Politics

Budget deal will lead to GOP victory

The Republican faithful may be up in arms about a budget deal championed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that passed the Senate Wednesday, but they should be grateful.

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We need solution-oriented conservatism

Conservatives have a rare moment of opportunity right now. Liberalism has discredited itself through overreach and incompetence. Most Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction under liberal rule.

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Confirmation checklist for post-nuclear Senate

As the Senate races toward its year-end recess, all observers are surveying the confirmation landscape after Democrats unleashed the nuclear option last month. With a majority vote, the Senate changed its rules to require a majority vote when...

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Progressive watchdog follows a double standard

This year, one self-proclaimed “watchdog” called the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has launched attacks on a select group of nonprofits it deems unworthy of your trust. Unfortunately, CMD has failed to disclose its own biases and serious failings when it comes to transparency and honesty.

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Lip service to Reagan is not honoring him

Reagan should not be touted as a totem for Tea-partiers, who share nothing of his serious intellectual integrity, his work ethic, or his willingness to compromise with even the most serious of opponents -- from Mikhail Gorbachev to Tip O’Neill.

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The USA FREEDOM Act and the perils of linguistic excess

I believe the main problem with the measure is the name: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and On-line Monitoring Act; and especially the acronym it spells: USA FREEDOM. It’s almost as if the two lawmakers, who were architects of the 2001 law, learnt nothing from their previous experience in linguistic excess.

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Newly proposed IRS regulations fall far short

The IRS has been criticized — quite fairly — for spending the last two elections sitting on its hands while dark money groups, organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, spent millions of dollars contributed by anonymous donors to run vituperative, deceptive political ads.

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Filibuster fight isn’t over

The Senate’s dramatic curtailing of filibuster use for executive and judicial nominees is a substantial break with the past. But most commentators have failed to note that the filibuster in its current form is itself a relatively recent development. The ‘modern’ filibuster, too, has design flaws that have contributed to unprecedented levels of obstruction in recent years. Because last week’s change in the filibuster rules applies only to nominees, these flaws will continue to threaten the Senate’s ability to pass legislation and govern.

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