8:54 AM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The educrats have decided that if students are to be taught about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, then it might be best to leave out any mention of that … well, that war that was being fought at around that same time.
As Fox reports, in line with the Common Core approach, teachers are being told to:
“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as the seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”
The possibilities here are endless and not lacking in a kind of charm. The Declaration of Independence without mentioning that disagreement with the English. Roosevelt’s ‘Day of Infamy’ speech without bringing up that unpleasantness at Pearl Harbor …
And so on unto universal ignorance.
A mind is a terrible thing to change. Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By FRED BARNES
"There are some things I really believe in,” President Obama said last week. He was putting it mildly. Actually there are some things he really, really, really believes in—whether they work or not. Either way, he’s sticking with them. And Obama is one stubborn dude.
5:42 PM, Nov 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At a stop in San Francisco on a three-day fund raising swing along the West Coast, President Obama said during a speech that "sometimes people forget I'm not running for office again." The president was talking about Republicans in Congress and the immigration reform that he is trying to get through the House:
Don’t ask the Davos forum.Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By DAVID ADESNIK
For just a moment, let’s pretend the GOP really were waging a “war on women.” Where would you go to find less inequality and chauvinism? According to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, three of the best options for women seeking greater equality are Cuba, Nicaragua, and Burundi.
Obamacare is not an aberration Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By JAY COST
In The Price of Politics, journalist Bob Woodward describes the toll that politics took on the presidency and public image of Barack Obama during the budget battle of 2011. Elected as an outsider with little experience in governing and none in executive leadership, Woodward’s Obama is ill-equipped to handle the byzantine ways of Washington. The result is a tarnished president, a nation brought needlessly to the brink of credit default, and a sharp diminution of public trust.
Why prudent politicians embrace the JFK legacy.Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
The legacy of President John F. Kennedy is a wondrous thing. Any president compared with Kennedy comes up short, even if his actual accomplishments were greater than JFK’s. Presidents in the modern era can never measure up to JFK in the public’s mind, period. Today, 50 years after JFK’s death, it’s still unwise to tangle with the Kennedy clan. The Kennedys usually win. Kennedy’s legacy also means that referring to him as anything but a liberal is sure to provoke an argument.
The New Jersey governor muscles his way to the front of the pack, for now. Nov 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Morris Plains, N.J.
On election eve, Chris Christie has come home to rally a few hundred supporters in Morris County, the place where he was first elected and now lives with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children.
Dynasty? 7:16 AM, Nov 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason Carter, will run for governor of Georgia. The younger Carter is currently a state senator.
12:00 AM, Oct 26, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
“The thrill is gone,” famously warbled B.B. King among others. And so it is for watchers of the U.S. economic scene. The eighteenth partial government shutdown is over, World War II veterans can legally visit the monument to their bravery, hikers can trek through national parks, and the National Institute of Health can resume its cancer research—all impossible to do when the Obama administration prevented amelioration of the hurt inflicted by the shutdown in order to maximize voter anger at the Republican party.
8:39 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Even before the House vote on the so-called congressional deal to re-open the federal government and increase the debt limit, President Obama began to pivot to immigration:
4:02 PM, Oct 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Just because the government is shut down (sort of), that does not mean that members of Congress are magically relieved of the need for money to finance the next campaign during which they will spend the money to persuade constituents to return them to Washington to continue in their good work.
12:44 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Cory Booker is this political season's designated superman. The stuff of legend. Kind of guy who hangs out with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Does all the cool digital stuff, like tweeting. (Can you believe it?) A natural. And so forth.
10:25 AM, Oct 7, 2013 • By LUCAS THOMPSON
The government shutdown is frustrating. But it doesn’t mark the end of the Republican party, as some have suggested. Here are 8 reasons why.
9:12 AM, Sep 30, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Seems the government is on the verge of shutting down. And just as it was about to provide affordable health care for all. How is that for bad timing?
12:22 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC announced today that it would be launching a week of programming to help Obamacare get off its feet, according to a press release sent out by the network. The law has been widely opposed by all Republicans and supported by most Democrats, including President Obama.
The headline of the press release reads: