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Cuba
Dec 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The Soviet Union did not have to fall. If Carter had won a second term and Mondale had succeeded him, the Communist dictatorship might have received the outside help it needed to survive.
Dec 19 2014 - The Federalist by Mike Gonzalez
Reality contradicts President Obama’s rationale for deciding to normalize diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba.
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Obama is a "commie" sympathizer. Perhaps he envies the Castros, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong–un, Bashar Al–Assad, and other dictators. The Appeaser–in–Chief has been doing a fine job of emulating them by bypassing Congress and issuing unconstitutional executive orders. js
Dec 19 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Roger F. Noriega
The Cuban regime’s decision to release American hostage Alan Gross to celebrate Hanukkah with his family is long overdue, welcome news. Gross is free today; 11 million Cubans are not. President Obama’s decision to move toward normalizing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime resuscitates a gasping dictatorship without even asking for anything in return.
Dec 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Matthew Vadum
Lawmakers opposed to President Obama’s sudden move to cozy up to Communist Cuba are vowing a full–court press to prevent official diplomatic recognition of the tropical prison republic from going forward.
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I just think there are bigger fish to fry. bbm
Dec 19 2014 - Ron Paul Institute by Ron Paul
President Obama today took a bold and surprising step toward ending the futile 50 year US embargo of Cuba. The president announced he would begin normalizing relations, including upgrading the diplomatic mission in Havana to embassy status. The president also said he was taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information between the US and Cuba.
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But who closed the door in the first place?
Dec 20 2014 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Martin Schram
Thousands in Miami's sunny Orange Bowl stood and cheered as one, thrilled to ecstasy and even tears of joy by what they'd just witnessed on the field.
Dec 19 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
President Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue –– and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.
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It did work. It stopped the Soviet expansion into America. bbm
Dec 20 2014 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Is there any element of American foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba?
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So, no word on the failures of communism? These pundits just can't bring themselves to admit that it is a failed system. bbm
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Scandals
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Public Service: In a hissy fit against budget cuts, the scandal–rocked IRS has retaliated by announcing that tax refund checks will be delayed this year. At the Internal Revenue Service, the customer comes last.
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Regulation
Dec 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Arnold Ahlert
Almost unbelievably, the Obama administration is involved in another scandalous abuse of power, one that has largely escaped the public’s attention. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report December 8 detailing the abuses by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), operating under the auspices of a program known as Operation Choke Point. Run by the Departments of Justice and Treasury, Operation Choke Point was supposed to target illegal businesses and prevent them from obtaining access to the U.S. financial system. Yet damning emails unearthed by investigators reveal regulatory officials were motivated by personal animus toward certain businesses. “It’s appalling that our government is working around the law to vindictively attack businesses they find objectionable,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R–CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a press release.
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President Obama
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Agenda: Lost in the swirl over the president's move to undo 55 years of U.S. policy in Cuba is his suggestion that America colonized Cuba and gave rise to its communist "liberators." Where does he get such pap? From his church.
Dec 19 2014 - The Desert Sun by DAVID IGNATIUS
The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes thebest a president can do is to hit “singles” and “doubles.”
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If only there were climate change; Cuba is OK, like deciding on killing Osama, anybody could have done it. Any deal with Iran will only give them more time to develop a BOMB. He won't defeat IS; he has to defeat Islam. And his measures on immigration are illegal. bbm
Obama's activities
Dec 19 2014 - Town Hall by Michelle Malkin
Oh, woe is she. In an "exclusive" interview with People magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the "sting" of "racist experiences" that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America's Marie Antoinette? Cry me a river.
To show how she's down with The Struggle of post–Ferguson agitators, Mrs. Obama cited a supposedly horrifying incident at a Target store where she was treated, in her paranoid mind, as a subservient. "Even as the first lady," she bemoaned, "not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf."
