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Today’s Morning Jolt will be previewed in the format of tapas — little bites here and there:

Obama’s Numbers Hit All-Time Low Aga— You Know, You’ve Heard This Before

. . . Average American: “I don’t trust him, he can’t manage, I don’t admire him, I don’t agree with him, I don’t have confidence in him, and he’s not strong and decisive. But I like him.”

Peace In Our Time!

Here’s how the Israelis are greeting the new U.S. deal with Iran:

“If in five years, a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the agreement that was signed this morning.” — Naftali Bennett, the Israeli minister of trade and industry.

Good morning!

Question: If Obamacare had not flopped out of the starting gate, would the administration be so eager to get a deal with Iran? Are we crazy for smelling a whiff of “desperate need to shore up my legacy” in the President’s enthusiasm for this deal? . . . 

The most important thing is that there’s now a written agreement and everyone understands their obligations, right?

Immediately after the agreement was announced, Fars News, the Iranian state-sponsored news outlet, proclaimed that the accord “includes recognition of Tehran’s right of uranium enrichment” and that the “right to enrichment has been recognized in two places of the document.” Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, made exactly the opposite claim on ABC’s This Week on Sunday: “There is no right to enrich. We do not recognize a right to enrich.”

Uh-oh.

. . . Echoing Conan O’Brien’s on-air assessment of his bosses at NBC, Obamacare “esta manejado por hijos de cabras imbeciles que comen dinero y evacuan problemas.”

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Why Obamacare’s Failures Are an Ominous Indicator for the Iran Deal

Healthcare.gov is a half-billion dollar site that was unable to complete even a thousand enrollments a day at launch, and for weeks afterwards. As we now know, programmers, stakeholders, and testers all expressed reservations about Healthcare.gov’s ability to do what it was supposed to do. Yet no one who understood the problems was able to tell the President. Worse, every senior political figure — every one — who could have bridged the gap between knowledgeable employees and the President decided not to.

And so it was that, even on launch day, the President was allowed to make things worse for himself and his signature program by bragging about the already-failing site and inviting people to log in and use something that mostly wouldn’t work. Whatever happens to government procurement or hiring (and we should all hope those things get better), a culture that prefers deluding the boss over delivering bad news isn’t well equipped to try new things.

Say, do you think any low-level techies inside our federal government — be it the Central Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency, or the Pentagon, or the Department of Energy or elsewhere — think this deal with Iran is unworkable? Think anybody else is having trouble with a culture that prefers deluding the boss over delivering bad news?

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What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More
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What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More

The Imaginary Trump

Like Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump is man who represents the age in which he lived. Whatever you may think of the age. Jackson embodied a generation of men who had risen and made their mark in a young country. He represented their desire for greater representation, even if it had costs for slaves and Indians. He ... Read More

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Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
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Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
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Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More
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Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More