Power Articles

Not the Hour for Nimble Power

4:04 PM, Nov 16, 2015

Like the Bourbons, Barack Obama and his national security advisers have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.  They have not forgotten that they were first elected in 2008 to “end” Middle East wars, and the administration’s response to the attacks in Paris last week reveals that they have yet to learn any different.

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Obama's Executive Authority Questioned at Democratic Debate

3:01 PM, Oct 14, 2015

During the debate in Las Vegas, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Jim Webb how, if were he elected, “he would not be a third term for Obama.” Webb said that “there would be a major difference between my administration and the Obama administration,” and it would concern “the use of executive authority.”

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Pity Hillary: Campaign Claims Not to Have 'A Lot of the Usual Resources' of Other Candidates

7:23 AM, May 13, 2015

As the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign closed the books on its first month of operations, campaign manager Robby Mook emailed supporters with a rather remarkable claim: Hillary Clinton "didn't have a lot of the usual resources that other candidates might have" to launch a campaign. Tellingly, Mook provided only two examples to back up his assertion: "No big email list" and not even a Facebook page (!) in place until 30 days ago. Here's how the email begins:

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Video: Power Outage at State Department

1:01 PM, Apr 07, 2015

Here's video, via Fox News, of the power outage at the State Department today:

The power went out in the middle of the State Department briefing.

Fox reported that there are widespread outages across Washington, D.C., including at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the White House, the Capitol, and of course the State Department. Some Metro stations have also lost power.

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Cotton's Maiden Address: Ending America’s Retreat, Restoring America’s Military Dominance

7:41 PM, Mar 16, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivered his maiden speech from the floor of the Senate on "Ending America’s Retreat, Restoring America’s Military Dominance," as the speech was titled. Watch here:

Here are Cotton's remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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'Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Play Around With the Constitution'

4:29 PM, Feb 25, 2015

A great Gary Schmitt line Peter Baker's piece on presidential powers in the New York Times today:

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Obama: Iran Can Be 'Very Successful Regional Power'

President mistakenly calls Tehran a 'country.'
8:01 AM, Dec 29, 2014

President Obama made a gaffe in an interview with NPR when he called Tehran a "country." But the gaffe isn't the news from the interview at all.

Instead, expect people to focus on Obama talking about Iran having a "path" to being "a very successful regional power."

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Obama Quietly Grants 12 Pardons and 8 Commutations

11:51 AM, Dec 18, 2014

President Obama quietly issued 12 pardons and 8 commutations late yesterday afternoon, which happened to be one of the busiest news days of the year.

Here are the dozen folks pardoned:

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Nuke Rattling Russia

1:08 PM, Dec 16, 2014

With the price of oil plunging, the ruble crashing against other currencies, and its interest rates soaring, Russia has announced to the world that it: 

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Lights Go Out (Briefly) at White House

And State Department?
9:53 AM, Dec 15, 2014

CBS's Mark Knoller reports that the lights went out briefly at the White House this morning. 

"Just had a power outage at the WH. Lasted only a few seconds. Perhaps a premature Govt shutdown," Knoller joked.

Just had a power outage at the WH. Lasted only a few seconds. Perhaps a premature Govt shutdown.

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America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming World Disorder

12:10 PM, Dec 08, 2014

Bret Stephens is the Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning foreign affairs columnist. He is also author of a new book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming World Disorder, detailing the Obama administration’s foreign policy blunders. Recently I spoke with Stephens about his book, how this White House has caused trouble for America abroad, and if there’s hope on the horizon.

Lee Smith: Is retreat a choice?

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Obama Admits: 'I Just Took an Action to Change the Law'

Calls it a "fact."
7:42 PM, Nov 25, 2014

The White House has argued that President Obama's executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law.

President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters.

Watch here:


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Washington, Lincoln, Obama Vs. Obama

10:41 AM, Nov 21, 2014

George Washington, 1796:

“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are…of fatal tendency. …

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WH Laughs: 'It Doesn't Tear Up the Constitution'

8:47 AM, Nov 20, 2014

White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri defended President Obama's planned executive amnesty by saying it "doesn't" shred the Constitution:

Asked the MSNBC host, "What's your response to the Washington Post editorial that said that the president's frustration with Congress 'doesn't grant the president license to tear up the constitution'?"

