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  • George F. Will: A middle course on foreign policy

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON — With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cement of shared values and aspirations. “International community” is empty cant that bewitches the minds of earnest diplomats such as John Kerry but does not interest Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Washington Examiner: 'Occupy Washington' idea makes sense for U.S. House

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    CONGRESS is scheduled to begin its August recess next week. In most years, August is a time when Americans can breathe easy as Washington politicians suspend their usual routines for a few weeks. Not this year, thanks to an urgent humanitarian crisis of child immigration on America's southern border. The situation is dire enough to demand immediate congressional input. Last week, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren asked a senior House Republican, former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., why Congress shouldn’t stick around for the month in something resembling an “Occupy Washington” protest. “I love protests,” Van Susteren said.

  • Michael Gerson: The GOP as the party of reform

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three. In his recent Philip Gould Lecture, Blair described the substance of that overhaul: the need, driven by globalization, to decentralize economic decision-making; to recognize the essential social roles of business and the voluntary sector; and “to be iconoclastic in reshaping public services.” “No political philosophy today,” he argued, “will achieve support unless it focuses on individual

  • J.C. Watts: Oklahoma can't afford to settle when it comes to education

    BY J.C. WATTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a few weeks, Oklahoma students will return to the classroom amid a lot of uncertainty given recent actions by the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin to repeal education standards. Five months ago, I couldn’t have told you the difference in Common Core and uncommon core, but I could have convinced you that Oklahoma school kids were being left behind. So regardless of what we think of Common Core, school districts and teachers have been relegated for the next two years back to the old standards that have failed. Under these status quo standards, referred to as PASS, only 25 percent of Oklahoma eighth-graders demonstrated proficiency in math and only 29 percent of eighth-graders demonstrated proficiency in reading. We

  • Ruth Marcus: The other guys did it

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah. The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. “It should embarrass all of us, and it’s the result of a deliberate partisan decision,” Cruz lectured. “Let’s take for example the crisis on the border. The crisis on the border, unfortunately President Obama and Harry Reid have demonstrated no interest in solving it. ”President Obama a couple of weeks ago was down in Texas.

  • Cal Thomas: No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for “restraint” on “both sides” and “proportionality” in Israel’s response to the attacks. There is little or no mention of Hamas’ directive to ignore Israel’s warning to leave homes in areas where the rockets have been placed among civilians. The Hamas strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel’s ”cruelty” and uncaring attitude toward innocent lives. Still, there was room for the

  • Paul Greenberg: Like a hotel burglar ...

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to “reset” relations with Russia, all right — all the way back to Cold War times. With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border. Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear’s appetite was only whetted with every course.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Selfies in Auschwitz — and why it's wrong

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile. And the Internet exploded. The image the Alabama teenager captured of herself at Auschwitz, an earbud in one ear, has gone viral in the month since she posted it on Twitter. She’s been harshly criticized. She’s been called vile names. And yes, she’s endured that act of lazy person’s terrorism, the Internet death threat. Mitchell insists she is unbowed. She explained in a video interview for something called “TakePart Live” that she wouldn’t do anything differently because she didn’t mean any harm.

  • George F. Will: In Oregon, a doctor calls

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. — “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bumper stickers: “Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator.” She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Barack Obama carried the state with

  • Oklahoma think tank official: States would lose under plan targeting Electoral College

    BY TRENT ENGLAND | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Why are liberal partisans trying to change the rules for presidential elections? And why have some right-leaning legislators, even here in Oklahoma, jumped on board? Unsurprisingly, the answer to the first question goes back to Al Gore’s loss to George W. Bush in 2000. Gore got the most individual votes, but his support was concentrated in big cities. With his voters more evenly distributed around the country, Bush won a majority of Electoral College votes and thus the presidency. The Electoral College rewards candidates who have broad, national support. Presidential elections are really 51 separate elections, one in each state and in the District of Columbia. The Constitution gives each state the same number of electoral

  • Jules Witcover: Obama's relevance hangs on Democratic showing in midterms

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Congressional midterm elections, the poor cousin to presidential voting in the American political system, will take on a critical role for President Obama in November. The results may well determine whether he will become a premature lame duck two years before his second and last term expires. If the Democrats lose the U.S. Senate, where they hold a practical 55-45 voting control with the help of Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, the Republicans will be able to intensify the obstructionism with which they have paralyzed the Obama legislative agenda in the House of Representatives over the last nearly six years.

