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  • Michael Gerson: The reality conservatives must face

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Various factions of the GOP continue to rummage through House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing primary loss for confirmation of their pre-existing views. The entire enterprise of turning 36,000 votes in the Richmond suburbs into received political wisdom is suspect. But many Republicans have declared immigration reform to be really, honestly, finally dead. According to the talk radio right, Cantor lost for supporting “amnesty,” which he had actually rejected. But some of the best thinkers of the reform conservative movement -- pushing Republicans toward a more populist, pro-family, pro-middle-class agenda -- have posited a more sophisticated connection between immigration and Cantor’s loss.

  • George F. Will: Obama's foreign policy of retreat

    Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    “From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli … ” — The Marines’ Hymn WASHINGTON — Two hundred and nine years after Marines visited those shores, dispatched by President Jefferson to punish Barbary pirates for attacking U.S. vessels in the Mediterranean, Marines are again in that sea, poised to return. If they are sent ashore, their mission will be to rescue U.S. citizens from the consequences of U.S. policy. Then they might have to do the same thing in Baghdad. The House Select Committee on Benghazi should not consider the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi its sole or even primary topic. Rather, it should begin at the beginning, with the U.S. military intervention in Libya’s civil war

  • Ruth Marcus: A cautious Obama misreads history

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Two instincts — one predictable, the other surprising — help explain the arc of Barack Obama’s presidency. The predictable instinct is Obama’s tendency to overlearn the lessons of history. The second, more surprising but related to the first, is Obama’s frequent audacity deficit. Every capable leader learns from history. But key moments of the Obama presidency demonstrate that he has erred in precisely the opposite direction, by being overly reluctant to repeat the mistakes of his predecessors. On the domestic front, the signal episode in this regard involves his hands-off shepherding of the health care debate through Congress.

  • Discovery Institute fellow: EPA war on coal is unconstitutional

    BY SCOTT S. POWELL | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Just when you expect President Obama to moderate his domestic economic policies that have stifled job growth and fostered an anemic recovery following the passage of his two signature pieces of legislation — the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act — it gets worse. Now, after bringing banking and healthcare — about 31 percent of the U.S. economy — under the heel of government, Obama wants to further control and transform the energy sector, which represents another 10.5 percent of the economy. Blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, which could help bust OPEC by transporting abundant Canadian oil into the United States, was the opening salvo of Obama’s war against fossil fuels.

  • Washington Examiner: More surprising election results likely between now and November

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    THAT nobody saw it coming may be the biggest surprise among the many prompted by Dave Brat’s 12-point blowout of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The experts didn’t see the signs because they had decided beforehand what the outcome would be and then failed to look for any contrary evidence. In other words, as is so often the case in American political commentary, the experts were blinded by a conventional wisdom of their own making. Conventional wisdom is usually sufficient because relatively few electoral contests are “wave elections” like that of 2010, in which widespread and deep dissatisfaction with incumbents was the defining context for most voters.

  • Paul Greenberg: Quality education — for all

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    A trial judge in California has now delivered a resounding decision in the great tradition of Brown v. Board of Education — yes, the case that sounded the death knell for Jim Crow in public schools after half a century of legally established and maintained racial segregation. This case is styled Vergara v. State of California, but it might as well be named Poor Kids v. Teachers’ Unions, and this time the kids won one. In a blow for equality of opportunity in his state, and maybe in this country, His Honor Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles County Superior Court struck down California’s ridiculous laws governing teacher tenure.

  • Cal Thomas: Ready for Hillary?

    Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    I expected nothing but effusive praise from major media for Hillary Clinton’s new book, ”Hard Choices,” much like the mass exaltation it showered on Barack Obama, America’s first African-American president. Initially that seemed where the reviews were headed. Prior to the book’s official release June 10, the “journalists” on CBS ”This Morning” spent nine minutes of barely restrained excitement promoting Clinton’s book. Host Charlie Rose called it “a portrait of doggedness.” CBS News political director John Dickerson said the book portrays “a hardworking person who flew all around the world grinding it out.” The same might be said of Miley Cyrus.

  • David Ignatius: Are attacks on America coming?

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON — As al-Qaida splits and morphs into different affiliates and offshoots, U.S. counterterrorism officials worry about what one calls a “potential competitive dynamic” in which different factions — including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now sowing civil war in Iraq — seek to bolster their credibility by attacking the United States. This new danger of attacks on the U.S. homeland is what concerns the Obama administration most about the splintering process that has created ISIS, a group so extreme that it has been denounced by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the nominal leader of the core al-Qaeda group. President Obama said Friday the U.S. will not send troops back into Iraq, but he will consider a range of “other

  • An Oklahoma father's special wish for his daughter

    BY ED CUYLER | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Taking care of my family is my No.1 priority. My wife Robbie and I share our land near Fort Sill with my daughter Deedra, her wife Amber and their three children. Our family bonds are ironclad, but because Oklahoma won’t recognize Deedra and Amber’s marriage, their family can’t enjoy the same rights and protections that opposite-sex couples do. On this Father’s Day, the only gift I want is to have the love between Deedra and Amber treated the same way as the love between Robbie and me. I never imagined we’d be the face of the marriage equality fight. But that’s what has happened recently as an ad we filmed for Freedom Oklahoma began to air.

