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27 апреля 2012, 15:10

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Steve Huntley, Chicago Sun-TimesThe no-holds-barred Democratic machine is laboring overtime to come up with reasons voters should re-elect President Barack Obama. He’s more likeable than Mitt Romney. The presumptive GOP nominee is a right-wing extremist. The cool, hip Obama has the women and youth vote locked up. In short, the White House strategy is to talk about anything but the economy.Democrats gleefully cite polls showing Americans like Obama more than Romney. That harkens back to the 2004 race when President George W. Bush was seen as the guy you have a beer with rather than losing Democratic presidential...

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27 апреля 2012, 15:02

Is Biden the Most Powerful VP Ever?

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Michael Hirsh, National JournalVice President Joe Biden.By Michael HirshJoe Biden was never much good when it came to running for the top job. In fact, he was a disaster. Back in 1988, Biden dropped out ignominiously amid allegations of plagiarism. In 2008, when he thought he'd be a real contender after spending 36 years in the Senate, Biden received a pathetic 1 percent of the Iowa caucus vote.But in the No. 2 job over the past three years, Biden has excelled"”to the point where he now ranks as one of the most powerful and influential vice presidents in American history. Biden proved that again on...

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27 апреля 2012, 13:40

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Scott Gottlieb, New York PostIf you like your doctor, you can keep her — unless you’re poor or disabled.The latest installment of ObamaCare is a scheme that’s uprooting the elderly poor and disabled who get care under Medicare and herding many into state-run Medicaid plans.All of these folks are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid; they are low-income people who are elderly or have disabilities. But it’s hard to see how they’ll be better off in bare-bones, and sometimes poorly-run state Medicaid plans than by getting access to Medicare options they were...

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27 апреля 2012, 12:48

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Floyd Norris, NY TimesIf the European monetary union is something like a bad marriage, what can be done to avoid a messy and disastrous divorce?Broadly speaking, there are now two prescriptions. One calls for sacrifices and compromises from all sides. The other, echoing the law that used to exist in many societies, is simple: the husband — Germany — should rule. Did not the wife promise to obey? It is too late to try to get out of that agreement.

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27 апреля 2012, 12:35

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Jacob Sullum, ReasonThree years ago the city of Portland, Oregon, enacted regulations requiring car services to charge at least $50 for airport trips and at least 35 percent more than taxicabs for other trips. The city also requires that car services (limos and sedans) make customers wait at least an hour before picking them up. These consumer-unfriendly rules were expressly designed to shield taxicab companies from competition. In a federal lawsuit filed today, the Institute for Justice argues that such protectionism is not just unwise and unfair but also unconstitutional. 

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Charles Krauthammer, National ReviewLast year, President Obama ordered U.S. intervention in Libya under the grand new doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect." Moammar Gaddafi was threatening a massacre in Benghazi. To stand by and do nothing "would have been a betrayal of who we are," explained the president.In the year since, the government of Syria has more than threatened massacres. It has carried them out. Nothing hypothetical about the disappearances, executions, indiscriminate shelling of populated neighborhoods. More than 9,000 are dead.

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27 апреля 2012, 12:35

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Ronald Brownstein, National JournalIt's unclear whether the lifeline that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is offering Mitt Romney is long enough to lift the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from the hole he dug with Hispanic voters during the primary race. But Romney's odds of extricating himself will almost certainly improve if he accepts, rather than rejects, Rubio's help.Rubio's lifeline is the alternative he is formulating to the Dream Act backed by President Obama and most congressional Democrats. Their proposal would allow the children of illegal immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. and...

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Ronald Brownstein, National JournalIt's unclear whether the lifeline that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is offering Mitt Romney is long enough to lift the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from the hole he dug with Hispanic voters during the primary race. But Romney's odds of extricating himself will almost certainly improve if he accepts, rather than rejects, Rubio's help.Rubio's lifeline is the alternative he is formulating to the Dream Act backed by President Obama and most congressional Democrats. Their proposal would allow the children of illegal immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. and...

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Lawrence Summers, Washington PostPolitical arithmetic is always suspect, and one should always examine carefully the claims of those seeking votes. Smart observers have learned to distinguish between the claims of political candidates and their advisers and proposals that have been evaluated by independent scorekeepers such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).This principle was aptly illustrated by the "budget analysis" Mitt Romney's chief economic adviser, Glenn Hubbard, recently put forward. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, Hubbard constructs a budget plan that he imagines President...

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27 апреля 2012, 12:34

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Peggy Noonan, Wall Street JournalThere is every reason to be deeply skeptical of President Obama's prospects in November. Republicans feel an understandable anxiety about Mr. Obama's coming campaign: It will be all slice and dice, divide and conquer, break the country into little pieces and pick up as many as you can. He'll try to pick up college students one day and solidify environmentalist support the next, he'll valorize this group and demonize the other.

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27 апреля 2012, 07:41

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Peter Ferrara, ForbesOur Founding Fathers carefully eliminated in American law every special legal privilege of the old aristocracies of Europe.  They strongly favored instead equality under the law, later enshrined in the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, which means not equality of result, but that everyone plays by the same rules.A recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. But on the ballot that day will effectively be whether we should establish in law after all these years a new aristocracy in America, not subject to the democratic will of the people like...

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27 апреля 2012, 07:41

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Peter Ferrara, ForbesOur Founding Fathers carefully eliminated in American law every special legal privilege of the old aristocracies of Europe.  They strongly favored instead equality under the law, later enshrined in the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, which means not equality of result, but that everyone plays by the same rules.A recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. But on the ballot that day will effectively be whether we should establish in law after all these years a new aristocracy in America, not subject to the democratic will of the people like...