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  • STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

    How do you solve a problem like George Pataki, or like Rick Santorum, or like Lindsey Graham? Or -- more challenging still -- how do you solve the problem that George Pataki, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham have? The three -- one a former governor of New York, one a former senator from…

    David Shribman
  • TRADE DEBATE UNDERLINES SHIFTS IN NATIONAL POLITICS

    The White House is at war with its allies and depending on its critics to win negotiating authority for a trade agreement it desperately wants. The president openly ridiculed the Democratic senator who is the leading voice on the issue that he believes is the most significant domestic challenge…

    David Shribman
  • AMERICA'S KNOWLEDGE CRISIS

    Three out of five eighth-graders tested in a nationwide survey did not know that the 1803 Marbury v. Madison case established the Supreme Court's power to decide whether a federal law is constitutional. The latest Nation's Report Card on students' mastery of history, geography and civics makes for…

    David Shribman
  • PROMISING NEW PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO REDUCE INCARCERATION

    If crime rates were still high, if the numbers of murders, armed robberies and violent assaults were still vaulting to new records, many people wouldn't care what happened to Rice or Garner or Gray. But crime rates have fallen sharply over the last few decades -- down, in 2013, to 1978's levels.

    Cynthia Tucker
  • BEN CARSON IS IN DANGER OF LOSING ALL RESPECT

    No matter how many cheers he attracts at conservative gab-fests, no matter how many of his bumper stickers appear on the vehicles of true believers, no matter how many Fox News pundits suggest he's a viable candidate, he won't come close to becoming the GOP standard-bearer. Carson catapulted to…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • FOR EUROPE, GENEROSITY MAY COME WITH A PRICE

    In 1973, a prominent French writer, Jean Raspail, set forth on the French literary stage a novel that managed to fascinate even as it shocked the West. To them, apparently, this picture of a refugee fleet, appropriately called "The Last Chance Armada," which had sailed several seas bringing…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • CAUTION CONTINUES TO GUIDE JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN

    Last winter, the National Geographic aired an important piece of 20th-century Americana on its television channel. The names involved were famous ones -- legendary four-star generals Colin Powell, Barry McCaffrey and Jack Keane, among others -- but theirs were no ordinary war stories. Almost…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • SMART POLICING: LOCK UP LIBERALS

    The New York Times' working assumption is that the only way to judge the criminal justice system is to ask if Al Sharpton is unhappy. The next day, yet another opinion piece hailed Hillary for confronting "American problems of poverty and violence, racial injustice and criminal policing," and her…

    Ann Coulter
  • CONTEST: WHAT WILL THE G.O.P. CAVE ON NEXT?

    Bloomberg News ran a happy news story this week about the "surprising" development of Republicans joining Democrats in their effort to end our "incarceration generation" by the simple expedient of putting fewer criminals in prison. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris…

    Ann Coulter
  • Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

    "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight."

    Pat Buchanan
  • The Carter Myth

    Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning? Yes. How can they possibly think this, you ask (unless you are one of their ardent supporters)? I mean, a first-term senator, a former printing executive, whatever, who, frankly, no…

    Susan Estrich
  • Obama Not Offended Enough by Anti-Semitism

    What to make of President Obama's interpretation of the Iranian leadership? Challenged by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg to account for the seeming inconsistency of relying on the rationality of a regime that holds a profoundly anti-Semitic worldview, the president denied that the "venomous…

    Mona Charen
  • What Clintons Do Is 'Scandalous,' What Republicans Do Is Ignored

    Whenever a transgression against transparency is charged against the Clintons, whether real, alleged or invented, America's political media rise up in sustained outrage. From the offices of The New York Times Washington bureau to the Manhattan studio of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," journalists bitterly…

    Joe Conason
  • Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge?

    How many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble "investments" in "roads and bridges"? Without government infrastructure spending, we're incessantly reminded, we wouldn't be able to conduct our daily business.

    Michelle Malkin
  • Malaise

    Back in the 1970s, when inflation and interest rates were hovering near double digits, then-President Jimmy Carter gave a speech that was understood, not entirely fairly, as accusing the country of suffering from "malaise." Carter was widely ridiculed by those who put the blame on the accuser and…

    Susan Estrich
  • Bernie Sanders' Foul Socialist Odor

    Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what's really ailing America. It's a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices in the free market, fewer entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of products and fewer workers manufacturing goods people wanted, Sanders believes, we could…

    Michelle Malkin
  • The Decline of Christian America

    "This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892. "America was born a Christian nation," echoed Woodrow Wilson. Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate.

    Pat Buchanan
  • Third-Class Temperament

    Like cult members awaking to find their leader swigging gin and squirreling money into a Swiss bank account, liberals are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at President Obama's behavior. The figure they worshiped so fervently and for so long is now revealed to be a "sexist" — at least according to…

    Mona Charen
  • Our Next Mideast War -- Syria

    Jeb Bush has spent the week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war — this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime…

    Pat Buchanan
  • If the Numbers Are So Good...

    How come everyone I know is depressed?

    Susan Estrich