Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice. But Extremism Can Be a Vice Sometimes.

bush_jeb Apparently, those of us who think well of Jeb Bush–and might even formally endorse his soon-to-be candidacy for the presidency of the United States–are supposed to be deeply upset by the fact that he sometimes has nice things to say (gasp!) about the Obama administration. I recognize that candidates and campaigns get nitpicked all the time, but this latest critique against Bush borders on the absurd, and in the past, Bush himself has ably explained why: [Read more…]

There Was Never Any “Team of Rivals” in the Obama Administration

220px-Richard_Holbrooke Richard Holbrooke was always one of my favorite Democrats–brilliant, dynamic, a fascinating personality, and a diplomat with actual, substantive accomplishments to his name (unlike a certain former secretary of state who is currently trying to convince us that she should be the next president of the United States). If life were fair, Holbrooke would have served as secretary of state in a Democratic administration (again, unlike a certain presidential candidate who actually did serve as secretary of state, despite the fact that she has no substantive accomplishments to her name), but alas, life is not fair.

I bring up Holbrooke because there is going to be a documentary about him that will be released this fall on HBO. The film focuses on his many disagreements with the Obama administration regarding foreign policy. I don’t take Holbrooke’s side when it comes to some of the disagreements, but that is not the focus of this post. Rather, I want to focus a little bit of attention on how the Obama administration treated Holbrooke: [Read more…]

The Evidence Is Beginning to Pile Up

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More proof–as though more were needed–that the anti-vaccination movement is built on misinformation, disinformation, bad science, ignorance, and outright lies: [Read more…]

How to Be Smarter about Dealing with Iran

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I was struck by the following in Aaron David Miller’s piece, which argues that Iran is outwitting and outmaneuvering the United States in the Middle East: [Read more…]

The Word You Are Looking for Is “Genocide”

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Comes now the part of the year when attention turns to the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Turkey in the aftermath of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged that he would call these massacres what they were–genocide.

Times have changed: [Read more…]

We Still Have an Employment Problem

So sayeth James Pethokoukis, and his argument is convincing. It may look as though unemployment is low, but that is only because those who are not actively searching for work, but would if their prospects were brighter, are not being counted, and underemployment (featuring those who are working part-time jobs, but who want full-time jobs) is not being factored into the picture. According to Pethokoukis, all of this “puts the ‘true’ jobless rate about 1.9 percentage points higher the official rate. So figure around 7½ percent.” [Read more…]

“This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time”

The tentative nuclear agreement with Iran was initially hailed as a triumph of diplomacy on the part of the Obama administration. But the more one examines the deal, the more one ought to be concerned about its terms. [Read more…]

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Meets Reality

In the worst way, of course:

In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I’m scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

Yes, Tara Hills was stuck in isolation at her Ottawa home for more than a week with her sick children and her regrets about refusing to vaccinate them against the highly contagious respiratory disease. Whooping cough, a bacterial infection, causes violent, uncontrollable coughing and is best known for the telltale sound victims make as they try to draw breath. Occasionally, it can be fatal, especially in infants less than a year old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Hills kids completed a course of antibiotics and were released from isolation Tuesday.

“I set out to prove that we were right,” Hills said in an interview with the Washington Post, “and in the process found out how wrong we were.”

[Read more…]

Recognizing the Reality of Climate Change

Jonathan Adler and Ronald Bailey are to be applauded for writing essays that work to convince the libertarian community that climate change is real and man-made. [Read more…]

Quote of the Day

Clinton seems almost an afterthought, appearing at the end to tell viewers she is also ready to start “something new.” A new Web site and accompanying Facebook page feature old photos and a link to donate to the campaign.

The announcement — designed to be as low-key as anything involving Clinton can be — contains no overarching campaign theme. Nowhere does Clinton succinctly say why she wants to be president, or why she would be good at the job.

Anne Gearan. (Emphasis mine.) What a shock.

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