Friday, December 19, 2008

Required Reading 12/19

READ OF THE DAY
Cinderalla vs. The Barracuda by Jonah Goldberg
A perfect example of the bowel-stewing self-indulgence of elite liberalism.


The Real Torture Disgrace
The left gears up to prosecute Bush officials for protecting the country.

Democrats Are The New Ethics Story
Blagojevich is just the tip of the iceberg.

Obama And The Rick Warren Flap
The president-elect needed someone to give the invocation. He wasn't going to pick Rev. Wright, was he?

'Tis The Season For Porn
Cultural Poison.

A Republican Stimulus Plan
Act now.

Caroline's Poll Fault
She skipped key elections, city files show.

Cronyism In An Era Of Change
The era of new politics is the same Vanity Fair as the old.

No Mercy For Jihad Johnny
A saboteur of American Freedom.

Power And Pedigree by Charles Krauthammer
If Princess Caroline wants a seat in the Senate, let her do it by election.

The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional
Free speech and the takings clause are at stake.

Let's Restructure Washington While We're At It
Congress is at least as unresponsive to consumer demand as Detroit.

Who We (Still) Are
A little perspective for the pessimistic "age of the empty suit."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Required Reading 12/18

READ OF THE DAY
Better Than A Bailout
Giving Americans two months off from paying federal income and payroll taxes would prove a far more potent "stimulus" than any plan dreamed up by Treasury aides and Capitol Hill bureaucrats. Anything a few hundred Washington operatives can do with that bailout money, 150 million American workers and entrepreneurs can do better, faster, and smarter.


To Catch A Thief
Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion fraud is giving politicians and investors who failed to diversify another excuse to blame too little enforcement in U.S. financial markets.

Players' Drug Use Wrecked IU season
Sampson 'tried to stop it' but was focused on wins.

The Madoff Inheritance
It's so nice Congress and Sheila Bair want to bail out these poor souls who knew so little about borrowing. Bernard Madoff's victims will get no such succor, even the most deserving.

Madoff Exploited The Jews
Networks of trust are vulnerable. No law can change that.

The Kennedy Entitlement
Can David Paterson say 'No' to Caroline?

Organizing The White House Is Obama's First Test by Karl Rove
All presidents come to realize how much structure matters.

Obama Should Forget About Energy Independence
The only way to get there is job-killing taxes.

Deleveraging Can Save Jobs
A simple change in tax policy would make it easier for companies to retire debt.

Ford's High-Stakes Gamble by George Will
Seeking A Ford In Our Future.

Playing Bridge
A conservative approach to infrastructure.

One Plus One Equals 20 Extra Votes For Franken
If the Republican Party can't protect an election won by the incumbent U.S. senator in Minnesota, there is no point in donating to the Republican Party.

Campaign Rhetoric and Presidential Reality by Victor Davis Hanson
Consider this brief history of foreign-policy posturing.

Court The Big Three
Paulson & Detroit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Required Reading 12/17

READ OF THE DAY
Could The Blago Scandal Ensare Team Obama by Byron York
If you don't think it can, you don't know prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.


Bernanke Goes All In
If the current Fed believes there are limits to monetary policy, you can't tell from yesterday's Open Market Committee statement.

Put Madoff In Charge Of Social Security
Madoff's clients went on "reputation," which is to say they acquired their faith in Mr. Madoff more or less the way people acquire their faith in global warming and many other things, from people equally as ignorant as they.

Pyramid Schemes Are As American As Apple Pie
How President Grant was taken by the Madoff of his day.

Wait-Listed To Death
Improving incentives for organ donations.

Obama's Education Choice
A 'reformer' who doesn't bother the unions.

Defeat Malaria? Yes We Can.
Glaxo's vaccine shows promise.

Don't Pull Back
'Progressive' policies would cause economic regression.

Welcome To The Blagosphere
The governor practiced market-based management.

The Real Housewives Of Crook County by Michelle Malkin
First Lady by day, Dragon Lady by night.

Shock-And-Awe Easing by Larry Kudlow
Bernanke joins Team Obama.

Ghosts At Hyannis Port by Michael Knox Beran
Caroline Kennedy channels Grandpa Joe.

Postponing Reality by Thomas Sowell
The triumph of the non-judgemental philosophy of high-toned circles.

It's No Time To Panic by Jonah Goldberg
Let's take a national walk around the block.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Required Reading 12/16

READ OF THE DAY
Barack Obama-san
Not to spoil the party, but this is not a new idea. Keynesian "pump-priming" in a recession has often been tried, and as an economic stimulus it is overrated.


Let's Buy Pakistan's Nukes
If Pakistanis thought a bomb would be a net national asset, they miscalculated.

Condi's Korean Failure
Putting diplomacy above disarmament.

The Sole Of Liberation
Real change is afoot.

The Lessons From 30 Years Of Chinese Reform
One of the greatest economic booms in history, but an emerging turn back to the left.

How Blackwater Serves America
Think of our staff as soldiers who re-enlist.

Bankruptcy Is The Perfect Remedy For Detroit
Washington hates the idea because it would lose leverage.

Google Wants Its Own Fast Track On The Web
The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing powerful defenders.

Gitmo Lawyers Are The Latest In Radical Chic
How about some pro bono work for the government.

The Shoe 'Nuf Truth
On Sunday, President Bush ducked two shoes hurled towards him in Baghdad. But he never ducked his responsibilities in Iraq.

The Bush Legacy
It will take historians years to sort out the president's mixed record.

Dittohead Nation by Jay Nordlinger
Colin Powell, as you may have heard, has pronounced that, in order to rebound, the Republican party needs to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. I say: The Republican party would be better off not listening to Colin Powell.

