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The Collapse of American Competence

Americans’ public confidence has evaporated along with the competency of their institutions.

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The Pluses and Minuses of Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy

Paul’s speech was an improvement over previous efforts, but he left too many questions unanswered.

Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech

The main difficulty for Paul tonight will be to square his larger argument for foreign policy restraint with his support for the current war against ISIS.

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The Immorality of American Exceptionalism

A nation cannot be excepted from moral standards any more than an individual.

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Obama’s Big Ebola Wager

The main job of Ebola “tsar” Ron Klain should be to save the White House from its own political tone-deafness.

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Obama Isn’t a Synthesis of McGovern and Kissinger

Hawks need Obama to be some hybrid holdover from the 1970s, because they are still arguing with their old opponents from forty years ago.

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Purple Is the Worst Color in Today’s Politics

The socially moderate fiscal austerian is respectable to elite media even as he wrecks the economy’s recovery.

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