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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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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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Can Obama Win It on Likability?

Will Barack Obama’s innate likability turn out to be the decisive factor that keeps him in the White House? Several polls suggest that the president’s biggest advantage over Mitt Romney involves the strong tendency of Americans to see...

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Economic Truth is In the Numbers

The outcome of the upcoming electoral battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will depend on public perceptions of the president’s economic stewardship, with particular emphasis on his performance on the all-important issue of...

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The Student-Loan Scam

Does it make sense for the government to take taxes from the big majority of Americans who never managed to win college degrees in order to subsidize the pricey education of the fortunate few who get to attend top universities? Why is it...

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The Broken Promise That Can Beat Obama

In the last 100 years, every U.S. president who lost his bid for a second term did so because he abandoned his principal promise to the American people. If Republicans can persuade the public that Barack Obama similarly shattered the...

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