TODAY IN POLITICS: How a shutdown could happen, # What the Unions Want, and Why It’s Insane, # Shutting Down the Civil Rights Commission’s Investigation of DOJ

February 22, 2011
By CMAC

How a shutdown could happen

By JONATHAN ALLEN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 02/22/11 11:02 AM
John Boehner (left), Barack Obama (center) and Harry Reid are shown in a photo composite. | AP Photos

Public Unions and Political Power – Steven Malanga, Wall Street Journal
Starving Wisconsin’s Unions – Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
In Wisconsin, a Leadership Lesson for Obama – George Will, Milwaukee JS
An End to Soft Bigotry Against Arabs – Issandr El Amrani, The Guardian
Obama’s Problematic Mideast Messages – Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post
Revolution and the Muslim World – George Friedman, Stratfor
Union Bonds in Wisconsin Begin to Fray – Sulzberger & Davey, NY Times
Is the Benefits Bubble Bursting? – Dennis Byrne, Chicago Tribune
What’s Really at Stake in Wisconsin & D.C. – Robert Reich, Huffington Post
Obama Is the Anti-Reagan – Ralph Peters, Family Security Matters
At Grave Risk – Bob Herbert, New York Times
Selling Off Assets a Good Option for U.S. – Niall Ferguson, Newsweek
Reckless Spending – Thomas Sowell, Investor’s Business Daily
Will Gaddafi Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos? – Robert Baer, Time
Interview with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon – Maria Bartiromo, USA Today
Columbia Stained by Students Jeering Vet – Bob McManus, New York Post
Daytona 500 Champ Trevor Bayne’s Race for Faith – Eric Marrapodi, CNN
More on RCP: John Thune Will Not Seek White House in 2012

Editorials

The Arab Revolt Comes to Tripoli – Financial Times
You Don’t Have to Close Government to Cut Spending – DC Examiner
New Climate Policy Will Reduce Emissions, Create Jobs – New York Times
California Needs to Think, Act Boldly – San Diego Union-Tribune

First, They Came for the Labor Leaders in Cuba

by Humberto Fontova

A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.

The Facts on Wisconsin: What the Unions Want, and Why It’s Insane

by Gary Wickert

Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.

The Obama Administration’s Toughest Member Calls on Libya To Stop Killing Its People

by Bryan Preston

Gravitas.

Why Obama and the Dems Blundered in Wisconsin

by Richard Pollock

Another stunning political miscalculation. (Also read: “White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests.”)

In the Land of the Brother Leader

by Michael J. Totten

Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.

Wisconsin: What’s the Right Analogy?

by Rand Simberg

Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.

Medical fraud in Wisconsin

by Charlie Martin

The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.

Why Palin Should Announce First

by Myra Adams

In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.

Fired Journalist Has a History of Anti-American Slanders

by Neo-Neocon

It’s not surprising that Nir Rosen felt he could get away with making offensive remarks about Lara Logan’s attack in Egypt. This time, though, he happened to have hit on a subject that was offensive to leftist sensibilities.

Wisconsin Madness as Seen by the ‘Little People’

by Phil Boehmke

No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.

Happy Birthday, Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il

by Dan Miller

The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.

Congress to NASA: Study Space! (Not Climate. That’s Not Space.)

by Art Horn

The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.

The UN and the Obama Administration on the Wrong Side of History

by Anne Bayefsky

Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)

Wisconsin: What happens next?

by Bryan Preston

WI Gov. Scott Walker is facing down Obama’s personal political army, the state Democrats and the unions. As the situation unfolds, America may be meeting a real leader with the courage to face the nation’s fiscal problems. (Also read about where Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators hid out. “We now know what they call ‘Hooters’ in Scotland, apparently.”)

Photos: WI protesters call Gov. Walker a dictator, put crosshairs on his face

by Bryan Preston

Union protesters turn thuggish and Democrats flee, rather than come to grips with economic reality.

Citizen Watchdogs to Aid Rep. Issa in Oversight Investigations

by Patrick Richardson

Every project undertaken by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will involve citizens and activists having their say.

From San Francisco to Sarajevo

by Michael J. Totten

Michael Totten catches up with Stephen Schwartz, who went from being a communist in San Francisco who worked for the Cubans, to becoming a Republican who converted to Islam in the Balkans, writing books and articles for magazines like the Weekly Standard along the way.

Berkeley Votes Against Former Gitmo Detainees Moving In

by Richard Fernandez

The dictum that the “personal is political” is backwards: In reality when something becomes personal, it stops being political. A Guantanamo detainee living in America is political. The same detainee living next door is personal.

Video: CPAC panel recommends outreach to Nation of Islam, La Raza

by Patrick Poole

Inclusion.

Backlash!

by Bruce Bawer

The UK’s Guardian downplays confirmed abuse at a radical British mosque.

Stop the Presses: Shutting Down the Civil Rights Commission’s Investigation of DOJ

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don’t miss James Poulos’ PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)

GOP Outreach to Latinos Draws Fire from Conservatives

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

The Hispanic Leadership Network, a new organization that seeks to build a bridge between Latinos and the center-right, is being strongly criticized by some conservatives.

Goodbye to All That — 2004-2007

by Victor Davis Hanson

Remember when Guantanamo was a gulag, renditions were the stuff of Hollywood movies, and Bush and Cheney were deemed veritable war criminals? Was it all a dream, those nightmare years of 2004-7?

