NEW YORK — The Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for its coverage of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured four awards for reporting on a harrowing avalanche, the rise of a new aristocracy in China and the business practices of Apple and Wal-Mart.The Associated Press received the award in breaking news photography for its coverage of the civil war in Syria. Read More
A presidential campaign exposes candidates' strengths and weaknesses. The strengths they're eager to tell you about. So let's look at the weaknesses.
Start with Rick Santorum, whose poll numbers in New Hampshire and South Carolina have been surging since (by last count) he lost the Iowa caucuses by the Chinese lucky number of 8 votes. Read More
I've got a column in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on how liberals want to go back to what I call the Midcentury Moment, the more conformist and egalitarian America of the 1940s and 1950s and early 1960s, and why we can't get there. I've touched on these themes in the Examiner, but not in the same way. Read More
Must read for the day: Shelby Steele's Wall Street Journal opinion article headlined “Obama’s Unspoken Re-election Edge. He argues that as America’s first black president Obama has a major advantage against any Republican nominee. Read More
If you want to read a really stinging column on Barack Obama’s failure to make a speech on his decision to go to war (er, make that “kinetic military action”) in Iraq, don’t stop with conservative Peggy Noonan’s piece in the Wall Street Journal. Read More
When Republicans and Democrats clashed last year over whether to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, the question was over funding -- should we add to the debt or should we use unexpended stimulus money? Well, now that state unemployment-insurance trust funds are running dry, President Obama has finally announced his solution: Allowing the states to increase taxes on business. Read More
The CEO of IBM offered the Obama administration a free software program that would have cut Medicare and Medicaid fraud by almost a trillion dollars, but he was turned down – twice. Read More
America is at risk of Japanese-style deflation, warned James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Bullard maintains that the Fed, which has deliberately kept interest rates extremely low and let the dollar devalue, should now focus on avoiding the same kind of deflationary pressures that led to Japan’s “lost decade.” Read More
Trusting investors who were swindled by Bernie Madoff’s tempting promises of higher-than-market-rate returns are now reduced to fighting over what’s left of the con man’s $50 billion empire. Read More
Over the last eight years, most Democratic politicians have made a distinction between the Good War (Afghanistan) and the Bad War (Iraq).
That very much includes Barack Obama. As an Illinois state senator, he spoke out against military action in Iraq in 2002, and as a U.S. senator at a September 2007 hearing, he offered a blisteringly negative assessment of Iraq so lengthy that it left no time for Gen. David Petraeus to reply. Read More