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Obama’s Education Hypocrisy — Again

If you were a child in the District of Columbia school system (51st in state rankings for academic achievement, first for school violence), you and your parents probably greeted the election of Barack Obama with great joy. If someone had suggested to y…

Transgender Five-Year-Old?

A five-year-old child with large dark eyes, full lips, and a button nose stares out from the front page of the Washington Post Sunday edition. “Transgender at Five” declares the provocative headline. The child’s hair is being cut in a…

Obama, Barnard, and Women

The president dropped by Barnard College (my alma mater) this week to deliver the commencement address. It wasn’t long-planned. No, the college had lined up a woman speaker — Jill Abramson, editor of the New York Times. But in March, as par…

Spitzer Wants to Focus on Economy?

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, former governor Eliot Spitzer (why do they give him a forum?) offered the Democratic party’s defense of the Obama economy. The Republicans, Spitzer sputtered, “want to go back to medieval medicine, blood-…

To Bigotry No Sanction

Now that President Obama has “evolved” on the matter of same-sex marriage to the position favored by “enlightened” Americans, this would seem to be a good time for some rhetorical hygiene.
There are modest and civil proponents o…

The Rise of Europe’s Political Radicals

The theme song of a popular TV show from the last decade featured the lyric “I worry all the time. If you paid attention, you’d be worried too” — a wise posture when analyzing the slow-motion crisis that is Europe.
European gove…

Obama’s Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng

It’s hard to know which is worse: one’s grief over Chen Guangcheng’s fate, or the fury over the Obama administration’s abandonment of him to that fate.
Chen was already an internationally known human-rights activist when he show…

Was the Secret Service ‘Pornified’?

What do you suppose are the chances that the Secret Service agents who embarrassed themselves, possibly endangered the life of the president of the United States, and very likely damaged their marriages and the lives of their children by engaging prost…