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Colin Powell: Obama's Iran Deal Is 'Pretty Good'
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested on Meet the Press this morning that President Obama’s Iran deal is “pretty good.” Powell told Chuck Todd that he has looked carefully at the arguments for and against. “My judgment after ...
Watch Customs Officers Hassle Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe
In August of last year, investigative journalist James O’Keefe crossed the Rio Grande River into the United States unimpeded — while dressed as Osama bin Laden. The viral video, released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, found its way into ...
Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump Is a 'Wrecking Ball' and 'Demagogue' and His Fans Have 'Lost Their Way'
On today’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) suggested that voters who are impressed by Donald Trump have “lost their way,” and that those Republican presidential candidates who believe that Trump ...
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Krauthammer's Take: White House Should Not be Upset Israel Shared Info about Iran Deal with Congress
On Tuesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said it is shocking that the White House is upset Israel shared information about the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran.
“What’s the big charge against the Israelis; that they shared some ...
Lowry: Obama 'Hates' Bibi 'with a Burning Passion'
The Obama administration didn’t get the result it wanted in the Israeli election this week when Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, and is now acting out in a way that is both dangerous for the United States, as well as ...
Upcoming Charles Cooke Speaking Events in Chicago, Kansas City, and Madison, Wis.
In the next couple of weeks, Charles Cooke will be speaking and signing books at events in Chicago, Kansas City, and Madison, Wisconsin. The details:
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Krauthammer's Take: 'Israelis Wall-to-Wall Understand U.S.-Iran Deal a Disaster'
Whatever the result of today’s Israeli elections, make no mistake: Israelis are not divided when it comes to the threat of a nuclear Iran, says Charles Krauthammer.
“There is a natural consensus that everything has to be done to ...
Krauthammer's Take: Obama Wants to Cut Congress Out of Iranian Negotiations and Get U.N. Approval Instead
On Friday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said he thinks the Obama administration wants to remove Congress from the ongoing Iranian negotiations entirely.
“It’s obvious the administration wants to go to the U.N., and to cut out the ...
Krauthammer’s Take: An Iranian Deal without Congressional Input Is a Terrible Mistake
On Wednesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said the Obama administration’s looming deal with Iran will be “infinitely more important” than the authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State.
“It’s going to be the most ...
Krauthammer's Take: What's that Sudden Feeling? 'Early-Onset Clinton Fatigue.'
The problem for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to Charles Krauthammer: “She can’t run on her record.”
“Ask yourself,” Krauthammer queried on Friday’s Special Report: “What did she achieve as secretary of state? Nothing. What was her ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'The Adjective Clintonian Was Invented' for Scandals Like Hillary's Email
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said the scandal over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server during her time at the State Department is classic Clinton, saying the term “Clintonian was invented” for the “fine distinctions between ...
Sessions: 'Only the Beginning' of Immigration Fight
Below is a statement from Senator Jeff Sessions (R, Ala.) on the Republican leadership’s decision to allow the president’s executive amnesty to proceed unchallenged:
“The Democratic Party has been completely unified in its defense of the President’s ...
Krauthammer's Take: Chicago Mayoral Runoff Is Evidence that Dems Want Someone to Challenge Clinton in 2016
Charles Krauthammer said he thinks Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inability to prevent a runoff against a Democratic challenger indicates liberals are looking for someone outside the party’s establishment to rise up in 2016.
“I think there is a hunger ...
Krauthammer's Take: Iranian Negotiations Are 'Simply Catastrophic'
On Tuesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said the United States’ ongoing negotiations with Iran are misguided and make President Obama’s other foreign policy blunders look favorable by comparison.
“This [deal] will mean a lifting of the sanctions, so ...
Rogan: 'Conceding to Political Correctness' on Islamic Terror Won't Win World's Respect
Foreign policy columnist Tom Rogan rejected the Obama administration’s claim that not calling Islamic terrorism “Islamic” will bring Muslim countries into the fight against extremism, saying Muslim leaders will see through the White House’s concession to “political correctness.”
