods and Patricia Smith, parents of Ty Woods and Sean Smith, respectively, two of the four Americans murdered by al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists in an attack Clinton blamed on a video. Clinton expressed no regrets for

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National Review Online, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:03:30 PM     Post Reply
Last week was an exhilarating one for advocates of women and their unborn children. In a desperate attempt to regain territory they lost as a result of the rousing March for Life and the new focus on adoption and late-term abortion, liberal voices tried to resuscitate their “war on women” meme. Their target? Comments by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee about the Obama administration’s obsession with mandating “reproductive health care” coverage nationwide. Governor Huckabee’s point was simple. American women are proud and strong and by no means uniform in their views. They do not equate health care with abortion or abortion-inducing

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:01:58 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I think I touched on this yesterday, and I want to mention this again. "Harvard Study: Single Parents are a Hindrance to Social Mobility." Actually this study did not come up, but I´ll tell you how this topic came up yesterday. You know, I had an idea for Obama to propose in his State of the Coup Address. Let me review this. Let me set it up this way. You know as well as I do that the Democrats believe that there is political hay to be made in this whole argument of inequality. How do they always suggest attacking

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National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Jonah, Kevin, Yes! The State of the Union Address feels like a national ritual that is stuck on autopilot, lumbering along year by indistinguishable year, immune to reform or adaptation or updating, usually instantly forgotten and increasingly irrelevant… and yet unstoppable. Even the speech text is pretty much the same every year, regardless of the actual condition of the country. National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros points out how often the opening statement must include the cliché, “the State of our Union is strong!” (It’s become a catch phrase. The audience expects it like the bar crowd shouting “NORM!” on Cheers, or

Emotion Trumps Logic in Politics
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:59:12 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: From the Associated Press: "The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security." We have simply got to give them their citizenship. To deny them their citizenship is a matter of national security. I have a question, and I´m sure this question´s borne of total ignorance. How does being in the country illegally and taking jobs away from Americans and getting benefits like education, welfare, food stamps, and all that, without paying any taxes, how does that earn you anything?

57 Hill Democrats Already Backing Hillary
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:56:24 PM     Post Reply
With more than two years before the 2016 election, one-fifth of all congressional Democrats have already endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, even though the secretary of the state has not yet announced she is running. The Hill finds that 18 Democratic senators and 39 representatives have voiced support for Clinton, making up one-third and one-fifth of the respective chambers’ members, and bringing Clinton-backers to a total of 56. Among her early supporters are a handful of members in leadership positions in their respective caucuses, including second-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland and third-ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. Some

With Senate at Stake, Two Ex-GOP
Senators Endorse Democrats
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:50:47 PM     Post Reply
With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs this November, a single seat may determine who has the majority. That’s why Republicans should find it disconcerting that two of their establishment lions have broken ranks and are backing Democratic candidates in competitive races. The latest apostate is former senator John Warner, who announced this week he is backing incumbent Democratic senator Mark Warner for reelection. He is thus giving the back of his hand to former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, a former George W. Bush adviser, who has a decent shot at winning and is no wild-eyed radical. Last year,

   

 

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Reid says vulnerable Democrats
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CNN, by Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:48:29 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid embraced President Barack Obama´s standing in an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday, stating that he encourages vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2014 to invite the President to campaign with them even in states where he is unpopular. Reid´s exclusive comments to CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash come just hours ahead of the President´s State of the Union address on Tuesday night and months ahead the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats will fight to keep the majority in the Senate. "Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy. And people love this man. They



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