The Big Picture

October 24, 2014

From time to time I’ve mentioned looking at newspapers from 70 or 80 years ago and how slowly events were reported by comparison with what we’ve become accustomed to. During World War II, for example, the outcomes of battles might be reported weeks or even months after the actual events took place. There was a […]

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Fournier Goes Off the Deep End

October 24, 2014

In a free flight of fancy Ron Fournier outlines a course of action for the balance of President Obama’s term of office in which he does considers everything he’s done to date and does the opposite: For his sake and ours, Obama must fire himself. He needs to recognize that, for all of his strengths […]

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The Governor’s Race

October 23, 2014

Here in Chicago we are being absolutely deluged with television spots for the Illinois governor’s race, either from sitting Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn or Bruce Rauner, the Republican challenger. The most recent Chicago Tribune poll says it’s close: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is a dead heat […]

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The Autonomous Car of the Future?

October 23, 2014

There’s a good article at Slate on the strengths and weaknesses of the Google car: A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can’t. Case in point: Google’s self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car […]

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Will Census Falsification Be the Next Scandal?

October 23, 2014

I usually don’t check out links at the New York Post. Call it a prejudice. However, this story on census workers blowing the whistle on falsification of census data caught my eye and I’m glad I clicked over: The city known as America’s story factory is making up Census data. In the latest allegation of […]

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What’s the PPACA’s End State?

October 23, 2014

Ramesh Ponnuru has a column at Bloomberg View on a piece of legislation offered by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Mark Begich: For the most part, the political debate over President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul has become a duel between vague slogans: Republicans say they want to “replace” the Affordable Care Act but generally don’t […]

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Studying Louisiana

October 23, 2014

At RealClearPolitics Sean Trende presents an interesting historical case study of Louisiana politics, harnessing this to an explanation of the challenges Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu faces in her re-election campaign there: But the real problem Landrieu has is that her 2002 and 2008 coalitions seem nearly impossible to reassemble. The 2002 runoff coalition suffers from […]

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This Time For Sure!

October 22, 2014

Does anyone really believe this: At an otherwise docile gathering Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley and Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo delivered a message to high-ranking Wall Street executives that bad behavior won’t be tolerated. Dudley in particular said big financial institutions operate under a cloud of suspicion and have continued bad behavior even […]

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Where Do These !@#$%^& Wilsonians Come From, Anyway?

October 22, 2014

Over at National Interest Robert Merry devotes a substantial amount of teeth-gnashing to Americans’ bad habit of electing interventionist presidents: The United States has suffered through thirteen years of foreign-policy incompetence in the Oval Office, with little likelihood that the pattern will change before the next president is inaugurated. The country desperately needs salvation from […]

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Asked and Unanswered

October 22, 2014

What is it about today? I keep browsing over to articles that raise interesting questions and am disappointed after reading them that they don’t even try to answer the questions they raise. In this case the disappointing article was in the New York Observer and propitiously titled “What if Hillary Doesn’t Run?” In a 930 […]

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