My latest print column: John McCain’s ugly cross-examination of Chuck Hagel raised some larger questions about US policy.
House of Cards appropriately called out the Anti-Defamation League for devaluing the currency of Anti-Semitism. (UPDATE)
Ed Koch was a giant of New York. He will not, I think, be remembered for giant breakthroughs in governance. No, he’ll be remembered for his gigantic, totally NooYawk personality.
John McCain’s first round interrogation of Chuck Hagel was more about personal pique and histrionics than it was about elucidating Hagel’s views. It was a foolish and demeaning exercise.
David Brooks has a very important column today in which he proposes a new, moderate wing of the Republican Party, standing in opposition to the Rush-Fox-Tea Party extremists. For this new political vision to become coherent, it needs three components: military domestic values, foreign policy realism, and ‘live and let live’ responsibility.
This week’s print column: A flaming liberal agenda? Only if you’re still living in 1961. The President’s speech was more a ratification of the progress we’ve made than a roadmap for the future.
Wow. Exit polls indicate that the Knesset will be nearly equally divided between left and right. There’s even a slim chance that Benjamin Netanyahu could lose.
This week’s print column on the latest, sad–but sort of hopeful–attempt at bipartisanship.
It is shameful that New York city’s school bus drivers, whose major function is to transport special needs children, have gone on strike today–and even more shameful that they’re striking for the guarantee of employment, which may be illegal.
We’ve now had two significant bipartisan votes in the House–to raise taxes and to provide storm relief post-Sandy. I see a third one on the horizon, and a fourth.
Ah, the wages of extremism! Bill Kristol writes yet another editorial trying to scuttle the Chuck Hagel nomination–and even criticizes AIPAC for eschewing public denunciations of Hagel. And then the neocons’ last best hope, Chuck Schumer, weighs in.
The President has decided that he is, for the moment, in a position of power and, unlike his first-term negotiating style, seems ready to bulldoze his hapless opponents.
Jeff Goldberg has an interesting post about the mixed feelings that the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) may have about launching a major lobbying campaign against Chuck Hagel.