Politics (page 977)

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    Historian Ferguson likes Romney’s business background

    Writing for Newsweek, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson highlights the strengths former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney brings to the presidential race. Ferguson addresses his comments to the late financier/philanthropist Ted Forstmann: Actually, the best case for Mitt Romney was just made by the other side.
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2011
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    Newsweek probes Rubio’s stance on immigration

    A Newsweek article asks "Can Marco Rubio Save the GOP?" The article implies that Republicans need Rubio's input to counteract the negative impact of GOP immigration policies. You might be interested to revisit Rubio's comments about illegal immigration from his first major foreign policy address, delivered Sept. 13 at Wingate University. I believe that, all things being equal, people would rather stay in their own countries. If they have economic opportunities in their own nations, if their nations are prosperous and growing, that's my experience, and the numbers bear it out. I'll give you a perfect example: the nation of Chile, or even Brazil. Chile is in line to get a visa waiver, and the reason why is Chileans do not — by and large — illegally immigrate to the United States because they are increasingly having economic opportunities. And I think that one of the key things we can do to help deal with both the humanitarian and legal aspects of our illegal immigration problem is to do everything we can in Latin America — and, frankly, throughout the world — but in our own hemisphere to encourage the growth and prosperity in our neighbors. And I think we have some places where that's possible in the short term. I think we've seen great progress in places like Chile, Panama, Colombis.
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Supreme Court is likely to revisit state restrictions on gun rights for ex-felons. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a coward’s confession.
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2011
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    Gizzi says GOP is bound to maintain control of the U.S. House after 2012

    John Gizzi of Human Events reads the electoral tea leaves and sees good news for Republicans aiming for continued control of the U.S. House. The recent retirement announcement of Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.), coming on the heels of similar announced exits in ’12 by…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2011
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    Barone probes the Obama campaign’s approach to white working-class voters

    Those of you who follow presidential election politics closely already have heard about a New York Times op-ed in which longtime Washington Post reporter and current Huffington Post contributor Thomas Edsall opined that the president’s re-election team has “effectively jettisoned” any notion of trying to win votes from a majority…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2011
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    Gingrich and Romney: Two peas in a pod?

    You might get that impression after reading a new article from Yuval Levin that occupies the top feature slot at the moment at National Review Online: What stands out about Romney and Gingrich, to me, is that they have in common a very unusual…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2011
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    Obama the next T.R.? Let’s hope not

    The Ohio Farmer comments on the fundamental change that Teddy Roosevelt brought to the presidency in his letter “Caesars or Presidents.” The Ohio Farmer argues that the election of 1912 was the turning point.  After this election, presidents devoted to progressive ideology tried to become Caesars who rejected the…
    Michael Sanera, December 7, 2011
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    The Medicare train wreck

    AEI’s James Pethokoukis 7 eye-popping charts that show what a terrible mess Medicare is. Scary, very scary!  …
    Michael Sanera, December 7, 2011