  • Ewing Fellow: Millenials need to engage in effort to boost U.S. infrastructure

    BY BRYAN LYNCH | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Congress is debating temporary funding for the National Highway Trust Fund, which is responsible for more than $50 billion in grants for infrastructure projects annually. The fund, predicted to run out of money in August, has used $52 billion more than its account has received in revenue over the past 10 years. Though Congress always patches the holes in the fund’s budget, these temporary solutions appear to be losing viability as the gap between revenue and expenditures is predicted to grow to $167 billion between fiscal years 2015 and 2024. These budget shortfalls stem from the perpetually decreasing revenue of the federal gas tax, which has remained unchanged at 18.

  • Charles Krauthammer: The vacant presidency

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s proxies shooting down a civilian airliner — are in doubt. The preferred explanation for

  • Institute director: On terrorist front, amateur hour is over

    BY DAVID CID | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    In its recent fight against terrorists, America has faced a lot of amateurs. This month that changed. The professionals are coming. Actually, they’ve been here before. On Feb. 26, 1993, Ramzi Yousef (the nephew of al-Qaida’s chief strategist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed) drove a rented Ryder van into the basement of the World Trade Center and calmly walked away. Minutes later, a 1,500-pound improvised explosive device detonated within that van, killing six people and wounding more than 1,000. Yousef was captured in 1995 in Pakistan, but not before he attempted to assassinate Benazir Bhutto, plotted to blow up flights from the Far East to the United States and attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul.

  • Clarence Page: Rick Perry's border campaign — for president?

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He’s calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide daycare? After all, this latest wave of undocumented immigrants is making headlines because they are under 18, seeking asylum from violence-ravaged Central America and running toward border guards, not away from them. The border has been overwhelmed in recent months with the influx of 57,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Many have been fleeing gang violence and following the rumors spread by human traffickers along the drug routes.

  • Researchers: Recognition of same-sex marriages strengthens families, communities

    BY KENNETH MAYER, AND STEVEN SAFREN | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that same-sex couples in Oklahoma have a right to marry. Ten years ago, when Massachusetts was at the epicenter of a national debate over whether the marriages of same-sex couples should be legally recognized, we heard a lot of dire warnings about what would happen if marriage equality was enacted. We heard that the institution of marriage would be irreparably damaged. We heard that children would be harmed. We heard that the sky would fall. None of this came to pass. In fact, just the opposite happened. Families and communities have been strengthened by marriage equality in ways we never imagined a mere 10 years ago.

  • George F. Will: In California, Goldwater 2.0

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand. Today, in this state where one in eight Americans live, and where Democratic presidential candidates can reap 55 electoral votes without spending a dime or a day campaigning, the Republicans’ gubernatorial candidate has an agenda and spirit similar to Goldwater’s.

  • Israeli general counsel: Fighting the new evil of the 21st century

    BY MEIR SHLOMO | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Why should we fight for people whose names we can’t pronounce? That was essentially what British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said on the eve of World War II when he appeased Adolf Hitler’s demand to annex part of Czechoslovakia. Why should Americans care about Hamas attacking Israel? Hamas is a terrorist organization. Hamas, al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Harram — they all draw inspiration from one another. Hence, al-Qaida’s Osama bin Laden was praised as a “holy warrior” by Hamas. Make no mistake, they are against Western civilization and not because they’re ignorant and clueless about our value. To the contrary, they know our values and wish to eradicate them and those who dare hold them dear.

  • Ruth Marcus: Off and on the record

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White House spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post — and noted, more than once, that its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. This critique came as the White House was emailing reporters about a background briefing that very afternoon. Featuring, yes, unnamed senior administration officials, to speak on the oh-so-sensitive subject of job training. Goose, meet gander, as several

  • Washington Examiner: Fracking fight splitting Democrats in Colorado

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    COLORADO liberals spent a decade and millions of dollars pushing their state’s political agenda to the left. Although the Centennial State’s unique constitution has frustrated the Democrats’ appetite for higher taxes, they have largely succeeded in most other areas. They have elected legislators who backed ill-advised mandates for renewable energy use, constitutionally questionable gun control measures and other laws that please rich liberal elitists in Aspen and Denver but perplex and frustrate everybody else. Next month, the liberals will take another step by submitting the required number of signatures to place two antifracking measures on the fall ballot as state constitutional amendments.