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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: October 3, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can't win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here's why.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 13, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 5, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Idiotic, yes. You're the leader of the free world. Even if you don't have a strategy -- indeed, especially if you don't -- you never admit it publicly.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 30, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 22, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

They did. He responded.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM
 

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
-- Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON -- Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 2, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis -- left, right and center -- of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that's only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America's Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 26, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 18, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 11, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis -- more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally -- as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn't enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: June 20, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaida in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaida in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: June 6, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- What is it with Susan Rice and the Sunday morning talk shows? This time she said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had served in Afghanistan "with honor and distinction" -- the biggest whopper since she insisted the Benghazi attack was caused by a video.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: May 16, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Mass schoolgirl kidnapping in Nigeria -- to tweet or not to tweet? Is hashtagging one's indignation about some outrage abroad an exercise in moral narcissism or a worthy new way of standing up to bad guys?

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: May 10, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise.

They are even considering boycotting the hearings to delegitimize them.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 25, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Every once in a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court's ruling this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either for or against any citizen on the basis of race.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 12, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 28, 2014 3:55 AM
 

"The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War."
-- Barack Obama, March 24

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council challenges critics of President Obama's Ukraine policy by saying "What are you going to do, send the 101st Airborne into Crimea?" Not exactly subtle. And rather silly, considering that no one has proposed such a thing.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 7, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come.

He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it's a sign of weakness.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 28, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century."

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 21, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- I repeat: I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 7, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It's already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you'd expect given the extravagant -- and incessant -- claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: January 18, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- By early 2011, writes former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded that President Obama "doesn't believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn't consider the war to be his."

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: January 3, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014.

Make it one line long: "Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed."

End of bill. End of bailout. End of story.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: December 21, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is -- which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: December 13, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender mercies of the agency bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: November 15, 2013 3:55 AM
 

"Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."
-- Bill Clinton, Nov. 12

WASHINGTON -- So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his "you like your plan, you can keep your plan" pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: November 8, 2013 3:55 AM

"Obama to campaign to ensure health law's success"
-- The New York Times, Nov. 4
 

WASHINGTON -- The Obamacare website doesn't work. Hundreds of thousands of insured Americans are seeing their plans summarily terminated. Millions more face the same prospect next year. Confronted with a crisis of governance, how does President Obama respond?

He campaigns.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: November 1, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

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