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Punitive, Puritan politics

Punitive, Puritan politics

‘Tis the season of giving, charity and good will — unless you happen to be a Republican, and then ‘tis the season of pusillanimity, churlishness and bad will. Congressional Republicans…

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Instead of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, the public in this final week before the holiday appears focused on the rantings and ravings of Phil Robertson, the “patriarch”…

Fallout from NSA debacle can serve the nation

Fallout from NSA debacle can serve the nation

The fallout from the Edward Snowden revelations continues to snowball. With each disclosure, allies, businesses and influential authors call for reform. There is ever growing pressure on the Obama administration…

Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

After three years of sclerosis, Congress is poised to at last pass an actual budget. We’ve been so consumed with the dysfunction of the parties on Capitol Hill that this…

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

Five years after the financial crisis, there’s still a hue and cry about sending people to jail. After all, financiers were, at best, self-servingly optimistic about the future. At worst,…

The new politics of budget compromise in Washington

The new politics of budget compromise in Washington

The muted market reaction to this week’s budget deal in Washington may initially seem like a disappointment. After all, uncertainty over government spending, debt and taxes has consistently emerged in…

The private shame, public blame of HealthCare.gov

The private shame, public blame of HealthCare.gov

The glitches that have dogged the government’s universal healthcare site have cast a dark shadow over the presidency and over the Democratic Party as they enter an election year when…

Taking a new look at climate change

Taking a new look at climate change

The annual United Nations climate change talks, which concluded last month in Warsaw, unfortunately found little common ground on carbon. The talks broke down over the world’s richest nations’ inability…

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades. The United States is currently juggling no fewer than five…

A road paved with sand

A road paved with sand

Bills have been introduced into both the House and the Senate to dismantle the federal government’s role in interstate highways and leave that massive responsibility to individual states. Tea Party…