Why We Must Talk about Impeaching Obama

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As a result of a couple comments at the House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, we perhaps begin to see the first sustained public discussion of whether Obama should be impeached. An NRO writer aptly named Jonathan Strong plunged into it Thursday. And yet, as few conservative pundits seem to . . . . Continue Reading »

WWJMR?

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That’s “What Would James Madison Read?” Well, presidency scholar Benjamin Kleinerman says it would be The Contested Removal Power : I would venture to say that this is one of the few books emerging out of American political science in the last thirty years which James Madison . . . . Continue Reading »

The Fallout from the Rollout: Two Views

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One: Liberalism’s Inevitable March Suffers a Serious Set Back I guess today is TNR day on pomocon! That’s because the source of this argument, TNR editor Franklin Foer , is more important than the argument itself. Still it’s no slouch argument: Liberalism has spent the better part . . . . Continue Reading »

Amity Shlaes on Woodrow Wilson

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Amity Shlaes, author of a fine book on FDR and the Depression, The Forgotten Man , and a biography of Calvin Coolidge I haven’t gotten to yet, has a long and quite educational review of Scott Berg’s new biography of Woodrow Wilson over at The National Interest . I had my suspicions about . . . . Continue Reading »

A Sad Day in Albuquerque

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Albuquereque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Referendum . 55 to 45%, with heavy turnout. I had some hopes for a closer outcome. Stoked by some over-optimistic social conservative reporting, no doubt. Still, is 55 to 45 a “huge” victory for pro-abortion forces, or is it yet more evidence of . . . . Continue Reading »

“2024 and Beyond” for Afghan Mission

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Here’s a report on a working draft of a Kabul-Washington deal on the U.S. Afghan mission after 2014: Taken as a whole, the document describes a basic U.S.-Afghan exchange. Afghanistan would allow Washington to operate military bases to train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism . . . . Continue Reading »