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America: A democratic-socialist state?

There’s no avoiding this conclusion: The federal government’s breathtaking economic interventionism has turned America into a democratic-socialist state. The fact that these drastic incursions are happening under an allegedly conservative administration leaves this right-winger oscillating between head-spinning disbelief and exhausted disenchantment.

No need to bail out working moms

I received in my e-mail box today a press release from a "women’s” organization called Moms Rising that supposedly represents "83 million moms in America." "These moms have unanswered questions for the Alaska Governor about her positions on the everyday issues that most mothers face, such as access to healthcare, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, after-school programs, childcare, paid sick days, and flexible work options.”

Talk about bad timing

In what may end up being a particularly unfortunate example of poor timing, Donald Luskin, economic adviser to John McCain, published an article in Monday’s Washington Post, arguing that, as his candidate avowed recently, the U.S. economy is fundamentally sound.

Who benefits from Wall Street carnage?

Various and sundry authors have taken various and sundry positions on whether the Wall Street wreckage of this week benefits the Obama or McCain campaign more. We don’t know yet. We won’t even have much of a serious clue until the three-day rolling presidential tracking polls have several days of history behind them.

It’s all about telling the truth

When she accepted the National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2008 leadership award at the National Press Club last week, Maria Hinojosa mentioned a conversation she had with her friend, Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, who complimented Hinojosa for her advocacy journalism.

A remarkable look at the Iraq mess

Journalist and author Bob Woodward’s new book "The War Within” provides informative insights concerning the United States military occupation of Iraq, not least because of his remarkable access to very senior officials of the Bush administration. Earlier books include "State of Denial,” "Plan of Attack” and "Bush at War."

Washington: Armed and dangerous

The National Rifle Association has designated as "must" legislation a bill that, according to law enforcement officials, would not only eliminate most of the District of Columbia’s firearm control efforts but also permit the carrying of semi automatic rifles and handguns on the streets of the nation’s capitol.

Remembering America’s day of terror

As the nation pauses to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the spotlight from a presidential campaign and a new memorial at the Pentagon are joining the familiar rituals of remembrance on this solemn day.

Drowning in a sea of red ink

On Sept. 30, the federal government will end its fiscal year with a deficit — the excess of spending over revenues — of a near-record $407 billion. The all time record was $413 billion in 2004.

Still living in Nixonland

Rick Perlstein’s new book "Nixonland" does a masterful job of describing the extent to which shamelessness gives a skillful politician a major advantage over ordinary humans.