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Krauthammer's Take: Obama's Behavior in Video Featuring Selfies Is 'Distasteful'
Charles Krauthammer said when he first saw BuzzFeed’s video of President Obama taking selfies and making funny faces he found it amusing. But his opinion changed after he learned when the video was made.
“The idea that you could ...
Will's Take: Jeb Bush Is 'a Genuine Hero of Conservative Education Reform'
On Tuesday’s Special Report, George Will said critics of Jeb Bush’s support for Common Core—rigorous educational standards imposed by the government—are talking past one another.
“Mr. Bush is a genuine hero of conservative education reform—voucher ...
Rogan: 'Likely' U.S. Hostage Held by Islamic State Is Dead
There’s no evidence that Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State, was killed in Jordanian air strikes, but “it would be hard for [the terror group] to backtrack” from its claim that that’s ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'Mr. President, the Crusades Were 800 Years Ago!'
“Everything [President Obama] does is to minimize what’s happening” in Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State, says Charles Krauthammer, pointing to the president’s “astonishing” comments at today’s National Prayer Breakfast.
“Everything he does is to minimize ...
Krauthammer's Take: ISIS Trying to Draw Jordan into a War It Can't Win
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer cautioned Jordan against overreacting after the Islamic State burned one of its military pilots alive, warning they could be playing right into the Islamists’ hands.
On Fox News’s Special Report Tuesday, columnist George Will expressed ...
Krauthammer's Take: Republicans Should Ignore Obama's Budget
On Thursday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said Republicans in Congress should not entertain the budget they’re about to see released by “the biggest deficit-increaser in the history of the galaxy.” Instead, Krauthammer explained, the GOP should pass a ...
Rogan: Jordan Handing Over a Key al-Qaeda Captive Could Immortalize the Islamic State
Jordan’s proposal to swap Sajida al-Rishawi, a female Iraqi al-Qaeda militant on death row, for an airman captured by the Islamic State could embolden sympathizers of the militant group, warns National Review Online contributor Tom Rogan.
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Will's Take: The Quickest Way to Lose a War Is to Say You Can Win It from the Air
On Monday’s Special Report, George Will suggested the Obama administration’s emphasis on using air power and drones against al-Qaeda was a potentially disastrous decision.
“George Orwell said the quickest way to end a war is to lose it,” ...
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Tuttle: American Sniper Backlash Reveals Continuing 'Derangement' Over Bush Years
National Review Buckley fellow Ian Tuttle addressed the seething discontent on the American left over the popular success of American Sniper, saying the backlash against the story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle represents continuing “derangement” over the Bush years ...
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Krauthammer's Take: Obama Is Negotiating with Iran Out of 'Weakness and Desperation'
On Friday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said the Iranians do not believe President Obama will impose sanctions on their country if current negotiations fall through. The Iranians know Obama is negotiating because of his “weakness and desperation,” Krauthammer says.
Krauthammer's Take: Islamic Terrorism Is Not on the Run, It's Out in the Open
On Wednesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said the Obama administration’s distinction between “core al-Qaeda” and various groups of Islamic terrorists around the world has become functionally meaningless.
“What you’ve got is a competition between, on the one ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'The War Is Ongoing, and the West Is the Target'
It took White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest a while to muster up the courage to call today’s attack on Paris humor magazine Charlie Hebdo “terrorism” — but “it shouldn’t take any while,” says Charles Krauthammer, who insisted that ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'The Days of Hiding Under Harry Reid's Desk Are Over'
Responding to New York senator Chuck Schumer’s proposal to use the amendment process to hold up the Keystone XL pipeline — which, given the Republican Congress shortly to be sworn in, will finally have the support of both chambers of ...
