Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
Bush’s ‘R’ Is for ‘Right’ By Lawrence Kudlow
President George W. Bush may turn out to be the top economic forecaster in the country.
GOP Loves Earmarks By Robert Novak
A recent secret survey of the House Republican minority by the party’s whip organization showed a two-to-one margin opposed to imposing a moratorium on earmarks.
The Question of Hillary Clinton’s Guilt-By-Association Tactics By Carl Bernstein
For several weeks, the Clinton campaign has been distributing literature and disseminating incendiary notions — which figured significantly in Pennsylvania, and are now central to the candidate’s message in Indiana and North Carolina — assailing Barack Obama for his association with Bill Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground, the radical, violent organization responsible for bombing several government buildings in the early 1970s.
The Art of Folly at Yale By Charles Lane
Four years at Yale costs $180,000. Here is how senior Aliza Shvarts planned to conclude hers: The art major would repeatedly artificially inseminate herself, then induce miscarriages, which she would record on video.
Overkill and Short Shrift By Bob Herbert
Race is like pornography in the U.S. — the dirty stories and pictures that everyone professes to hate but no one can resist.
Pope Benedict, Logos, Chaos, and Freedom By Andrew Walden
Speaking at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI April 16 embraced America’s quest for freedom. Benedict’s visit to America came just weeks after his Easter Eve baptism of Magdi Allam, Italy’s most prominent Muslim.
Be Happy: The American Refusal to Deal with Suffering By Jude Acosta
We are a nation of hopefuls and always have been. In our relatively short time on earth, this nation has spawned more utopian societies and splinter religions promising immediate deliverance than any other culture in history.
How to Spend Your Stimulus Check By Andrew Carroll
Buying a new car or TV may help the economy, but there is a more worthy cause.