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GOP Purity Test?

December 1, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

GOP Purity Test?
The resolution, the latest skirmish in the GOP’s ongoing internal ideological battle, would require candidates to meet a purity test.

Establishment Republicans are recoiling at a draft proposal before the Republican National Committee that would bar party financial support for candidates who fail to meet eight of 10 issue tests.

(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill

(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check    Read more

In Cairo, A Qualified Success

June 5, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

In Cairo, A Qualified Success
Barack Obama's election had the potential to be the nation's most consequential act of public diplomacy since the Marshall Plan.
In Cairo, A Qualified Success By Rich Lowery Barack Obama's election had the potential to be the nation's most consequential act of public diplomacy since the Marshall Plan. The story of his rise highlighted the openness of American society; his personal connection to Islam set him up as a powerful spokesman to a part of the world that bedevils and threatens us; and as a decisive break from the hated George W. Bush, he represented a fresh start when the world yearned for one.    Read more

Netanyahu Wants Peace But Refuses To Recognize Palestine

April 19, 2009 by Sahil Kapur

Some apparent double-talk from new Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Here's MSNBC: Benjamin Netanyahu, taking office as Israel's new leader Tuesday, promised to seek "full peace" with the Arab and Muslim world, but refused to utter the words the world was waiting to hear: "Palestinian state." "Under the permanent status agreement, the Palestinians will have all the authority to rule themselves," Netanyahu said in comments that appeared to hark back to a decades-old notion that peace could be achieved through limited Palestinian autonomy. He's claiming he wants "full peace" but he refuses to acknowledge the need for an independent Palestinian state free of occupation and oppression from a foreign power. Surely he must experience some cognitive dissonance. Trouble is, Netanyahu has explicitly pointed out on numerous occasions that he has no intention of recognizing a Palestinian state, and considers any attempt at a peace process a "waste of time."    Read more

Can Obama Win in Afghanistan

April 4, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

Can Obama Win in Afghanistan
President Obama has become quite the hawk when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.
Can Obama Win in Afghanistan By Bill Steigerwald    Read more
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