Paulson's Pliable Plan by Rich Lowry
In retrospect Paulson's conduct verges on bad faith.

Free Two Shoes by Mark Hemingway
Some may not have noticed, but the Zeidi incident demonstrates the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Good Obama Can Do by Mona Charen
Imagine him lecturing young people about the need to get married before having babies.

What's In A Middle Name by David Limbaugh
Surely, after Obama's acolytes scolded commentators for using Barack's Muslim-sounding middle name during the campaign, the president-elect himself wouldn't so quickly reverse course. But, in fact, he did.

Democrats Risk Losing Hispanics
One of the big bonuses Democrats enjoyed this year was a surge of support among Hispanic voters, a surge larger than the party would have dared to dream of just a couple of years ago.

Rush Responds To General Powell
The Republican Party is in the situation it's in precisely because of the people like Colin Powell and John McCain and others who have devised this new definition and identity of the party which is responsible for electing Democrats all over this country.

Keep Fitzgerald On The Job
Whether the case involves Mafia bosses, international terrorists or public corruption, Mr. Fitzgerald views bringing criminals to justice as a kind of moral imperative.

Making It
How Chicago Shaped Obama.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Required Reading 12/15

READ OF THE DAY
Fund Fraud Hits Big Names
Madoff's clients included Mets owner, GMAC chairman, country-club recruits.


Bush Blinks On The Auto Bailout
Now Barack Obama will have to face the UAW.

Innocents Die In The Drug War
Of all the casualties claimed by the U.S. "war on drugs" in Latin America, perhaps none so fully captures its senselessness and injustice as the 2001 CIA-directed killing of Christian missionary Veronica Bowers and her daughter Charity in Peru.

Disarming Ourselves
A new report warns Obama about our aging nuclear weapons.

Iran's YouTube Generation
Defiance on display.

Internet Attacks Are A Real And Growing Problem
A new report says cyberway isn't science fiction.

The Blago Scandal: What's The Rush? by Byron York
Are Obama allies stoking a crisis to push an embarrassing scandal offstage?

Dubious Dialogue by Amir Taheri
Obama has been toying with the idea of dialogue with the Islamic world for two years now - but he has yet to approach the idea of actually saying anything meaningful.

Sinise: A Man For All Services
Since war became a geographically distant but very real way of life after Sept. 11, 2001, no Hollywood star has stepped up to support active duty U.S. military personnel and wounded veterans like Gary Sinise.

Scientists Denounce AP For Hysterical Global Warming Article by Noel Sheppard
Scientists from around the world are denouncing an Associated Press article hysterically claiming that global warming is "a ticking time bomb" about to explode, and that we're "running out of time" to do anything about it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Required Reading 12/14

READ OF THE DAY
Mitch McConnell's Finest Hour
By refusing to write a blank check to Detroit, Senate Republicans have started to reclaim some credibility on fiscal policy and the role of government in the economy.


Even Chicago's Crooks Are Appalled By Blagojevich
Extorting Children's Hospital is a new political low.

The 'Certified' Teacher Myth
It doesn't help classroom performance.

Bush Was No Unilateralist
The president's longest serving senior diplomat says conventional wisdom is wrong.

Media Mistakes On Detroit's Dive
Why is there no shame in helping to sell Toyota's p.r. campaign?

Obama's 'My Pet Goat' Moment
You'd have thought the Bears had failed to make the playoffs.

Bush Signs Security Deal In Iraq
President Bush signed a milestone security pact here Sunday during a surprise farewell visit to Iraq, followed by a trip today to Afghanistan to rally with troops.

Separating The Terror And The Terrorists
When 10 young men in an inflatable lifeboat came ashore in Mumbai last month and went on a rampage with machine guns and grenades, taking hostages, setting fires and murdering men, women and children, they were described by many labels.

Who's Losing The U.S. Car Business? by Larry Kudlow
Look no farther than the UAW.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Required Reading 12/12

READ OF THE DAY
UAW Is Driving Detroit Off A Cliff by Henry Payne
The coddled union won't make concessions on its industry-killing contract.


Rezko Emerges With Central Role In Case
Mr. Rezko appears to be playing a key role in the case against Mr. Blagojevich, which, coupled with an unrelated, recently filed lawsuit in that state, could give Obama critics grist for their attempts to tie him to corrupt Chicago politics.

Blagojevich Thrived by Capitalizing on Connections
Prosecutors say Governor saw open Senate seat as escape hatch from mounting debt as new law was set to cut funding source.

Rescue Bid for Detroit Collapses in Senate
Common sense prevails.

Corporate Leadership And The Crisis by Carly Fiorina
As we watch the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies plead at congressional hearings for taxpayer money to avert "catastrophe," the great debate about the proper role of government continues with new urgency.

It Will Get Better
An interview with Charles Schwab.

Obama's Carbon Busters
A team of Al Gore's protégés takes over energy policy.

Wasting Paul Volcker
Obama needs him for more than 'car czar.'

Greece Is Burning
Lost principles have led to lost control.

Who Will Govern Illinois?
So who is Pat Quinn? By all accounts, he is a populist reformer, fiscally conservative for a Democrat and, refreshingly, an honest man. That's important in a state that has seen four of its governors indicted on corruption charges in the last 35 years.

Rectitude Chic by Peggy Noonan
The first Christmas in the age of restraint.

The Big Ten needs a Valiant bowl season

Obama Damage Control
He was elected president on a promise of "transparency" but barely five weeks later, Barack Obama is scrambling to meet his first big test on openness.

Obama Bungles Blago Response
"The rule of thumb is whatever you did, say it and get it over with and make it a one-day story as opposed to a three-day story. Politicians are always misjudging the intelligence of the American people."

