Groupthink is alive and thriving in Washington, D.C., argues Andrew Bacevich, who's convinced that America's mightily militaristic and endlessly idealistic approach to the rest of the world is costing the country dearly.
New numbers from Gallup this morning paint an interesting ideological picture of the country. Over the past year, Wyoming and Mississippi have come to share the mantle of the most conservative states in the union—an apparently sought-after title with about a dozen states close behind. The most liberal may not surprise you that much.
For more than a century, people have battled malaria by fighting its carrier, the indomitable mosquito. But last month, scientists at the University of Arizona found a way to turn this blood-sucking enemy into a potential ally.
In 2008 unelected superdelegates to the Democratic convention had the power to choose the party’s presidential nominee. It looked as if the Dems were going to make sure that couldn’t happen again, but then they changed their minds.
It’s been a rich year for viral campaign videos, after a series of creepy, cheesy, or just plain bizarre ads drew millions of viewers online. But while these efforts are certainly eye-catching but do they work?
The idea that the average American is overtaxed is a nice piece of populist pandering. In fact, federal taxes as a percentage of the economy are at their lowest level since the presidency of Harry Truman. The simple fact is this: all the Bush tax cuts were unaffordable.
Obama will eventually recover if he decides not to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is the best-known part of the new financial-regulation law. But he would be making a terrible mistake to reject her, on both political and substantive grounds.
Arizona’s tough immigration law is just the beginning of the conservative battle to clamp down on illegal immigrants. A broader fight is coming—possibly even to change the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Lindsey Graham made headlines last week, telling Fox News he’s considering a constitutional change to revise the right, enshrined in the 14th Amendment, that grants automatic citizenship to any child born in the United States.
As Ronald Reagan prepared for his presidential debate with Jimmy Carter in October 1980, some Reagan aides pondered how their candidate should respond if Carter unearthed some of the at-times-too-colorful things Reagan had said over the years. For example, when in 1974 Patty Hearst’s kidnappers demanded the distribution of free canned goods, Reagan reportedly quipped that this would be a good time for an outbreak of botulism.
By some measures, President Obama has turned out to be tougher on illegal immigration than his predecessor. His administration has expanded programs to expel illegal immigrants who commit crimes and has been cracking down on businesses that employ undocumented workers.
Kagan and Roberts will be worth watching in the coming years precisely because they are two sides of the very same coin. As Kagan proved at her hearings, she isn’t one to defer to authority; she’d rather punch back and win or lose her case on the merits. That may have been a recipe for disaster when Kagan and Roberts were on opposite sides of the same bench.
An hourlong interview on a daytime talk show is unprecedented for a sitting president. But under the studio lights and in front of a giggly crowd, Obama showed that cracking jokes and pandering to a friendly audience can certainly be strategic.
As the recent Washington Post series revealed, America is spending a lot of money on intelligence gathering, with no way of measuring its success. Congress should give the Government Accountability Office oversight powers, and President Obama should allow it.