Politics (page 998)

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    Hanson says the 2012 presidential election should offer a clear choices of ideologies

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest National Review Online column suggests the 2012 presidential race — unlike some others in the recent past — should offer voters a clear choice between opposing viewpoints on the economy. Not all campaigns are so clear-cut. Sometimes moderate Republicans raise…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2012
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    Newsweek probes conservative ambivalence toward Romney

    The latest Newsweek devotes two pages to conservatives it labels “The Right’s Dead-Enders,” those who have a less-than-enthusiastic response to Mitt Romney‘s presidential candidacy. The wilderness can indeed be an appealing place, since it is more popular to…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2012
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    Terror that could put politics in proper perspective

    Historian Niall Ferguson admits his latest Newsweek column is based on a “tasteless question”: Has Mohamed Merah’s recent killing spree in Toulouse, France, saved Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential re-election bid? Merah’s vile crimes have reminded French voters just how vulnerable they are to the jihadist…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online about a State Commerce Department official who attempted to divert $2 million in federal funds to a nonprofit “sustainability” group he had chaired. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the return of the Occupy movement.
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2012
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    Education ranking debate: the N&O weighs in

    Yippee – the editors of the News & Observer just realized that North Carolina ranks 42nd in per-pupil spending! Of course, I reported this fact over a month ago.  But, hey, better late than never.  So why bring it up now? It appears that Bill Faison, Democratic…
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2012
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    McCrory’s education plan: Reform for the “new normal”

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory released his education plan last week.  My initial review of the plan is available in our Research Newsletter archive. If you do not receive my weekly Education Update newsletter, sign up here.
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2012
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    Goldberg says Romney should focus on ObamaCare

    Conventional wisdom among Republican critics of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is that a Romney nomination would mean the loss of ObamaCare as a salient election issue in the fall. How can the author of “RomneyCare” attack the president’s health care reform? Jonah Goldberg tackles that argument in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2012
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    Colvin disputes politicians’ rhetoric about fixing the middle class’s problems

    Democrats and Republicans blame each other for the present-day plight of the middle class. Geoff Colvin of Fortune says “we’ll be hearing much, much more campaign blather” on the topic in the months ahead. Colvin isn’t buying the rhetoric. His latest column explains why. The following…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2012