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Should America Use Military Force in Syria?

Tuesday's show was devoted in large part to whether Congress should endorse President Obama's request for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force ("AUMF"), a Congressional action sought and received by President Bush just prior to launching the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Most of this week's and next week's programming will be on the same topic. This is one of those issues to which it is impossible to devote too much time. Read more...

The Syrian Nightmare

On Tuesday I interviewed one of the world's most accomplished combat correspondents, the New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, on the Syrian nightmare. Read more...

Will Obama Lose Egypt?

"America has no permanent friends or enemies," Henry Kissinger famously remarked, "only interests." Read more...

Saving the Washington Post

CNN's Jake Tapper may be the most respect down-the-middle journalist in Washington right now. He has some thoughts on how Jeff bezos might save the failing Washington Post. Read more...

More, More and More on the Common Core

I spent much of last week's radio shows in conversations with proponents and opponents of the "Common Core." (Other topics were covered of course. There is a world wide terror alert, for example, and then there was a long conversation with Davis Gaines on life in the theater, but there was a lot of Common Core talk.) Read more...

The Border Fence and Conservatives

South Carolina's Trey Gowdy and Ohio's Jim Jordan are two rock-solid conservatives. I interviewed both Wednesday on the IRS scandal and on the border fence. Read more...

The House GOP Fumbles the Fence and Thus Border Security and Thus Immigration Reform

Unlike some anti-reform voices, however, I and I think most conservative pundits believe the House GOP needs to take up and pass serious but sensible immigration reform. The reasons for doing so are numerous and for the most-part self-evident. Senator Marco Rubio made a great case for reform, even though he and his colleagues didn’t make a great bill. That case is the subject of a long article I just published in theRegent Law School Journal of Law and Public Policy and the outlines of the general argument are well known. But --a crucial "but"-- the base is increasingly insistent on reform and border security. (One example of one very influential voice in favor of reform is Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. The GOP ignores the growing Catholic-evangelical consensus on the need for reform at its own peril.) Read more...

10 Takeaways From the Senate Immigration Fiasco

It was a fiasco -- the worst possible result: A terribly flawed bill that, of all the GOP's Senate superstars, only Marco Rubio could support. All the other rising stars -- Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Thune -- voted "no," as did Leader McConnell and Whip Cornyn. Worse yet, the jam down created a toxic environment around immigration reform, greatly complicating if not dooming the effort in the House for this session. Read more...


The Real Reporting on the IRS

Carol Platt Liebau and Eliana Johnson aren't exactly Woodward and Bernstein --yet. Read more...