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The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
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Topic - John Mclaughlin
Bill de Blasio's win in New York City's mayoral race has put the Democrat in charge of the nation's largest city and smack in the middle of the nation's largest media market —giving him an unmatched platform both to pursue liberal policies and to cause all sorts of headaches for his party's leaders in Washington.
A bipartisan poll finds that most Americans now support a special congressional committee to investigate events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Now in its ninth year, the DC Jazz Festival runs through June 15 with more than 125 performances at more than 40 venues around town.
The tidal wave of anti-debt, anti-big-government voters that swamped Democrats in the 2010 congressional elections is readying itself again, poised to sweep Mitt Romney into the Oval Office, some political observers say.
Mitt Romney's debate performance continued to wear well Thursday as President Obama's backers searched for answers to what went wrong with their candidate, who voters and pundits alike said lacked the magic that captivated the country in 2008.
Republican Mitt Romney is faltering with white working-class voters crucial to his party's drive to capture the White House, even as he tries to fend off a rising GOP challenger, Rick Santorum, who wields strong blue-collar appeal.
The brazen Iranian terrorist plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, kill Americans and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington was a wake-up call. The radical regime in Tehran has crossed a red line. Iran has murdered Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon over the years. Now it appears to have ordered terrorist attacks inside our nation's capital. Should this prove true, Iran has engaged in an act of war.
The former head of CIA intelligence said Wednesday that recent assessments of al Qaeda being on the verge of strategic defeat may be too optimistic and warned not to start "high-fiving each other" over the high-profile slayings of the terror group's leaders.
The United States is teetering on the precipice of disaster. It not only confronts an increasingly dangerous world, it is engaged in defense budget cuts that, predictably, will make the world more so. Worse yet, legislators are actively contemplating steps that would not just hollow out our military but eviscerate it - an irresistible invitation to aggression by freedom's foes.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has the momentum now, but the calendar may give rival Mitt Romney an advantage over the front-runner if the primary battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination turns into a marathon hunt for delegates.
With a certain 1950s B-movie melodrama, the economy has morphed into a menacing entity in the minds of American voters.
A job-approval boost for President Obama is almost inevitable following the dramatic Sunday-night announcement that U.S. military forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Every time Gov. Chris Christie plays another round of smash-mouth politics with New Jersey's public-sector unions, conservative voters across the country lead the cheers.
The trip came up quite suddenly, and there was a timeline involved: I had to get somewhere near Lancaster, Pa., and do so rather quickly. Fortunately, this was on a weekend, so I wouldn't have to deal with workday traffic.
Mr. McLaughlin said this difference between the two men "is going to create major cross pressure from the governor, who is trying to win re-election on a fiscal conservative and socially moderate platform."
"The governor's re-election success has been on his ability to keep a lid on state spending and state taxes," Mr. McLaughlin said. "In New York City it is pretty clear that de Blasio wants to raise income tax on job creators and probably will create a spending situation where he will have to raise other taxes, which is exactly the opposite of what Cuomo has been trying to do."