U.S. Says It Will Bail Out Christmas
Easter and even Valentine's Day might be next.

Shelby, South Lead Resistance to Rescue
Foreign auto makers have favored the South in part because of its nonunion, low-wage tradition, and these senators argue that if the Big Three's labor relations more closely resembled those of the Southern plants, they wouldn't be in such trouble.

Carbon Caps 'Disastrous' For Texas
Gov. Rick Perry said federal regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions would be "absolutely economically disastrous" for energy-rich Texas, one of the few parts of the country still adding jobs.

On the Lawless Seas, It's Not Easy Putting Somali Pirates in the Dock
Though piracy is a globally recognized crime, few governments are willing to navigate the legal and logistical barriers that impede convicting seaborn bandits.

Top Broker Accused of $50 Billion Fraud
Sons Turned In Madoff After He Allegedly Told Them His Investment-Advisory Business for the Wealthy Was 'Giant Ponzi Scheme.'

Browner And Greener
Needless to say, the nation’s energy crisis is no longer Barack Obama’s top priority.

Down On Browner by Michelle Malkin
Regression We Can't Afford

Obama The Centrist? by Charles Krauthammer
The president-elect can boast of a moderate cabinet, but radical transformation remains his goal.

Another Modest Proposal
Forget Detroit. It's long past time we restructured America.

The Heart Of Blago by Rich Lowry
It's useful to remember that mkost politicians have an inner Blagojevich.

A Little Blago For Everyone by Jonah Goldberg
A cornucopia of corrupt crapulence.

Muslims Vs. Iran
It is widely assumed that the biggest victim of a nuclear Iran would be Israel. In fact, freedom-loving Muslims in neighboring countries know they have at least as much to fear.

Unusual Suspects
For President Obama, too, the first international crisis could be something that not one of us foresees (although, as always, events will seem obvious in hindsight). But there are also a number of potential crises hiding in broad daylight - and ignored.

Getting Warmer by NRO Editors
Obama promised to submit to the global consensus on climate change, but that consensus no longer exists as an operational political fact.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Required Reading 12/11

READ OF THE DAY
Obama Was Mute On Illinois Corruption
The president-elect could use his bully pulpit to drive a clean-up.


We Need A Bailout Exit Strategy by Christopher Cox
Let's not forget that free markets made America strong.

How The GOP Should Prepare For A Comeback by Karl Rove
Organization and ideas are what matters.

Whitewashing Fannie Mae
Congress begins its self-absolution campaign.

Bankruptcy Doesn't Equal Death
The auto industry could use the process to get competitive.

Minnesota Ballots: Land of 10,000 Fakes by Ann Coulter
Election recounts are never intended to get more accurate results. They are simply opportunities for Democrats to manufacture new votes and steal elections.

Don't They Know It's Fitzmas? by Eric Zorn
Tuesday was a great day in Illinois, a thrilling day, an exciting, hopeful day; one of the few happy days we've had lately.

Who Is Advisor B by Byron York
An unnamed Washington politico is apparently a key player in the Obama Senate-seat scandal.

Good Old-Fashioned Graft? by Mona Charen
Illinois and political scandal.

Blood And Diamonds by Roger Bate
Zimbabwe's kleptocrats are at war with their own people.

Blame Bush, Barack, Or Us? by Victor Davis Hanson
Unpopular policies concerning terrorism, energy, and finance are of long duration -- and not all will change.

Subsidizing Failure by NRO Editors
Politics has trumped prudence, and the real goal of this bailout plainly is not to help the automakers become sustainable businesses but to preserve union jobs and subsidize hybrid cars.

Blame The Bailouts On Mister Rogers
Mister Fred Rogers started every show telling us that we were “special” just the way we were.
When we weren’t.

Abe Should Belong To Indiana by Matthew Tully
Politicians in Illinois have made Lincoln roll over in his grave so many times he's now all the way back to his boyhood home in Indiana.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Required Reading 12/10

READ OF THE DAY
Democratic Culture Of Corruption by Michelle Malkin
Illinois invades.


Unpardonable by David Freddoso
An Illinois congressman tries to stop Bush from freeing a corrupt former governor.

And The Best Executive M.B.A. Programs in 2008 Are....
In the Journal's first survey, two schools stand far above the rest.

Calling All Cars: Trouble At Chuck E. Cheese's, Again
Kid-Centric pizza parlors become stage for adult bad behavior, as mama-bear instincts kick in and fight breaks out.

M.B.A.'s Veer Off Path To Big Finance Jobs
As recruiting season begins on business-school campuses, the collapse of major banks on Wall Street has many soon-to-graduate M.B.A.s rethinking their post-graduate paths.

NPR To Cut Work Force By 7%
In March, it will cancel "Day to Day" and "News and Notes," currently broadcast nationwide on member stations.

Ranking The Returns On Executive M.B.A.s
Applications for most executive M.B.A. programs are due early next year, and many working executives are weighing whether to make such a hefty investment in an uncertain economy.

Questionable Associations Of Obama
In his life and career in Illinois, President-elect Barack Obama has crossed paths with some notable figures who have drawn scorn and scrutiny.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Required Reading 12/9

READ OF THE DAY
The Chicago Way, On Tape
This wiretap was golden.


Stimulus Shouldn't Be An Excuse For Pork
The nation's mayors have presented a revealing wish list to Washington.

Oklahoma Case Shows System Isn't Okay
Texas 45, Oklahoma 35. That score got my attention.

Why Did Fitzgerald Act Now? by Byron York
A corruption investigation stopped short.

A Day In The Life Of Chicago
Psst! Wanna buy a Senate seat?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Required Reading 12/8

READ OF THE DAY
How To Do Public Works Right
In urban areas like New York, economic growth is physically constrained.


