Archive for the The North Star National Category

Fort Hood and the rush to non-judgment

In perhaps its most cited line, the national commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks blamed the nation’s “failure of imagination” in not recognizing the signs of mayhem to come. Today, as events before and after the Fort Hood massacre make clear, we suffer less […]

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Election 2009: Another pendulum swing, and again, the nation’s business goes undone

Pay no attention to Republican euphoria over its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey. Ignore Democratic delight at winning an upstate New York House seat for the first time in a very long time. This week’s results portend continuing problems for both parties and, frankly, for […]

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Obama’s 800-pound gorilla

In late February, a week after signing the landmark $787 billion economic recovery bill into law, President Obama tried to change the focus of debate in Washington by shifting attention from the short-term necessity of reviving the economy to the long-term challenge of reducing soaring budget deficits. […]

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Another look at the Iran Hostage Crisis

A week from today, Washington will awaken to election results across America that reflect the state of our politics in 2009. Meanwhile, thousands of miles from here, radical forces will undoubtedly mark the anniversary of an event that symbolized our politics in a more troubled time – […]

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Coming soon from Washington: More freebies, more red ink

You might think the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that Washington just ran its largest-ever deficit in dollar terms, and its largest as a share of the economy since World War II, would discourage policymakers from giving more freebies to more Americans who don’t need them. Think again. […]

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