Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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A Story That Is Only About Greece

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Some years ago, I saw the following skit on Greek television. All the political events and personalities are real. ****** A man falls down and injures his head one week before the 1961 Greek election that featured middle-aged Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis being challenged by the elderly . . . . Continue Reading »

How Huckabee Might Win

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In a brilliant study of the Republican nominating electorate, Henry Olsen identifies four kinds of Republican primary and caucus voter. The breakdown of those groups gives Mike Huckabee a chance to emerge as the Republican nominee. From largest to smallest, these groups are the somewhat . . . . Continue Reading »

When Technocracy Has A Party

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What to make of the recently scuttled FCC study of newsrooms? Gabriel Rossman argues that the FCC’s proposed study of the story selection by media outlets could usefully inform future FCC decisions to deregulate the communications industry. Meanwhile, Jesse Walker argues that the proposed . . . . Continue Reading »

Enough Talk About Entrepreneurs

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In the documentary “Mitt,” Romney talks about a business owner who was complaining about his tax burden. The business owner didn’t just pay income taxes. There were also the payroll taxes and gas taxes. Fair enough, but what about Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment in . . . . Continue Reading »

Forgetting Middle America

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Speaking at a party retreat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told his colleagues that the party had spent too much time talking about the concerns of business owners and entrepreneurs and not enough about the concerns of that majority who were not (and in many cases did not want to be) business . . . . Continue Reading »