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    The Tired State of the Union Redux

    Will this be the most anti-climactic State of the Union speech ever? Quite possibly, yes. At least in previous iterations, there was an element of suspense regarding the speech’s actual content. Not this time. For weeks, if not months, the President and his surrogates have telegraphed how the State of … More

    Climate-Change Busyness

    Rather quietly, the Obama administration is putting together a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing. But the plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. When Congress refused to … More

    U.S. Could Learn From Hong Kong About Economic Freedom

    My previous column focused on why the United States is no longer among the top 10 nations listed in the annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” It’s important to put this in a larger context and explain why it matters. The freest societies in history have always been the most prosperous. … More

    Russia's Reputation at Risk in Sochi

    Next month, the Winter Olympics in Sochi will bring many of Russia’s systemic problems in focus. It won’t be a pretty picture. The terrorist threat, rampant corruption, a problematic human-rights record, and rising xenophobia and nationalism will all be on display. How the Russian leadership deals with these ills during … More

    Obama's Foreign Policy to Nowhere

    Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the British Defense Staff, made some ripples across the pond with his judgment on the U.S. president’s foreign policy. “Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world,” Strachan said. Coming from a world-class military historian, it … More

    You Can’t Have Income Equality Without Economic Freedom

    For all of the ideas President Barack Obama will likely mention in the course of this election year on ways to reduce income inequality, don’t expect for him to mention the one that has actually been proven empirically to work: jobs. This sweeping pronouncement is hard to refute after reading … More

    Executive Pen at the Ready: Imperial Obama “Will Not Limit Himself” to What Congress Does

    President Obama reminded Congress and the American people yesterday that he’ll use his executive power in any way he can think of. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” President Obama … More

    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    The 5 Most Viral Images of 2013

    Thanks to you, we grew our Facebook audience by leaps and bounds in 2013. We were able to use images to not only add humor to a situation, but also to spread important messages. Here are the five images that you liked the most.          

    Pajamas, Cocoa, and Health Care: How Obama Wants You to Spend Christmas

    How do you plan to spend the cold days of December? Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign arm, thinks Americans should be spreading the merry news of Obamacare. Last night on Twitter, OFA encouraged its followers to grab some hot chocolate and talk health care. Accompanying the call to #GetTalking … More