Archive: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

Cross Country: HillaryCare, Hybrid Taxis and Chinese Imports

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Poring over the 14-page healthcare proposal released by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign yesterday, the New York Sun notes that "13 years after her health care plan failed, Mrs. Clinton hasn't lost her instinct for socialized medicine." The Chicago Sun-Times encourages Chicago...

By Rob Anderson | May 25, 2007; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Hot Topic: Gas Grandstanding

The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times accuse Congress of grandstanding by approving a bill that criminalizes gasoline "price gouging" just in time for the summer driving season.

By Rob Anderson | May 25, 2007; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (21)

Today's Columns: Behind Haleh Esfandiari's Imprisonment

In the Los Angeles Times, Shaul Bakhash, the husband of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari, sheds light on experiences Haleh has had as a prisoner of Iran and explains how easy it is "to feel powerless in the face of a state's overweening power -- especially a state that arrests, incarcerates and accuses its citizens at will."

By Rob Anderson | May 25, 2007; 9:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Why Wolfowitz Was Fired

The Wall Street Journal notes that Herman Wijffels, the head of the committee that accused World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz of ethical violations, recently admitted that the charges against Wolfowitz "were just an alibi to force Mr. Wolfowitz to resign."

By Rob Anderson | May 25, 2007; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (7)

Cross Country: McCain and Richardson

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: The New Hampshire Union Leader argues that those who have labeled Sen. John McCain a panderer during the 2008 campaign "are not paying attention." The editors point to the senator's support of the Bush-Kennedy immigration reform bill to argue that McCain...

By Rob Anderson | May 24, 2007; 9:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Goodling, Esfandiari and Immigration

The New York Times and the Washington Post agree that Monica Goodling's congressional testimony yesterday didn't do much to clear up the details surrounding the U.S. attorney scandal, but it did shed light on how the Justice Department has been politicized during the Bush administration.

By Rob Anderson | May 24, 2007; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (13)

Today's Columns: The Failure of U.S. Embassies

Richard Feinberg explains in the Washington Post how increased security at America's "fortress-like" embassies is hurting America's image abroad.

By Rob Anderson | May 24, 2007; 8:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Protecting Whistle-Blowers

The New York Times urges the Senate to pass a measure approved by the House strengthening protection for U.S. whistle-blowers by a veto-proof majority. "Whistle-blowers honor government service. It is time to strike back at their tormentors," the editors write.

By Rob Anderson | May 24, 2007; 8:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cross Country: Support for Terrorists, Iran and Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: The New York Post reacts to a new poll suggesting "that as many as one in four young American Muslims condones suicide bombings against civilians, at least sometimes." The write that "[c]learly, the nation can neglect the challenges this poll presents...

By Rob Anderson | May 23, 2007; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Hot Topics: The Importance of Immigration Reform

The editors at the Washington Post and columnist Tamar Jacoby disagree on the criticism of the immigration reform bill, but agree that more important than the deal's flaws is the compromise's chance to jumpstart the nation's immigration policy.

By Rob Anderson | May 23, 2007; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Columns: David Iglesias v. Alberto Gonzales

In the Los Angeles Times, David Iglesias, one of the fired U.S. attorneys, calls Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "just another morally rudderless political operative" and urges him to step down before Congress passes a no-confidence vote against him.

By Rob Anderson | May 23, 2007; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (7)

Today's Editorials: Dropping Musharraf

The New York Times urges the United States to end its support of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and, instead, to "use the leverage it gets from roughly $2 billion a year in aid to encourage an early return to democratic rule" in the country.

By Rob Anderson | May 23, 2007; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cross Country: Tommy Thompson, Iraq and Immigration

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Des Moines Register Rox Laird profiles Republican presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson and his "frustrating" run for the White House: "In a campaign where hair styles seem to take precedence over substance, Thompson stands apart if only because he wants to talk...

By Rob Anderson | May 22, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Iraq, Lobbying Reform

Columnists David Ignatius, Max Boot and Bob Kerrey take on Iraq today, while the editorial boards of the Washington Post and USA Today urge Democrats to make good on their promise to pass lobbying-reform legislation this week.

By Rob Anderson | May 22, 2007; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Columns: Richardson and Latino Voters

In the Los Angeles Times, Dan Schnur writes that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was smart to launch his race for the presidency in the heavily Latino Los Angeles. One of the problems with Richardson's "historic" candidacy, Schnur writes, "is that Latino voters don't know he's Latino."

By Rob Anderson | May 22, 2007; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

Today's Editorials: Rudy's 9/11 Problem

The New York Times argues that Rudy Giuliani failed in his duty to protect emergency personnel and construction workers at ground zero because his administration did not require them to wear respirators during the clean up.

By Rob Anderson | May 22, 2007; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (9)

Cross Country: After Gonzales

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: The Des Moines Register urges Congress to impeach Alberto Gonzales and investigate whether or not the president personally directed spying on Americans in violation of the law ... the St. Petersburg Times argues that the sooner Gonzales steps down, "the sooner...

By Rob Anderson | May 21, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Hot Topic: Criticizing Congress

The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal criticize Congress's recent moves on a host of issues, including lobbying- and voting-reform bills.

By Rob Anderson | May 21, 2007; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today's Columns: Bush's Shakespearean Tragedy

In the Los Angeles Times, Niall Ferguson compares George Bush's term in office to a Shakespearean tragedy. "Act V has only just begun," he writes. "With war looming between Iran and Israel, and Pakistan on the brink of an upheaval that could well end with Islamists in power, the worst bloodshed has yet to come."

By Rob Anderson | May 21, 2007; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today's Editorials: Restoring Justice to the Justice Department

The New York Times argues that the U.S. attorney scandal shouldn't end "until Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is gone, and the serious damage that has been done to the Justice Department is repaired."

By Rob Anderson | May 21, 2007; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (8)

 

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