Fairness Doctrine Based On Scarcity Of Fact
That Orwellian name was designed to disguise the doctrine’s use as the government’s instrument for preventing fair competition in the broadcasting of political commentary.

Small Isn't Beautiful by William Kristol
conservatives should think twice before charging into battle against Obama under the banner of "small-government conservatism."

O.J. Simpson Transferred From Vegas To Nevada Prison
O.J. to begin serving nine to 33 years for his felony convictions in a gunpoint confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers.

Indy Shifts Its Surveillance
Tough areas lose 4 police cameras to the Monon Trail.

The Obama Health-Care Express
What Democrats learned from the fall of HillaryCare.

Now For An Honest Debate On Gitmo
A funny thing happened on the road to Barack Obama's inaugural: America became open to rational debate on Guantanamo.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Required Reading 12/5

READ OF THE DAY
He Did Good by Mona Charen
But the Left won't give Bush credit.


O.J. Simpson Judge Known For Tough Sentences
The tough judge in O.J. Simpson's Las Vegas robbery-kidnap trial is refusing to let the fallen football star and his co-defendant appear in civilian clothes during sentencing on Friday.

Hoosiers Snapping Up Guns, Ammo
Some Hoosiers, fearing Democratic restrictions, are rushing to buy firearms and ammunition.

With Gas Prices Down Brokaw Wants To Tax Them To $4 A Gallon
If you needed any more proof that liberal media members don't give a darn about the state of the economy or the American people, and instead just want to raise taxes, you got it.

Pirates, Terrorism, And Failed States
It's time to get serious about bringing order to palces like Somalia and Pakistan's tribal areas.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Required Reading 12/4

READ OF THE DAY
Change Or No Change? by David Freddoso
Which Obama Will Be President?


No New Deal For Big Three by NRO Editors
Last month, it was $25 billion. This month, it is $34 billion. Does anyone need a clearer illustration of what we’re getting into if we bail out the Big Three automakers?

What's Left Of Freedom by Thomas Sowell
A non-opposition position.

Checking In With A Quartet Of Contenders by Seth Davis
Purdue is still one of the favorites to win the Big Ten, but the loss to Duke, coupled with its overtime defeat to Oklahoma in Madison Square Garden last week, exposed two fundamental problems.

Center Grove Avenges Lone Loss, Brings Home Indiana Class 5A Title
It was a championship eight years in the making, but it took an incredible six minute finish to close the deal.

Carmel Drama Looks Familiar To Outsiders by Matthew Tully
For at least one night, Carmel's government didn't look nearly as pretty as its City Hall.

In 17 Months, Will Burton Be Challenged? by Matthew Tully
On the political front, it's never too early to start thinking about the next election.

Free Plaxico Burress
New York City's gun law is unconstitutional.

D.C. Gun Ban Proponents Ignore The Facts by John Lott
While it may seem obvious to many people that banning guns will save lives, that has not been D.C.'s experience.

Obama's Environmental Test
The president-elect's picks for his energy and environment team could undo any smart moves so far.

Opening At The Fed
How to think about the world's most important job vacancy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Required Reading 12/3


READ OF THE DAY
The Bailout So Far
With pundits threatening the economy with deflation and another Great Depression, none have really been able to argue effectively against this expansion of government responsibility and interventionist zeal.


Eric Holder's Politics
His years at Clinton Justice don't inspire confidence.

McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's Money by Karl Rove
America affirms Chicago's Golden Rule.

Obama's Not-So-Bold Job-Creation Promise by George Will
To the extent that his ambition is clear, it is notably modest.

The News From 2015: Senate Recount Is Settled At Last
The court held that lower courts had erred by refusing to count three decisive absentee ballots for Franken found two years ago jammed in the filter of a Brooklyn Park woman's vacuum cleaner.

The Cleanest State Meets The Pushiest Person by Ann Coulter
Until Now, Minnesota was always famous for its clean elections.

Back To The Old 9/11 World by Victor Davis Hanson
Now Obama gets the deal with Islamic terror, and has no Bush to blame.

What's RightWorld Doing Wrong?
A closer look at the current issues.

Bush Derangement Syndrome
There would be no cure with W. in the White House.

An Ugly Attack On Mormons by Jonah Goldberg
The easiest targets for an organized campaign against religious freedom of conscience.

Say No To Newspaper Bailouts by Michelle Malkin
Why not bring back town criers with public subsidies, as well?

Could John McCain Lose Again? by Byron York
After a presidential defeat, the Arizona senator starts a new run at home.

Barack Obama - Steady As She Goes by Rich Lowry
It's as moderate as any Democrat's national security picks could possibly get.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Required Reading 12/2

READ OF THE DAY
Travels With Hillary
Two Secretaries of State for the price of one.


Media Narratives Feed Terrorist Fantasies
Why has the media been so intent on magnifying genuine scandals?

Wetzel's Playoff Plan: I'll drink to that
Before we get to the playoff, let’s start by giving the Bowl Championship Series some credit. It might not be a good system, but it is better than the old one.

Iraq's New Dawn by Michael Yon
Victory Across The Board.

Why Notre Dame Has Fallen Behind In Quest For Talent
By placing the school's primary mission above athletic success, they chose correctly.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Required Reading 11/26

READ OF THE DAY
The Battle For Minnesota Is Just Getting Started
Al Franken demands to know the identity of every voter whose absentee ballot was rejected.


A Car Wreck In Washington
Can Democrats afford to let Detroit succeed?

Weis' Buyout Smaller Than Believed
The common perception of Weis' buyout is not accurate.

Sorry Charlie, You Gotta Go
It's about time Notre Dame faces the fact that Charlie Weis isn't what they thought he was.