Egypt’s Identity Crisis

by Raymond Ibrahim

Egypt’s future begins when Egyptians see themselves as Egyptians — not Arabs, and certainly not Islamists.

The PJTV Interviews: Ann Coulter, Rep. Allen West, Dana Loesch, faux Sarah Palin and more

by Bryan Preston

PJTV delivered the most comprehensive coverage of CPAC 2011 that you will find anywhere. See all the interviews and meet all of the personalities who made up this year’s conference, only on PJTV.

Mubarak and Anti-Semitism: A Boomerang Effect?

by John Rosenthal

American pundits say that the deposed Egyptian president fomented anti-Semitism in Egyptian society. But on closer examination, the charges again reveal the anti-Semitism of the opposition that toppled him.

George Soros, Nazi Obsessive

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Beneath his public outrage lies an outrageous lack of conscience.

Middle East Uprisings: What Did We Expect?

by Josh Shahryar

The West needs to realize its mistakes and act quickly before any more surprises in the Middle East start to pose threats. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)

Video: ACU’s Suhail Khan declares that there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

by Bryan Preston

CPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.

The Department of Homeland Security Wants to Friend You?

by Annie Jacobsen

Facebook and Twitter alerts are to replace the color-coded terror alerts. Friend DHS at your own risk.

Joe Biden on the Wrong Side of Middle East History

by Richard Grenell

Like it or not, George W. Bush was right and Joe Biden was wrong.

After Mubarak

by Richard Fernandez

One way to tell whether a regime has lost power is when its major symbols are overrun. Think Berlin Wall smashed, or Saddam’s statue toppled. But in the case of Mubarak’s resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains. (Also read “Obama v. Mubarak” at the Tatler.)

GOProud Party Breitbart’s Proudest Hour

by Roger L Simon

The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.

The Spooks’ Black Thursday

by Michael Ledeen

James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)

Rudderless in the White House

by Stephen Green

Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)

Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)

by J. Christian Adams

According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)

Wisconsin: Liberals as Reactionaries

by Roger L Simon

When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement.

First, They Came for the Labor Leaders in Cuba

by Humberto Fontova

A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.

The Facts on Wisconsin: What the Unions Want, and Why It’s Insane

by Gary Wickert

Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.

In the Land of the Brother Leader

by Michael J. Totten

Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.

Wisconsin: What’s the Right Analogy?

by Rand Simberg

Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.

Medical fraud in Wisconsin

by Charlie Martin

The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.

Why Palin Should Announce First

by Myra Adams

In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.

Fired Journalist Has a History of Anti-American Slanders

by Neo-Neocon

It’s not surprising that Nir Rosen felt he could get away with making offensive remarks about Lara Logan’s attack in Egypt. This time, though, he happened to have hit on a subject that was offensive to leftist sensibilities.

Wisconsin Madness as Seen by the ‘Little People’

by Phil Boehmke

No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.

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THE STATES
Yes, It’s About
the Money

Republican Senators vow to carry on with legislative business as Democrats hide out.

This sign is ‘PG-13.’ Many more are ‘R’ or worse.

Protesters have shouted down at least two Fox News broadcasts with chants of “tell the truth.”

Despite the union protests, the Wisconsin governor vows to keep pushing for reform.

Despite the union protests, the Wisconsin governor vows to keep pushing for reform.

Dueling protests took Madison this weekend as the Tea Party and Big Labor showed up in force.

One protesting teacher makes it personal with a message for Scott Walker.

A pro-union protester vents her rage outside the Wisconsin state capitol.

A pro-union protester shows a likeness of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker as a Nazi.

Students passionate about collective bargaining — or happy for the day off — joined the protests.

A rare counter-demonstrator, who calls himself John the Ironworker.

Unions are revolting against the ambitious reforms of Wisonsin’s new Republican governor, Scott Walker.

It’s estimated that 25,000 to 30,000 people, most protesting, were at the Wisconsin state capitol Wednesday.

Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol.

The era of civility, union style.

Walker wants state employees to contribute about 6 percent to their pension funds and 12 percent to their health-care plans.

Collective barganing has been the norm for union government employees in Wisconsin for decades, thanks to a 1971 law.

If Walker’s plan passes, home health-care workers will lose most of their collective-bargaining rights.

The opposite of the Tea Party message.

SCENES FROM THE STATE CAPITOL

If Wisconsin is about ‘rights’, then The Godfather is a movie about Italian food.
Christian Schneider 02/22 10:33 A.M.

THE STATES
What Madison Revealed
The Wisconsin teachers are pursuing their interest, not the public’s.
Mona Charen 02/22 12:00 A.M.

