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The Rise of Europe’s Political Radicals

The theme song of a popular TV show from the last decade featured the lyric “I worry all the time. If you paid attention, you’d be worried too” — a wise posture when analyzing the slow-motion crisis that is Europe.
European gove…

Obama’s Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng

It’s hard to know which is worse: one’s grief over Chen Guangcheng’s fate, or the fury over the Obama administration’s abandonment of him to that fate.
Chen was already an internationally known human-rights activist when he show…

Was the Secret Service ‘Pornified’?

What do you suppose are the chances that the Secret Service agents who embarrassed themselves, possibly endangered the life of the president of the United States, and very likely damaged their marriages and the lives of their children by engaging prost…

Carter Redux?

Every new datum on economic stagnation — such as Thursday’s Labor Department announcement that unemployment claims remain at a three-month high — increases the temptation to compare the 2012 presidential race to that of 1980. Both co…

Fact Checking Global-Warming Hysteria

In a better world, debates about science — and nearly everything else — would be conducted without resort to demagoguery, sentimentality, cynical manipulation, or hysteria. In the world we inhabit, those tactics are dismayingly routine. Sti…