The NCAA's Indiana Ruling Was As Favorable As IU Could Expect
Getting off easy.

Notre Dame Is Like Everywhere Else by Gene Wojciechowski
Irish Program Used To Be Special, now it just isn't.

The Story ESPN Doesn't Want You To Know by Jason Whitlock
No one cares about Ball State.

NFL Big Men Don't Always Fit In
Livin large ain't easy for an NFL Big Man.

Nutt Having Solid First Year At Ole Miss
Thanks to Ed Orgeron.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Required Reading 11/21

READ OF THE DAY
Home-field advantage Has Left The Building by Bill Simmons
The Colts willingly gave away the trump card of a deafening Hoosier Dome.


IU's Legal Tab Nears $500,000
School releases bills it had accumulated through July, including hearing in Seattle.

An Interview With Bob Ley by The Big Lead
One of the good guys.

Bail Out Capitalism, Not The Big Three
The pitative bailout of Detroit's Big Three is quite different from TARP, as it will only postpone the inevitable.

Bucket List Is Complete For A Regular Joe by Bob Kravitz
Thanks Joe.

Joe Tiller Ends Career In Fitting Fashion By AOL Fanhouse

ESPN Crew Has Fun With Big 12

Could Weis Be Cooked? By Dan Wetzel

Northwestern's Struggles Prove Tough To Overcome by Bob McClellan
Futility, thy name is Northwestern basketball.

Despite Bells And Whistles, "Office Of President-Elect" Holds No Authority
Obamaganda at its worst.

NPR Sends Wiccan Preistess To Public Prayer Booth
A pagan priestess runs into the president of the atheists in a phone booth in New York.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Pat Forde
Dashing Through The Notre Dame Irish Snow.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Required Reading 11/20

The Obama Health Plan Emerges
Liberals think the political moment has finally arrived to achieve what has eluded every other Democratic President from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.

Ignore The Stock Market Until February
The current volatility is less about fundamentals than forced selling.

Let's Have A Real Middle-Class Tax Cut by Newt Gingrich
Obama's tax credits won't stimulate the economy.

Now Obama Has To Govern
There may be more difficulties than he realizes in closing Gitmo.

Electoral Polarization Continues Under Obama
The truth about Obama's polarization.

GOP Voters Were Apathetic by Gary Andres
Turnouts hurt McCain and others.

Why Doesn't Liberalism Have To Change When Democrats Lose? by Rush Limbaugh

Bridge Loan To Nowhere by Jim Manzi
Bailout can't fix Detriot Woes.

Detriot DIP by NRO Editors
There is no saving GM in its present state and no good argument for trying.

Failure Is Not An Option by Victor Davis Hanson
Today it seems the grossly incompetent and inefficient must be preserved at all costs.

Familiar Faces by David Freddoso
The new House GOP Leadership.

Hoping For Change In Education? by Liam Julian
The early signs indicate Obama has sided with the public-school status quo.

Confirming Fears by NRO Editors
In choosing Eric Holder to be Attorney General, Obama has taken a step toward confirming his return to the September 10th mentality.

Obama's War by Clifford May
In Afghanistan, the change we need is a shiny new COIN.

Doc Daschle by James Capretta
One cook in the health-reform kitchen.

Better Together With Barack by Jim Geraghty
Obama and the dinner-party crisis.

Genius, Thy Name Is Obama by Ann Coulter
Historians have just named Obama the best president-elect ever.

Bush's Legacy: European Socialism by Dick Morris
Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union.

Purdue's Outgoing Football Coach by Tom Kubat
Joe Tiller leaves lasting memories.

All Or Nothing by Eric Neel
The University of Buffalo has been invited to one bowl game in its 102 seasons. This is the story of why the players chose not to go.

For The GOP, A Page From Daniels' Playbook by Matthew Tully
Many in the GOP are looking to Indiana's top boss for clues on how Republicans can emerge from a nasty political slump.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Required Reading 11/19

READ OF THE DAY
Let Detroit Go Rankrupt by Mitt Romney
Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.


The Right To Win by Thomas Sowell
Wrong.

Married To The Mob by Michelle Malkin
Insane same-sex marriage rage.

'No' To Obama's Experimental Government by Jonah Goldberg
Give it a rest.

The Great Right Hope
Hillary Clinton?

The Presidential Honeymoon?
Already headed for divorce.

The Case Against Early Voting
Making Election Day obsolete invites vote fraud and civic disengagement.

Party Of Privilege...
...Party of plumbers.

Iraq Pact
By the Editors.

Lungren's Run
For House Minority Leader, there's really no contest.

An Exercise In Leadership
Rejecting the status quo.

'A Matter Of The People'
Careening toward chaos in Caracas.

Auto-Bailout Mechanics
Industry insiders say "burn them down and start over."

It's Priceless by Thomas Sowell
The alternative reality of political rhetoric.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Required Reading 11/18

READ OF THE DAY
Tarp The TARP by Larry Kudlow
It's time for a reality check about what works and what doesn't in fighting recession and promoting long-term economic growth.


How Obama Got Elected
A 10 minute documentary showing how Obama voters' views were shaped by the mainstream media.

The Environmental Motor Company
Making Detroit a subsidiary of the Sierra Club.

'No Excuses' For LIberals
With the election of Barack Obama and huge Democratic majorities in Congress, liberals must now practice something other than the politics of mostalgia and what-if.

Iraq 'Fails' Upward
Iraq's security deal with U.S. shows gains amid 'failure' mantras.

Why GM Deserves Support by Rick Wagoner
Short-term government backing can preserve a vital industry.

Pirates Exploit Confusion About International Law
The connection between human-rights scolds and the rise of crime on the high seas.

