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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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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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Mitt’s Ryan Message: Get Serious

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST. In selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney signals his determination to conduct a campaign of ideas. In part, this decision almost surely stems from recent polls...

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A Range of Response to Divisive Gestures

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST. In a range of different realms, prominent people fell victim recently to their own controversial comments and associations, illustrating the application of political...

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Unexpected Hope—From Hollywood

For conservatives and traditionalists, unusual good news from Hollywood—in terms of both weekend box-office results and, amazingly enough, the Oscar ceremonies. Among all new films released Friday, Act of Valor counted as the runaway...

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