Jeb Bush: Foregone Conclusion

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*+-Tom Degan: As much damage as that family has managed to do to this country over a period of nearly half a century, I find it ironic and amazing that any of them can still be taken seriously by anyone.

Killing the Messenger

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*+-Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.

What Makes Ted Cruz Run?

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*+-Ted Vaill: We will have to live with Teddy’s daily bloviating for over five more years, unless he is censured, like Joe McCarthy in the 1950s shortly before he died of alcoholism, or chooses to quit the Senate, or, of course, if he is elected President in 2016.

How to Win the Debate on Taxes

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: epublican proposals in the Senate and House, created mainly by Romney’s VP selection, Paul Ryan, lower taxes on the wealthy in two whopping chunks: the top tax rate drops from 35% to 25%, and all taxes on capital gains disappear.

Running Out of Energy

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Maintaining our wasteful national lifestyle and relying on underground sources of energy means watching other nations take the lead toward an affordable energy future.

What the Rest of the World Thinks

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: European newspapers have noted that Republicans portray Europe not as a kindred continent, but as the kind of dystopian society the US might become should the wrong person win.

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: A Guide to the Perplexed

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*+-Tom Hayden: Obama spoke directly to public opinion when he refused to leave “immediately,” on the grounds that Afghanistan will need “an opportunity to stabilize,” an observation which the vast majority of Americans will accept, for now.

Bring Back Apprenticeship Programs

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*+-Craig Williams: When the issue of a national industrial policy comes up, opponents of an industrial policy often argue that with such a policy we would be “picking favorites.”

For Franklin Graham, The Crusades Never End

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*+-Tom Hayden: Thousands of American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are the legacy of a continuing Christian crusade promoted by Franklin Graham, who now is claiming in television interviews that President Obama is a born Muslim and a questionable convert to Christianity.