Pirates' Delight
Other thugs will come if we don't punish the Somali pirates.

The Lieberman Pardon
Democrats decide they still need the Connecticut Senator.

I'm Still Inspired By John McCain
He was right to keep Rev. Wright out of it.

Obama Hears A Giant Sucking Sound
His legacy is spent before he gets his hands on it.

It's Time To Give Voters The Liberalism They Want
Don't believe pundits who say there's a centrist mandate.

Our Spendthrift States Don't Need A Bailout
Governors need to learn to use fat years to prepare for lean ones.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Required Reading 11/17

READ OF THE DAY
Why Bankruptcy Is The Best Option For GM
Chapter 11 would better preserve the valuable parts of the company than an ad hoc bailout.


Spitzer As Victim
This guy makes Bill Lerach seem remorseful.

Dodd's 'Democrat' Tightens His Grip
The next logical step in what is the Venezuelan president's drive to seize all power and silence all dissent.

The $639 Million Loophole
Obama's riches, and the humiliation of campaign reformers.

To Prevent Bubbles, Restrain The Fed
Obama would be a fool to trust his economy to the discretion of central bankers.

As California Neighborhood Burned, Two Little Houses Survived
Conejo Road homes cheated flames through flower power -- and sheer luck.

Fighting Traffic Jams With Data
Researchers develop ways for cars to 'talk' to each other and send warnings.

Ex-Rivals Stand To Gain From Meeting
McCain and Obama working together....scary.

George W. Hoover by William Kristol
A moment of opportunity for Republican governors.

Recession Will Be Less Damaging Without Bailouts
When times are bad, you find out who you are.

Republicans Ask: Just How Bad Is It?
Generational differences in the GOP.

Love In The Time Of Darwinism
A report from the chaotic postfeminist dating scene, where only the strong survive.

A Future For U.S. Conservatives
There's a great deal of stuffing left in the Reagan coalition.

SEC Charges Mark Cuban With Insider Trading
From the IU School of Ethics.

Charlie Weis Alienates Irish Supporters
Losses, criticism piling up for Irish's Weis.

Mark Cuban And The Insider-Trading Deal From Hell
Not even for a profit.

Cuban Wrongdoing Case Not What The NBA Needs Right Now by J.A. Adande
It would be easy for the NBA to downplay the insider trading allegation against Mark Cuban if not for that nefarious referee Tim Donaghy.

Is An MBA Worth It?
Taking shelter during the downturn.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Required Reading 11/16

READ OF THE DAY
The Surest Path Back To Prosperity by George W. Bush
If you seek economic growth, social justice and human dignity, the free-market system is the way to go.


Corporate Hell-Raiser
An interview with Carl Icahn.

Palin's Coattails
Her popularity saved Don Young.

The Meltdown That Wasn't
A primer on credit default swaps, the latest Beltway scapegoat.

Martian Triumph
A cause for hope in a year of uncertainty.

Stimulate Car Buyers, Not Car Makers
Government rebates would do less harm than a bailout.

The GOP Can Again Be A Power In Michigan
Low taxes worked for Obama. Why not for Republicans?

Don't Bail Out My State
South Carolina's governor says more debt isn't the answer.

Nightmare On Constitution Avenue
'Election Day' won't end until Democrats have 60.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Required Reading 11/14

READ OF THE DAY
Bush Shows Obama The Way by Larry Kudlow
The president reminds the president-elect that free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.


GameDay Flag Relay Is Worth A Salute
The story behind the WSU flag.

Gingrich Says GOP Is Outmatched
The Republican Party right now is like a midsize college team trying to play in the Superbowl.

Biden To Meet Cheney At Vice President's Mansion
The 'most dangerous VP in history.'

Sometimes ESPN Just Can't Win by Le Anne Schreiber
ESPN has miniscule margin on mistakes, apologies.

The Healer: Tom Crean Wins Over IU Family By Honoring Past by Terry Hutchens
We've heard this before Terry.

Weis' Answers To Critics Should Be Alarming by John Walters
Notre Dame is getting better players, but the coaching is what's lacking.

Targeting Your 401k
Congress has an eye on the tax break for your retirement.

That G-20 Show
Obama is right to keep his distance from this photo shoot.

Stable Money Is The Key To Recovery
How the G-20 can rebuild the 'capitalism of the future.'

Nancy Pelosi's Motown Juggling Act
If there was a moment that highlights to what extent the Democratic Party has become captive to its special interests, this might be it.

How To Win In Afghanistan
A minisurge is not enough. We need more Afghan security forces.

Why Spending Stimulus Plans Fail
What Congress gives to some it takes away from others.

Zimbabwe Is On The Ropes
What the world can do to help.

Restoring Financial Stability
Use Japan's experience as a guide to near-term problems...then think bigger.

America Throws Long
If Obama doesn't connect, more than the game is lost.

Can Newt Save The GOP?
He may be the jolt of energy his party needs.

Palin, The Governors, And The New Power In The Republican Party by Byron York
After an across the board defeat, charting the future.

Barack The Youthful by Rich Lowry
Youthfulness is the idiom of the American politics.

Obama Lexicon by Mark Hemingway
Neologisms for the age of hope and change.

Keep Right by Jonah Goldberg
The GOP would simple cease to exist as a viable party without the support of social and religious conservatives.

Sanctimonious Stone Throwers By David Limbaugh
Speaking of elitists, its time to address their contempt for rural and southern America, particularly their ongoing smear of the South as racist.

The Encroaching Command Economy by Charles Krauthammer
Dems want you to subsidize an industry made unprofitable by Dem policies.

Hank Paulson, Naked Emperor by Michelle Malkin
The man who doesn't know what the hell he's doing.

