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Theodore Hesburgh: A Life at the Intersection of Change and Progress

blogs.wsj.com — A few years ago, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, retired as president of the University of Notre Dame, sat in his office high atop the university's library building and, though already in his 90s, talked with remarkable clarity about one of the many issues he knew well: immigration policy.

White House-Netanyahu Rift Isn’t Over the Speech, but the Deal

wsj.com — As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington for a controversial speech to Congress next week, the immediate problem isn't that he and the Obama administration disagree. At the moment, the problem actually is that they seem to agree on this: As things stand now, the Israeli leader is virtually certain to oppose and try to block the deal the U.S.

France’s Pain Helps Explain Islamic Extremism’s Causes

wsj.com — Bernard Cazeneuve, France's interior minister and a man on the front lines in the struggle against Islamic extremism, was in Washington a few days ago, and over dinner he mused about what France has learned in the newest chapter of that struggle.

The Case for, and Against, Marco Rubio as Republican Presidential Candidate

wsj.com — In the early 2016 Republican presidential jockeying-as the field of potential candidates grows, and as Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Scott Walker and Rand Paul grab the recent headlines-an interesting development is unfolding just beyond the limelight: In the eyes of many in the party, Florida Sen.

The Big Switch: Senior Citizens Change Party Allegiance

blogs.wsj.com — Back in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton won the presidential election over incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush, in no small measure because he carried senior citizens by a healthy 11 percentage points. Not long after Mr. Clinton took office, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll confirmed the advantage Democrats then held among America's seniors.

Medicare and Social Security Costs? Out of Sight, Out of Mind

wsj.com — Here are two words that seem to be slipping from the Washington vernacular: entitlement reform. There was a time, not so long ago, when both parties were at least paying lip service to the idea that the giant Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs-their long-term solvency in peril, their contributions to long-term deficit and debt daunting-needed to be adjusted before they either broke the bank or failed future...

Why the GOP Could Take Obama’s Corporate Tax Proposal Seriously

blogs.wsj.com — President Barack Obama's budget for next year, released Monday, is filled with ideas, programs and proposals with prospects for adoption by the new Republican-controlled Congress that range from dismal to zero. Then there is corporate tax reform.

Jeb Bush and the Power of Positive Thinking

wsj.com — Jeb Bush was winding through remarks to the U.S.'s National Automobile Dealers Association a few days ago when he struck what figures to be the central but little-appreciated tenet of his likely presidential campaign. What, he was asked, is the most important message for Republicans to offer voters? "Hope," he replied succinctly.

Spending Debate: Partisan Divide on Deficit Problem Signals More Tension Ahead

blogs.wsj.com — Even relatively good news can divide Washington and the country politically these days, and that could well prove to be the case with the latest data on the federal deficit put out by the Congressional Budget Office Monday.

Generation of Long-Lasting Mideast Rulers Produced Stability-and a Mess

wsj.com — The death last week of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah means the Middle East is nearing the end of an extraordinary era of leadership, which goes a long way toward explaining why the region is in such turmoil and so plagued by extremism flaring to the surface.
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Feb 26, 2015

Tough call for White House: Who to send to AIPAC conference amid tensions with Netanyahu? Carol Lee explores. blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/…

Feb 25, 2015

So, no MSM monopoly on gotcha questions. RT @jonward11: RT @ZekeJMiller: Jeb tells Hugh Hewitt he hasn’t read The Looming Tower.

Feb 25, 2015

Net neutrality proponents may understate its risks, ignore the benefits of "paid prioritization," says @greg_ip: on.wsj.com/1DUzufE

Feb 25, 2015

For 15 years the intelligence community congressional briefing on global threats was open to the public. Not now. wsj.com/articles/BL-WB…

Feb 25, 2015

Some capital cities have world-class subway systems. Then there is Washington's #Metro.

Feb 25, 2015

one of Tepublicans' problems in the Homeland Security fight is that Drmocrats have been surprisingly united. Video on.wsj.com/1aistuu

Feb 24, 2015

In case you're wondering, Obama has vetoed two bills. GW Bush did 12, Clinton 36, George HW Bush 29. senate.gov/reference/Legi…

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