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Gun control legislation
Dec 20 2014 - Town Hall by D.W. Wilber
With just over two years left in the administration of President Barack Obama, and with his promise, some might view it as a threat, to use the powers of his office to make changes he believes are best to move the country towards the vision he and his supporters have for the future of America (that fundamental transformation he told us about), protecting Americans’ right to bear arms will be even more important as the Obama Presidency winds down.
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Health insurance
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Health Care: From Clinton to Obama, the left has long dreamed of imposing a single–payer health care system on the U.S. But Vermont's abrupt move last week to halt its single–payer plan suggests it can't work — and never will.
Health care debate
Dec 19 2014 - The Federalist by Daniel Payne
I am among the lucky millions of Americans whose health insurance plan was cancelled by Obamacare, a distinction I never asked for but received nonetheless: I liked my plan, but I cannot keep it. My $55–per–month coverage is dropping on January 1, and I am not renewing with them—so imagine my surprise when I got home last week and found a bill in the mail from my insurance company for a $202 premium for January. Having not signed up for any new plan, much less a plan four times the cost of my old one, I was a bit perturbed, so I called them up and was told that they send these kinds of bills out as a matter of course (apparently without explaining anything to their customers). If I wanted to go with another plan or provider, I was told, I could just ignore the bill; I would then receive several “late payment” notifications, after which the account would be cancelled.
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by JED GRAHAM
In just six months, the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell ruling could render ObamaCare unworkable in 36 states that don't operate their own exchanges.
Dec 20 2014 - City Journal by Joel Zinberg
Young doctors are increasingly becoming employees rather than independent practitioners.
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Bigger is maybe cheaper but not necessarily better. Would you rather buy something from a big box store or the local merchant down the street, if the price were the same. Even if it weren't, you might pay a premium just for the service. This all might have happened naturally but we sure don't need government pushing it. bbm
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Foreign Policy
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Diplomacy: The White House says Cuba's Raul Castro may soon visit. If he does, it'll be an ugly blot on President Obama's record. Since when does the U.S. welcome brutal military dictators into the people's house?
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return?
Dec 19 2014 - Town Hall by Ken Blackwell

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison
“Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout.” Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan’s favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up–to–the–minute reporting of the Weekly Standard?
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Campaign for President
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one–size–fits–all national education standards that would turn schools into re–education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters.
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Protests
Dec 19 2014 - Libertarianism by Ryan McMaken
Writing on the Ferguson protests and riots, Darlena Cunha claimed in Time Magazine that the Tea Party “gets its name from a riot, The Boston Tea Party.” Cunha went on to then claim that the Ferguson riots are in the tradition of the Boston Tea Party, which celebrates its 241st anniversary this week.
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News / Economics
Wages
Dec 19 2014 - Economic Policy Institute.
This last year saw the pace of job growth pick up, a welcome development. Yet the economy remains far from healthy. In 2014 the twin issues of income inequality and stagnant wage growth for the vast majority of Americans took center stage. Better late than never.
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Interesting charts, wrong conclusions. Government causes the pay problems by making it more expensive to hire. bbm
Outsourcing
Dec 20 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by Tyler Watts
In the 2012 election, President Obama released ads accusing opponent Mitt Romney of “shipping jobs overseas” as CEO of a private–equity firm, Bain Capital. Romney responded not by denying this aspect of Bain’s operations, but rather by insisting that he was no longer actively managing the company at the time the alleged outsourcing occurred.
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Media Failures
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Andrew Malcolm
With thousands of college students arriving home for the holidays these days, concerned parents might just be tempted to inquire about all the frequent rapes that are occurring back on the campus they're transferring so much wealth to every few months.
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News / Energy
Fracking
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Energy: New York state found that fracking would mean more than 50,000 jobs for eight economically depressed counties bordering Pennsylvania. In banning it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose green over black gold.
Oil
Dec 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The House Energy and Power Subcommittee met last week to consider whether the time has come at last to lift restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports, a statutory relic of the Arab oil embargo of 40 years ago.