Next Up For Nationalization: The Internet
Network neutrality means less technological innovation...and less freedom too.

Bailout To Nowhere by David Brooks
Granting immortality to Detriot's Big Three does not enhance creative distruction. It retards it.

Purdue Aims For The Top Of The Big Ten
3 years ago, Purdue was last in the Big Ten, this season its favored to win it.

History of NSA Leaves Out Its Successes
Agency tells story but keeps victories secret.

Couric Studied With Anti-Palin Advisors Before Palin Interview
MSM Malfeasance.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Required Reading 11/13

READ OF THE DAY
History Favors Republicans in 2010 by Karl Rove
The 2008 election numbers aren't as stark as the results.


A Barack Market
No President-elect in the postwar era has been greeted with a more audible hiss from Wall Street.

How To Put The Squeeze On Iran
Cutting off its gasoline imports may be the only peaceful way to get Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Empire State Implosion
The financial meltdown and the welfare state.

MSNBC Retracts False Palin Story
Network runs correction on air after reporting an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarassing story about Sarah Palin, information stemming from a hoax.

Code Name Obama
Government trivia tidbits.

The Greens Get Harpooned
The Supremes save the Navy from the whales.

Obama And Missle Defense
On this critical issue, the president-elect is not off to a good start.

It's Time To Rethink Our Retirement Plans
Let's fix what isn't working, before the next financial crisis.

China Can Help
How else will the Dems finance their spending programs?

Obama's Second Thoughts On Iran
Obama appears to be having second thoughts about the wisdom of an idea announced largely as a means of strengthening his anti-Bush message rather than dealing with a dangerous foreign foe.

Reaching Hispanic Voters
Democrats' ground game paid off.

GOP Vote Declines Less Than NYT Profit by Ann Coulter
For the first time in 32 years, Dems got more than 50% of the country to vote for their candidate in a national election, and now they want to lecture the Republican Party on how to win elections.


After Taking Some Shots, She Fires Back
Palin aims at detractors in remaking her image.

Weis' NFL Experience Not Helping Him Now by Jason Whitlock

Willingham's Failure Doesn't Make Weis Better

Nice Time To Ride To The Rescue, Charlie

Obama & Gitmo by Andrew McCarthy
End the demagoguing and know the facts before making policy.

The Same Old Change by Victor Davis Hanson
And some of it, we weren't even waiting for.

Center? What Center?
The center is never a fixed position to move toward.

Entering Casablanca by Liam Julian
The hope and change candidate is now the president-elect of tempered hope and difficult change.

Bitterfest '08 by Jay Nordinger
Now is the time for graciousness, optimism, and all that jazz.

Will Republicans Learn? by David Freddoso
House leadership elections are one test.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Required Reading 11/12


READ OF THE DAY
Obama's Car Puzzle
If consumers really wanted green cars, no mandate would be necessary.

Obama's Lame Duck Opportunity
Let Bush take the free-trade heat.

Is Now The Time To Buy Stocks?
Here is what the historical evidence suggests.

Mischief In Minnesota
Al Franken's recount isn't funny.

Same Old Berlin Wall
In Germany, a limit to the change we can believe in.

Kurdistan Is A Model For Iraq
Our path to a secular, federal democracy is inspired by the U.S.

This Election Has Not Realigned The Country
What 2008 has in common with 1980.

Goodbye To All That
A cheap cynicism has brought us to disaster. Let's try a little audacity.

The Palin Factor
What the polls say about Sarah.

Win One For The Messiah by Victor Davis Hanson
Excuse me if I remain unmoved by the misguided religious fervor.

To Your Battle Stations by Tony Blankley
Calling all hearty conservatives.

Camille Paglia On Obama, Palin And The Next Four Years
I still like Sarah Palin.

Four More Boilermakers
Meet the 2009 Recruiting Class.

McCain Defends Palin In Post-Election TV Interview
'She inspired people. She still does.'

I'm A Strong Believer You Have To Obey The Law
A look ahead at Obama's immigration policy.

The GOP Looking Glass by Jonah Goldberg
Was George W Bush a conservative president?

GOP Comeback? Been There, Done That by Michael Medved
Drawing parallels to 1992.

Here Are Your Assignments by John Pitney
The road to political recovery.

Dubya And Zuni by Michelle Malkin
The rest of the story on Obama's illegal-alien aunt.

Yes, He Can! by Dave Konig
Celebrate Joe.

GOP Looking Glass by Jonah Goldberg
The Right future.

Broadcast Blackout Of Left's 'Fairness' Doctrine Push
The Censorship Doctrine.

'Why Believe In A God?' Ad Campaign Launches On D.C. Buses
There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Detroit Comes Begging by Rich Lowery
Can we save corporate dinosaurs that have been mismanaged for decades? Yes we can!

Economic Change We Need by Iain Murray
Challenging Obama and Congress to demonstrate they're all about change.

President Palin? Alaska Governor Ponders Her Future
Palin moves deeper into the spotlight.

The New Face Of The Republican Party
Some perspective.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Required Reading 11/11


READ OF THE DAY
'Intellectuals' by Thomas Sowell
Ignorance has consequences.


Tiger Woods On Golf, Obama, And The Economy
"My father would have cried."

The Culture War And Barack Obama by Bill O'Reilly
You dance with the one who brung ya.

McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk
Where is John McCain's honor when we need it?

Take Some Political Risks by Paul Ryan
The greatest threat to our nation's future prosperity is the explosion of entitlement spending.

(D.) For Vendetta
The champagne is barely off the ice and Dems are already celebrating their new majorites by punishing a few heretical colleagues.

John Edwards To Reemerge At Indiana University
Go back in your hole.

Soldiers Of The Great War
Whether our costly achievement in Iraq will hold depends largely on our willingness to support the Iraqi government and steel it against its own fascistic challengers.

