Interesting Takes From Home and Abroad:
So Where’s Murphy? By William Kristol
From the gun clubs of Northern Virginia to the sports bars of Capitol Hill — wherever D.C.-area Republicans gather — you hear the question: “Where’s Murphy?”
The Stand That Obama Can’t Fudge By By E. J. Dionne
When a candidate calls a second news conference to say the same thing he thought he said in the first one, you know he knows he has a problem.
Latino Vote Is in Play in Presidential Contest By Josh Gerstein
Senator Obama is battling hard against Senator McCain for Latino voters, with both campaigns seeing Hispanics as a demographic group that could swing battleground states in the presidential election.
Mr. Sammler’s City By Myron Magnet
Fear was a New Yorker’s constant companion in the 1970s and ’80s. We lived behind doors with triple locks, some like engines of medieval ironmongery.
Scorekeeper for Schools By Luis Huerta
The schools have graduated to a “different league,” proclaimed a triumphant Mayor Bloomberg in Harlem, announcing a meteoric rise in test scores at the end of June. But do these buoyant results and sparking celebrations around the state truly gauge student progress?
Healthier Than Europe Is By Daniel Johnson
Why is American democracy in much better health than its European counterpart? The widely-noted excitement generated by the Democratic primaries shows no sign of abating, now that the presidential campaign proper is underway, and 2008 promises to be an even more colorful contest than those of 2000 or 2004, both of which were hard-fought and close-run. The minority view, that President Bush’s victories were illegitimate or that the system was fatally flawed, never prevailed.
American Politics Aren’t ‘Post-Racial’ By Dorothy Rabinowitz
The latest follies at an Indianapolis university highlight a widespread problem.
FARC’s ‘Human Rights’ Friends By Mary Anastasia O’Grady
It’s no surprise the rebels bought the helicopter story.
Israel Is ‘Canceled’ in Berlin By Wall Street Journal Editors
But no hurt feelings, okay?
Obama’s Message to Europe By Roger Cohen
When Senator Barack Obama meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany at the end of the month, he needs to remember the lessons of Berlin.
The India Nuclear Pact Lives On By Bill Emmott
The deal is that rare thing: a Bush foreign policy move that could look strategically smart to future historians.
We Are Not at War By Fareed Zakaria
The struggle against Islamic extremism is a long, mostly peacetime challenge.