Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on the Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Opinion

By Michael Boldin GOOD: Supreme Court holds vaccine mandate for businesses is illegal. (We absolutely gotta take a win when we get it!) “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, […]

Opinion | How a Simple Twist of Fate Could End Democrats’ Control of the Senate

But there’s another possibility that should also have the Democrats reaching for the Maalox: A random act of fate could turn the Senate over to the Republicans not next January, but next summer, or next month, or next week. An illness or death could well trigger a political earthquake — by almost instantly switching control […]

Opinion | Jan. 6 Proved the Durability of the Constitution — and the Continuing Need to Defend It

Pence, of course, resisted. Besides the vice president, perhaps the biggest hero of the post-election period was the constitutional system itself — and the reason Pence was so stalwart was out of an abiding loyalty to that system. One year later, we should appreciate the fact that the Constitution proved a durable vehicle of representative […]

Opinion | Joe Biden Has Failed to Level with His Party

But this work must be done in the framework of a political system that often means delay, compromise, frustration. It is rare when a president comes into office with a mandate strong enough to overcome those conditions. Consider what happened last November: We won a clear plurality of 7 million votes; but thanks to the […]

Opinion | It’s Time for Biden to Fire the FDIC Chief

Historically, the FDIC operated collegially: although the chair presided over board meetings, the chair would allow free discussion and a vote on any item a director wished to have on the agenda. The current fracas arose when a board member sought to put an item — approval of a request for information about the process […]

Facebook Court Filing ADMITS ‘Fact Checks’ Are Just a Matter of Opinion

Surprisingly little attention is being paid to a bombshell admission made by the attorneys representing the corporation formerly known as Facebook, Inc., which has now transitioned into Meta Platforms, Inc. by Thomas Lifson In a court filing responding to a lawsuit filed by John Stossel claiming that he was defamed by a “fact check” Facebook used to label a […]

Opinion | Vladimir Putin Shouldn’t Be a Right-Wing Hero

Tucker Carlson has routinely flayed the elite foreign-policy consensus against Putin, including in a lacerating monologue this week arguing that the Russian leader has his eyes on Ukraine only because he wants to protect his country’s western flank. The cover of the latest Newsmax print magazine has a flattering picture of the Russian leader with […]

Opinion | Biden’s Democracy Summit Was Never a Good Idea. But Here’s How To Make It Work.

First, don’t be afraid to call out your guests. Taking geopolitics into account, even when it means compromising your ideals somewhat, is a fact of life in foreign policy. With a summit billed as being literally “for democracy,” though, this risks going from complication to contradiction. The administration did draw a line by declining to […]

Opinion | Why Fox Stopped Talking About Trump

It will come as no thunderbolt to even casual TV viewers that when you consider all the news and commentary the cable networks serve, they regularly give it a political spin. This why Fox is favored by Republicans, and MSNBC or CNN are mostly popular with Democrats. But the measurable swings in Lincoln Project mentions […]

Opinion | Why A ‘Sister Souljah Moment’ Won’t Save Biden

For those too young to remember, Sister Souljah was briefly a famous hip-hop star and activist who gave an interview shortly after the LA riots of 1992 in which she suggested violence against white people. Rev. Jesse Jackson then invited her to speak at a Rainbow Coalition event. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, then running for […]

Opinion | Of All the Ways America Is Divided, This One Might Be the Worst

Everyone I know or am evenly dimly aware of now falls into one of these two categories. There is no middle ground, and no easy way to avoid the question, especially during a holiday like Thanksgiving. I count myself firmly in the vaccinated group, forced to keep my distance from the nearly 20 percent of […]

EU top court adviser issues opinion on police use of phone location data

An opinion issued by a senior adviser to the European Union’s top court could have far-reaching consequences for criminal investigations going forward after he said that data-retention practices used by Irish police in a high-profile murder case contravened EU law. In 2015, Graham Dwyer was convicted of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara three […]

Opinion | Joe Biden’s Empty Inflation Toolbox

If that’s not enough to unsettle the White House and its allies, consider this: Presidents have almost no power to ease the pain of inflation, and the voting public cuts presidents no slack at all because of that impotence. Look into the toolbox of our country’s chief executive and you’ll find it empty of effective […]

Opinion | What Democrats are Getting Wrong About Cities and Suburbs

What analysts tend to get wrong is what those voters actually want. It’s a diverse cohort, and increasingly multiethnic. Former President Donald Trump turned some of them off in 2020, and that’s a big part of why he lost. But none of that means they’re ripe for progressive ideas, or looking for radical changes from […]

‘NYT’ piece on ‘unraveling of Zionism’ is good news in battle for ‘Jewish opinion’

It is good news that the New York Times Magazine printed a long article titled “The Unraveling of American Zionism,” by Marc Tracy, about a letter signed by 93 rabbinical students last May during the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. That letter said Israel maintains “apartheid” in the occupied territories and called on American Jews who have taken on […]

Opinion | It’s Getting Dire in Afghanistan. Biden Can’t Walk Away.

