January 09, 2013

The Inside Story of How Obama Could Have Gotten a Better Tax Deal Without Biden
12:00 AM

Why didn't the president play hardball, like Harry Reid wanted?

Obama's Controversial CIA Pick Is the Best Man for the Job
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John Brennan is the best nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency in a generation--alas. The best of a bad lot.

"Borking" Hagel? Just What the Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted

Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.

January 08, 2013

Barney Frank on Ethics and Globalization (video)
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Retired Congressman Barney Frank and The New Republic's Noam Scheiber were among the speakers Monday at "Ethics and Globalization: The Tradeoffs Underlying Our Policy Choices," a conference co-sponsored by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and TNR that aimed to address "the challenges of considering duties to domestic versus global welfare, balancing economic goals between generations, expecting ethical duties from private actors, and reconciling global governance and local accountability." Here's video of Frank's keynote speech. Audio of the entire event can be found here.

Welcome to Another Golden Era of Liberal Senators
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The liberal bloc of the Senate today is up there with the early 1960s and mid-'70s.

Gun Control Could Save Veterans' Lives
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In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces made a relatively simple policy change that required soldiers to leave their weapons at their bases when they headed home for the weekend.  The result: a staggering 40 percent drop in the suicide rate among soldiers aged 18-21, according to a November 2010 study. The study has received some renewed interest in America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

It's About Time That an Enlisted Man Ran the Military
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As a writer of fiction, and a fellow veteran of the Vietnam War, I can't help but appreciate the deep symbolic meaning of President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Hagel will undoubtedly have an impact on the policies of the Pentagon if his nomination is confirmed by the Senate.

January 07, 2013

The Polls Don't Say What You Think They Do on the Debt Ceiling
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Here we go again. Because the fiscal cliff deal left the debt ceiling issue untouched, Americans can count on a rerun of the mid-2011 “debt ceiling” debate over whether the United States government should be allowed to pay its bills.

Barney Frank's Fiscal Plan: Join the Senate, Soak the Near-Rich
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Barney Frank doesn't want to leave Washington just yet, after all. Driving back to Massachusetts, he explained why.