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July 8, 2009

Sarah Agonistes By Tony Blankley

Professional politicians and political journalists don't waste energy on political corpses. They reserve their energy -- positive or negative -- for viable politicians.

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June 17, 2009

A Fine Madness in the Washington Air By Tony Blankley

To borrow Niall Ferguson's metaphor, if finance is an evolutionary process, then regulation is its intelligent design -- which, I would add, is a cognate of faith, not science.

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June 10, 2009

Europe Asks, Does Tomorrow Belong to Us? By Tony Blankley

Last weekend's European Parliament and British local county council elections were not only a victory for the center-right over the center-left but also, more significantly, an indication of the growing rejection of the past 60 years of denationalized and consolidating European history.

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June 3, 2009

Death by Deficit By Tony Blankley

The Roman historian Livy famously described the terminal plight of the late Roman Republic: "Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus"
("We can bear neither our shortcomings nor the remedies for them"). As I reread this phrase in Christian Meier's biography of Julius Caesar this past
weekend, I couldn't help thinking of America's current fiscal profligacy -- which has been growing for years at an ever-accelerating rate.

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May 27, 2009

Economic Reality of 5 Million Green Jobs By Tony Blankley

In 1845, the French economist Frederic Bastiat published a satirical petition from the "Manufacturers of Candles" to the French Chamber of Deputies, which ridiculed the arguments made on behalf of inefficient industries to protect them from more efficient producers:

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May 20, 2009

How About Reality-Based Diplomacy? By Tony Blankley

Upon hearing of the death of a Turkish ambassador, the serpentine French diplomat Talleyrand was reputed to have responded, "I wonder what he meant by that."

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May 13, 2009

Arabs Pressure Obama for Quick Peace Accord By Tony Blankley

Last Sunday, the British newspaper The Times published an interview with Jordan's King Abdullah II, in which the maturing king demonstrated a deft touch in putting pressure both on the new prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and on President Barack Obama.

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May 6, 2009

Without Preparation, Explanation or Response By Tony Blankley

Does anyone take serious words seriously anymore here in Washington?

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April 29, 2009

Public's Right To Know? By Tony Blankley

Several events in recent months bring back to the forefront the perennial assertion that, on grounds of both efficacy and ethics, the public's "right to know" is the best guide to good government and good institutions.

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April 22, 2009

Honest Talk About Chinese Currency Manipulation By Tony Blankley

Last week, the Obama administration declined to cite China for currency manipulation despite the fact that most experts -- including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during his confirmation testimony -- do not deny the obvious currency-rate fixing by China.

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April 15, 2009

A Nuclear Talibanistan? By Tony Blankley

Our view of Pakistan's role in the war in Afghanistan has undergone an ominous but necessary series of shifts. At the outset of the war, in October 2001, Pakistan correctly was seen as a necessary ally -- both politically and geographically -- as it was the primary conduit for our entry and lines of communication into Afghanistan.

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April 8, 2009

Health Care in the Offing By Tony Blankley

Of all President Barack Obama's transformative domestic policy proposals, none is more far-reaching and less transparent than health care. What most Washington policy people mean when they talk about his health care proposal was described in the first two paragraphs of Robert Pear's meticulous article in The New York Times on April 1:

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April 1, 2009

'Liberty and Tyranny' Reviewed By Tony Blankley

Last Sunday's New York Times reported: "Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London.

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March 25, 2009

The Most Dangerous City in the World By Tony Blankley

In a world growing more dangerous by the week in this dark spring of 2009, Washington may be the most dangerous city in the world.

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March 18, 2009

Getting Too Ugly Too Soon By Tony Blankley

In the past few weeks, the language of national political debate has turned too ugly too soon. The temperature is rising, and I have felt it in the rising of my own political blood.

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March 11, 2009

Obama Leverages His Political Risk in First 50 Days By Tony Blankley

Many of the media are following the convention of assessing President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office.

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March 4, 2009

Obama Lied; The Economy Died By Tony Blankley

I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the past eight years. Thus, I have chosen as my lead this proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic theme of 2003-08: "Bush lied, people died." There are, of course, two differences between the slogans.

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February 25, 2009

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life By Tony Blankley

I hate to admit it, but I miss Bill Clinton. At least that lecherous old charmer was more amusing than his successor as a Democratic president, our new mortician in chief, Barack "End of the World" Obama.

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February 18, 2009

Obama's Governing Style By Tony Blankley

In the Middle Ages, when a young prince suddenly and prematurely became king, the royal court, the church leadership and other senior aristocrats would scrutinize his every word and habit for signs of what kind of mind would be deciding their country's fate and their personal prosperity and safety.

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February 11, 2009

Our Clever President By Tony Blankley

President Barack Obama's first presidential news conference was performed feebly by the once-ferocious White House press corps and shrewdly -- if deceptively -- by the president.