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THE STATES
Reactionary POTUS
President Obama is stirring up the forces of reaction. Or at least he wants to.
Rich Lowry02/22 12:00 A.M.
IMPROMPTUS
Castro’s key to Madison, &c.
Jay Nordlinger on teacher behavior, Jesse Jackson, a burg in Florida, and more.
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Killing Owls to Save Owls
Why can’t liberals accept Darwinian competition among owl breeds?
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No Afterthought
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Recklessness
It’s easy to promise goodies like high-speed rail. It’s harder to pay for them.
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The nation’s most nondescript holiday.
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Gone, Wisconsin
Who are these pissant politicians to defy Hussein’s imperial will?
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The Governors Storm D.C.
Are congressional Republicans listening to Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie?
Michael Barone 02/21 12:00 A.M. ISLAM & THE WEST
Claremont McKenna’s
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Why does a liberal-arts college tolerate a fan of Hamas and Hezbollah?
Charles C. Johnson 02/21 4:00 A.M.
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Billy Ray Knows Best
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Kathryn Jean Lopez 02/21 12:00 A.M. THE STATES
Walker Holds His Ground
Gov. Scott Walker refuses to blink.
Robert Costa 02/20 11:00 P.M. THE STATES
50 Wisconsins
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African American

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Death to Apostates
Killing apostates is not a perversion of Islam, but a fulfillment of it.
Andrew C. McCarthy 02/19 4:00 A.M.

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Unequal Protection
Obamacare is not being enforced equally at all.
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‘Great and Mighty President’
Ron Chernow and others explain why no U.S. president has yet resembled a king.
Brian Bolduc 02/19 4:00 A.M. THE STATES
Raging Wisconsin
The least Wisconsin Democrats could do is show up for work.
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Madison Madness
The unions are in an uproar in Wisconsin, but taxpayers just won’t stand for it anymore.
Larry Kudlow 02/18 3:15 P.M.
THE BUDGET
Louis XV Budget
Obama kicks the entitlement can down the road.
Charles Krauthammer02/18 12:00 A.M. THE BUDGET
Obama’s Pathetic Scalpel
Even spending on the most sweet-sounding programs doesn’t withstand scrutiny.
Mona Charen 02/18 12:00 A.M. POLITICAL CULTURE
Liberty, 21st Century–Style
What drives the urge for personal freedom?
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The New Wisconsin Idea
Ending Wisconsin’s conspiracy to fleece itself.
Rich Lowry 02/18 12:00 A.M. THE STATES
Apocalypse Now
As Wisconsin goes, so goes the nation.
Michelle Malkin 02/18 12:00 A.M. CULTURE WATCH
Lila Rose, Deadly Thorns
Serpents, doves, sex-trafficking, and your money at work at Planned Parenthood.
Kathryn Jean Lopez 02/18 3:00 P.M. HEALTH CARE
Can Waivers Be Justified?
The need for relief from a burdensome law does not mean that all forms of relief are desirable.
Philip Hamburger 02/18 4:00 A.M. HOUSING
Immortal Fannie & Freddie
We’re setting the stage for another bubble.
Kevin D. Williamson 02/18 4:00 A.M. AMERICA
Recovering the Spirit of ’49
The federal government is in the way.
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Richard Brookhiser on George Washington: “He did every job that came his way, including going home once the job was done. The French poet Chateaubriand put it well: ‘Search the forests where Washington’s sword shone: What do you find there? Tombs? No — a world.’”

Richard Brookhiser on John Adams: “Smart, feisty, crazed: If John Adams’s presidency were all we had to remember him for, we wouldn’t remember him. But he led a patriot’s life, from the run-up to the Revolution to his late correspondence with his frenemy, Thomas Jefferson.”

Michael Knox Beran on Thomas Jefferson: “Lincoln said Jefferson worked out ‘the definitions and axioms of free society.’ Yet Jefferson’s belief that ‘the earth belongs in usufruct to the living’ did much harm, for it encouraged temporal provinciality.”

Richard Brookhiser on James Madison: “The Father of the Constitution, he was also the Father of Politics, helping shape the Democratic party. His presidency was 50/50. The White House burned on his watch, but he went on to win the War of 1812.”

Tevi Troy on James Monroe: “James Monroe is the least-known of our first seven presidents. He had the misfortune to preside over the Era of Good Feelings, showing that presidents who serve in times of relative quiet are often neglected by history.”

Richard Brookhiser on John Quincy Adams: “Ditto all his father John’s qualities, only more so. His great achievements were outside the White House: writing a classic statement of American foreign policy (the Monroe Doctrine), and fighting the slave power as an elderly congressman.”

Gil Troy on Andrew Jackson: “Andrew Jackson entered the White House furious, blaming his wife Rachel’s recent death on the attacks they endured during the 1828 campaign. The first western president, he was the first war hero to become president since George Washington.”

Gil Troy on Martin Van Buren: “Martin Van Buren was the George H. W. Bush of the 1800s. Like Bush in following Ronald Reagan, in following Andrew Jackson Van Buren essentially served a charismatic transformational president’s third term, only to inherit a recession.”

Larry Reed on William Henry Harrison: “Arguably the only president who did no harm. He died one month into his term from pneumonia, which he caught while delivering a two-hour inaugural address in the rain. Had he lived, ‘Tippecanoe’ would probably have been a lousy president.”

Alvin Felzenberg on John Tyler: “John Tyler was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency upon the death of a predecessor. A former Democrat, ‘His Accidency’ immediately repudiated the program on which he and Harrison campaigned. He ended his term without a party.”

John Hood on James K. Polk: “During his presidential bid in 1844, he promised to settle territorial disputes with Britain and Mexico, cut taxes, resist federal intrusion into matters best left to states or the private sector, and serve only one term. He fulfilled every promise.”

