Bad Economic News Spelling Bad News For POTUS

There aren’t many glad tidings at the White House these days.

Newt Gingrich’s Foreign Policy Judgment, Or Lack Thereof

Newt Gingrich’s foreign policy vision leaves much to be desired.

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6% But Job Growth Remains Weak

Some good news in the November jobs report, but not very much of it.

Defense Bill Allows For Indefinite Military Detention of American Citizens

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 authorizes the President the authority to indefinitely detain persons, even American citizens arrested on American soil, without trial because they allegedly support the enemy.

The Ridiculous “Who Lost Egypt?” Argument

There’s a little historical revisionism going on on the right.

Hank Paulson, The Bush Treasury Department, And Crony Capitalism

Guess who got advance warning of government actions on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis?

What Went Wrong With The GOP

How did Republicans get in this mess?

Did Congress Declare Pizza A Vegetable? Not Really

Another meme debunked, plus some thoughts on policy.

Herman Cain: Taliban and al Qaeda Part of Libya Government

Herman Cain has either doubled down on his foreign policy ignorance or proven himself a man of great nuance.

White House Pressured Solyndra To Delay Layoffs Until After Midterm Elections?

More revelations regarding the relationship between Solyndra and the Obama White House.

Pizza is a Vegetable

Twitter is abuzz with news that Congress has declared pizza to be a vegetable. It’s actually not news at all.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Constitutionality Of ObamaCare

The Supreme Court will decide on the Constitutionality of the President’s health care law by June 2012.

Herman Cain Plays The Race Card

A cynical racial play by Herman Cain.

Rick Perry’s Not Really Flat Flat Tax Plan

Rick Perry’s tax plan isn’t very impressive.

Republicans Bash Obama For Doing What Bush Wanted To Do In Iraq

President Obama is being attacking from the right for following through on a policy decision made by his Republican predecessor.

Obama Scraps Long-Term Health Coverage Before It Starts

One of the less ballyhooed parts of ObamaCare has been tossed aside as too expensive before it even went into effect.

Obama Sending Troops to Fight Lord’s Resistance Army

Obama is trying to get into Guinness under “US President with Most Simultaneous Wars”

Bailing Out Underwater Mortgages

Ronald Reagan’s chief economist has a radical plan for solving the housing crisis.

The Tea Party Surrender On Corporate Welfare

The Tea Party flame was lit by the battle over TARP, but they quickly forgot about those bailouts that supposedly upset them so much.

Explaining Obama’s Medical Marijuana Crackdown

Obama’s Justice Department continues its crackdown on medical marijuana, despite campaign promises to the contrary.

Economic Crisis: What Could Government Have Done Better?

With the advantage of hindsight, it’s clear that more creative strategies were needed. But they probably couldn’t have been passed.

Will Harry Reid’s “Nuclear Option” Make The Senate Better, Or Worse?

Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” has changed the rules of the game, for now.

Romney’s Realist Foreign Policy

My latest for The Atlantic, “Romney’s Realist Foreign Policy Is a Lot Like Obama’s,” has been posted.

There Really Is A Death Panel

We’re learning more about the Obama Administration’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki

Are our Problems Based in Leadership or Institutions?

Where should we look to understand the failings of the government?

The Death Of Anwar Al-Awlaki And The Imperial Presidency

Giving the President the unchecked power to kill American citizens raises some serious red flags.

When Can a President Order an American Killed?

My latest for The Atlantic, “The Thorniest Question: When Can a President Order an American Killed?” has been posted.

Obama Administration Petitions Supreme Court To Review 11th Circuit Ruling On ObamaCare

The health care battle is formally joined in the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Now Likely To Hear Obamacare Appeals During Current Term

The Supreme Court is on track to issue its most anticipated ruling in years right in the middle a Presidential campaign.

Fact Checking Mitt Romney’s Claim That the President Has “Apologized For America”

During last night’s debate, Mitt Romney repeated a charge that has become part of the conservative zeitgeist. But is it true?

What Social Contract?

Does America have a social contract? If so, is it broken?

Immigration Deportations Under Obama On Pace To Far Exceed Those Under Bush Administration

Based on the numbers, Barack Obama is an immigration hawk.

Rick Perry’s Odd And Alarming Critique Of U.S. Mideast Policy

Rick Perry’s speech criticizing the President’s policies in the Middle East raised more questions than it answered.

Palestinians To Go Forward With U.N. Statehood Resolution

Foolishly, the Palestinians are going forward with their effort to get Palestinian statehood recognized by the United Nations.

Pennsylvania’s Electoral College Reform Plan Is A Good Idea

Allocating Electoral Votes by Congressional District is an idea whose time has come.

Emails Reveal White House Pressure To Approve Solyndra Loan

Despite previous denials, the White House did in fact intervene in the approval process for a loan to Solyndra.

Obama’s Job Approval Continues To Plummet Despite Jobs Plan Push

The President’s jobs push isn’t doing much to help his job approval numbers so far.

Timing is Everything

It’s not a given that we’ll have a massive recovery during the next presidential term but it’s a pretty decent bet. And the party in power will get too much credit for it if it happens.

Obama Jobs Plan To Include $447 Billion In Tax Increases

The “how to pay for it” part of the President’s jobs plan seems destined to be rejected by the GOP. Which may be exactly what the President wants.