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Oil Dependence
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Merrill Matthews
Allegations emerged last summer from Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and former prime minister of Denmark, that Russia was secretly funding the anti–fracking movement.
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Dec 20 2014 - NewsMax
The climate change theory that man–made global warming is caused by an increase of greenhouse gases "is the greatest scientific fraud in history," says John Casey, president of the Space and Science Research Corporation.
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North Korea news
Dec 19 2014 - The Federalist by Mollie Hemingway
While Wired says the evidence linking North Korea to the Sony hacking and terrorism threats against Americans is thin, anonymous U.S. government officials have said it was North Korea.
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Hollywood doesn't mind mocking Christians and promoting homosexuals, transgenders, etc. Where is their courage in promoting freedom of speech? js
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Cyberwar: Like a bomb detonating in slow motion, the scale and destructiveness of the Sony hack has only now become fully apparent. Telling Americans to go to the movies doesn't cut it as a government response.
Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
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Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by EUGENE ROBINSON
It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." Most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who green lighted the film.
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The Present Global Culture War
Dec 19 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Charles Krauthammer
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified by the Sydney hostage–taking attack. But there are two kinds of lone wolves, the crazy and the evil, and the distinction is important.
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Israeli politics
Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Thomas L. Friedman
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has set new elections in Israel for March 17. Israel has had critical elections before, but this could be its most important, because the Israeli right today is no longer dominated by security hawks and free–marketeers like Netanyahu. It is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious–nationalist zealots like Naftali Bennett, who, if they run the next government and effectively annex the West Bank, will lead Israel into a dark corner, increasingly alienated from Europe, America and the next generation of American Jews.
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Typical liberal response: Don't upset the bad guys. bbm
Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Dec 20 2014 - Campus Watch. by Andrew Harrod
Israel is a twenty–first century "litmus test of a real commitment to justice," the "Vietnam," the "South Africa," and "moral issue of our time" according to leftwing icon Angela Davis, quoted approvingly by Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi on November 21 before an audience of about fifty. Khalidi's panel discussion of "The Legal Assault on Palestinian Rights Activism" over a lunch of sandwiches and drinks at the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) Washington, DC, headquarters twisted anti–Israel hatred and criminality into Israeli persecution of Palestinians.
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Missile Defense on the world scene
Dec 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Defense: China has just tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, using technology given to them on President Clinton's watch to launch communications satellites.
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News / Violence / Crime
Police actions
Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Los Angeles Times
Attorney General Eric Holder released new guidelines last week aimed at limiting profiling by federal law–enforcement officers. Though he should be commended for tackling the issue, the new guidelines leave much to be desired.
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Everybody profiles, including the LA Times. Where does it spend its marketing dollars? On communities that will bring it the biggest benefit. Dumb article. bbm
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Welfare and work
Dec 19 2014 - Ayn Rand Institute by YARON BROOK AND DON WATKINS
“We Could End Homelessness with the Money Americans Spend on Christmas Decorations,” announces a headline from ThinkProgress blogger Adam Peck.
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Global rich vs. poor arguments
Dec 19 2014 - Libertarianism by Mark Tovey
The unhampered market creates economic inequality. Free marketeers tend to concede this fact as an unfortunate defect in an otherwise laudable system. F.A. Hayek, however, in a chapter from The Constitution of Liberty, argued that inequality is fundamental to a society's progress. Hayek explained how, by purchasing luxuries unimaginable to the average man, the rich unwittingly perform a vital public service. Indeed so fundamental is inequality to economic progress that egalitarian societies, Hayek concluded, would be faced with no choice but to deliberately re–inflict upon themselves the very class systems they had sought to escape, should they wish to achieve well–directed economic advancement.
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Black issues
Dec 20 2014 - Town Hall by Wayne Dupree
Dear Al Sharpton, my brother,
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