Alvin Felzenberg on Zachary Taylor: “A slaveholder, a southerner, and a strong unionist, Taylor had standing and clout in all sections of the country. Before dying in office sixteen months into his presidency, he showed himself willing to use them to avert civil war.”

Alvin Felzenberg on Millard Fillmore: “Fillmore was a ‘doughface’ — a northerner committed to advancing the policies of the ‘slave interest.’ After leaving office, Fillmore ran for president as the standard bearer of the ‘Know Nothings,’ a party particularly hostile toward Irish Catholics.”

Alvin Felzenberg on Franklin Pierce: “Weak and distracted, Pierce deferred on most matters to his secretary of war, Jefferson Davis. (Enough said.) Pierce signed the Kansas Nebraska Act, which raised the possibility of opening up territory acquired from Mexico to slavery.”

Gil Troy on James Buchanan: “A party hack, Buchanan was the ideal Democrat, a Northerner sympathetic to slaveholders and hostile to abolitionists. Beyond that, he lacked convictions and sat passively, watching impotently and flailing occasionally as the nation collapsed.”

Allen Guelzo on Abraham Lincoln: “With one pen, he freed slaves, moved armies, revived a national banking system, instituted a protective tariff, and funded a transcontinental railroad. And through it all, he exhibited the humility which distinguishes democratic leadership from monarchy.”

Allen Guelzo on Andrew Johnson: “His reckless tongue, his free passes to former Confederate leaders, and his managerial clumsiness not only wrecked the hopes of post-war Reconstruction, but stamped him with the first presidential impeachment.”

Tevi Troy on Ulysses S. Grant: “While his scandal-ridden tenure in the White House is best forgotten, his brilliant generalship during the Civil War and his compelling memoir — written as he was dying of throat cancer — were his most valuable contributions to this nation.”

Alvin Felzenberg on Rutherford B. Hayes: “Hayes took office as the beneficiary of a backroom deal that made him abandon all he had once held dear. In exchange for the presidency, Hayes promised to withdraw troops from three states that still had ‘Reconstruction’ governments.”

Tevi Troy on James Garfield: “James Garfield is best known for being assassinated by Charles Guiteau 200 days into his presidency. The fact that Guiteau was crazy augured an important 20th-century development: the insanity defense for criminals.”

John Hood on Chester A. Arthur: “Chester Alan Arthur deserves popular acclaim for several reasons. He fought against corruption in government. He bucked the Republican establishment by seeking to lower the federal tariff. He also preferred to be called ‘Chet.’ Gotta like that.”

Larry Reed on Grover Cleveland: “He supported sound money, free trade, and balanced budgets. . . . ‘Though the people may support the government,’ he opined, ‘the government should not support the people.’ And he was a Democrat!”

Alvin Felzenberg on Benjamin Harrison: “Unlike Hayes, Harrison refused to forsake black Americans. He was the first president to press for laws that would have made lynching a federal crime. On other matters, Harrison favored a moderate tariff and signed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.”

Larry Reed on Grover Cleveland: “Our only two-term president whose terms were not consecutive, Cleveland is vastly underrated by conventional historians — perhaps because he took the federal government’s constitutional limitations seriously.”

Alvin Felzenberg on William McKinley: “A strong ‘sound money’ and high-tariff man, McKinley helped make the United States into a world power. The Spanish-American War, commenced and ended upon his own terms, proved a trial run for American participation in World War I.”

John J. Miller on Theodore Roosevelt: “Boy scientist, boxer, politician, rancher, Rough Rider, TR was neither as great as his most loyal devotees make him out to be nor as bad as his loudest critics like to imagine. He was a boisterous, incorruptible force of nature.”

Vin Cannato on William H. Taft: “Taft was the only man to ever serve as both president and chief justice. (He also began the tradition of presidents throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on baseball’s opening day.) He was a moderately successful one-term president.”

Larry Reed on Woodrow Wilson: “Perhaps the worst president, Wilson gave us the Federal Reserve, the progressive income tax, the popular election of U.S. senators, and American involvement in World War I — the most unnecessary conflict since the War of Jenkins’s Ear in 1739.”

Gil Troy on Warren G. Harding: “‘I have no trouble with my enemies,’ Harding sighed shortly before he died suddenly in 1923 as the Teapot Dome scandal boiled over, ‘it’s my damn friends that keep me pacing the floor at night.’”

Steve Hayward on Calvin Coolidge: “The last president to write his own speeches, he also read the classics in the original Greek and Latin in the evenings in the White House for relaxation.”

Burt Folsom on Herbert Hoover: “An engineer, he tinkered with the U.S. economy by passing the highest tariff in U. S. history, creating a government agency to bail out failed corporations, and increasing the top income-tax rate from 25 to 63 percent.”

Amity Shlaes on Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Today we associate both generous Social Security and strong public-sector unions with Roosevelt. But FDR deemed it ‘almost dishonest to build up an accumulated deficit for the Congress of the United States to meet in 1980.’”

Elizabeth Spalding on Harry S. Truman: “Harry Truman understood the stakes of the Cold War and fought communist aggression: aiding Greece and Turkey, rebuilding Western Europe, guiding Japan and West Germany toward liberal democracy, and defending Korea.”

Philip Henderson on Dwight D. Eisenhower: “We liked Ike for good reason. His legacy includes two balanced budgets, and the largest surplus to that point in American history. He managed the most perilous years of the Cold War by holding the Russians in check.”

