Politics (page 1002)

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    The larger meaning of the clash between Obama and Romney

    Mackubin Thomas Owens argues in a new National Review Online column that today’s electoral decision amounts to more than just a choice between two competing candidates. Ultimately, the 2012 presidential election is not about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney; it’s not about Republicans or…
    Mitch Kokai, November 6, 2012
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    Former FDIC chair Bair urges pay for performance for Congress

    Pay for performance is likely to lead to better public school teachers, and former FDIC chair Sheila Bair writes in the latest Fortune magazine that the same principle might work for Congress. Let’s start paying members of Congress and the President half of their…
    Mitch Kokai, November 6, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online documents the various ways CJ and John Locke Foundation experts will help monitor tonight’s election returns. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal explains why Charlotte’s convention numbers don’t add up.
    Mitch Kokai, November 6, 2012
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    Voting on a touchscreen? Double-check your ballot

    Recent complaints about calibration problems in early voting in Guilford County reminded me of a situation I had during the only time I’ve utilized the early voting opportunity. Back in 2008, I went with my neighbor to vote. It was on the last day of early voting and we had…
    Barry Smith, November 5, 2012
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    Conservative optimism? Long explains why it’s a rare condition

    If you’re both conservative and pessimistic about Tuesday’s elections, Rob Long knows how you feel. The National Review contributing editor and Ricochet.com editor devotes a TIME column to the inherent clash between conservatism and optimism. It’s a new feeling, then, for Republicans to watch…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2012
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    TIME makes case for Obama … and Romney

    The last TIME magazine before the election devotes six pages to competing essays from E.J. Dionne and Rich Lowry urging voters to support either President Obama (Dionne) or challenger Mitt Romney (Lowry). Lowry, editor of National Review, explains why even those who aren’t particularly…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2012
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    Businessweek pans Romney’s electoral strategy, praises his credentials

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek devotes six pages to an article that contends Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney used the wrong strategy to defeat President Obama. By arguing that Romney should have focused more attention on his own credentials, the obvious implication of Joshua Green’s article is that Romney is…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2012
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    Barron’s D.C. man contends the momentum favors Romney

    Jim McTague‘s latest Barron’s feature focuses on the momentum in the final days of the presidential race. McTague asserts that challenger Mitt Romney has the “Big Mo,” then offers his own assessment of the contrast between Romney and President Obama. The economic takes are…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2012