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Bring Back Earmarks? Not So Fast

1:21 PM, Aug 06, 2014

Writing at the New York Times, Thomas Edsall makes a provocative and counterintuitive argument about earmarks:

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In Noel Canning, Another Unanimous Defeat For Claims Of Unchecked Power

9:05 AM, Jun 27, 2014

Two and a half years ago, President Obama tired of the Senate's refusal to confirm several of his nominations. Dissatisfied with the Constitution's general requirement that the president make appointments only after receiving the Senate's "advice and consent," he chose a more direct route.

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Supreme Court: Obama Overstepped His Power

9:19 AM, Jun 26, 2014

The Associated Press reports:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has limited a president’s power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs.

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Bring on the Nukes

3:04 PM, Jun 06, 2014

When the EPA released its new rules aimed to get the nation on the road carbon free (sort of) energy generation, the news was plainly bad for coal. No surprise there.  The prospects for renewables solar, wind, hydro, etc. – were enormously enhanced by the plan. This was also unsurprising.  But what about nuclear power?

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Clamping Down on Coal

12:09 PM, Jun 02, 2014

The Obama administration will roll out a plan, today, for fixing the climate, having already fixed foreign policy and the economy. As Wendy Koch of USA Today reports:

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No Carrier Available at Present

7:03 AM, Apr 30, 2014

The first question that national security types, including the president, supposedly ask in an international crisis is, “Where are the carriers?” Soon, that opening line will be rephrased to something like, “Where are the … oh, never mind.”

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Clear as Mud

3:39 PM, Apr 10, 2014

Hillary Clinton is an advocate of something she calls “Smart Power,” which she presumably exercised during her time as Secretary of State and will, again, should she become president.

And what, exactly is “Smart Power?”

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A Real Equality Agenda

Let’s redistribute power, not income.
Feb 10, 2014

Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union address was a dreary, tiresome affair—which, to be fair, could be said of most such addresses by most modern presidents. The only real surprise was how he soft-pedaled the problem of inequality. Pre-speech hype had promised this would be the centerpiece theme, and it’s certainly one that has been a hobbyhorse of his Democratic party since its founding. But perhaps, on deeper reflection, we should not be so surprised that the word itself was only mentioned once.

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Obama: 'There Is Only So Much I Can Do on My Own'

10:36 AM, Jul 30, 2013

In his latest email to supporters, President Obama bemoans his lack of political power. The email, sent today, is signed by Obama and sent to the list of Organizing for Action, his former reelection campaign group.

"Daniel," the email begins. "There is only so much I can do on my own."

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Iron Ladies

The wonderful, wretched lives of the Italian aristocracy.
Jul 08, 2013

That little American girls still yearn to be princesses only shows how little history they read. So it is too bad that The Deadly Sisterhood, which is about Italian Renaissance princesses, is not written for them. It verifies the reality of all those Disney lures: the sumptuous weddings to princes, the gorgeous dresses shot with gold and silver and embroidered with pearls, the fabulous jewels dotting their robes and entwined in their hair, and the imposing palaces laden with luxuries and lackeys.

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Obama Plans to Power Africa—With Soccer Balls

7:05 AM, Jul 01, 2013

Yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, President Obama talked about bringing energy and power to the continent of Africa. Today, President Obama is expected to reveal that part of his Africa energy plan involves a soccer ball that carries an electric generator inside.

From the White House transcript of Obama's speech from yesterday:

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Biden Talks of 'Outsized Influence' of Jews: 'The Influence Is Immense'

6:28 AM, May 22, 2013

At a Jewish American Heritage Month reception last night in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden talked about Jews, power, and influence.

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National Security Trumps Smokey the Bear

9:27 AM, Mar 04, 2013

Inside the beltway, there is a pervasive sense of impending doom. The rest of the country may not much care, but sequestration is here. According to warnings by the Obama administration, failure to avert these automatic spending cuts will lead to planes falling from the skies, bridges collapsing, federal penitentiaries moving to a voluntary self-incarceration policy, and the Jersey Shore returning to the airwaves.

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Panetta Warns of Becoming a 'Second-Rate Power'

11:46 AM, Feb 07, 2013

At a hearing today on Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that sequestration will lead to America becoming a "second-rate power":

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Webb: 'I Was Raised by My Mother's Milk to Be a Skeptic About the Ornaments of Power'

11:40 AM, Dec 13, 2012

Retiring Virginia senator Jim Webb explains why he decided not to seek reelection and leave the Senate in an exit interview with public radio.

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The Size of the Navy Matters

9:28 AM, Oct 26, 2012

As he showed in the final presidential debate, President Obama’s understanding of the U.S. Navy—or for that matter, any navy—is suboptimal.

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