Alvin Felzenberg on John F. Kennedy: “Kennedy’s greatest legacy was his ability to inspire others. When he was president, Americans believed that anything they set out to do — whether as individuals or as part of a joint enterprise — was possible.”

Linda Chavez on Lyndon B. Johnson: “Johnson used his influence in the Senate to secure passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That law transformed the country, largely bringing to an end nearly 200 years of state-supported discrimination on the basis race.”

Chuck Colson on Richard M. Nixon: “Nixon knew he could pit the Soviets against the Chinese. And he did, undertaking secret negotiations with both Communist powers, which resulted in a strategic-arms agreement with the Soviets and the opening of relations with China.”

Philip Henderson on Gerald Ford: “He was a man of great conviction and great character. His pardon of Richard Nixon, which stirred much derisive commentary at the time, has since earned the imprimatur of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award (2001).”

Steve Hayward on Jimmy Carter: “The only president who ever filed a UFO-sighting report with the federal government.”

Steve Hayward on Ronald Reagan: “In the 1970s, Reagan spoke of a ‘prairie fire’ of resistance to big government, and he saw the tax revolt as the match igniting the fire that swept him to office. The tea partiers might well be considered Reagan’s children.”

Roger Porter on George H. W. Bush: “He assembled an international coalition to reverse Saddam Hussein’s aggression, ended the Cold War, and unified Germany. He fashioned bipartisan legislation to advance market-based regulation and reduce deficits.”

Rich Lowry on William J. Clinton: “A canny politician with prodigious ambitions and talents, who ended up cementing the Reagan legacy. A parenthesis in Democratic politics between McGovern liberalism and Obama liberalism, but I repeat myself.”

Jay Nordlinger on George W. Bush: “Like Truman in the Cold War, Bush laid the foundation for America’s conduct in the Terror War. He discerned that U.S. security depended, in part, on other people’s freedom. He was not just an American president, but a world leader.”

Stanley Kurtz on Barack Obama: “Barack Obama was shaped by the visions of community organizing, as he himself has told us. Community organizers work incrementally, gently nudging the aspirations of others in the direction of their personal hopes. The result, over time, is substantial change.”

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Happy Birthday, Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il

by Dan Miller

The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.

Congress to NASA: Study Space! (Not Climate. That’s Not Space.)

by Art Horn

The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.

The UN and the Obama Administration on the Wrong Side of History

by Anne Bayefsky

Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)

Wisconsin: What happens next?

by Bryan Preston

WI Gov. Scott Walker is facing down Obama’s personal political army, the state Democrats and the unions. As the situation unfolds, America may be meeting a real leader with the courage to face the nation’s fiscal problems. (Also read about where Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators hid out. “We now know what they call ‘Hooters’ in Scotland, apparently.”)

Photos: WI protesters call Gov. Walker a dictator, put crosshairs on his face

by Bryan Preston

Union protesters turn thuggish and Democrats flee, rather than come to grips with economic reality.

Citizen Watchdogs to Aid Rep. Issa in Oversight Investigations

by Patrick Richardson

Every project undertaken by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will involve citizens and activists having their say.

From San Francisco to Sarajevo

by Michael J. Totten

Michael Totten catches up with Stephen Schwartz, who went from being a communist in San Francisco who worked for the Cubans, to becoming a Republican who converted to Islam in the Balkans, writing books and articles for magazines like the Weekly Standard along the way.

Berkeley Votes Against Former Gitmo Detainees Moving In

by Richard Fernandez

The dictum that the “personal is political” is backwards: In reality when something becomes personal, it stops being political. A Guantanamo detainee living in America is political. The same detainee living next door is personal.

Backlash!

by Bruce Bawer

The UK’s Guardian downplays confirmed abuse at a radical British mosque.

Stop the Presses: Shutting Down the Civil Rights Commission’s Investigation of DOJ

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don’t miss James Poulos’ PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)

GOP Outreach to Latinos Draws Fire from Conservatives

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

The Hispanic Leadership Network, a new organization that seeks to build a bridge between Latinos and the center-right, is being strongly criticized by some conservatives.

Goodbye to All That — 2004-2007

by Victor Davis Hanson

Remember when Guantanamo was a gulag, renditions were the stuff of Hollywood movies, and Bush and Cheney were deemed veritable war criminals? Was it all a dream, those nightmare years of 2004-7?

Egypt’s Identity Crisis

by Raymond Ibrahim

Egypt’s future begins when Egyptians see themselves as Egyptians — not Arabs, and certainly not Islamists.

The PJTV Interviews: Ann Coulter, Rep. Allen West, Dana Loesch, faux Sarah Palin and more

by Bryan Preston

PJTV delivered the most comprehensive coverage of CPAC 2011 that you will find anywhere. See all the interviews and meet all of the personalities who made up this year’s conference, only on PJTV.

Mubarak and Anti-Semitism: A Boomerang Effect?

by John Rosenthal

American pundits say that the deposed Egyptian president fomented anti-Semitism in Egyptian society. But on closer examination, the charges again reveal the anti-Semitism of the opposition that toppled him.

George Soros, Nazi Obsessive

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Beneath his public outrage lies an outrageous lack of conscience.

Middle East Uprisings: What Did We Expect?

by Josh Shahryar

The West needs to realize its mistakes and act quickly before any more surprises in the Middle East start to pose threats. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)

Video: ACU’s Suhail Khan declares that there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

by Bryan Preston

CPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.

The Department of Homeland Security Wants to Friend You?

by Annie Jacobsen

Facebook and Twitter alerts are to replace the color-coded terror alerts. Friend DHS at your own risk.

Joe Biden on the Wrong Side of Middle East History

by Richard Grenell

Like it or not, George W. Bush was right and Joe Biden was wrong.

After Mubarak

by Richard Fernandez

One way to tell whether a regime has lost power is when its major symbols are overrun. Think Berlin Wall smashed, or Saddam’s statue toppled. But in the case of Mubarak’s resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains. (Also read “Obama v. Mubarak” at the Tatler.)

GOProud Party Breitbart’s Proudest Hour

by Roger L Simon

The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.

The Spooks’ Black Thursday

by Michael Ledeen

James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)

Rudderless in the White House

by Stephen Green

Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)

Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)

by J. Christian Adams

According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)

Wisconsin: Liberals as Reactionaries

by Roger L Simon

When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement.

Twenty-Six Reasons J Street’s Demise Shouldn’t Be Mourned

by Lenny Ben-David

A compendium of their falsehoods, misdirections, and anti-Israel activities.

Egypt and Tunisia: Triumphs for the American Muslim Brotherhood

by Brian Fairchild

Few have mentioned that what is happening throughout the Middle East is a huge boon and triumph for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.

Was George Washington ‘Paranoid’ Too?

by Mary Grabar

A question for Michael Medved and other “moderates.”

But That’s What Community Organizers Do

by Victor Davis Hanson

We should cease being surprised that President Obama editorializes about extraneous issues while ignoring critical ones.

The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics

by Paul Hsieh

The breaches of professional ethics displayed in Wisconsin may be an ominous foretaste of future problems Americans can expect under ObamaCare.

Germans to Turks to Mullahs: The Back Door

by Michael Ledeen

In all the excitement, it was easy to miss the fact that there were two very high level visitors to Iran late last week and then over the weekend: Turkish President Gul and German Foreign Minister Westerwelle. The sequence was not accidental.

Caught in the Act? Akbar Ahmed, the ‘Islamization of Knowledge,’ and the Muslim Brotherhood

by Laura Rubenfeld

Last year, the American University professor falsely claimed the Founders admired Islam, a statement that fits the mission of an MB-associated group he has a 30-year relationship with: Islamization of Knowledge. (Which he strangely omitted from his AU bio. Hmm.)

Rahm’s ‘Chicago Way’ Campaign for Mayor

by Bernard Chapin

Mr. Emanuel has all the intangibles needed to capture City Hall: he is a Democrat, has a bag full of money, and is also a close associate of President Obama.

What Are We Doing About Qaddafi’s Bloody Hands in Libya?

by Claudia Rosett

For Libyans to rise up against Qaddafi takes staggering courage and determination. This, Libyans are now doing, and for this they are right now being massacred. Who will help?

Watershed Moment in Wisconsin

by Roger Kimball

What happens in Madison concerns not only the fate of some whining school teachers, fraud-abetting doctors, and the left-wing activists who are their enablers. It concerns the shape of this country.

The Global Insurrection

by Michael Ledeen

There may yet be a chance for a real democratic revolution on a global scale, even if the American president rallied to the Wisconsin trade union demonstrators a lot faster than to the Iranian freedom fighters.

What Rumsfeld Got Right

by N.M. Guariglia

We probably shouldn’t have occupied Iraq in the first place.

‘Egypt in America’

by Richard Fernandez

Could Wisconsin provide an “Egypt-like moment,” in which an apparently localized incident serves as a fuse to touch off an ever-widening series of political detonations?

Iranium: A Necessary Wake-up Call on Iran

by Ryan Mauro

A new film about the Iranian regime highlights the mortal danger they represent to the U.S. and the West. (And don’t miss “POLIWOOD- Iranium: The film Ahmadinejad does not want you to see.”)

We’re Losing the Battle Against Islamism

by Rachel Lipsky

Where is the principled leadership among Jewish and Christian clergy?

An Open Letter to Mr. Daily Kos

by Stephen Green

Dear Kos, surveying the goings-on in Wisconsin, you tweeted, “Dear Tea Baggers, It’s our turn now.” Well, now that both sides have had their turns, let’s compare and contrast.

Decline Is in the Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

How Obama and his supporters learned to stop worrying and love the debt bomb.

David Cameron: ‘Multiculturalism Has Failed’

by John Boot

And you thought the only lesson Americans could learn from our cousins across the Atlantic was the need to cut back on government in the face of gigantic debts.

Shame, Come Back, Shame!

by Richard Fernandez

An era is ending, and maybe the final curtain is starting to go down in Wisconsin. (More at the Tatler: Wisconsin update: Walker sends out rangers to fetch the Chicken Dems.)

The Paranoid Style Is Alive and Well in Some Conservative Quarters

by Rick Moran

Belief in Cloward-Piven, the Saul Alinsky game plan, and Obama’s desire to destroy the country are symptoms of an irrational mindset among some on the right.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Pilgrims

by Jamie Glazov

The hard left’s unsurprising romance with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations. (Also read: It begins: Qaradawi to lead Friday prayers in Cairo at the Tatler.)

