Politics (page 961)

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    About those targeted killings

    The John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society heard this week a defense of the U.S. policy of using unmanned drones to kill targeted terrorists and enemy combatants in other counties, even if the targets are U.S. citizens. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended the same policy during a speech…
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2012
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    Tanner looks ahead to the next debt-limit fight

    Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute suggests to National Review Online readers that we’re likely to see another battle over the federal debt limit sooner than we expected. Last summer’s agreement, you will recall, raised the federal government’s debt limit from $15.194 trillion to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012
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    Goldberg on the contraception controversy

    Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column informs National Review Onlin readers about the “shockingly dishonest propaganda being peddled by leading Democrats and media outlets” about Republicans and efforts to ban contraception. Part of the problem is simply psychological projection. Since many liberals believe there’s no valid…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012
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    Ed Schultz disses the South

    …but says that he did not mean to diss the South. HT: The Washington Free Beacon…
    Terry Stoops, March 7, 2012
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    Paging George Cleveland’s critics

    After reading much criticism of state Rep. George Cleveland‘s recent comments about poverty, I was surprised to find the following headline on page 4A of this morning’s News & Observer: Across the globe, fewer people are living in extreme poverty Below the headline is Annie Lowrey’s New York…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online that three private railroad companies have yet to sign off on a proposed $4.6 billion Wake County Transit Plan. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the “math behind Mitt.”…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012
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    Preschool: Disadvantaged children benefit, others don’t

    In yesterday’s Daily Journal column, John Hood argued that there is a case to be made for preschool programs that target low-income children.  He wrote, Since the 1960s, several small-scale experiments have demonstrated the potential long-term benefits of intervening early in the lives of poor children who lack stable,…
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2012
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    ‘Meaning well is no substitute for doing well’

    Daniel J. Flynn pens that line near the end of his latest column posted at Human Events. Flynn highlights several examples of the unintended consequences associated with government efforts to “do something” about a perceived problem. The average price of a gallon of gasoline…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2012