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March 4, 2014 | Politico

Obama The Narcissist

As Vladimir Putin’s troops seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, President Obama is facing what some have called the biggest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. True or not, it’s clear his response to this crisis will test him as rarely before. Will he risk a war in Europe to save Ukraine? Punish the Russians through...
March 3, 2014 | Weekly Standard

The Great Disappointment of 2013

Every student of American religious history has heard of the event known as “the Great Disappointment.” In 1818 William Miller, a former naval captain turned lay Baptist preacher, developed a new method for calculating biblical chronology to arrive at the conclusion that the millennium would take place sometime between 1842 and 1844. Finally published in 1832, Miller’s thesis quickly drew attention. A sect began to form, spreading from Miller’s home region in Eastern New York to New England and beyond. Millerism was born.
March 2, 2014 | Advancing a Free Society

Hillary 2016: Running Candidate Or Flying Nun

February 25, 2014 | Bloomberg View

In Politics, 'Majority' Is a Complicated Idea

There’s really no “majority” on most issues.
February 27, 2014 | Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown Announces Campaign for Fourth Term as California Governor

SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday: He's running for an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor.
February 27, 2014 | Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown to Seek Unprecedented Fourth Term as California Governor

It was the safest of political pronouncements – and a reprise of his campaign four years ago – when Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday he will run for re-election.
February 25, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily

'Tailpipe Johnny' Dingell Leaves Ugly Legacy

Don't mourn the departure of John Dingell from Congress after 59 years. His career was marked by irresponsibility, dishonesty, tyranny and bullying.
February 26, 2014 | Washington Examiner

Can We --- And Do We Want To --- Avoid Gridlock?

Pundits love to lament gridlock and seek solutions. I’m not so sure gridlock is so bad, and the solutions I have seen strike me as worse. One reason is put forward with typical cogency by Stanford and Hoover Institution political scientist Morris Fiorina in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. “But what is a majority?” he asks, and points out that there is no conceivable majority on abortion for either the Republican Party position (illegal in all cases) or the Democratic Party position (legal in just about every conceivable case). On this issue a victory for either party would be opposed by most voters. That argument is weakened a bit by the fact that most -- or at least many candidates -- do not take absolutist positions on abortion (Mainstream media reporters love to pin down the few Republicans who would prohibit abortion in cases of rape and show absolutely zero appetite for exposing the relatively few Democrats who would refuse to outlaw partial-birth abortions). And on some issues you do find all-or-nothing results: Obamacare may be one example. But Fiorina's larger point remains.
February 26, 2014 | Garrison (WIBC)

Victor Davis Hanson on Garrison Radio

February 25, 2014 | The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)

Gridlock is Bad. The Alternative is Worse

The only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can't enact their agenda? Unfettered parties that can.