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Me, Myself and Iran

wsj.com — The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has a new interview out with President Obama, and here is how his write-up opens: On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry.

The Real Denialism

wsj.com — "Climate change" has become an all-purpose excuse. All reasonable Americans-this statement is true by definition-scoffed in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama, having just clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, proclaimed: "I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that .

Rhymes With Obama

Garbage In, Benghazi Out

wsj.com — The hrod17 approach to intelligence. What happens when top foreign-policy officials make life-or-death decisions based on faulty intelligence from self-interested sources? The example we have in mind is less than a decade old. In March we wrote that while she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton "appears to have relied on not only a private communication network but a private intelligence network."

Blabscam - WSJ

wsj.com — Barely a month ago, Reuters reported: "Striking a populist note, [Hillary] Clinton, who announced on Sunday [April 12] she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial hardship at a time 'when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes.'

The Gift From Gab

When Ideology Trumps Facts

wsj.com — When the news broke Tuesday of a catastrophic Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia, lots of people thought they knew exactly why it had happened. The most idiosyncratic theory was that the disaster was caused by Donald Trump's underachievement. The source of that theory was Donald Trump, whose tweets were recorded for posterity by Twitchy.com.

Obama’s Poverty Paradox

wsj.com — President Obama yesterday spoke at Georgetown University about the question of poverty, but rather than giving a speech, he participated in a panel featuring an opposing point of view-that of Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks quipped that "I'm more outnumbered than my Thanksgiving table in Seattle, let me tell you," and he had a point: The moderator, E.J.

Jeb’s Rookie Mistake

wsj.com — Jeb Bush, in contrast with some of his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, is an old political pro. He first ran for office more than two decades ago and served two terms as governor of the third most populous state.

Huevo en la Cara

wsj.com — "Watching Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics interview [Sen. Ted] Cruz recently, I wasn't just uncomfortable," writes syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette. "I was actually nauseated." It wasn't Cruz's taste in food that triggered Navarrette's queasiness, although Halperin did raise the subject, in a section of the interview that the columnist describes: [Halperin] told Cruz that people are curious about his "identity."
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May 22, 2015

Remember that time Obama gave a lecture at a mosque on Muslim values?

May 22, 2015

RT @salimfurth: @charlescwcooke @freddoso Don't blame poor people in Kansas for your bad decisions. Only you can stop you from reading Vox.

May 21, 2015

@DestinTrueheart Why announce a rule then not enforce it, or enforce it by denying a handshake then denying the handshake was denied?

May 21, 2015

@BlueBoxDave My comment referred to the totality of the admin's behavior, including the statement and unenforced rule against large objects.

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