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‘Something We Should Politicize’

wsj.com — "This is something we should politicize," President Obama said yesterday. "This" referred to the deaths, a few hours earlier, of nine innocent people, murdered by an obviously disturbed young man at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The president has taken considerable criticism, and not without justification.
Oct 02, 2015

#BestoftheWeb ‘Something We Should Politicize’: Candor from the president and Mrs. Clinton, by @jamestaranto on.wsj.com/1hg64Ro via @WSJ

Oct 02, 2015

RT @WSJopinion: “This is something we should politicize,” Obama said yesterday. “This” referred to the deaths, a few hours earlier ow.ly/SX0Ip

The Null Strategy

wsj.com — Searching for brilliance in the Obama administration's blunders. "Nowhere is our commitment to international order more tested than in Syria," President Obama lectured the U.N. General Assembly Monday. "The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict. . . .

‘Stuff’ and Nonsense

wsj.com — "Black folk don't want 'free stuff' as much as the fulfillment of the promise of freedom: true equality of access, opportunity and justice." Those weren't Jeb Bush's words but might as well have been a paraphrase of something he said last week at a campaign appearance in South Carolina, as reported by the Washington Post: "Look around this room," a man told Bush, who spoke to a mostly white crowd.

Ezekiel's Prophecy

wsj.com — Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm's elder brother, is a physician who helped design ObamaCare and has been one of its most intense champions. So you may be surprised to learn that in his new book, "Reinventing American Health Care," he predicts that tens of millions more Americans will lose their medical plans in the coming decade.

Demons in the Apocrypha

wsj.com — Tracing the Clintons' foundational myth. Yesterday's column opened with Bill Clinton telling a tall tale about his 1992 campaign. He claimed that somebody from "the Bush White House" had phoned him in 1991 in an attempt to dissuade him from seeking the presidency.

The Big Dog Barks

wsj.com — Last month this column asked, apropos of Hillary Clinton's email scandal: "How come Bill Clinton hasn't been defending his wife as volubly as she defended him all those years ago when he was guilty?"

The Unchained Woman

wsj.com — Susanna Mancini, a 27-year-old lawyer, sent her boyfriend a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit and sunglasses. "Too bad you can't see my eyes," she wrote him. "I am so proud of my tough yuppie stare!" And one tough yuppie she was, Reuters reports: "Her professional pride propelled her early career as a lawyer.

Boehner Quits - WSJ

wsj.com — In the past 20 years, there have been four speakers of the House, three Republicans and one Democrat. Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat, is still serving, though she was demoted to minority leader in 2011, after the Republicans retook their majority.

The Outsider? - WSJ

wsj.com — "Why Aren't We Inspired by Hillary Clinton?" asks a headline at the New Yorker's website. The article's author, Allyson Hobbs, opens with a lengthy invocation of the euphoria at Barack Obama's 2008 victory celebration, then asks a series of questions: If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination and the national election, can we expect the same gathering of crowds and the same emotional outpouring?
Sep 24, 2015

RT @WSJopinion: Maybe calling on Mrs. Clinton to “come clean” is like exhorting Donald Trump to act like a statesman @jamestaranto ow.ly/SCSTw

Don’t Know Much About History

wsj.com — "He's rarely been in the headlines, but Marco Rubio has had a fantastic couple of months," David Leonhardt of the New York Times observed Monday afternoon on Twitter. "Partly because of the headlines," we rejoined, with a link to our June 9 column, which discussed the Times's feeble efforts to find scandal in Rubio's wife's traffic tickets and in the Rubio family's past financial struggles.
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Oct 04, 2015

I'd say that's an invidious overgeneralization. Most people are convinced; convincing the few outliers is hard. twitter.com/Celt_Englishma…

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