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Old Government in a New World and Why It's Failing

(201) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:42 PM

To the Harvard Class of 2013,

A few years ago, I had the honor of serving as a Fellow at Harvard's famed Institute of Politics. I will never forget the experience Harvard offered me, and neither should you. The resources available here are unmatched throughout the country, giving you all...

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How You Can Get Rid of My Mustache -- and Help Epilepsy Research At the Same Time

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:22 PM

I wish the story I am about to share with you wasn't true but it is. It is about the pain of a parent.

The pain of a parent is not when you hurt. It is when your child hurts and you are helpless to do anything about it.


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Bathing in Moral Superiority

(1515) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 4:14 PM

For most of us, the pursuit of moral excellence usually reveals how far we are from attaining it. When Republicans talk about the centrality of moral benchmarks in society, liberals often hear an expression of GOP self-righteousness. In the Grand Old Party, we see those standards as necessary but humbling...

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Obama, the Marxist?

(371) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 6:53 PM

Since he debuted on the political stage with the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention, Republicans have suspected that Barack Obama was a Marxist. It turns out they were right: He's Groucho.

In the 1930 film Animal Crackers, Groucho Marx, a comedic genius and wit, played Captain Jeffrey Spaulding....

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A Long Fall From an Ivory Tower

(341) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:52 PM

President Obama places great stock in experts. Mid-health care debate, he lectured Republicans, "there's got to be a mechanism in these plans that I can go to an independent health care expert and say, is this something that will actually work, or is it boilerplate?" Responding to a series of...

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The New Republican: How to Build the GOP's Next Generation

(258) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 10:20 AM

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Their party was out of ideas and out of office. It had grown preposterously out of touch, a caricature of economic irresponsibility and elite, Washington-dinner-party values. Then along came Bill Clinton to return Democrats to the political center and teach them how to...

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George's and Hillary's Revenge: The Cost of Reelecting Barack Obama

(108) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 7:51 PM

With every passing day, Barack Obama is ensuring his own reelection -- but at a bloodcurdling cost for Democrats on the ballot without him in 2010.

President Obama is gifted with that alchemical political material, Teflon. He speaks with power and grace. He exudes even-handed comfort, assuring all sides that...

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Broken Window Economics

(191) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 11:27 AM

If we all wear Groucho glasses and a big, fake mustache, can we fool our own economy? We can, says our president.

The Barack Obama Experiment may sound like a 70's lounge band, but it is not. It is, instead a breathtakingly bold, multi-trillion dollar wager on the power of...

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The Molten Core of Barack: Why Obama Can't Win

(112) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 10:11 PM

In which science-fiction movie do aliens visit the people of earth and insist, "Take me to your leader"? If they landed today, America's news media would direct them to Barack Obama, the first American to run a global campaign for President. Like Coca-Cola and Nike, brand Obama has gone global....

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