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26 мая 2012, 15:45

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Robert Knight, Washington TimesWhen reality bites, you can either try to change reality or create your own.Barack Obama claims he has presided over trillions of dollars in spending cuts. If he’s a fiscal conservative, then I’m a forward “enforcer” for an NBA playoff team.The president, who has increased the national debt by $5 trillion - more than all previous presidents combined - points to a nutty study by a journalist named Rex Nutting, whose virtual math asserts that Mr. Obama is an advocate for small government. 

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26 мая 2012, 15:21

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Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard"This is what democracy looks like.” That was the boast of protesters occupying the Wisconsin state capitol 16 months ago as they blocked Republican lawmakers from entering the legislature and celebrated Democratic state senators who had fled the state to avoid a vote on Governor Scott Walker’s budget reforms. So in some respects it’s fitting that a process launched in the intellectual incoherence of those early days will end with an election to recall an official whose offense is doing as governor the things he promised as a candidate he’d do....

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26 мая 2012, 14:42

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Michael Tomasky, Daily BeastSo now Elizabeth Warren has to prove that she’s 1/32nd Cherokee? The temperature on the story is rising. There was a huge article in the Boston Globe on Friday written to raise a number of questions and suggest that Warren used the minority designation to get her job, or get ahead—exactly at the same time that a poll was released (PDF) showing that 69 percent of Bay State voters don’t consider her heritage to be a “significant” story. It reminds me of nothing so much as Monica Lewinsky, and of the media’s need sometimes to get a...

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26 мая 2012, 14:42

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Michael Tomasky, Daily BeastSo now Elizabeth Warren has to prove that she’s 1/32nd Cherokee? The temperature on the story is rising. There was a huge article in the Boston Globe on Friday written to raise a number of questions and suggest that Warren used the minority designation to get her job, or get ahead—exactly at the same time that a poll was released (PDF) showing that 69 percent of Bay State voters don’t consider her heritage to be a “significant” story. It reminds me of nothing so much as Monica Lewinsky, and of the media’s need sometimes to get a...

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26 мая 2012, 14:12

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Juliet Lapidos, New York TimesIf Congress cuts federal spending, does that help or hurt an economy in recession? The Republicans say it helps. What if Congress cuts federal defense spending? In that case, the Republicans say it hurts.Senator Harry Reid won’t back off the $600 billion or so in automatic defense cuts imposed as part of last year’s debt-ceiling deal—not without an agreement to raise taxes—which is infuriating the G.O.P.

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26 мая 2012, 13:58

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Charles Blow, New York Times“Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times Germany’s.”That paragraph opens a devastating eight-part series published this month by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans about how the state’s largely private prison system profits from high incarceration rates and tough sentencing, and how many with the...

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26 мая 2012, 13:46

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George Will, Washington PostIn one of his characteristic conniptions about people who frustrated him, Theodore Roosevelt, progressivism’s first president, said of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, “I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that.” TR was as mistaken about Holmes’s spine as are various progressives today about Chief Justice John Roberts’s.They are waging an embarrassingly obvious campaign, hoping he will buckle beneath the pressure of their disapproval and declare Obamacare constitutional. The crucial question is whether Congress exceeded...

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26 мая 2012, 13:31

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Dan Kaufman, NYT MagazineThis past March, standing outside a Shell station in Mellen, Wis., in the state’s far north, Mike Wiggins Jr. told me about a series of dark and premonitory dreams he had two years earlier. “One of them was a very vivid trip around the North Woods and seeing forests bleeding and sludge from a creek emptying into the Bad River,” Wiggins said. “I ended up at a dilapidated northern log home with rotten snowshoes falling off the wall. I stepped out of the lodge, walked through some pine, and I was in a pipeline. There was a big pipe coming in and out of the...

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26 мая 2012, 13:30

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Walter Russell Mead, Am. InterestVia Meadia has been watching the New York Times‘ coverage of the Wisconsin recall race with some bemusement. The race is of vital importance for anybody who wants to understand where the country is headed this year. The bill restricting public employee union collective bargaining rights set off a huge uproar, polarized Wisconsin politics, ignited a furious resistance and a series of recall elections — climaxing with the current attempt to unseat Governor Scott Walker. 

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26 мая 2012, 13:22

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Melissa Harris-Perry, The NationConservative strategists have been toying with how to use race against President Obama in this year's election. Since Obama's May 9 announcement supporting same-sex marriage, some Republicans have been salivating about the delicious possibility of dampening black voters' enthusiasm for the president by casting him as out of touch with their religious sentiments. Then the leaked Joe Ricketts plan, "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama," revealed GOP strategists' idea of employing "an extremely literate conservative African-American" to...

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26 мая 2012, 13:21

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Ralph Kinney Bennett, AmericanFor the majority of Americans, Memorial Day is first and foremost a three-day weekend. Time to watch the Indianapolis 500 or a baseball game; time to open the swimming pool or have a picnic. The American flag will be appropriated to embellish ads for supermarkets, department stores, car dealers, and home improvement centers. Sales on everything from garden fertilizer to bedroom furniture will be accompanied by perfunctory messages urging us to “remember those who died for our country” as we clip our coupons and make our way to the mall. The nearest most folks will get to...

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Ralph Kinney Bennett, AmericanFor the majority of Americans, Memorial Day is first and foremost a three-day weekend. Time to watch the Indianapolis 500 or a baseball game; time to open the swimming pool or have a picnic. The American flag will be appropriated to embellish ads for supermarkets, department stores, car dealers, and home improvement centers. Sales on everything from garden fertilizer to bedroom furniture will be accompanied by perfunctory messages urging us to “remember those who died for our country” as we clip our coupons and make our way to the mall. The nearest most folks will get to...