A Luckier Woman Covering Cairo

by Stephanie L. Freid

It wasn’t celebratory that night Lara Logan was attacked. It was terrifying.

A Reply to a Fearfully Concerned Muslim Friend

by Roger L Simon

…from an American Jewish friend, but one who intends to ask some potentially uncomfortable questions he always wanted to address to a moderate Muslim. (Don’t miss Salim Mansur’s “Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend” from last week.)

When In Doubt, Slam Israel

by Claudia Rosett

Now we come to a moment in which the Middle East is in turmoil. What does the U.S. do? Join with the weakening despots in slamming the only democracy in the region. See also: Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s reaction at the Tatler.

Cuban Filmmaker Stonewalled in Trying to Tell the True Story of ‘Che’

by Mary Grabar

Agustin Blazquez has produced a compelling film that demolishes the radical heartthrob’s reputation as a brave guerrilla fighting on behalf of the oppressed.

The Problem with the Civility Movement

by Adam Graham

Three reasons why the push for civility in politics ultimately fails in its objective to improve the tone of political speech. (And don’t miss “The white truck was oppressive,” at the Tatler and Ed Driscoll’s “The era of new civility is over.”)

Florida’s Rick Scott Shakes Things Up

by Stephanie Maier

One month in, the Republican makes waves. (And don’t miss “Florida governor saves Florida taxpayers from a rail disaster,” at the Tatler.)

Obama’s Unsustainable and Gutless Budget Proposals

by Tom Blumer

The current level of federal spending can’t continue. The administration says: “Yes it can. Try and stop us.” (Also read the Tatler’s take on how likely voters view Obama’s budget.)

Can Sarah Upstage Barack?

by David Solway

Two more years of Obama is all any Republican candidate may need.

The Real Face of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Delusions of Its Supporters

by Ron Radosh

A new group of useful idiots apologize for radical Islam the way fellow travelers used to apologize for Stalinism. (And don’t miss “Why the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t change,” at the Tatler.)

The Limits of Obama’s Rhetoric

by Mike McDaniel

Where it isn’t dangerous, it’s simply impotent.

Two Climate Change Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

by Lee Lane

It’s a war of ideas both sides ought to lose. (UPDATE: Also read Bryan Preston’s blistering response to a pro-alarmism Politico editorial at the Tatler.)

Brother, Can You Spare an Investment?

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

The takeaway lesson from Obama’s proposed budget? Look before you leap into a car with a community organizer at the wheel. (Also read Richard Pollock at the Tatler: “When today means today, and when it doesn’t, at the White House.”)

Decline and Revival of Western Civilization

by Herbert London

Amid despair, there is still hope that the West will find the anti-toxin to cure what ails us.

Military Voting Accountability Starts Today

by J. Christian Adams

Today, there will be testimony before Congress about the Department of Justice’s failure to protect the rights of military voters in 2010. Expect to hear two wildly different accounts of the DOJ’s behavior.

Twenty-Six Reasons J Street’s Demise Shouldn’t Be Mourned

by Lenny Ben-David

A compendium of their falsehoods, misdirections, and anti-Israel activities.

Egypt and Tunisia: Triumphs for the American Muslim Brotherhood

by Brian Fairchild

Few have mentioned that what is happening throughout the Middle East is a huge boon and triumph for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.

Was George Washington ‘Paranoid’ Too?

by Mary Grabar

A question for Michael Medved and other “moderates.”

But That’s What Community Organizers Do

by Victor Davis Hanson

We should cease being surprised that President Obama editorializes about extraneous issues while ignoring critical ones.

The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics

by Paul Hsieh

The breaches of professional ethics displayed in Wisconsin may be an ominous foretaste of future problems Americans can expect under ObamaCare.

Germans to Turks to Mullahs: The Back Door

by Michael Ledeen

In all the excitement, it was easy to miss the fact that there were two very high level visitors to Iran late last week and then over the weekend: Turkish President Gul and German Foreign Minister Westerwelle. The sequence was not accidental.

Caught in the Act? Akbar Ahmed, the ‘Islamization of Knowledge,’ and the Muslim Brotherhood

by Laura Rubenfeld

Last year, the American University professor falsely claimed the Founders admired Islam, a statement that fits the mission of an MB-associated group he has a 30-year relationship with: Islamization of Knowledge. (Which he strangely omitted from his AU bio. Hmm.)

Rahm’s ‘Chicago Way’ Campaign for Mayor

by Bernard Chapin

Mr. Emanuel has all the intangibles needed to capture City Hall: he is a Democrat, has a bag full of money, and is also a close associate of President Obama.

What Are We Doing About Qaddafi’s Bloody Hands in Libya?

by Claudia Rosett

For Libyans to rise up against Qaddafi takes staggering courage and determination. This, Libyans are now doing, and for this they are right now being massacred. Who will help?

Watershed Moment in Wisconsin

by Roger Kimball

What happens in Madison concerns not only the fate of some whining school teachers, fraud-abetting doctors, and the left-wing activists who are their enablers. It concerns the shape of this country.

The Global Insurrection

by Michael Ledeen

There may yet be a chance for a real democratic revolution on a global scale, even if the American president rallied to the Wisconsin trade union demonstrators a lot faster than to the Iranian freedom fighters.

