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Gay Marriage Issue Actually Helps GOP

Conventional wisdom argues that opposition to gay marriage hurt Republicans in the recent election cycle, but nothing in the numbers suggests that this is true. In the four liberal states where advocates for same-sex marriage won their...

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The Choice: Worthy or Worthless?

Perhaps the most significant if unspoken argument for voters to settle on November sixth involves the bitter dispute over which candidate has lived the more virtuous, worthwhile, constructive life: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Democrats...

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Obama Awakes—But Can’t Stop Mitt

Forget about Barack Obama’s eagerly awaited emergence from his first debate coma: the biggest question about the second candidate confrontation centered on whether Mitt managed to maintain his undeniable momentum. After all, a flurry of...

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How Low Will Joe Go?

In his feeble, distracted debate performance against Mitt Romney, President Obama all but ignored the major Democratic lines of attack against the Republican nominee, forcing Joe Biden to consider an effort to renew those forgotten...

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Can’t Make a Choice Based on Lies

Both presidential candidates describe this election as the most important choice in a generation and insist that the outcome will fatefully shape the direction of government and society. But voters can’t make a meaningful decision when...

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The Kryptonite Questions

With the conventions concluded (inconclusively) and the presidential race still breathlessly close, the next big chance for a game-changing development comes with the debates, scheduled for Oct. 3, 16, and 22, with the single...

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Should U.S. Back the Party of Lawyers?

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in THE DAILY BEAST. The Democrats who gathered in Charlotte tried to cast themselves as the party of working people, or of struggling middle-class families, or of aggrieved and...

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Why Obama Won’t Make a Tax Deal

Despite all the posing and polarization of recent weeks, everyone in Washington knows that Republicans and Democrats will reach some big agreement on tax rates within the next four or five months. So if compromise is ultimately inevitable,...

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More Welfare Bucks Show Obama’s Failure

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST What does President Obama plan to do to slow or stop the explosive growth in the number of Americans who count on regular welfare checks from the federal government? Does he...

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The Confidence Game

New polls showing President Obama enlarging his lead over challenger Mitt Romney have brought some Republicans to the point of panic, but logic and history should reassure them that the race will inevitably tilt in their direction. These...

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