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Krauthammer's Take: North Korea Hack Could Be Harbinger of 'Catastrophe on a Pearl Harbor Scale'
On Thursday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said Sony Pictures made a bad choice to scrap the release of The Interview, a comedy film in which a journalist set to interview Kim Jong-un is asked by the CIA to assassinate ...
Krauthammer's Cuba Take: 'Is There No Tyrant in the World Obama Will Not Appease for Nothing?'
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented the Obama administration’s decision to open formal relations with Cuba on Wednesday, pegging it as part of a broader trend and wondering whether there’s any tyrannical or anti-American regime to whom he won’...
Krauthammer's Take: Jeb Bush's Announcement May Thin the 2016 GOP Field
Charles Krauthammer says a Jeb Bush presidential campaign would discourage other potential candidates from the establishment and conservative wings of the GOP from running for office.
“Those who would be on, let’s say, his wing of the spectrum are ...
Krauthammer's Take: If Elizabeth Warren Runs For President, 'I'd be the No. 1 Supporter'
On Monday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said Republicans will triumph in 2016 if Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee for president. “I think she ought to run, I’d be the No. 1 supporter, I’d love to see ...
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Krauthammer's Take: Senate 'Torture Report' Will Alienate Much-Needed Allies
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the enhanced interrogation techniques used against terrorists following the September 11 attacks in 2001 — the so-called “torture report” — is expected to be released on Tuesday, and it will have serious effects on American security, says ...
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George W. Bush: Vladimir Putin Has Become a 'Zero-Sum Type Thinker'
Former president George W. Bush told CNN”s Candy Crowley this morning that Vladimir Putin has of late become a ”zero-sum type thinker” who believes that “if the if the West wins, I lose and if I win, the West ...
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Paul Ryan: Obama Can't Be Trusted with Immigration Reform
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, the new Speaker of the House promised Chuck Todd that he would not introduce or advance “comprehensive immigration reform” while Barack Obama remained president. Obama, Ryan said, had been “proven untrustworthy on this ...
Fiorina: Actually, Clinton Did 'Stop and Think' About Her Server
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton suggested that she did not put a lot of thought into her e-mail system while Secretary of State. Asked about this claim on Face the Nation, Carly Fiorina struck a skeptical tone:
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Carly Fiorina On Iran: 'Every Major Goal that President Obama Set' Has Been Abandoned -- Time to 'Walk Away' from Iran Deal
Speaking to George Stephanopoulos this morning, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina explained on ABC’s “This Week” that, were she President of the United States, she would “walk away from the negotiating table” in Vienna. “If you can’t walk ...
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Krauthammer's Take: Ted Cruz Is a First-Term Senator Who Needs to 'Walk the Walk'
Charles Krauthammer reacted to the news that Texas senator Ted Cruz is running for president by pointing out several potential flaws in his candidacy. Krauthammer said Cruz appeals as a constitutional conservative with a “liquid tongue,” but he has not ...
Krauthammer's Take: Mr. President: Republicans Don't Oppose Diplomacy, They Oppose Your Bad Deal
President Obama claims that Republicans are not interested in “a diplomatic resolution” to America’s long-standing conflict with Iran. “This is the president’s mendacity continuing to a degree that is really quite remarkable,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“‘There are people ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'It's Clear that Obama Loathes Netanyahu More than Any Other World Leader'
President Obama’s approach to Iran and the Middle East was firmly rejected in Israel’s election on Tuesday, in which prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, said Charles Krauthammer.
“This was an election between Bibi and Obama — that was ...
Krauthammer's Take: Hillary's 90s-Style Shenanigans Have 'Greatly Diminished' Her White House Hopes
In the wake of her 2008 primary loss, Hillary Clinton was hoping to present a new face to the public. It’s not possible anymore, says Charles Krauthammer.
“She lost in ‘08. When you are a losing candidate and you run a ...
