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  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Jim DeMint Obama Sidesteps Senate Approval of Paris Agreement

    This Friday is “Earth Day” and by all indications the Obama administration intends to celebrate it by traveling to the United Nations in New York and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite the pomp and circumstance of a U.N. Headquarters signing ceremony, President Obama claims that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Since he claims it is not a treaty,…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Freedom Is in Retreat Under Obama Presidency

    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba last week is one of the best he’s made in his seven years in office. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible record of following through on his words. I don’t think Obama should have gone to Cuba. The U.S. has nothing to gain from an opening to the Castro regime: this isn’t Nixon’s trip to China at the height of the Cold War. Most…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Encouraging Real Change in Cuba

    It’s been over a year since the United States “normalized” relations with Cuba, making concessions that, supposedly, would encourage the island nation to become freer and more open. In light of President Obama’s visit, however, it’s clear that this policy has proven to be a failure. You would think that only by making concrete improvements in the lives of ordinary Cubans…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. O Americans, Embrace Brexit

    President Obama is no supporter of Brexit. Just as David Cameron is warning of grave consequences for Britain if it leaves the European Union – floods of migrants crossing the English Channel, economic isolation, heightened terrorism risks – the American president has told the British people that Brexit is against US interests and will weaken the transatlantic alliance.…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Dakota Wood Saturday Q&A: Military Analyst Takes Aim at Climate Change Directive

    Dakota Wood is The Heritage Foundation's senior research fellow for defense programs. Wood, who spent two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, spoke to the Trib regarding the Pentagon recently ordering commanders to prioritize climate change in military actions. Q: What prompted this directive? A: It's important to keep in mind that senior civilian officials are political…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Obama and Juan Williams Need a Lesson on the Constitution and the Facts on Judicial Nominations

    Someone should remind President Obama and Juan Williams what the Constitution actually says about confirming nominees. They seem unaware of how the process works. They also appear ignorant of the facts regarding the many judicial nominees the president has had confirmed over the past seven years. First of all, the claim by Juan Williams that race “has something to do”…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Peter Brookes Obama Trip Rewards Cuba for Failing Its People

    In the continuing saga — going back almost seven years now — of Team Obama’s quest to end the “Cold War” with Cuba, the White House trumpeted last week that the president is heading for Havana next month. Just another bad idea whose time has come, I guess. Obama will be the first U.S. president to go to Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 — and with the trip coming in…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Stephen Moore Hey President Obama, for Most Americans the Economy Is Still Weak

    Bernie Sanders says this is an economy that has been rigged with only the gains of the last decade going to the richest one percent. Hillary Clinton admits the middle class is falling behind. In fact, about the only person in America who is happy with the economy is Obama himself. Every new statistic documents what American voters keep saying: they are sick of slow…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Ana Quintana Obama in Havana: Turn Back to Human Rights

    Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to visit Cuba in March. Logically—and more importantly—strategically, the visit makes no sense. Mr. Obama and General Raul Castro have already met. Their famous handshake occurred last year, at the Summit of the Americas. Today, a little over year after the president’s radical shift in Cuba policy, conditions have…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election

    Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them. On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal…

  • Commentary posted January 20, 2016 by Stephen Moore Oil at $30 a Barrel

    The big fall off your chair moment during President Obama’s State of the Union address came when he proclaimed: “We’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.” Sure, Mr. President. Take a bow for the smashing success of the very domestic oil and…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Biggest Failure Obama Glossed Over In His State Of The Union

    President Obama made many reassuring remarks in last night’s State of the Union address. For example, he reminded the nation that he had assembled a coalition of over 60 countries to “stop the flow of terrorist fighters.” What he left out was that this coalition is weak and ineffective. It has completely failed to thwart one of the most powerful forces fueling…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2016 by Peter Brookes Obama's Windy Letdown on State of World

    Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union speech this week, I couldn’t help but feel that he dealt with foreign policy and national security issues like the cop who doesn’t want a bunch of “rubberneckers” at an accident or crime scene. “Move along now folks … nothing to see here.” But, in fact, there’s plenty to see here and we, as the American people, aren’t…

  • Commentary posted December 10, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: Prez Outmatched by Islamist Terrorists' Resolve

    After the San Bernardino terror attack, it’s getting awfully hard for anyone to argue that President Obama is fully on top of what may turn out to be this century’s epic struggle — the fight against violent Islamist extremism. Like many Americans, I found it painful to listen to the president’s Oval Office speech on Sunday calling on us to stay his chosen course in…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. No Change of Course, of Course

    Yes, Mr. President, it was "an act of terrorism." The Obama administration has been so ineffective in reacting to the threat from the Islamic State (also called ISIS and ISIL) that hearing the president use that phrase to describe the San Bernardino attack felt like a real breakthrough. Unfortunately for a nation anxious to avoid becoming home to the next…