Alvin Felzenberg


July 2011


Obama Is Increasingly Irrelevant to the Debt Ceiling Process

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As Congress engages in another round of "beat the clock"—this time over raising the nation's debt ceiling to meet current obligations—one thing has, as the president might say, become "clear." Barack Obama has become increasingly irrelevant to the process.

When word came on Monday that the president ...

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Obama, Barack
debt
deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
2012 presidential election
politics
Congress

Betty Ford: A Woman of Her Own

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This week, America bids farewell to one of its most consequential first ladies, Betty Ford.

Rating first ladies is not an easy matter. Nor is it necessary. Established neither in the Constitution, nor by statute, the position comes with no job description. One gets to fill it by marriage. Still ...

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Ford, Gerald
first ladies

Debt Ceiling, Libya, Taxes Spur New Orwellianism

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This is the summer that George Orwell's “Newspeak” makes its greatest headway in Washington. (Readers of the novel 1984 will recall the term as the process through which bureaucrats re-christened the “Department of War” the “Department of Peace” and administered torture through the “Ministry of ...

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TAGS:
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Congress
Obama, Barack
Coburn, Tom
national security terrorism and the military

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