Krauthammer’s Take: Hillary Clinton’s Secret Server Scandal Is Not Going Away
On Thursday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said he thinks the stories surrounding Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private e-mail account and a secret server will not go away. He added that Clinton could be in serious legal ...
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘It’s the 90s All Over Again’
Charles Krauthammer said Hillary Clinton’s press conference about her exclusive use of a private e-mail account and server made it seem as if, “it’s the 1990s all over again.” He said he thinks Clinton chose to exercise total ...
Krauthammer's Take: Hillary Is Not Trying to Clear the Air, Because She Can't
Why doesn’t Hillary Clinton do a no-holds-barred, Chris Christie-style press conference to clear the air over her secret email accounts? “Because the answers to the questions, if remotely honest,” says Charles Krauthammer, “are self-indicting.”
“The reason that she can’...
Krauthammer's Take: Netanyahu's Speech Reminiscent of Churchill — in the 1930s
Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today before a joint session of Congress was “Churchillian,” says Charles Krauthammer. But not Churchill triumphant.
“In a way it was Churchillian — not in delivery; it was not up to Bibi’s norm — but in the ...
Krauthammer's Take: Iran's Economy Could Collapse -- If U.S. Would Impose Sanctions
War is not the only solution to the Iranian nuclear threat, says Charles Krauthammer, and Israel is not asking America to go to war on its behalf.
“The idea that the only alternative to accepting a capitulation-ist negotiation, which is ...
Will's Take: There Is a 'Culture Clash' Between the Obama Administration and Israel
George Will said he thinks the disagreement between the Obama administration and Israel is representative of a personal dispute between President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We have a community organizer dealing with a commando; they’re not ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'Gruber-Like Arrogance' Led to Obamacare Tax Mayhem
It was revealed today that some 800,000 Americans received the incorrect tax forms this tax season as a result of the intermingling of the IRS and Obamacare — and we should have seen this coming, says Charles Krauthammer. “It’s a collision ...
Krauthammer's Take: Christians Being Wiped Out Abroad, But WH Bizarrely Focuses on Muslim Anxieties
What was missing from the just-ended three-day “Countering Violent Extremism” summit held by the White House? “Anything of any importance,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“The idea behind it is the president wanted to assuage the feelings and the anxieties of the ...
Krauthammer's Take: ISIS Is 'Genocidal Movement Akin to Nazism'
Make no mistake about the seriousness of the threat posed by the Islamic State, says Charles Krauthammer. In the wake of the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, “[ISIS] is not just Islamic radicalism anymore, or Islamic terrorism, which is only ...
Krauthammer's Take: Obama Administration Looked Silly Pretending Paris Terrorist Attack Was Not Anti-Semitic
Charles Krauthammer said it was foolish for the Obama administration to pretend that the January terrorist attack on a Kosher deli in Paris was not motivated by anti-Semitism.
“The idea [here] was for terrorism, for an anti-Semitic act, not that ...
Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Doesn't Have a Strategy for Islamic Radicalism Because He Doesn't Think It Exists
On Monday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said President Obama’s lack of a strategy to defeat Islamic terrorism is bad enough, but it’s made worse by the president’s indifference toward the extreme threat posed by groups like ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'Susan Rice Is Right, It's Not World War II. It's the 1930s.'
In her foreign-policy speech today at the Brooking Institution, national-security adviser Susan Rice announced that the United States is not facing a threat “of the existential nature we confronted during World War II.”
“Yes, it’s not World War II,” ...
Krauthammer: Obama Uninterested in War on ISIS He Declared
“The disinterest, the lethargy of this president, the lassitude with which he pursues this war which he declared himself is simply astonishing,” says Charles Krauthammer of President Obama and the war in Syria. The Islamic State returned to the headlines ...
Krauthammer's Take: President Obama's Budget 'Entirely a Political and Partisan Document'
President Obama’s “above the fray” shtick is getting tiring, says Charles Krauthammer — especially when it is accompanied by purely political machinations, like the White House’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
“I don’t mind if the ...
