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Opinion: Selig pulled baseball through crisis
January 29, 2015
The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.
Opinion: Cake wars won’t last long
January 29, 2015
We should have seen this one coming. This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II.
Opinion: Arms don’t make weak states strong
January 28, 2015
What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers.
Opinion: Arab leaders look inward for change
January 27, 2015
Last weekend marked the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah — whose successor is also old and ill — adds to the turmoil in the region.
Opinion: Funding stand marginalizes Sanders
January 26, 2015
The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’ political operation, which might become a presidential campaign.
Opinion: University presidents assess future
January 26, 2015
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fund raising will land on their collective backs.
Opinion: Europe gets the joke of Fox News
January 25, 2015
Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t. Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming. They didn’t.
Opinion: U.S. ignores Iran’s aggression
January 25, 2015
While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.
Opinion: U.S. economic recovery leads world
January 24, 2015
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” — meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years.
Opinion: Welfare weakens core U.S. values
January 23, 2015
America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly:
Opinion: America asking: What comes next?
January 22, 2015
President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His aides insist that Obama plays his best in the fourth quarter of the game, and they want him to finish strong, from an opening with Iran to closing Guantanamo.

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