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April 22, 2008

McCain Begins to Get it Right By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

John McCain built up massive popularity among American voters with his populist opposition to swindlers, liars and thieves, whether in business, Congress, labor or the defense community. His take-no-prisoners attitude toward corruption and his willingness to battle it wherever it crops up hasmade him an icon among our political leaders.

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April 22, 2008

Long Hot Summer in Minnesota By Froma Harrop

This city will be hosting the Republican National Convention starting Labor Day. In the interests of showing Republicans a good time, the Minnesota state legislature voted to let bars here and in Minneapolis stay open until 4 a.m. during the convention.

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April 21, 2008

What's the Matter With Obama? By Robert D. Novak

Traveling the country the past few months, I have encountered habitual Republican voters so entranced by Barack Obama's potential to lead the nation that they plan to vote for him in November. Once Hillary Clinton's defected supporters return to loyalty, Obama Republicans could produce a Democratic presidential landslide. But Obama's current missteps jeopardize their support and imperil his election.

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April 19, 2008

The Rules Are Changing for Obama By Michael Barone

Barack Obama seemed puzzled. Angrily puzzled. The apostle of hope seemed flummoxed by the audacity of the question. At the April 16 Philadelphia debate, George Stephanopoulos, longtime aide to Democratic politicians, was asking about his longtime association with Weather Underground bomber William Ayers.

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April 19, 2008

Whither Hagel By Robert D. Novak

Friends of Sen. Chuck Hagel, the Senate's sharpest critic of President Bush's Iraq policy, say there is no chance he will endorse a Democrat for president this year.

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April 17, 2008

Whose Elitism is Worse? By Joe Conason

It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an "elitist" following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion.

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April 17, 2008

What Price Freedom? By Lawrence Kudlow

Surprise, surprise. Having failed to puncture Gen. David Petraeus' story about great improvements on the ground in Iraq, liberals are now saying the cost of the Iraq war has somehow undermined the economy -- even caused the current slowdown. What complete nonsense.

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April 17, 2008

McCain's Economics: Pass the Dramamine By Froma Harrop

John McCain admits that economics are not his passion, and that's fine. His past instincts were mostly good. He voted against tax cuts not paid for by savings elsewhere. He fought earmarks, earning the wrath of big-spenders in his own Republican Party.

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April 17, 2008

Bush: Don't Shield Journalists By Robert D. Novak

The bad news last week for conservative Republican Rep. Mike Pence was private confirmation that his proposed law protecting journalists from runaway judges was opposed by President George W. Bush himself, not just inflexible Justice Department lawyers.

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April 14, 2008

Hillary's Strategist By Robert D. Novak

Immediately after Mark Penn resigned as Hillary Clinton's chief strategist a week ago, he was on the phone with at least two prominent Democrats to assure them that nothing had changed.

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April 12, 2008

Making Joe Go By Robert D. Novak

Sen. Joseph Lieberman's friends are certain that if Democrats expand their one-vote Senate edge in this year's elections, they will kick him out of the Senate Democratic caucus and, therefore, oust him as Homeland Security Committee chairman.

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April 12, 2008

Uncle Sam Pays? Sure, Whatever By Michael Barone

"It's the economy, stupid." Those immortal words of the political philosopher James Carville in 1992 have been reverberating increasingly in the 2008 campaign. Polls show the economy as the top issue for voters, far ahead of Iraq.

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April 11, 2008

Trying to be Safe By Susan Estrich

Every time I leave for a trip, my son makes me promise to come back safely. I try to hedge because I know it's not within my control, but even three-quarters asleep, as he usually is when I leave, he is never mollified. "Say you'll be safe," he says to me, and I usually do.

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April 10, 2008

The Democratic End Game By Rhodes Cook

One of the basic themes of the long-running Democratic nominating campaign between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speaks to the need for a new era in American politics.

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April 10, 2008

Score One for Consumers By Froma Harrop

To anyone who has felt trapped in a circle of bad service: If you haven't heard the story of Mona Shaw, pull up a chair.

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April 10, 2008

Are We Closer to "Victory"? By Joe Conason

Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the American forces in Iraq, is more candid than his publicity agents.

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April 10, 2008

The Cleansing Power of Recessions By Lawrence Kudlow

Recessions are part of capitalism. They happen every so often. We've had two in the last super-prosperous 25 years. And it looks like we're entering a third one after Friday's jobs-loss report.

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April 10, 2008

Wall Street in D.C. By Robert D. Novak

At last Thursday's Senate Banking Committee hearing on the government's historic bailout of Bear Stearns, two questions were expected.

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April 9, 2008

Obama's Weakness is Weakness By Dick Morris

The USA Today/Gallup Poll of late March suggests a strategy for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the general election. The poll compared Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and McCain on certain key variables.

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April 8, 2008

How Green Was NAFTA? By Froma Harrop

About 17 years ago, a New England business reporter answered the phone and found a friendly Texan on the other end. She had recently written about how local manufacturers were coping with Environmental Protection Agency rules that sharply curbed what they could throw down their drains. Compliance was costing them.