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BRET STEPHENS: Chuck Hagel’s Courage – WSJ

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:45 am

BRET STEPHENS: Chuck Hagel’s Courage – WSJ

By BRET STEPHENS - GLOBAL VIEW January 7, 2013 -- A brave soldier who knows how to be on the right side of conventional wisdom. Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska and Barack Obama's choice to be secretary of defense, served with honor as an infantryman in Vietnam and was wounded twice. This fact, a tribute to Mr. Hagel's personal courage, will ... Go To Article

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BYRON YORK: GOP may use debt ceiling to force Harry Reid to pass budget | WashEx

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:38 am

BYRON YORK: GOP may use debt ceiling to force Harry Reid to pass budget | WashEx

Byron York, Jan. 7, 2013 Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers' expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last ... Go To Article

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MARC THIESSEN: Republicans should start acting like Obama – WaPo

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:35 am

MARC THIESSEN: Republicans should start acting like Obama – WaPo

By Marc Thiessen, Monday, January 7, 2013 -- In his first year in office, Obama faced a popular backlash against his stimulus spending bill and saw a Republican elected to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in a referendum on Obamacare. Yet despite these and other setbacks, the president declared he had no intention of moderating his approach. “The one thing I’m really ... Go To Article

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JONAH GOLDBERG:: What Is the Future of Conservatism? « Commentary Magazine

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:30 am

JONAH GOLDBERG:: What Is the Future of Conservatism? « Commentary Magazine

JONAH GOLDBERG Like the ancient parable of the blind men describing the same elephant from different perspectives, conservatism can mean many different things to many different people. Indeed, given the relatively straightforward and down-to-earth meaning of the word,conservatism actually lends itself to considerable linguistic legerdemain. One can use the word to ... Go To Article

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CRONY CAPITALISM: Obama Pick for Global Council Illuminates The President’s Approach To Economic Policy – NewYorkSun

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:25 am

CRONY CAPITALISM: Obama Pick for Global Council Illuminates The President’s Approach To Economic Policy – NewYorkSun

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | January 7, 2013 -- On the Friday before Christmas, President Obama announced that he was appointing Mohamed A. El-Erian, the CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, as the chairman of his Global Development Council. The announcement didn’t get much attention, but it should. It exemplifies what’s wrong with Mr. Obama’s ... Go To Article

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FRACKING AMAZING: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking – Hit & Run : Reason

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:20 am

FRACKING AMAZING: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking – Hit & Run : Reason

Nick Gillespie -- Instapundit points to this bit of happy news culled from John Hanger, a Democrat who is running for governonr of Pennsylvania, where has been secretary of the state department of the environment and a commissioner of the public utility commission: US energy related carbon emissions in 2012 will fall below 5,300 million tons or down about 12%, ... Go To Article

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CAVANAUGH: What happened to pension reform in California? – ConservativeNews

By at January 8, 2013 | 12:15 am

CAVANAUGH: What happened to pension reform in California? – ConservativeNews

By: Tim Cavanaugh, 1/7/2013 05:39 PM -- To look at California’s ongoing budget stagnation, you’d never know that the state was – just a few years back – at the forefront of the national pension reform movement. Following successful reform efforts in San Jose and San Diego last June, the reform movement has stalled out at the state level, with Gov. Jerry ... Go To Article

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TED CRUZ:: NEW TEA PARTY SENATOR Stands up for “Opportunity Conservatism” on Fox News Sunday [VIDEO LINK] – Townhall

By at January 7, 2013 | 11:40 am

TED CRUZ:: NEW TEA PARTY SENATOR Stands up for “Opportunity Conservatism” on Fox News Sunday [VIDEO LINK] – Townhall

Daniel Doherty, Jan 06, 2013 During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) discussed a wide range of political issues with guest host John Roberts including the impending nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, the importance of implementing pro-growth economic policies, gun control and the Second Amendment, and the must-read op-ed he ... Go To Article

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BILL KRISTOL’S big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination – POLITICO

By at January 7, 2013 | 10:55 am

BILL KRISTOL’S big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination – POLITICO

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 1/7/13 4:34 AM EST -- In the weeks since Election Day — as Mitt Romney faded into obscurity, John Boehner lost control of the House GOP and tea partiers turned on one another — Bill Kristol has been busy charting the future of the Republican Party. Kristol was among the first conservatives to break with GOP orthodoxy on raising ... Go To Article

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RAND PAUL Has Arrived in Israel, Looks A Lot LIke First Campaign Stop of 2016 – Business Insider

By at January 7, 2013 | 10:53 am

RAND PAUL Has Arrived in Israel, Looks A Lot LIke First Campaign Stop of 2016 – Business Insider

Grace Wyler -- APTEL AVIV — Sen. Rand Paul kicked off his trip to Israel Sunday, joining several prominent GOP operatives for an eight-day tour that has heightened the Kentucky Republican's international profile and fueled further speculation about a 2016 presidential run. According to the itinerary for the trip, Paul has confirmed meetings this week with Israeli ... Go To Article

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