John Sexton

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Socialist President Hollande Promises a New Course for France

Socialist Francois Hollande is the least liked President in modern French history. His strategy of rolling back social security cuts and raising taxes has been a disaster for France, which has seen near zero growth and rising unemployment since he took office. Jan 15, 2014 5:00 PM PT

Senate Report Faults State Department for Lack of Security in Benghazi

A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi attack concludes that the State Department failed to appropriately upgrade security at the site given the deteriorating security in the region. Republican Senators specifically lay blame on Under Secretary Kennedy who made key decisions limiting security. In addition, the report offers new details on controversies surrounding the attack such as how the false claim of a demonstration came to be accepted by the CIA despite evidence to the contrary. Jan 15, 2014 10:32 AM PT

Obamacare: The Work of the Anti-Entrepreneur

The term Obamacare isn't simply a reference to the person responsible for the program. It's also descriptive of the fundamental outlook of the program, i.e. a big government, top down solution of the kind you'd expect from a big government progressive like President Obama. Jan 14, 2014 9:54 AM PT

HHS: 24 Percent of Enrollees Between 18 and 35

Monday HHS released a report which, for the first time, reveals demographic data on the people who have enrolled. Currently 24 percent of those enrolled are between the ages of 18 and 35. That figure is significantly lower than the 39 percent the White House indicated was necessary to consider the enrollment period a success. Jan 13, 2014 2:27 PM PT

Rachel Maddow's Alternative Bridgegate Theory

Rachel Maddow hasn't let embarrassment regarding a bogus story about the Koch brothers dissuade her from taking more risks on her show. Thursday she devoted a segment to presenting an alternative theory for the closing of lanes on the George Washington bridge. Her theory is getting plenty of attention but, like the Koch story, has no evidence to back it up. Jan 10, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Obamacare Enrollment Mix Looking Worse Than Expected

Now that the first deadline has passed and is more or less working as it should have been in October, a new problem is beginning to reveal itself. So far, the mix of young, healthy enrollees in the risk pool is less than expected. Jan 10, 2014 9:20 AM PT

Not Just a Rorschach Test, Also A Picture of Dorian Gray

In a sense the 2016 campaign started today. Not in any technical sense, not monetarily or in terms of staff but in the more important sense of events which prepare the battlespace for years to come. Jan 9, 2014 12:19 PM PT

America's Foremost Public Intellectual and the Race Card

A few days ago the Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a piece proclaiming MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry "America's foremost public intellectual." Coates didn't really make much of a case. In fact, most of the piece was about Mitt Romney. Here's the bulk of his argument for Harris-Perry: Jan 8, 2014 5:40 PM PT


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