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CHANGE MY MIND: What Do You Think of Obama's Drone War?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 12:45 PM

A Justice Department memo obtained this week by NBC News revealed that U.S. citizens who engage in terrorist activities anywhere are fair game for drones:

The President has the authority to respond to the imminent threat posed by al-Qa'ida and its associated forces, arising from his constitutional...
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À Bientôt to an Easy Separatism, Quebec!

(73) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Quebec's sovereigntists pretend to want independence.

Until recently, federal politicians pretended to believe them.

But with the Parti Quebecois poised to return to power after the September 4 election, the old pretenses are breaking down -- victims of the global financial crisis and the Euro crisis in particular.

In...

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Is Romney Frackin' Kidding Us?

(292) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 9:27 AM

Speaking in New Mexico on Thursday, Mitt Romney announced an energy plan that promised energy independence -- not for the United States only -- but also for Canada and Mexico.

"I'm going to establish an energy partnership with Canada and Mexico," he said. "We need to work...

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What Paul Ryan Could Learn From Stephen Harper

(85) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Many Canadian commenters are drawing comparisons between Republican heartthrob Paul Ryan and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Some parallels do exist. Both are men of strong convictions; both gained prominence at relatively young ages.

More important than the similarities, however, are the differences: differences that have made one man a head...

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Is Ontario The Next Rustbelt?

(49) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 9:51 AM

After years of lagging the rest of the advanced world, investment in Canadian plant and equipment has at last caught up.

That's the good news in a recent report by the C.D. Howe Institute. Here's the bad news. One important province has fallen even further...

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Keep Your Mittens Off Canada

(30) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Mitt Romney is touring the UK, Israel, and Poland this week ­-- but not Canada. Why not?

Wait, wait, hear me out: This is not the usual "they forgot Canada again!" lament.

The political purpose of Romney's foreign tour was to accuse President Barack Obama of straining relationships with key...

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Cottage Country's Old-Fashioned "Charm" Can be Overrated

(6) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 9:51 AM

I've spent some or all of more than 20 summers in the village of Wellington, Ont.

Through almost all that time, I would often stop at the town's single restaurant, the Wellington Grill. The Welly Grill was not the most salubrious restaurant I've ever seen. Last summer, when it finally...

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Live in the Developed World? Here's How Obamacare Affects You

(64) Comments | Posted June 30, 2012 | 1:00 AM

The American healthcare debate is not a debate for Americans only. In two ways at least, the debate implicates the well-being of everybody in the developed world.

The first implication: medical innovation.

The profit-seeking American healthcare system is always looking for new products to sell: new drugs, new surgical procedures,...

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Canada Faces Looming News Deficit

(39) Comments | Posted June 23, 2012 | 10:48 AM

OTTAWA -- Hot weather in Central Canada and early departures for the cottage pushed Canada into a significant news deficit in the second half of June, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

All told, Canada exported only on major news story in the second half of June: the UN...

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A Bridge Tea Partiers Should Throw Themselves Off

(62) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 1:31 PM

It's just a toll booth on a bridge -- but it symbolizes the challenges to Canadians of living next-door to an increasingly dysfunctional American political system.

The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River is the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing. It's been improved and modernized over the years, but shippers fear...

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Why the War of 1812 Still Matters

(81) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 1:01 PM

If Canadians know any history at all, they know the story of the war of 1812. (Or at least the part about the British burning the White House.) Americans usually focus their remembrance on bigger, bloodier conflicts. Yet in this bicentennial year, one American historian is urging his countrymen to...

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If it's Dutch Disease, Mulcair, Then Harper has the Cure

(76) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Thomas Mulcair has taken a deserved media beating over his "Dutch disease" remarks. He's been criticized for bad economics and divisive politics. He's been compelled to travel out West and meet the angry premiers. Not a good month for a new party leader.

But as bad as it's been for...

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Think the U.S. Election Is About the Economy? Not.

(135) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Barack Obama is foreign.

Oh yeah? Mitt Romney is a bully.

Think the U.S. presidential election will be about the economy? Think again.

On the economy, both presidential candidates are marked with indelible vulnerabilities.

President Obama first. He inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He has presided...

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The Impending Obama-Netanyahu Showdown

(8) Comments | Posted May 5, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Israeli governments often have collapsed before their term ended. Benjamin Netanyahu's government is doing something almost unheard of in Israel: voluntarily scheduling an election much earlier than necessary. Elections were not due until 2013. It seems very likely they will be held on September 4 of this year instead.

Why...

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Quebec Students Should Be Protesting the Elderly

(33) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 2:28 PM

The rioting students of Quebec got scant sympathy even before they started smashing windows and detonating smoke bombs.

Polls suggest that Quebecers generally support Jean Charest government's plan to raise tuitions in small increments over the next five (and now possibly seven) years. Even when all the increases are phased...

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"Patriots" The Novel -- Part Three

(9) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 9:43 AM

Huffpost readers have an advance, exclusive peek inside David Frum's much-buzzed-about new Washington political satire, "Patriots," which will be serialized this week -- the first novel ever serialized on the Huffington Post.

Chapters from the book will be posted daily for the coming week, with the full novel available...

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"Patriots," The Novel -- Part Two

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Huffpost readers have an advance, exclusive peek inside David Frum's much-buzzed-about new Washington political satire, "Patriots," which will be serialized this week -- the first novel ever serialized on the Huffington Post.

Chapters from the book will be posted daily for the coming week, with the full novel available...

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You Wrote a What?!

(98) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:40 AM

All this week, The Huffington Post is serializing the first part of political commentator David Frum's novel 'Patriots'. Read part one here. Below, he explains why he turned to fiction to write about the inner workings of Washington, D.C.

"As some things are too strange for fiction,...

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Remembering Hitchens

(5) Comments | Posted April 21, 2012 | 9:03 AM

They came to mourn Christopher Hitchens yesterday in the Great Hall of New York's Cooper Union, where Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that launched his campaign for president in 1860.

The hall was filled by family, friends and readers; intimates of 40 years' standing and those who knew him only...

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"Patriots," The Novel -- Part Four

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Huffpost readers have an advance, exclusive peek inside David Frum's much-buzzed-about new Washington political satire, "Patriots," which will be serialized this week -- the first novel ever serialized on the Huffington Post.

Chapters from the book will be posted daily for the coming week, with the full novel available...

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