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Do 'we' really want to alter 14th Amendment?

08/05/10 05:35PM

Let me finish tonight with the 14th Amendment to the constitution. "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside." Some senators now say they don't like this provision. They don't like all the Hispanics who have come here illegally and have had children here. They want this provision of the 14th Amendment changed. Is this want "we" want to do: say that the children of immigrants, no matter how they got here, are not Americans? read more

A stunning new poll

08/04/10 04:33PM

A stunning new poll shows that only a minority of Americans – 42 percent – believes the President of the United States was born in this country and is therefore eligible for the office. The new CNN survey, released today, found just 23 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is a native-born American. This means that most Americans and three-quarters of Republicans harbor either the belief, or the suspicion, that the president is an illegal alien – that he was not born here, never went through an naturalization process, and therefore is a potential subject for deportation. read more

The two biggest threats that stalk our country

08/02/10 04:42PM

One is deflation – the prospect that we will be producing goods and services that do not get the prices that they cost to produce. Scary to imagine, but we've been there before, during the Great Depression when farmers couldn't get enough to meet the costs of farming their produce when they brought those goods to market. read more

The real reason Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign

07/29/10 05:25PM

Let me finish with a very short, sharp statement of why Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture. She's right and President Obama is wrong. The villain was not some amorphous entity known as "the media." That's like that old cliché you used to used to hear after every national tragedy. "We're all guilty." No we're not. Certain people did certain things. If they hadn't done those things, this episode would not have occurred, the attack on Shirley Sherrod that led to her forced resignation. read more

Ariz. ruling a 'killer' for Dems, huge windfall for right

07/28/10 05:24PM

Let me finish tonight with this federal injunction against the new Arizona immigration law. First of all, it is a "killer" issue politically for the Democrats this fall and a huge windfall for the right. It will anger even those people who believe the Arizona law went too far. It will dramatize the main case raised by the Tea Party people: that the federal government in Washington has become too powerful, that the rights of the states have been terribly abridged. That is the political consequence and it will be felt mightily this November. read more

A former Congresswoman who made a difference

07/27/10 04:56PM

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky was the key vote in 1993 for the Clinton economic plan, which set about creating the economic wonder of the 1990s – a wonder that created millions upon millions of jobs and more than balanced the federal budget. It gave this country a surplus and set us on course towards actually shrinking the national debt. read more

That New York Times story on the Afghanistan war

07/26/10 04:48PM

What grabbed me was today's account of the Taliban attack on a small American outpost near the Pakistan border. The attack on Combat Post Keating occurred last summer, as the United States was shifting from a strategy of defending outposts like Keating to one of concentrating forces in key areas. read more

Agreeing to make government work

07/21/10 05:34PM

Let me finish tonight with a political story of my own, from when I was in the business myself. Last night I spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library north of Los Angeles. I talked about the old-time relationship between two politicians, Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill, and how they carried on their rivalry which involved some pretty big stuff. read more

The right-wing mania hitting this country

07/20/10 04:47PM

I'm not talking about people who are worried – angry even – about the bad economy, high unemployment, the deficit, or the rising national debt. Who isn't? Everything that's been happening in the economy – highlighted by the financial crisis of the fall of 2008 – is scary. It's only added to what I think are highly justified concerns about this country's growing tendency to rely on borrowing, not only to offset economic downturns (which made sense when it was taught in school), but also as a standard operating procedure. read more

Should Justice Department have dropped voter intimidation case?

07/15/10 05:29PM

Guest host Michael Smerconish writes: Finally, a controversy born in my hometown (Chris's hometown) of Philadelphia on Election Day 2008, that is back in the news this month. It's the case of the two New Black Panthers allegedly intimidating voters - hurling racial epithets as one brandished a nightstick - outside a North Philadelphia polling place. I'm thinking their actions were more about "television" than "turnout." read more

What Bill Clinton can do for Barack Obama

07/14/10 05:14PM

Let me finish tonight with a totally political commentary. Sometimes what's needed is not a change in policy but an upgrade in politics. This is precisely where President Obama stands now. He's got a good, sellable record. He signed up with President Bush to prevent a financial collapse in the fall of 2008. That's something FDR didn't do with Hoover, spend some political capital to help the country even before inauguration. read more