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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

Krugman

HURT: Tripping over income inequality with intellectual shoelaces

A French "thinker" writes a book about global poverty and, predictably, The New York Times goes limp in the knees. All out was the putsch last week by the Gray Lady's opinion staff to promote the book aimed at toppling the evil rich around the world. Leading this charge was the paper's famous, bearded Marxist Emeritus columnist Paul Krugman. Published April 29, 2014

President Obama feigned outrage when it became public that the picture of him with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and a "44" jersey was just part of some sleazy corporate product campaign by Samsung. (Associated Press)

HURT: President Obama's 'Selfie Doctrine'

In these selfie times when freedom, joy and posterity are just a head-tilt, grin and finger-click away, it is only fitting that the United States of America would have as commander-in-chief the undisputed King of Selfies. Published April 22, 2014

Wilson

HURT: Wilson and Obama ... 100 years apart, but so alike

When Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Revenue Act of 1913, it probably sounded like a good idea. Most people would pay less in taxes and the prices of everyday goods would drop, he promised. And the rich would — finally! — start paying their fair share. Published April 15, 2014

Al Sharpton

HURT: Once just a race hustler, now a snitching race hustler

Are there no heroes left in America anymore? President Obama turns out to be an incompetent fraud who has never actually read the U.S. Constitution. Edward Snowden tucked tail and fled to Siberia. Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman can no longer be relied upon to scoop up a crazy bouncer just inside third base line, pirouette and throw like a laser into first baseman Adam LaRoche's mitt. Published April 8, 2014

President Vladimir Putin listens journalists' questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

HURT: An unexceptional Axis of Wrong

I certainly understand why freedom-lovers around the world are upset over Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into Ukraine. And I understand why the good people of Georgia, Estonia and other democracy-minded countries take exception to this sort of Iron Curtain saber-rattling. But I just cannot understand why it is that President Obama is so upset about it. Published March 4, 2014

Orson Welles plays Harry Lime in a scene of Carol Reed's movie "The Third Man". The documentary "Shadowing the Third Man," which played at the Cannes Film Festival, chronicles the serendipity that turned Reed's 1949 caper into arguably the greatest postwar tale about the new world order of moral ambiguity. (AP Photo/HO) ** NO SALES **

HURT: Close down the Democratic minstrel show on immigration

The Republican Party has for years been in a quandary about how to address the issue of illegal immigration honestly and firmly without sounding racist. A good place for the party to start would be to knock off the brown-face minstrel show routine they learned from Democrats. Published February 18, 2014

From a different angle: President Obama and French President Francois Hollande examine items on the desk of Thomas Jefferson on Monday. The visit to Monticello by the liberal and socialist leaders carried ironic and contradictory overtones. (Associated Press)

HURT: Obama reveals his obliviousness at Monticello

America's president — heir to the world's greatest document of freedom ever drawn up by man — strode across the hallowed grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. With his hands clasped behind his back as a fuehrer surveying his troops or his kingdom, he told a gaggle of onlookers, "That's the good thing about being president. I can do whatever I want." Published February 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announces charges against more than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in New York.  The charges stem from the defendants' alleged involvement in a $1.5 million fraud of a U.S. government health program for the poor. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

HURT: Meet Preet — Obama's hatchet man against filmmakers

Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza on campaign finance charges, is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder's junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of President Obama’s thorniest political problems. Published January 28, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook, which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he plans to finish the current year in office and resign his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end. The 66-year-old Coburn released a statement late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014  saying he would give up his seat at the end of the current session of Congress, scheduled to end in January 2015.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

HURT: Republic to lose true public servant

It is a safe bet that Tom Coburn will not have a big federal building named for him. He is not likely to get a monument erected around here honoring him. He won't be sitting for an official portrait — striking that generous pose of the longtime, greasy politicians — anytime soon. Published January 21, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted this photo on Christmas Eve of himself and wife Ann with their grandchildren.

HURT: Romney grandchild latest victim of racist media

For the racist media, 2013 was another bad year. It culminated with the hideous display on MSNBC where a gang of nasty jabber-mouth panelists played the "knockout" game on Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandchild. Published December 31, 2013

** FILE ** This undated image released by A&E shows brothers Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Phil Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

HURT: 'The Nutcracker' — the 'Duck Dynasty' of ballet

It is probably safe to say that I am not the world's greatest ballet critic. That changed this week with a strongly suggested family outing to the Warner Theater to see Septime Webre's "The Nutcracker." Published December 24, 2013