7:14 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama understands "the frustrations of the American people" more than anybody else. At least, that's what he told WABC in an interview:
"One thing that I've shown is that if I say I'm prepared to compromise on something, I can deliver votes and we can get it done," Obama said. "So, look: Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do because I see day in and day out the damage that something like a shutdown does."
Obama went on to talk about the "unfinished business" he needs to take care of.
Via the Free Beacon.
What today's architecture owes to Henry Hope Reed.
Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By CATESBY LEIGH
Over half a century ago, Henry Hope Reed, who died in May at age 97, launched a permanent campaign to restore the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in American public art and architecture. The Golden City (1959) provided the polemical and pedagogical foundation for this campaign, presenting incisive photographic comparisons of the nation’s rich heritage of traditional buildings and other public embellishments with their threadbare modernist counterparts. Flagpoles and lampposts were not overlooked.
The forgotten growing pains of American fiction. Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By ANTHONY PALETTA
For all of the just wars that have been fought over the cultural canon, one genuine benefit of the (still somewhat undulating) critical consensus is that it’s a pretty genuine aid for determining what you really needn’t bother reading right away. Or, as a professor once said while wielding Samuel Richardson’s 1,534-page doorstop Clarissa, “I’ve read it. You don’t have to.” So it is with most longitudinal surveys of literature.
8:50 AM, Apr 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Matthew Kaminski on Donald Kagan, in the Wall Street Journal:
Donald Kagan is engaging in one last argument. For his "farewell lecture" here at Yale on Thursday afternoon, the 80-year-old scholar of ancient Greece—whose four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War inspired comparisons to Edward Gibbon's Roman history—uncorked a biting critique of American higher education.
1:58 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people:
5:20 PM, Sep 18, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
A few random thoughts (and some reporting) on Mitt Romney and the video.
First, what Mitt Romney was getting at – as opposed to what he actually said – is undeniably true as a broad observation: too many Americans are dependent, or partially dependent, on an expansive government.
9:16 AM, Sep 18, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
So we have in 2012 two presidential candidates who—when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters—have shown contempt for fellow Americans.
Smart Power: an interlocking system of empty clichés.9:09 AM, Aug 19, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
In a dangerous world, what is the best way to keep the peace? Deterrence is the name of the game. But what exactly is it?
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