December 22, 2014

The Duck That Roared

By: E. J. Dionne
The Duck That Roared
December 20, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Fighting Back The Right’

By: National Memo Staff
Weekend Reader: ‘Fighting Back The Right’
A ‘Real’ Portrait Of ‘Big Eyes’ Artist Margaret Keane

A ‘Real’ Portrait Of ‘Big Eyes’ Artist Margaret Keane

By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Margaret Keane sighs softly and shifts uncomfortably in her ...

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Rogen, Goldberg Keep A Low Profile

Rogen, Goldberg Keep A Low Profile

By Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times (TNS) As Sony Pictures' cancellation of The Interview continue ...

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Jeb Bush Invisible So Far In New Hampshire

Jeb Bush Invisible So Far In New Hampshire

Bush's prospective campaign has landed with a thud in the Granite State. ...

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Poll Finds Most Optimism About Quality Jobs Since Before Recession

Americans are feeling much better about the state of the economy. ...

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Rubio’s Machine Is Tops In Raising Money, But Not In Sharing It

A deep dive into Marco Rubio's PAC yields some revealing findings. ...

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Obama’s Executive Action Clouds Long-Term Immigration Changes

Obama’s Executive Action Clouds Long-Term Immigration Changes

Without congressional action, the future for those protected by President Obama's executive action r ...

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Cartoon: Israel’s Future

Cartoon: Israel’s Future

Cartoon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud look ahead. ...

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Arizona ‘Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

Arizona ‘Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

The latest legal battle over immigration is taking shape in the Grand Canyon State. ...

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Many Cubans Optimistic — And Cautious — About New U.S. Ties

Many Cubans Optimistic — And Cautious — About New U.S. Ties

In Havana, many questions remain over the future of U.S.-Cuba relations. ...

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Carly Fiorina Prepares A Long-Shot Candidacy For President

Carly Fiorina Prepares A Long-Shot Candidacy For President

There's only one problem: Nobody seems to want her to be president. ...

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Obama Defends Foreign Policy Decisions On Cuba, Russia, Iran

Obama Defends Foreign Policy Decisions On Cuba, Russia, Iran

The president has some harsh words for critics who call his policies naive. ...

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Obama Takes Questions Only From Women, Apparently A White House First

Obama Takes Questions Only From Women, Apparently A White House First

President Obama made history at his press conference Friday — simply by which reporters he called up ...

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Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Make Headway In Battle Against Islamic State

Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Make Headway In Battle Against Islamic State

Peshmerga forces are winning major victories in the fight against IS militants. ...

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European Leaders Warn Against Too Much Economic Pain On Russia

European Leaders Warn Against Too Much Economic Pain On Russia

European resolve to punish Russia appears to be cracking. ...

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Pope Francis Helped Pave Bridge Between U.S. And Cuba

Pope Francis Helped Pave Bridge Between U.S. And Cuba

How an unlikely outsider helped bring the United States and Cuba together. ...

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Sony Hack Leaves U.S. In Quandary On How To Deal With North Korea

Sony Hack Leaves U.S. In Quandary On How To Deal With North Korea

How do you punish the most heavily sanctioned country in the world? ...

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Obama: Sony Made ‘Mistake’ In Pulling North Korea Film

Obama: Sony Made ‘Mistake’ In Pulling North Korea Film

The president had some harsh words for Sony over pulling 'The Interview.' ...

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FBI Says North Korea Played Role In Sony Hacking Case

FBI Says North Korea Played Role In Sony Hacking Case

The U.S. has officially acknowledged North Korea's role in the cyber attack against Sony. ...

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Some Witnesses Told Obvious Lies To Michael Brown Grand Jury, Prosecutor Says

Some Witnesses Told Obvious Lies To Michael Brown Grand Jury, Prosecutor Says

Robert McColloch admits that some witnesses were "clearly" not telling the truth. ...

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Race Relations Suddenly A Top Concern Of Americans

Race Relations Suddenly A Top Concern Of Americans

Race has caught up with the economy as the nation's top perceived problem. ...

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Small Employers Grapple With Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Small Employers Grapple With Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Some small businesses are having a difficult time navigating the post-Obamacare market. ...

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Uncertainty Facing Central Florida Gay, Lesbian Couples Preparing For Jan. 6 Weddings

Uncertainty Facing Central Florida Gay, Lesbian Couples Preparing For Jan. 6 Weddings

Florida's Republican attorney general is keeping the state's same-sex couples in limbo. ...

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Child With Fever Admitted To Chicago Hospital To Check For Ebola

Child With Fever Admitted To Chicago Hospital To Check For Ebola

A Chicago patient is being monitored for signs of the deadly virus. ...

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As Cuba And U.S. Mend Ties Will Venezuela Follow Their Lead?

As Cuba And U.S. Mend Ties Will Venezuela Follow Their Lead?

President Obama's agreement with Cuba has put Caracas in a bind. ...

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Florida Republicans Lead Charge Against Cuba Outreach

Florida Republicans Lead Charge Against Cuba Outreach

On Cuba, Florida Republicans are following Marco Rubio's lead. ...

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113th Congress Just Barely Avoids Distinction Of Least Productive In History

113th Congress Just Barely Avoids Distinction Of Least Productive In History

The outgoing Congress will have to settle for "bad" instead of "worst." ...