  • George F. Will: The roar of Europe's protest vote

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON — When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, he suggested: “At last!” Which is how many Europeans feel about the rapidly growing disgust with the European Union, which is headquartered in Brussels. Opposition to the EU is a worthy cause that unfortunately has been embraced by, and might become the property of, political parties tainted by disreputable motives and members.

  • Michael Gerson: The end of illusions in Mideast

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON — On June 10, 2014, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaeda. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad. These gains followed months of ISIS conquests in western Syria, lending reality to the previously absurd pretentions of the group’s name. For an American president, the world is a banquet of frustrations. But the collapse of much of the Middle East into civil war, sectarian conflict, war crimes and terrorist-exploited chaos should rank

  • Former education chancellor: The way forward in Oklahoma after Common Core

    BY PAUL G. RISSER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Recent debate about the Common Core State Standards has been less than a model of clarity. The result is considerable misinformation, confusion, frustration, unfortunate politics and a possible waste of money and potential loss of state control. Fortunately, with a little patience and flexibility, there is a reasonable pathway forward. Common Core was created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It involved more than 40 states, attracted thousands of comments from around the country and was supported by numerous teachers, parents, school administrators and other citizens concerned with education policy.

  • Brandon Dutcher: Mixed success for educational choice in 2014

    BY BRANDON DUTCHER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    In a visit to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in late May, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered a passionate defense of Wisconsin’s statewide school voucher program. It’s not a matter of public schools versus private schools, Walker said. (His own children went to public schools.) Rather, it’s a matter of ensuring that every family has the opportunity to choose the best school for their son or daughter. Oklahomans want those opportunities. In December 2013, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice commissioned a statewide survey of Oklahoma voters. The survey was conducted by Braun Research, Inc., a company that’s been used by such research firms as Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

  • Oklahoma state senator: Transparency was a winnerduring 2014 session

    BY STATE SEN. DAVID HOLT | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Regardless of how you feel about the 2014 legislative session, it should be remembered as a landmark year for transparency legislation. Bringing the Legislature under some version of the Open Meeting and Open Records acts remains elusive, but the session saw the most progress toward government transparency in recent memory. Senate Bill 1497, which I authored along with Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, puts into statute the ability of citizens to sue government entities to force compliance with the Open Meeting Act. It also provides a mechanism for recovery of attorney fees. The existing Open Meeting Act endorses important protections for the taxpayers, but it only provided for enforcement by district attorneys, who are

  • Paul Greenberg: Call it Obamacare for vets

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Fast on the uptake as ever, the speaker of the U.S. House, the permanently tanned if not taxidermied John Boehner, has delivered his judgment on the ever-unfolding scandal at the Veterans Administration: “The fact that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first doctor appointment from the VA is a national disgrace.” Ya think? The speaker has a way of making the obvious sound like his personal discovery. This latest statistic in the news is hardly news any more, but just another sliver of tissue from the VA’s tumorous undersurface to be examined and diagnosed. The VA now has another transient chief. (This one is only an acting secretary because these days its chiefs seem to come and go with every

  • Charles Krauthammer: Revenge, American-style

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. And although retribution shall surely come in the fullness of time, a ballplayer can only wait so long. Accordingly, when Boston slugger David Ortiz came to bat against Tampa Bay’s David Price at the end of May — for the first time this season — Price fired the very first pitch, a 94-mile-an-hour fastball, square into Ortiz’s back. Ortiz was not amused. Hesitation, angry smile, umpire’s warning. Managers screaming, tempers flaring. Everyone knew this was no accident. On Oct. 5, 2013, Ortiz had hit two home runs off Price. Unusual, but not unknown.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Wow! And thanks to you

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    How about some good news for a change? Last month, I wrote about the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by a band of putative men who style themselves “Boko Haram” — “Western Education is Forbidden.” Taken in concert with the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan and the 2008 acid attack on Shamsia Husseini in Afghanistan, this latest outrage cements an impression that Islamic extremists are petrified of girls and what they might become with a little education. It is a frustrating, anger-making thing. “Make me wanna holler,” as Marvin Gaye once sang. But this time for some reason, I needed to do more than holler. I needed to take action.

  • George F. Will: For GOP, re-evaluation time

    Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans’ Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington’s grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise “to take a step back and a deep breath until we find out how everyone” — meaning, especially, House Republicans — “reacts to this.” By “this” he indicates, with a wave of a hand, the one-word headline on Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Congress: “Stunner.” Roll Call’s online article added these four words: “Cantor Upset Changes Everything.

  • Ruth Marcus: Teachable moment for Hillary Clinton

    Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s tone-deaf comments about being “dead broke” after she and her husband left the White House were unfortunate, revealing and — if Clinton chooses to learn from them — instructive for the likely presidential campaign ahead. ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked Clinton about her reported $5 million in speaking fees since leaving the Obama administration, and Bill Clinton’s supposed $100 million pile. “We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt,” Clinton responded. “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education, you know, it was not easy.

  • State Sen. Brian Bingman: Legislature sent right message to EPA

    BY STATE SEN. BRIAN BINGMAN | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    As someone who has spent most of my career working for the energy industry, and as a state senator since 2006, it’s always been my mission to help Oklahoma drive economic growth, implement business-friendly policies and defend this state’s energy resources and independence. One of my most important policy objectives has been to protect access to dependable, low-cost electricity for all Oklahomans. We’re blessed with an abundance of natural resources that power not only our quality of life, but also economic progress across the state. Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is less than 5 percent, largely thanks to energy production and low-cost energy generation.