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Make Schools Like the Olympics | Pennsylvania Avenue

Feb. 26, 2014

The Winter Olympics prove again (as if proof were needed) that competition makes athletes strive to go faster, jump higher and become more agile.

Go 'Small' on Immigration | Kondracke

Feb. 4, 2014

Next to achieving Middle East peace, the hardest thing in the world seems to be passing a law to repair what everyone agrees is a “broken” immigration system. But there’s a chance, if Republicans and Democrats think not big but small.

Despite Obama's Rhetoric, the State of the Union Is Not Strong | Kondracke

Jan. 29, 2014

Delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama was vigorous, earnest, positive, non-confrontational, occasionally funny and determined to get things done.

It's the States, Stupid! | Pennsylvania Avenue

Jan. 22, 2014

The New York Times’ front-page story on Jan. 12 on one-party domination of all but 13 state governments is an important piece of journalism that should cause serious rethinking and action.

JFK's Signal Accomplishment: Saving the World | Kondracke

Nov. 23, 2013

I didn’t read or watch every observation of the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination (who could?) but the ones I did gave short shrift to his signal accomplishment — saving the world from a nuclear holocaust.

Arne Duncan Was Right About U.S. Schools | Kondracke

Nov. 20, 2013

OK. So Education Secretary Arne Duncan could have said it better, but fundamentally he was right: Parents are getting awakened to how inferior even “good” American schools are, and they don’t like it.

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Both Parties | Kondracke

Nov. 12, 2013

Face it: Both the Republican and Democratic parties are in trouble. Neither can be sure which is in worse shape. So it behooves them both to do something right for a change.

McConnell to the Rescue — Again | Pennsylvania Avenue

Oct. 16, 2013

Assuming that the U.S. economy survives its latest near-death experience, significant credit ought to go to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

When Will Grown-Ups Come to the Rescue of 'Rigid' GOP?

Oct. 8, 2013

Faint glimmers are appearing that Republican grown-ups have decided to reclaim the schoolyard, but there’s a long way to go for the party to avoid long-term disaster.

Poll Watchers Beware: Public Blames GOP | Pennsylvania Avenue

Oct. 1, 2013

The new Quinnipiac poll’s findings on public attitudes on the crucial upcoming debt limit fight ought to give serious pause to Republicans. They thought voters were on their side, but the latest evidence shows they aren’t.

Sequester-Battered Research Budget Hurts Economy, Too

Sept. 25, 2013

Today’s Washington Post compellingly traces the case of Yuntao Wu, a pioneering AIDS researcher at George Mason University whose funding has been cut off owing to across-the-board spending cuts imposed by Congress and President Barack Obama.

Averting Calamity Comes Down to Boehner's Leadership Skills

Sept. 23, 2013

The health of the U.S. economy depends on the legislative skill — and the courage — of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

'Century of Biology' in U.S. Is Being Undone by Sequester

Sept. 17, 2013

Besides the prospect of a government shutdown or a default on the national debt, the most destructive aspect of the federal budget impasse is the sequester’s damage to basic scientific research, especially biomedical research.

Obama's Syria Stumblings Might Actually Work — for Now

Sept. 11, 2013

Give President Barack Obama this much credit. After months of bumbling over Syria policy, he came essentially to the right decision: The United States must use force in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Don't Blame Obama for GOP's Lack of Remedies for Working Poor

Sept. 6, 2013

Even though the unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent in August, the job growth number — 169,000 — was anemic. So many people have given up looking for work that the true unemployment rate is 17.7 percent. The economy is still 1.9 million jobs short of its peak before the 2008 recession. This has been the slowest job-market recovery since World War II.

Obama's Mind Block on Syria May Ignite a Wider Mideast Crisis

Sept. 3, 2013

Syria’s deputy foreign minister gibed on Sunday that President Barack Obama was demonstrating “hesitation” and “confusion” in announcing he’d ask Congress for approval for military action against that country.

'Weak' Obama Needs Syria Intervention to Boost Standing in Middle East

Aug. 26, 2013

If President Barack Obama wants to begin reversing his “irredeemably weak” stature in the Middle East, he has to respond forcefully — that, is militarily — to Syria’s use of chemical warfare against its own population.

Hillary TV Is No Threat to GOP in Run-Up to 2016

Aug. 19, 2013

The Republican National Committee’s ouster of CNN and NBC as 2016 GOP debate hosts over their Hillary Rodham Clinton programs is decidedly premature. It’s also small-minded.

Shutdown Politics Never Work — and It Won't be Different on Obamacare

Aug. 13, 2013

The idea that you’d shut down the federal government — or, perhaps, default on the national debt — to kill Obamacare is not just a “bad idea,” as President Barack Obama described it on Aug. 9. It’s utterly irresponsible, pure madness — and suicidal for the Republican Party to boot.

Neither Supply-Siders Nor Keynesians Have the Answer for This Economic Crisis

July 30, 2013

Give President Barack Obama credit for at least trying to diagnose and grapple with the economic crises of our era — slow growth, widening income inequality and diminished upward mobility.

GOP Faces 20 Years in Desert Without DLC-Like Moderation

July 16, 2013

In 1972, as left-liberals led the Democratic Party to a near-unbroken 20-year run of presidential-election disasters, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire wrote that “nothing is more certain in politics than the crushing defeat of a faction that holds ideological purity to be of greater value than compromise.”

A Deal on Immigration Is Still Possible, if Both Sides Back Off

July 11, 2013

The chances passing a sensible immigration bill in this Congress appear to be next to zero. But, as with the endless search for Middle East peace, it’s a cause worth pursuing. And, conceivably, there’s a deal to be had.

Supreme Court Has Done Its Job — and No More

June 27, 2013

Like it or not — and lots of people on the right and left don’t like it — the Supreme Court bumped the country into the 21st century with its affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage decisions.

Snowden Belongs in Jail; Congress Needs to Hear the Truth

June 19, 2013

What are people thinking?

Obama Must Take a Page from LBJ's Leadership Book

June 11, 2013

Guess who wrote this:

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