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Trump's Muslim Ban Is a Joke. Let's Treat It That Way

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on this 'sheer absurdity'

(Newser) - As other critics of Donald Trump's idea to ban Muslims from entering the United States decry it as "offensive and un-American," Charles Krauthammer thinks those people are taking the whole thing too seriously. The plan's "sheer absurdity" reveals it as what it really is—a... More »

Yes, Obama's Drone War Is Legal

Even if the Justice Department made a lousy case: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - The Justice Department may have written some weak memos justifying President Obama's drone warfare , but the case for the program is solid, writes Charles Krauthammer in a rare defense of the president in the Washington Post . The conservative columnist says the drone debate involves three distinct questions—Does the... More »

We're Losing on Immigration; We Need More

David Brooks says the economic case is impossible to refute

(Newser) - In a world of difficult issues, immigration is a blessedly simple one, writes David Brooks of the New York Times . "The forlorn pundit doesn’t even have to make the humanitarian case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity. The cold economic case by itself... More »

Obama Gives 'Most Liberal' Speech Ever

President tosses a glove at the feet of Republicans

(Newser) - A Band-Aid to heal a divided America, it was not: Liberals and conservatives alike are calling President Obama's fiery inaugural speech today a call to arms for liberal values in stark opposition to his opponents. A sample:
  • "I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting
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Dear House GOP: Give Up

Charles Krauthammer says it's time to stop trying to govern from the House

(Newser) - There is not, as conventional wisdom seems to indicate, some massive, irreconcilable rift between House and Senate Republicans. "What divides Republicans today is a straightforward tactical question," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post: "Can you govern from one house of Congress? Should you even try?" Many... More »

GOP Doesn't Need Change

Charles Krauthammer thinks the world is overreacting to Mitt Romney's defeat

(Newser) - All week pundits have been burying the GOP, insisting it must change to meet America's changing demographics or die. But not Charles Krauthammer. "The answer to Romney's failure is not retreat," he writes in the Washington Post . It is to "do conservatism, but do it... More »

Obama Will Regret His Libya Slam

Charles Krauthammer thinks Obama's outrage was a 'gaffe'

(Newser) - Perhaps President Obama's finest moment at the Hofstra debate was when he unloaded on Mitt Romney for suggesting that his administration had misled the public on Libya. But Charles Krauthammer thinks that victory came at a price. "No one has misled?" he writes in the Washington Post . "... More »

So Much for Obama's 'Reset' With Muslims

Charles Krauthammer is blaming Obama's weakness for the protests

(Newser) - Back in 2009, Barack Obama gave a much-lauded speech in Cairo promising a "new beginning" between the US and the Muslim world, based on "mutual respect." Charles Krauthammer found that "curious, as over the previous 20 years, America had six times committed its military forces on... More »

'Leviathan State' Won't Solve Your Problems

Charles Krauthammer slams Obama's love for infrastructure

(Newser) - Can we thank government for our best opportunities? President Obama seems to think so, but Charles Krauthammer isn't buying it: Yes, government builds roads and pays teachers, but "to say that all individuals are embedded in and the product of society is banal," he writes in the... More »

GOP Fell Into Democrats' 'Trap' on Payroll Tax

Looked 'heartless' as Obama seized advantage: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Republicans really blew it in the payroll tax debate—both in terms of policy and politics, writes Charles Krauthammer. For one thing, the two-month extension simply doesn't make sense: It requires businesses to plan for "two-thirds of a one-quarter tax-holiday extension." More importantly, for Democrats, it was... More »

Party's Over Conservatives, Prepare for Battle

2011 elections show the midterm wave is over: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer thinks the 2011 elections were a clear warning to conservatives: “The 2010 party is over. 2012 will be a struggle,” he writes in the Washington Post . In Ohio voters easily rejected a law limiting public sector unions—though they also voted against the individual health care... More »

Obama's Lying About Social Security

Charles Krauthammer thinks Obama's being dishonest about the so-called trust fund

(Newser) - Entitlement programs are choking our budget, but one of them, Social Security, ought to be “back-of-an-envelope solvable,” argues Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post : “Raise the retirement age, tweak the indexing formula, and means-test so that Warren Buffett’s check gets redirected to a senior in need.... More »

Arab Uprising Vindicates Bush

Rather than denounce us, protesters want America's help: Krauthammer

(Newser) - A lot of people are calling for a US military intervention in Libya, which strikes Charles Krauthammer as odd, since the world so condemned the US for taking out Saddam Hussein. “Hussein’s evil was an order of magnitude beyond Gadhafi’s,” Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post... More »

Democrats Too Dumb to Realize Obama Won Tax Deal

Krauthammer: GOP gave him his stimulus, and looked bad doing it

(Newser) - Barack Obama pulled off a huge coup with his tax-cut deal, but House Democrats are too dim to realize it. Obama slyly negotiated “the biggest stimulus in American history,” complains Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Republicans boast that this is their kind of stimulus—meaning mostly tax... More »

GOP's 10 Favorite Pundits

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck lead survey

(Newser) - The website ConservativeHome polled about 1,500 folks defined as Republican activists to find their favorite pundits. Here's the top 10:
  1. Rush Limbaugh, 41%
  2. Glenn Beck, 33%
  3. Charles Krauthammer, 29%
  4. Bill O'Reilly, 24%
  5. Sean Hannity, 21%
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Why This Vote Really Matters

This election (and the next) is about the role of government: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Tuesday's vote will be a blast for Republicans, but "the direction of the country” won't truly be determined until the 2012 election, writes Charles Krauthammer. Until then, with Obama’s veto power and Democrats’ shrunken numbers, nothing much will get done. Still, the “beauty” of these next two... More »

Ground Zero Mosque Is Sacrilege

Some places belong to others

(Newser) - There are some places you just don’t build. Some places are sacred, and Ground Zero is one of them. “It belongs to those who suffered and died there,” writes Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post . That’s why a commercial viewing tower near Gettysburg was taken down,... More »

So Miranda Didn't Blow This Case—but It Could Have!

Treat terrorists as enemy combatants, or we endanger civilians

(Newser) - America must update its approach to investigating terrorists, argues Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . It's great that Faisal Shahzad kept talking after being read his Miranda rights, but what if he stopped? His silence could have put people at risk. "We should treat enemy combatants as enemy combatants,... More »

Bill O'Reilly: The Mexicans Are Invading

The US-Mexican border should be treated like that between North and South Korea

(Newser) - According to Bill O’Reilly, America doesn’t just have an illegal immigration problem, it’s under attack. “There is an invasion of the United States going on. We wouldn’t have 12 million illegal aliens if there weren’t an invasion,” O’Reilly said yesterday. “There... More »

Get Ready for a National Sales Tax

VAT will be only way to cover health-care costs

(Newser) - European-style taxes will follow European-style health care entitlement as surely as night follows day, warns Charles Krauthammer. ObamaCare, when you remove the "budgetary gimmicks," will add trillions to the national debt, leaving the president's deficit reduction committee with no option but to call for the introduction of value-added... More »

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