What Rumsfeld Got Right

by N.M. Guariglia

We probably shouldn’t have occupied Iraq in the first place.

‘Egypt in America’

by Richard Fernandez

Could Wisconsin provide an “Egypt-like moment,” in which an apparently localized incident serves as a fuse to touch off an ever-widening series of political detonations?

Iranium: A Necessary Wake-up Call on Iran

by Ryan Mauro

A new film about the Iranian regime highlights the mortal danger they represent to the U.S. and the West. (And don’t miss “POLIWOOD- Iranium: The film Ahmadinejad does not want you to see.”)

We’re Losing the Battle Against Islamism

by Rachel Lipsky

Where is the principled leadership among Jewish and Christian clergy?

An Open Letter to Mr. Daily Kos

by Stephen Green

Dear Kos, surveying the goings-on in Wisconsin, you tweeted, “Dear Tea Baggers, It’s our turn now.” Well, now that both sides have had their turns, let’s compare and contrast.

Decline Is in the Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

How Obama and his supporters learned to stop worrying and love the debt bomb.

David Cameron: ‘Multiculturalism Has Failed’

by John Boot

And you thought the only lesson Americans could learn from our cousins across the Atlantic was the need to cut back on government in the face of gigantic debts.

Shame, Come Back, Shame!

by Richard Fernandez

An era is ending, and maybe the final curtain is starting to go down in Wisconsin. (More at the Tatler: Wisconsin update: Walker sends out rangers to fetch the Chicken Dems.)

Building Oppression in ‘Palestine’

by P. David Hornik

The U.S .has created a monster.

The Paranoid Style Is Alive and Well in Some Conservative Quarters

by Rick Moran

Belief in Cloward-Piven, the Saul Alinsky game plan, and Obama’s desire to destroy the country are symptoms of an irrational mindset among some on the right.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Pilgrims

by Jamie Glazov

The hard left’s unsurprising romance with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations. (Also read: It begins: Qaradawi to lead Friday prayers in Cairo at the Tatler.)

A Luckier Woman Covering Cairo

by Stephanie L. Freid

It wasn’t celebratory that night Lara Logan was attacked. It was terrifying.

A Reply to a Fearfully Concerned Muslim Friend

by Roger L Simon

…from an American Jewish friend, but one who intends to ask some potentially uncomfortable questions he always wanted to address to a moderate Muslim. (Don’t miss Salim Mansur’s “Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend” from last week.)

When In Doubt, Slam Israel

by Claudia Rosett

Now we come to a moment in which the Middle East is in turmoil. What does the U.S. do? Join with the weakening despots in slamming the only democracy in the region. See also: Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s reaction at the Tatler.

Cuban Filmmaker Stonewalled in Trying to Tell the True Story of ‘Che’

by Mary Grabar

Agustin Blazquez has produced a compelling film that demolishes the radical heartthrob’s reputation as a brave guerrilla fighting on behalf of the oppressed.

The Problem with the Civility Movement

by Adam Graham

Three reasons why the push for civility in politics ultimately fails in its objective to improve the tone of political speech. (And don’t miss “The white truck was oppressive,” at the Tatler and Ed Driscoll’s “The era of new civility is over.”)

Florida’s Rick Scott Shakes Things Up

by Stephanie Maier

One month in, the Republican makes waves. (And don’t miss “Florida governor saves Florida taxpayers from a rail disaster,” at the Tatler.)

Obama’s Unsustainable and Gutless Budget Proposals

by Tom Blumer

The current level of federal spending can’t continue. The administration says: “Yes it can. Try and stop us.” (Also read the Tatler’s take on how likely voters view Obama’s budget.)

Can Sarah Upstage Barack?

by David Solway

Two more years of Obama is all any Republican candidate may need.

The Real Face of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Delusions of Its Supporters

by Ron Radosh

A new group of useful idiots apologize for radical Islam the way fellow travelers used to apologize for Stalinism. (And don’t miss “Why the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t change,” at the Tatler.)

The Limits of Obama’s Rhetoric

by Mike McDaniel

Where it isn’t dangerous, it’s simply impotent.

Two Climate Change Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

by Lee Lane

It’s a war of ideas both sides ought to lose. (UPDATE: Also read Bryan Preston’s blistering response to a pro-alarmism Politico editorial at the Tatler.)

Will the Muslim Brotherhood Rule Egypt?

by Ryan Mauro

A new poll hints at hope for a pro-Western future. (Also read “Terrible: CBS reporter sexually assaulted and beaten while covering Egypt’s riots” and “Latest on Logan assault: Crowd chanted ‘Jew! Jew!’” at the Tatler.)

Brother, Can You Spare an Investment?

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

The takeaway lesson from Obama’s proposed budget? Look before you leap into a car with a community organizer at the wheel. (Also read Richard Pollock at the Tatler: “When today means today, and when it doesn’t, at the White House.”)

Decline and Revival of Western Civilization

by Herbert London

Amid despair, there is still hope that the West will find the anti-toxin to cure what ails us.

Military Voting Accountability Starts Today

by J. Christian Adams

Today, there will be testimony before Congress about the Department of Justice’s failure to protect the rights of military voters in 2010. Expect to hear two wildly different accounts of the DOJ’s behavior.

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