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There is an unmistakable tinge of insanity creeping into the U.S. effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It takes form in the embarrassing desperation of...

It is hard to begrudge Al Gore his consolation prizes, first the Academy Award and now the Nobel for peace. None of it quite makes...

Michael Bloomberg has been a PR genius as New York’s chief executive. The press, as in a Time magazine story, has been known to swoon...

In his most recent New York Times column excoriating Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Frank Rich wrote: The "compassionate conservative" [President Bush] who turned the 2000...

Broadly speaking, the political mood of the public can be gauged in terms of its shifting calculation of risk and reward. If, as in the...

Is Jimmy Carter a saint? As James Kirchick has argued, the former President does deserve applause for the courage he displayed last week in the...

I know it's unusual, if not unheard of, to read a kind word about Jimmy Carter in these pages. But praise is nevertheless in order...

In his October 5th column for The New York Times, David Brooks writes: Over the past six years, the Republican Party has championed the spread of...

In what must surely rank as the single stupidest act of the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator Obama says he doesn't wear an American flag lapel...

Last week, I wrote about the Democratic presidential candidates' difficulty in answering the simple question regarding Israel's right to attack Iran's nuclear facilities if it...

Under the leadership of Democrats, the Congress has achieved something unprecedented: approval ratings that fluctuate between 18 percent (on good days) to 11 percent (on...

Bill Richardson is not among the top tier of Democratic presidential candidates. But he is notable for having more foreign-policy experience than the leading three:...