The Bailout Of The Bailout Of....
The rescue medicine was killing the patient.

Diversity Is Destiny
Targeting the hispanic vote.

Stay Faithful To Core Values
To regain a majority, Republicans must embrace core values with such conviction that Americans will welcome where Republicans will lead them in the future.

Listen. Adapt. Be Positive.
Words from the future leader of the RNC.

What Would Reagan Do?
This is not the first time that conservatives have stared into an electoral abyss.

Above All, Obama's A Pol
Barack Obama may be the King Of Cool, but his followers are afflicted with brain fever.

Liberal Censorship And Its Roots by David Limbaugh
Obama and the Censorship Doctrine.

Put California In Play
Hispanics show traditional values but pull the lever for Obama.

Is 2008 A Realignment?
Realignment is an overused term.

Obama Urges Bush To Help Auto Industry
A head start on socialism.

Obamas Depart White House After Meetings With First Couple
The Obamas get a tour.

Minnesota Ripe For Election Fraud by John Lott
There is nothing funny about Minnesota's recount.

Obama Victory Raises Social Significance Of Basketball by Scoop Jackson
What happens when ignorant people write.

Soldiers Win by David French
Post-election reflections on Iraq.

Pride Of A Nation by James Robbins
Vets Day.

GOP Gears Up For 2012
Looking at the future of the GOP.

Palin Allies: She's No Diva
'I never asked for anything more than a Diet Dr Pepper'

White House Kitchen Staff Prepares for Obamas
The First Family has the privilege of putting its own personal taste on the presidential mansion.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Required Reading 11/10

READ OF THE DAY
Five Days At The End Of The World by Andrew Klavan
My visit to Afghanistan, and the War on Terror movie that Hollywood would never make.


Why I'll Miss President Bush by Jim Towey
He had a charge to keep, and he kept it.

Crichton's Wisdom
He understood that even scientists fall to temptations of fame, profit, and power.

Ryan For Republicans
The party needs an economic spokesman.

Rahm Emanuel: "Do What You Got Elected To Do"
The incoming chief of staff says expect a pragmatic White House.

The Polls Show That Reaganism Is Not Dead by Scott Rasmussen
Mr. Obama ran like Reagan. Will he be able to govern that way too?

What An Obama Victory Means For Racial Politics by Juan Williams
Barack Obama's election is both an astounding political victory, and the end of an era for black politics.

Nationalizing Detroit
The irony of government stepping in to solve another crisis they created themselves.

Pay As You Go Is Gone
The double standard of government spending in an Obama administration.

Don't Repeat Errors Of New Deal by Amity Shlaes
The New Deal inspired but it is the wrong deal for the country, even now.

The Lost Art Of War by Andrew Klavan
Hollywood's anti-American war films don't measure up to the glories of its patriotic era.

First Bush-Obama Meeting: Hard Feelings And Hand Sanitizer
As President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama prepare for their post-election meeting at the White House on Monday, memories of their first encounter linger.

Obamas Arrive For Meetings At White House With First Couple
President-elect Barack Obama arrived early with his wife Michelle to meet with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush for a discussion about the transition of power.

Braggistan In The America Of The Imagination by Andrew Klavan
Why the military loses the information war.

GOP Dog Days by Bill Kristol
It could be a tough 8 years for conservatives.

Washington Post Concedes Bias For Obama
The WaPo ombudsman tells us what we already know.

America's True Genius
There goes that change word again.

Post-Racial Preference America by Ken Blackwell
Race is not an insurmountable obstacle to success in today's America.

Restoring Reaganism by Deroy Murdock
Tis the season for recriminations.

The Death Of The American Idea by Mark Steyn
An electorate living high off the entitlement hog.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Required Reading 11/7


READ OF THE DAY
Aliens Cause Global Warming by Michael Crichton
R.I.P. Michael Crichton


Palin And The GOP
Love Sarah Palin or hate her, there seems to be little in between, the Alaska Governor has become a national political figure.

Obama Needs A Strong Foreign Policy
Voters continue to harbor doubts about Democrats on security.

How To Block The Liberal Agenda
Democrats won big on Tuesday, but not big enough.

The Children Are Watching
America makes history, but the mandate is for moderation.

Emanuel's Elbows
Mr. Emanuel is likely to be a restraining influence on the wackier members of Congress.

Cowards by Michelle Malkin
The character assassination of Sarah Palin.

Compassionate Conservatism Was A Mistake by Dick Armey
John McCain has long suffered from philosphical confusions about free markets, and his presidential campaign reflected as much.

Conservative Power Brokers Strategize
Obama untruthfully campaigned on traditionally Republican issues.

The GOP's Worthy Nominee by Charles Krauthammer
In the excitement and decisiveness of Barack Obama's victory, we forget that in the first weeks of September, John McCain was actually ahead.

Conservatives, Don't Be Hypnotized by David Limbaugh
Being gracious in defeat does not mean we should for one minute abandon the vigorous pursuit of our ideas. The left never does, and we cannot afford to.

Progressivism's Achilles Heel by Jonah Goldberg
Obama has some major unprogressive coattails.

Protect And Defend by Oliver North
Obama clearly intends to change the commitments, capabilities, and cost of America's military.

Mitt Romney On Obama's Challenges
Obama should forget entirely about reelection and focus solely on helping the nation at a critical time.

A Flag, On A Hill by Bill Whittle
We're gonna lick 'em out of their boots.

Why McCain Lost by Michael Reagan
Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States because the Republican Party and John McCain handed him the presidential election on a silver platter.

Palin's Tricky Path Back
'2012 sounds so far off that I can't even imagine what I'd be doing then.'