Archive: April 01, 2007 - April 07, 2007

Cross Country: Richardson, Romney

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: Calling New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson "the second-string presidential candidate with the best chance of getting into the game," Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh writes that Richardson deserves a "closer look" ... after a sit down with Republican presidential candidate...

By Rob Anderson | April 6, 2007; 6:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Hot Topics: Was Pelosi's Syria Trip Illegal?

In the WSJ, Robert Turner argues that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "may well have committed a felony in traveling to Damascus this week" by discussing foreign-policy issues with Syrian Presient Bashar Assad against the wishes of the president.

By Rob Anderson | April 6, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (41)

Today's Columns: In the Middle East, What Would Reagan Do?

In the WSJ, Richard Haass argues that the key to successful peace talks in the Middle East lies in President Bush's ability to pick up where Ronald Reagan left off: "What is needed now is for President Bush to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook and spell out his vision for Middle East peace."

By Rob Anderson | April 6, 2007; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Editorials: Overturning the Military Commissions Act

The NYT urges the Democratic Congress to strike down the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to "undo the grievous damage done by President Bush's abuse of the Constitution when he created his system of secret prisons and public internment camps to detain selected foreigners indefinitely without any real legal challenge."

By Rob Anderson | April 6, 2007; 5:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: More on Pelosi, Giuliani and Clinton

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Pelosi: The San Francisco Chronicle applauds hometown politician Nancy Pelosi for her diplomacy mission to the Middle East ... likewise, the Boston Globe praises Pelosi for following the advice of the Iraq Study Group and engaging Syria through talks on Iraq...

By Rob Anderson | April 5, 2007; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Hot Topics: Is Iraq More Like the Wild West or Indiana?

Today's Hot Topic: On the pages of the WSJand USA Today, Iraq is compared to the Wild West of the 1870s and to modern-day Indiana. In the WSJ, Bing and Owen West note that security will come to towns in Iraq's Anbar Province "as it came to Tombstone -- by the emergence of tough, local sheriffs with guns, local power and local laws."

By Rob Anderson | April 5, 2007; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Columns: Does the U.S. Need More Mexican Immigrants?

Today's Columns: In the LAT, Shannon O'Neil counterintuitively argues that America will soon be forced to beg Mexican workers to immigrate to United States. One day, she writes, Mexican "demography may accomplish what border enforcement has not," and "the tide of northbound Mexican labor will likely recede"

By Rob Anderson | April 5, 2007; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today's Editorials: Pelosi's Syrian Slip, Schumer's U.S. Attorneys Compromise

Today's Editorials:The WaPo highlights an error made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on her trip to Syria this yesterday to argue that "members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad."

By Rob Anderson | April 5, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cross Country: Why Dick Cheney Should Run for President

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Cheney and 2008: The NY Sun encourages Vice President Dick Cheney to join the 2008 presidential race. While the editorial "is not an endorsement," the editors write, "for those of us who are concerned with extending Mr. Bush's campaign for freedom...

By Rob Anderson | April 4, 2007; 7:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topic: A Way Forward in Iraq

Today's Hot Topic: How can America move forward in Iraq? Three columnist present their own ideas today -- two reaffirming the wisdom of the Iraq Study Group report and a third departing radically from the report's suggestion. In the NYT, Leon Panetta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and member of the Iraq Study Group, argues that the president and Congress should present a unified message to the leaders of Iraq that there is no open-ended commitment to U.S. involvement there: "Iraqi leaders must pay a price if they continue to fail to make good on key reforms that they have promised the Iraqi people."

By Rob Anderson | April 4, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?

Today's Columns: In USA Today, Jonah Goldberg argues that the differences between conservatives and liberals are quickly diminishing, and wonders if a viable conservative Republican candidate will enter the 2008 presidential race.

By Rob Anderson | April 4, 2007; 6:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Are Military Families "Too Emotional" to Protest?

Today's Editorials: The NYT bashes President Bush for suggesting that "critics of the war whose children are at risk are too 'emotional' to see things clearly": "They are perfectly capable of forming judgments about the war, pro or con, on the merits," the editors assert.

By Rob Anderson | April 4, 2007; 6:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Hillary's Cash, Rudy's Big Mistake

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: The Washington Times is unimpressed with Hillary Clinton's early fundraising ability, despite her $26 million record-breaking first quarter earnings. "After spending six years and untold millions assembling a national donor network, Mrs. Clinton should have been able to vacuum up...

By Rob Anderson | April 3, 2007; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Hot Topic: The Supreme Court and the Environment

Today's Hot Topic: The editorial pages of the nation's biggest papers -- with the exception of the Wall Street Journal -- applaud the Supreme Court's decisions yesterday to throw out the Bush administration's refusal to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to order the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its stance on the issue. Calling the decision "a victory for a world whose environment seems increasingly threatened by climate change," the NYT hopes it will "feed the growing momentum on Capitol Hill for mandatory limits on carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas."

By Rob Anderson | April 3, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Columns: Hope for Iraq?

Today's Columns:In the LAT, Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffery, back from a recent trip to Iraq, says there is hope that the United States can stabilizing the country, and calls on Americans to support "the U.S. leadership team in Iraq" for "one last effort to succeed."

By Rob Anderson | April 3, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Another Politicized Government Agency

Today's Editorials: The WaPo notes that the case of Lurita Doan, the administrator of the General Services Administration who hosted a political meeting between 40 Republican GSA appointees even though federal law prohibits it, offers more evidence of the Bush administration's "politicization of the federal government"

By Rob Anderson | April 3, 2007; 6:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Afghanistan, Iran and IDs for Illegal Immigrants

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: In the Boston Globe, Robert Rotberg argues that the United States and NATO "are about to lose the war in Afghanistan": "Only the rapid provision of security, roads, electricity, and educational and health services can counter the appeal of the renewed...

By Rob Anderson | April 2, 2007; 7:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Fred Thompson's 2008 Bid, Iran's Motives

Today's Hot Topic: Under the headline "Thompson is for Real," WaPo columnist Robert Novak explains how former Senator Fred Thompson "is filling the conservative void" in the Republican 2008 presidential field.

By Rob Anderson | April 2, 2007; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Columns: How to Scrap the Electoral College

Today's Columns: WaPo columnist E.J. Dionne endorses a plan to do away with the electoral college without amending the Constitution: The "democratic solution," he writes, is for state legislatures "to agree to use their electoral votes to support the winner nationally."

By Rob Anderson | April 2, 2007; 6:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Guantanamo, Immigration and Taxes

Today's Editorials: LAT calls Guantanamo a continuing "embarrassment" to the United States, and urges Congress to "ensure all detainees have their day in court" by pass a bill granting them the right to habeas corpus.

By Rob Anderson | April 2, 2007; 6:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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