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Bystander-in-chief?

Whenever a new problem emerges – and there have been a lot of them over the past year – President Obama seems to say that he had no knowledge of it before it was in the media. As the video here highlights, on issue after issue – from the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups to […]

Interview: Australia’s Counterpoint, on ABC Radio National

I had the pleasure of discussing the US government shutdown and aftermath with Amanda Vanstone on ABC Radio National’s “Counterpoint” in Australia. You can listen to the interview here. I recommend that you check out Counterpoint, which provides a fresh take on the news from a fellow great Pacific country.

Standing up to the new paternalists

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Today’s nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms. Read my spiked essay in full here.

Loathed and leaderless in Washington DC

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As the shutdown rumbles on, the depth of America’s political crisis becomes clear. Read my spiked article in full here.

It’s the politics, stupid

The US government shutdown will enter its 14th day on Monday, and the debt-ceiling deadline is on Thursday. Both political parties continue to blame one another. Some Democrats and their supporters, in particular, believe they are “winning” because certain polls, such as last week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, find that more Americans blame the Republicans for the stand-off […]

US shutdown: the abdication of the political class

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The shutdown shows how lost and immature US rulers have become. Read my spiked article in full here.

America’s dysfunctional political class shuts down government

After the US Congress and the White House were unable to reach agreement over the budget and keep government finances flowing, a “shutdown” was introduced this morning. Some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed, and more than a million other employees will work without pay. Although the dispute could be resolved any day, many observers […]

Obama turns to congress to try to salvage his Syria folly

President Obama’s supporters praised his announcement on Saturday that he would seek congressional approval for an attack on Syria. Some commentators referred to it as a historic departure from previous practice. Journalist Walter Shapiro wrote:  “The president’s decision to go to Congress represents an historic turning point. It may well be the most important presidential […]

Obama’s unserious approach to Syria threatens deadly consequences

Has there ever been a military action so telegraphed in advance as the US threats to bomb Syria? According to un-named  US “senior officials” speaking to the New York Times (and seemingly every other news outlet), we know that the action will be “limited”, “perhaps lasting no more than one or two days”. The attacks […]

Big, bad America, slayed by a communique

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Why’s no one talking about the fact-lite, frenzied shutting of US embassies? Read my spiked article in full here.

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