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White House: Sony Hack A ‘Serious National Security Matter’

White House: Sony Hack A ‘Serious National Security Matter’

The federal government is taking the cyber attack very seriously. ...

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The Wisdom Of Steve Forbes

The Wisdom Of Steve Forbes

The Capitalist Tool explains why most Americans believe the system is rigged aga ...

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Obama’s Fourth-Quarter Foreign Policy Surprises

Obama’s Fourth-Quarter Foreign Policy Surprises

The president's foreign policy suddenly looks much better than it did six months ...

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Looking Beyond The Hype To See Domestic And Sexual Violence

Looking Beyond The Hype To See Domestic And Sexual Violence

Slowly but surely, America is making progress. ...

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The Duck That Roared

The Duck That Roared

As Republicans are finding out the hard way, Barack Obama's presidency is far fr ...

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Cuban Embargo Is Way Past Its Usefulness

Cuban Embargo Is Way Past Its Usefulness

Morally and politically, opening up to Cuba is the right move. ...

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Weekend Reader: ‘Fighting Back The Right’

Weekend Reader: ‘Fighting Back The Right’

The rejection of reason is at the heart of modern American conservatism. Althoug ...

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Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage The House Intelligence Committee

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage The House Intelligence Committee

The revolving door is spinning furiously on Capitol Hill. ...

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The Treasury Secretary’s Misperceptions About Wealth

The Treasury Secretary’s Misperceptions About Wealth

Like most Americans, Jack Lew doesn't seem to realize just how bad our inequalit ...

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This Week In Crazy: Bill O’Reilly Has Some Advice For ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Protesters

This Week In Crazy: Bill O’Reilly Has Some Advice For ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Protesters

Bill O'Reilly educates the black community, Pat Robertson ponders Cuba, and much ...

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Cuba Diplomacy: Behind Right-Wing Outrage, An Intellectual Void

Cuba Diplomacy: Behind Right-Wing Outrage, An Intellectual Void

Republican critics furiously denounce Obama's Cuba initiative -- but they're dev ...

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Where Have Ebola’s Fear-Mongers All Gone?

Where Have Ebola’s Fear-Mongers All Gone?

Politicians seem to have forgotten all about the disease since election day. ...

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Keep Talking, Andrew Hawkins

Keep Talking, Andrew Hawkins

We could all learn a lesson from the NFL star's bold stand. ...

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Ready For Hillary And Jeb To Declare Their Independence

Ready For Hillary And Jeb To Declare Their Independence

How Clinton and Bush could make the 2016 race a debate worth having. ...

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Chuck Schumer: Take Two

Chuck Schumer: Take Two

Forget Obamacare — the rest of Schumer's infamous National Press Club speech lay ...

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Pottersville Goes Online

Pottersville Goes Online

Are American communities disappearing? ...

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Whose Values Did The Torture Program Uphold?

Whose Values Did The Torture Program Uphold?

Why Americans must press for torturers to be held accountable. ...

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WATCH LIVE: President Obama Delivers Statement On Cuba

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Delivers Statement On Cuba

Watch president Obama's remarks live at The National Memo. ...

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We Must Not Let Mexico Become A Failed State

We Must Not Let Mexico Become A Failed State

America needs to consider all options for stabilizing Mexico — including legaliz ...

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True Believers Make Lousy Reporters

True Believers Make Lousy Reporters

Gene Lyons explains how sloppy investigations damage progressive causes. ...

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Who’s Afraid Of Ted Cruz And Ken Cuccinelli?

Who’s Afraid Of Ted Cruz And Ken Cuccinelli?

Why Ted Cruz probably won't get revenge on those who betrayed him last weekend. ...

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Jeb Bush’s Move Ripples Across 2016 Presidential Landscape

Jeb Bush’s Move Ripples Across 2016 Presidential Landscape

Bush's small step will leave a huge footprint on the 2016 field. ...

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Charity Versus Panhandling

Charity Versus Panhandling

Froma Harrop gives some tips on charitable giving this holiday season. ...

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We Were All Rooting For The Big Snake

We Were All Rooting For The Big Snake

Why Discovery Channel's "Eaten Alive" stunt backfired so badly. ...

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The ‘Hunger Games’ Economy

The ‘Hunger Games’ Economy

The "cromnibus" spending bill embodies the worst qualities of our government -- ...

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The Secret Swipe At Obamacare — And You

The Secret Swipe At Obamacare — And You

Republicans successfully buried an attack against Obamacare in the new spending ...

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Racial Strife Can Lead To Progress

Racial Strife Can Lead To Progress

Is America finally ready to have an honest talk about race? ...

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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

Obama’s Boehner Bailout

What Boehner and Obama's temporary alliance tells us about the next two years. ...

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Cartoon: Herding Republicans

Cartoon: Herding Republicans

Speaker Boehner tries to maintain control of his caucus. ...

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Book Review: ‘The Georgetown Set’

Book Review: ‘The Georgetown Set’

Greg Herken's deep dive into Cold War Washington reminds us that the good old da ...

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Obama Must Remember Sandy Hook

Obama Must Remember Sandy Hook

How the president can honor the children who were murdered two years ago. ...

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