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Read Jason Carter's lips

This fall, Georgians can choose from not only a Republican governor who says he won’t raise taxes, but a Democratic challenger who promises the same. There was a stir last week when a video surfaced depicting state Sen. Jason Carter saying he “would not ask the people of Georgia to ...

The smear campaign against Scott Walker

The left-wing hoopla over the release yesterday of some emails sent by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, gathered during the course of a now-dead legal fishing expedition into Walker's campaign finances by partisan Democrat prosecutors in the state, needs a cold bath of reality. Gabriel Malor explains why at The Federalist: ...

Second-term foreign policy approval ratings for George W. Bush and Barack Obama in WSJ/NBC News polls.

Foreign-policy meltdowns take a toll on Obama

Everyone who thinks the discussion of what's going wrong with U.S. foreign policy begins and ends with two words -- "George Bush" -- take note: The American public isn't buying it. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, released today, is getting noticed primarily for two figures. First, President Obama's ...

Jeb, the tea party, and political eternities

File this under "Things You Never Expected to Read (Even Three Weeks Ago)" ... from National Journal's Tom DeFrank: "Even before Eric Cantor's seismic loss to a political novice backed by the tea party last week, many Republican elders had concluded that Jeb Bush, who really wants to become the ...

From Pew Research Center

What liberals get wrong about ideology and extremism in politics

It has become an article of liberal faith that the Republican Party has moved well away from the center, toward the extremes of its party. But to the extent that's true, it's only a matter of the GOP finally catching up with Democrats' lack of centrism. That's the upshot of ...

Johnny Isakson on fixing the VA mess

The first real time I spent around Sen. Johnny Isakson was as we rode through southeast Georgia one day during Congress’ recess in August 2009, a month renowned for the town-hall meetings at which angry Americans grilled elected officials about legislation already known by then as Obamacare. As I recall, ...

The economic case for capping Georgia's income-tax rate

If you think getting Republicans and Democrats to agree is difficult, try bringing partisans of Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia together -- especially when the issue is a contest that takes place in November. But before the schools’ football teams renew their “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” rivalry, some of ...

What does Johnny Isakson deem 'the only logical reason' Obama didn't notify Congress about Bergdahl?

Yesterday I interviewed Sen. Johnny Isakson by phone for a future column about the scandals plaguing the Veterans Administration. A member of the Senate's Veterans Affairs Committee, Isakson has long inquired about problems with the agency's hospitals and was a co-sponsor of the VA reform bill that passed the Senate ...

What does Eric Cantor's loss mean? Be careful who you ask

Losses like that of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a GOP primary against an economics professor at a small liberal arts college, don't come around very often. So you can expect to read and hear all manner of explanations for Cantor's loss that just so happen to fit with ...

Hillary Clinton's 'dead broke' populism

"We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt .... We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy." Thus begins Hillary Clinton's ...

The bad economics of the EPA's anti-carbon crusade

The long-running argument about the scientific “consensus” regarding global warming has drowned out a sharper point of contention: the economics of dramatically reducing our emissions of carbon dioxide. That’s about to change, thanks to the Obama administration’s proposed new rule to reduce power-plant emissions. By the Environmental Protection Agency’s own ...

Looking down on Omaha beach, decades later.

A portrait of Normandy

Living in Europe has been described as inhabiting one large museum. While many eras of history speak from its cobbled streets and centuries-old buildings, few resound as clearly in the American ear as that of World War II. And nothing of any era spoke to this American quite like the ...

Hillary's 2016 theme music? Try 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'

Get ready for two more years of this (via the Daily Beast): "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter ...

In Tuesday's primaries, a tea party revival

If you thought the tea party was dead after U.S. Senate primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, you must now grapple with yesterday's results from Iowa, Mississippi and Montana -- where tea party-backed candidates essentially went 3-for-3. In Iowa, Joni Ernst clobbered four other candidates to win the GOP nomination for the ...

The strange case of Bowe Bergdahl

More information continues to surface about the negotiated release of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who left his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years before being returned to American custody Saturday in exchange for five high-level terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. The ...

A closer look at Georgia's job gains

The races for most state-level offices are already geared toward November, the candidates for every post but schools superintendent having avoided run-offs. Given Georgians’ propensity for straight-ticket voting, the outcome in many of these elections may depend in large part on who voters pick in the two races at the ...

Why Obama's favorite troops to deploy are the straw men

Much of the -- mostly negative -- commentary on President Obama's big foreign-policy speech at West Point yesterday has focused on the specifics of what he said  and what he omitted. It's an axiom of journalism, and sometimes politics, that irking people on both sides is a sign you've hit the middle ...

After one more fit of shamelessness, Cobb approves Braves stadium deal

No matter what you think of Cobb County's move to bring the Braves across the Chattahoochee from Atlanta -- and as I have previously written, I'm highly skeptical about several elements of the deal -- it's hard to see the county commission's behavior throughout this saga as anything but shameful. ...

The flavors, and strength, of the tea party in Georgia

In its five-plus years, the tea party has mocked many an obituarist. The pens are out again after last week’s primaries. Tea party-backed candidates for the U.S. Senate lost in Kentucky and Georgia. Our state’s governor and House speaker handily defeated challengers running under the Gadsden banner. The GOP “establishment” ...

Memorial Day: Greet them ever with grateful hearts

The train trip from Brussels lasted two hours, with a change at Liege. On most days, Welkenraedt was a sign post you blinked past on the way to attractions in Germany: Cologne, Monschau, the only Wal-Mart for 100 miles. On this Memorial Day, it was a place to stop. A ...

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