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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

‘This Is the Moment’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Given the size of the audience in Berlin Thursday, the enthusiastic response, and the standard lines about how we-were-, -are-, and -will-be-friends boilerplate, one wonders whether all it took to win the Euro-hearts and minds was to have a charismatic, multiracial American spice up a standard George W. Bush speech about helping the world, addressing AIDs, more troops in Afghanistan, etc.?

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Germans listen to Obama

with Josef Joffevia Spectator (UK)
Friday, July 25, 2008

The reaction of Spiegel's foreign editor...

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Obama strikes right notes in Berlin

with Josef Joffevia Dallas Morning News
Friday, July 25, 2008

It didn't have the historical resonance of "Ich bin ein Berliner" or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," but Barack Obama's address before a vast throng in the German capital on Thursday was a crowd-pleaser all the same...

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Rapturous reception for Obama in Berlin

with Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 25, 2008

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama delivered a soaring call for international unity to a cheering, flag-waving crowd of 200,000 in Berlin on Thursday while Republican Sen. John McCain battled for attention by talking kitchen-table economics in a German sausage house in Ohio...

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George Schultz: Government Should Just Say No

with George P. Shultzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 25, 2008

Speaking at a conference at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on the Federal Reserve’s recent extraordinary actions, George Schultz – who served Republican administrations as secretary of Treasury, State and Labor — says the government needs to re-learn the habit of saying no to private interests who seek taxpayer rescues when their bets prove to be losers...

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Obama the Sophisticate

with Josef Joffevia National Interest Online
Thursday, July 24, 2008

It’s beginning to look as though Senator Barack Obama really is more popular than Senator John McCain abroad...

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Racy and classy, in a bad way

via Education Gadfly
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine included a piece titled The Next Kind of Integration, which was about school districts that have, since the Supreme Court's ruling last year regarding the race-based student-assignment plans of Louisville and Seattle, restructured their own plans to make them less race-based, more "race conscious" (Justice Kennedy's words), and more class conscious, too...

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McCain and 'States' Rights:' Principle or Ploy?

with David Davenportvia NBC4 Columbus (OH)
Thursday, July 24, 2008

John McCain's view that states ought to make their own decisions about off-shore drilling and adoptions by same-sex couples is part of his pattern to move politically sensitive issues off the federal table...

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Getting giddy over Obama

with Timothy Garton Ashvia New Statesman (UK)
Thursday, July 24, 2008

He is the Fab One, the new Diana, a cross between Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, and when he comes to town we want to see his specialness for ourselves...

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ABC Gives Obama Twice the Time, Scolds McCain & Admits Obama Driving the Campaign 'Narrative'

with John Abizaidvia NewsBusters
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Matching CBS/Katie Couric on Tuesday night, on Wednesday evening ABC's World News followed its exclusive Barack Obama session of the day with a shorter interview segment with John McCain as anchor Charles Gibson teased: “Barack Obama, here in Israel, holding meetings at breakneck speed on the Middle East conflict.”...

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U.S. Economy Would Benefit From Better Math Skills

with Eric Hanushekvia About.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

An economist from the Hoover Institution, Eric A. Hanushek, estimates that the U.S. economy would grow 4.5% more in the next 20 years if our students’ math and science skills were as good as the rest of the world's...

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Why do we continue to relive history?

with Thomas Sowellvia Canada Free Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Are we experiencing today in America 1938 all over again?...

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Ask McCain and Obama if they'll work to create a world free of nuclear weapons

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Nieman Watchdog (Harvard Univ.)
Sunday, July 20, 2008

What would the presumptive presidential candidates do about the nuclear weapons that threaten the planet?...