September 18, 2008 | 11:47 PM EDT
One of Ronald Reagan’s most famous lines is mysteriously missing from the Commission on Presidential Debates’ transcript of his encounter with Jimmy Carter in 1980: “There you go again.”
September 18, 2008 | 6:29 AM EDT
Here’s what the U.S. Constitution says: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” How many times have we heard politicians, pundits and guardians of our news media say that President Bush cut taxes, or Obama is going to raise taxes?
September 18, 2008 | 4:32 AM EDT
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives sent a message this week to hard-working commuters forced to pay historically high prices for gasoline: Ride a bike. The message was buried on page 255 of a 290-page bill the Democratic leadership introduced at 9:45 p.m. on Monday night, forced through the Rules Committee at 10:00 p.m., and put up for a “debate” and final vote—with no amendments allowed—on Tuesday evening. Section 827 of the bill defines the “Transportation Fringe Benefit to Bicycle Commuters.”
September 17, 2008 | 5:13 PM EDT
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is the man of the hour. This weekend he drew a clear line in the sand: No more federal bailouts. Not for Lehman Brothers. Not for global insurer AIG. Not for Merrill Lynch. Not for anyone, at least as of this writing.
September 17, 2008 | 2:36 PM EDT
The McCain campaign went looking for a major anchor to be awarded the blessing and the curse of the first Sarah Palin interview -- a blessing for ratings and a curse from all the competitors who would accuse the winner of being soft on Republicans. At CBS, Katie Couric had wallowed in fan-club-president questions to Hillary Clinton about her "pure stamina," so Couric couldn’t be first. NBC's Brian Williams kept asking Barack Obama those hardballs about how his late mother would swoon over the latest glowingly positive "news" magazine cover.
September 17, 2008 | 11:52 AM EDT
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was best known for the two words on its cover, “Don’t Panic!” Of course, when you have Vogons wandering around destroying entire planets to make way for galactic highways it’s hard to remain calm. Anyone familiar with the “Hitchhiker” as a book or a movie would be well advised to consider its advice as the nation’s financial system deals, once again, with another greed-driven calamity.
September 17, 2008 | 6:03 AM EDT
Last week, the Barack Obama campaign ran an ad against John McCain. The ad didn’t target McCain on policy or even on personality—it targeted him on his age.
September 17, 2008 | 5:55 AM EDT
Have you ever heard Hollywood liberals talk about suspected Islamic jihadists the way they talk about suspected Republican “book-banners”? The September 11 terrorist attacks didn’t turn celebrity leftists into hawks. But the minute they started reading false rumors about Sarah Palin restricting unfettered access to “Daddy’s Roommate” and “Heather Has Two Mommies” in her hometown library, Tinseltown’s docile doves became militant warmongers.
September 16, 2008 | 11:29 AM EDT
For the most part ABC News anchor Charles Gibson’s interview with Governor Sarah Palin was fair. As expected, Gibson included a “gotcha” question. He asked her what she thought of the “Bush Doctrine.” Clearly she did not have a ready answer. Later he told her that the Bush Doctrine was the presumption that if we know a country is preparing to attack, the USA has the right to a preemptive strike. She gave a general reply that the United States has a right to its own defense and must do whatever intelligence suggests.
September 16, 2008 | 5:50 AM EDT
Will the neocons who tutored George W. Bush in the ideology he pursued to the ruin of his presidency do the same for Sarah Palin? Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party. In St. Paul, Palin was told to cancel a meeting with Phyllis Schlafly and pro-life conservatives. McCain’s operatives said Palin had to rest for her Wednesday convention speech.