President Joe Biden may wish to forget about Afghanistan, but there’s never been a more urgent need for the U.S. to stay involved. A military withdrawal should not mean diplomatic disengagement, no matter how politically embarrassing the episode was for the White House. The crises that are consuming Afghanistan threaten to exacerbate the very problems […]

Opinion | Why Election Night 2021 Was Bad for Donald Trump

Fundamentally, though, Youngkin did it his own way, not Trump’s, and still turned out Trump voters in droves, while eroding Terry McAuliffe’s margins in areas where the Democratic advantage once seemed insurmountable. Youngkin’s path to victory was one that Trump himself or any of his epigones would have been incapable of, and Republican officials will […]

Opinion | Terry McAuliffe Bet on Voters Hating Trump. Turns Out They Dislike Democrats More.

Sane Republicans are heading for the exits, even as assaults on democratic norms have become a litmus test of loyalty. So, now, Democrats need to ask themselves this rather urgent question: Why can’t we beat these guys? Tuesday night, Democrats lost the governorship of Virginia — a state Joe Biden won by 10 points — […]

Opinion | One Lesson of Virginia? The Culture War Still Works.

And that suggests the real lesson for Republicans on Tuesday. One of their most powerful political assets is alive and well: the power of cultural issues over policies. In the broadest sense, “cultural” matters have been challenging and bedeviling Democrats for well over half a century. The backlash to civil rights pulled the South away […]

Opinion | Virginia Buries an Enduring Political Myth

O’Neill himself explained his approach this way: “You can’t assume anything in politics. That’s why every Saturday I walk around my district. I talk to the longshoremen in Charlestown. I listen to the people in East Boston and their concern on the airport noise. I walk down to the Star Market in Porter Square, and […]

Opinion | What It Means if Glenn Youngkin Wins

Former President Barack Obama gives a fist bump to Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, during a rally in Richmond, Va. on Saturday. | Steve Helber/AP Photo A Youngkin victory, though, would be significant. It wouldn’t just send tremors of fear through Democrats nationally, presumably making the party’s agenda that much more difficult […]

Opinion | What if Trump’s Grip on the GOP Isn’t as Strong as It Seems?

Trump’s rallies are still remarkably well-attended — part political events, part Grateful Dead concerts, part Andrew Dice Clay sets. The recent one in Alabama may well have been the largest political rally in state history, with roughly 50,000 people on hand. Trump is making progress in his project of hunting down and killing the careers […]

Opinion | The Perils of Political Foot-In-Mouth Disease

Indeed, the Trumpists may have returned the “own goal” favor by staging a raucous rally this week with Steve Bannon and other election fraud conspiracy theorists, and featuring a flag flown at the Jan. 6th rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol. In case the memories weren’t raw enough, Trump himself phoned into the […]

Democrats Clarify That Men Are Allowed To Have Opinion On Abortion As Long As They’re For It

Democrats Clarify That Men Are Allowed To Have Opinion On Abortion As Long As They’re For It WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a press conference to protest the Texas abortion ban, Democrat leaders called on men across the country to stand up for the right of women to kill their sons and daughters through all 9 months of pregnancy.  […]

Opinion | Don’t Believe Democrats When They Say a $3.5T Bill Costs Nothing

At a Wednesday news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeated this argument with great confidence. “It’s not about a dollar amount,” she told reporters. “The dollar amount, as the president said, is zero. This bill will be paid for.” White House chief of staff Ron Klain previewed this line at the SALT conference in New […]

Opinion | The Roots of Democratic Disarray

In shaping their sweeping social spending legislation, with a putative price tag of $3.5 trillion, President Joe Biden and the Democratic congressional leaders have argued that this is what the voters chose last November. And polls do show broad support for universal pre-K, lower prescription drug prices and expanded health care, paid for by higher […]

Opinion | Why Sane Republicans Are Purging Themselves

Last week, Gonzalez (Ohio), the 37-year-old former rising star, announced that he wouldn’t stay and fight his Trump-backed primary challenger, walking away from what had once been a safe seat in Congress. The decision was greeted with dismay among anti-Trumpers of both parties who saw Gonzalez’s survival as a test of whether Trump’s grip on […]

Opinion | The Stolen-Election Myth Has Become an Albatross for the GOP

To his credit, Elder graciously conceded on Tuesday night, but his talk of stolen elections was arguably his biggest misstep of the campaign. His landslide defeat is the latest evidence that the idea the 2020 presidential election was stolen is poison for Republicans. It’s not as though Elder, a talk-radio show host with no political […]

Opinion | Gavin Newsom and the Revenge of California’s ‘Anger’ Lobby

The specifics are almost perverse. But there’s a larger story to be told here, too, and one flush with irony. The recall was originally a progressive reform, part of a suite of tools given to the voters of California 110 years ago by a governor determined to wrench power out of the hands of wealthy […]

Opinion | The Real Biden Presidency Emerges

Biden was always fundamentally a default president, elected in opposition to Donald Trump and initially buoyed by the contrast to his outlandish predecessor, who ended his time in office in the worst manner possible. Now, he’s lost his foil in Trump, who is still issuing harsh and thunderous press releases, but isn’t driving every news […]

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