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Harsanyi: Obama Hands Republicans an Opportunity -- And They're Already Blowing It

Barack Obama isn't pivoting to jobs; he's prepping for battle. What does a president in a perpetual campaign do when national disapproval rates start rising higher than 50 percent? He returns to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., the site of a Lincoln- ...

Harsanyi: Save the Filibuster!

You know what would make life a lot easier? A direct democracy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the man who once argued that weakening the Senate filibuster would "destroy the very checks and balances our Founding Fathers put in place to prevent a ...

Harsanyi: Liberals vs. Imaginary Monsters

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently informed us that a national movement is afoot "to punish the unemployed." Remarkably, he went on to write, conservatives think the world is far too easy on those who can't find work, so they're on a miss ...

Harsanyi: The Media's Shameful Coverage of the Abortion Debate

Here's what we know about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks: The Associated Press tells us that the "GOP-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill." But don't worry, Politi ...

Harsanyi: The Left's Phony Defense of Freedom

There are many idealistic progressives who've remained opposed to the National Security Agency's data mining programs regardless of who is in the White House. (We can't surrender our freedom for safety, you know!) It's only a shame that these same pe ...

Harsanyi: Get the IRS out of Speech Business

So, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups (or, more precisely, groups displaying a bit too much gusto for limited government) was far more widespread than its initial apology would have led Americans to imagine. Yes, it is d ...

Harsanyi: Obama's 'Fairness' Economy Has Backfired

One of the most seductive parts of President Barack Obama's political message (and the message of progressive Democrats in general) is sympathy for the poor and a willingness to talk about the disparities of capitalism -- about the rich being too ric ...

Harsanyi: Michael Bloomberg's Authoritarian Instincts

So, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that the public's interpretation of the Constitution must evolve in the face of terror attacks such as the one in Boston. "You're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the ...

Harsanyi: Who Cares What the Majority Wants on Guns?

President Barack Obama has been struggling to wrap his head around the "unimaginable" idea that Congress may "defy" the American people and stop a vote on a gun control package compromise. The notion, he says, resists the "overwhelming instinct of th ...

Harsanyi: The Myth of Obama's Centrism

Barack Obama's quest for a "balanced approach" is the lifeblood of his political success -- and also its biggest myth. Witness the coverage of the purportedly centrist president's 2014 budget proposal. "Obama sends Congress $3.77T spending plan, rile ...


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