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Politics

On the Obama administration’s Middle East roller coaster

Yesterday Barry Rubin provided a refresher course on the topic of the Jewish presence in “east” Jerusalem. October 31, 2009: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lavishly praises Israel as making “unprecedented” concessions in stopping construction on West Bank settlements while it is still going to build in east Jerusalem. [Read More]

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Derangement by proxy

Obama by Proxy via Instapundit. Palin’s admirers often marvel at how the charges leveled against her are far more applicable to the current President. People who voted for an undistinguished junior senator from Illinois with few accomplishments are quick to assault Palin’s “lack of experience.” The same folks who instruct [Read More]

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Media Bias

When terror is a relative term

I was rather appalled by Friday’s article in the New York Times, Palestinians Honor a Figure Reviled in Israel as a Terrorist: The woman being honored, Dalal Mughrabi, was the 19-year-old leader of a Palestinian squad that sailed from Lebanon and landed on a beach between Haifa and Tel Aviv. [Read More]

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Council Wisdom

Ahead of the op-ed curve

Last week council member, The Glittering Eye had a post Earth needs Women, commenting on a recent report in The Economist about the dearth of women in Asian countries, especially India and China. He actually had a rather positive observation. I’ve heard people express fears that the gender imbalance in [Read More]

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Assignment desk – Krauthammer’s rotation

When I first read Charles Krauthammer’s “In praise of the rotation of power,” I was impressed. He argued: The rotation of power is the finest political instrument ever invented for the consolidation of what were once radical and deeply divisive policies. The classic example is the New Deal. Republicans railed [Read More]

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Faith

Quote of the day 031210

From Walter Russell Mead: Hint to the youth: Anytime a young intellectual is trapped in a nasty spot like this, squatting in a foxhole with anti-Semites and assorted tinfoil hatters, your first thought should be, “Where did I go wrong?” Good advice for Jeremy Ben Ami.

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Council Wisdom

National Journal poll

As Watcher, I’d like to keep the blogging world apprised of the activities of the Council members. A number of us are polled weekly by the National Journal. The latest bloggers poll is here. The question were whether passing health care reform will help the Democrats or the Republicans and [Read More]

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The Council Has Spoken!

The Council has Spoken 031210

Congratulations to JoshuaPundit for this week’s winning entry Obama Tells Israel They Have No Right To Their Religious Shrines. As Vice President Biden leaves the Middle East, Jennifer Rubin observes, regarding a comment he made to PM Netanyahu: “… it is precisely the sort of ill-conceived, bullying message that certainly must [Read More]

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Politics

Supreme Complaint

via memeorandum Chief Justice John Roberts was bothered by the atmosphere at the State of the Union address: “The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has [Read More]

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What went wrong: part 1137

The New York Time explains what went wrong with the Obama administration. By the end of his first year, Obama expected to have revamped the nation’s health care system, restructured its energy industry to curb climate change, reined in Wall Street with a new regulatory structure, closed the prison at [Read More]

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Faith

Silence of the MSM lambs

The New York Times tells of how the National Enquirer put together the John Edwards story. Pulling together reporters to dig into the rumor, Mr. Levine began something that once seemed unthinkable: not only the downfall of a presidential candidate with a meticulous image, but, for the sensational tabloid, something [Read More]

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Secretary of Faint Praise

Albert Hunt of Businessweek defends the Obama administration: Obama has perhaps the most talented cabinet in recent years; it’s also the most under-utilized. The only people who’ve heard of Shaun Donovan are the experts who know he’s one of the most impressive secretaries of Housing and Urban Development in a [Read More]

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Just Plain Funny

I would have thought this was a qualification

via memeorandum The New York Post reports: When Eliot Spitzer’s top aides were mulling David Paterson as a potential running mate in the winter of 2005, two people who knew him cautioned that the Albany veteran was a “hard partier.” They were referring to Paterson’s extramarital dalliances, past drug use [Read More]

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Faith

Question of the day

Do you remember when you were little, and you were picking up teams for sports, there was always one kid who no one wanted? The one kid who was so inept he ensured that his team would lose. Yes it was cruel. But it was often correct. Well the global warming has that [Read More]

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Faith

Question of the day

Neo-Neocon writes, answering the question as to whether President Obama has done irreversible harm to the country:  But Obama has become a loose cannon, and American is suddenly not the rock it used to be. And I wonder if we ever again will be regarded in the same way. Instapundit [Read More]

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Tortured Meanings

I give Richard Cohen credit. Among the critics of coercive interrogation techniques, he is unusual. He’s not one of those who claims that harsh interrogation techniques are necessarily unreliable. He acknowledges that such techniques must not be used, even if they would save lives. In On higher ground but not [Read More]