Krauthammer's Take: The Courts Will Eventually Overrule Obama's Amnesty, but It'll Be Too Late
On Wednesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said Congress’s lawsuit against President Obama for his administration’s actions on immigration police is respectable in principle, but needs to be complemented by the power of the purse. It’s ultimately ...
Krauthammer's Take: Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe a Return to Normal
On Tuesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, said that Europe will eventually be empty of Jews, thanks to rising anti-Semitism that is merely a return to normal.
“There’s been an ...
Krauthammer's Take: I'm Not Against Prisoner Swaps, I'm Against the Unilateral Release of Prisoners During War
On Monday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer discussed the proposed swap of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, for two Americans being held abroad. Al-Marri was recently released from a U.S. jail and is now in the ...
David Calling Has Moved . . . to the Corner!
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Krauthammer's Take: Fall of Yemen 'Bad News' for U.S., 'Huge Gain' for Iran
What comes next in Yemen, the government of which fell this week, is “bad news,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“This is a country that Obama touted as a great success, [but] it all hinged on the government, now destroyed and deposed, ...
Krauthammer's Take: Obama's Epitaph Will Say 'He Couldn't Govern, But He Sure Knew How to Campaign'
On Wednesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said President Obama used the State of the Union to put forward proposals he knew would not sit well with Republicans. He did so, Krauthammer added, in order to seize the agenda, which ...
Krauthammer's Take: Obama 'Wants to Punish the Rich Regardless of Effect on Economy'
The president’s proposal to raise the capital-gains tax has nothing to do with America’s economic vitality, and everything to do with ideology, says Charles Krauthammer.
“Obama was asked about whether raising the capital-gains tax is something he would ...
Krauthammer's Take: There Will Be a Push for a Governor to Get 2016 GOP Presidential Bid
On Thursday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said he expects conservatives will have a hankering for a governor when they are selecting a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
“I think there’s going to be a push to ...
Krauthammer: Paris Attack May Be Start of 'Third Stage of Jihadist War' on West
“What is so important about this is the origin of the four killers, the brothers and the couple,” says Charles Krauthammer: “They were born in France. I think we’re now in sort of the third stage of the jihadist ...
Krauthammer's Take: Obama Keystone Veto Threat Is Obama 'Unleashed'
President Obama has threatened to veto the Keystone XL pipeline — and that should come as no surprise, says Charles Krauthammer.
“This entire analysis of Obama is completely wrong, the idea that he’s edging over here, he’s maneuvering. The ...
Fund: Boehner 'Will Keep His Job,' Doesn't Face 'Plausible Alternative'
National Review Online columnist John Fund says that House speaker John Boehner will survive a challenge for his position because there’s simply no ”plausible alternative.”
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Krauthammer: Liberalization Hasn't Worked in Vietnam or China, Won't Work in Cuba
Economic liberalization has not changed the politics of Vietnam or China, and it’s not going to change much in Cuba, either, says Charles Krauthammer.
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Krauthammer's Take: Warren's Gov't Shutdown Threat a 'Festival of Hypocrisy'
What should one think of Elizabeth Warren’s brinksmanship over the cromnibus bill last night? “Spectacular hypocrisy, a festival of hypocrisy,” says Charles Krauthammer.
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Krauthammer's Take: Senate Dems 'Intended to Hang CIA Out to Dry, Went Looking for Evidence that Fit'
Was the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the CIA an objective fact-finding mission? Hardly, says Charles Krauthammer.
“I think the central question is, how could the committee have released a report without ever having interviewed a single person involved? ...
Krauthammer's Take: As a Result of 'Torture,' U.S. Has Been Safe for 13 Years
Responding to former vice president Dick Cheney’s appearance on Special Report to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report, Charles Krauthammer reminded viewers of the morally complex situation that faced Bush-administration officials on September 11 and in the days ...
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