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  • Will 2016 Really Be A Foreign Policy Election?

    04/14/2015 4:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Byron York
    There's an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated by foreign policy. "This is going to be a foreign policy election," National Journal's Ron Fournier said recently. "A foreign policy election (more or less) is upon us," declared "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. "We are likely to have a foreign policy election in 2016," said the Weekly Standard's William Kristol. The argument is that the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an ongoing crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Russian aggression and...
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...
  • While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan

    07/22/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/22/2014 | Byron York
    It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president. In the past few days, Democrats have heard that their still-undeclared front runner, Hillary Clinton, needs time to think about the question. Meanwhile, another undeclared hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, is thrilling liberal audiences with a forceful, point-by-point declaration of the principles that would guide her as president. The contrast is striking. Clinton is offering Democrats her resume. Warren is offering them a plan.
  • With Midterms Nearing, GOP Still Searches For Agenda

    06/03/2014 4:39:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Byron York
    The midterm elections are less than six months away, and Republicans still can't agree among themselves on what it will take to win. The latest debate among party insiders is whether GOP House and Senate candidates should produce a document like the Contract With America that tells voters what to expect if Republicans win full control of Congress. But the fact that there is a debate at all indicates that the race is not shaping up as Republicans envisioned months ago. Much of the anxiety concerns Obamacare. The six months between October and March saw the disastrous rollout of...
  • John Boehner's double-speak rattles House immigration foes

    04/21/2014 6:42:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Byron York
    When it comes to immigration, many Republican members of the House have long distrusted their leader, Speaker John Boehner. Now, things have gotten even worse. Boehner has assured members who oppose comprehensive immigration reform that nothing will be done on the issue until the Obama administration "can be trusted to enforce our laws." Given the average GOP Congressman's view of Barack Obama, that means "never." That's certainly how many members interpreted the speaker's words. But last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Boehner, while speaking to donors in Las Vegas recently, said he is "hellbent" on passing immigration reform...
  • No, House Republicans haven't voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare

    03/17/2014 4:02:22 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    It has become a truism that House Republicans have voted dozens and dozens of times -- at least 50 in all -- to repeal Obamacare. They have been obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama told a Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington last month. You know what they say: 50th time is the charm. Maybe when you hit your 50th repeal vote, you will win a prize. Maybe if you buy 50 repeal votes, you get one free. We get it. For more than a year, Democrats and their advocates in the press have been ridiculing the...
  • The House GOP’s incredible, amazing discovery: Most Americans aren’t entrepreneurs

    02/01/2014 9:07:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM | Byron York
    At the House Republican retreat in Cambridge, Md., Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on GOP lawmakers to take a new approach to the nation’s economic anxieties. […] Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Cantor’s presentation was that it included a recognition that in the past Republicans have focused more on the nation’s employers than employees, have talked about small business owners and entrepreneurs to the exclusion of the far greater number of Americans who don’t own their own businesses. […] What was extraordinary about that portion of Cantor’s presentation was not that it was out of place—it was...
  • Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with Obama at White House

    10/08/2013 9:14:29 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/8/2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a clear attempt to woo largely establishment conservative commentators who have loudly opposed the GOP’s current government shutdown strategy, President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review’s Washington editor Robert Costa, syndicated columnist and former CNN co-host Kathleen Parker, and Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
  • Out of ideas, House GOP considers Hail Mary [GOP-E figuring a way to wimp out]

    10/03/2013 2:36:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/3/2013 | BYRON YORK
    As the partial government shutdown enters its third day, many House Republicans are determined to keep fighting, even though they see no plausible way out of the current impasse, because they've come so far they cannot imagine backing down now. "I think there's a sense that for us to do a clean CR now -- then what the hell was this about?" one Republican House member told me. "So I don't think it's going to end anytime soon."Wednesday was the best day in a while for Republicans, but not because of any progress they made toward their goal of defunding,...
  • Tangled in Obamacare fight, GOP senators wonder: How did this happen?

    09/27/2013 2:38:44 AM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/25/2013 | Byron York
    Just a month ago, Sessions expressed deep doubts about the tactic. "I'm not sure it’s the best viable way at this point," he said on Bill Bennett's radio show in August. "I've looked at it really hard, I’ve talked to Mike, and I certainly respect what he's doing, but I’m not convinced right now that this is going to be a way that will be successful and effective." By Tuesday, Sessions had become convinced, even though he took care to express respect for colleagues who sided with leadership. "I didn't sign the letter, and I've got some great friends who...
  • Why many Republicans won't support Obama on Syria attack

    09/02/2013 5:41:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/2/2013 | Byron York
    Early signs say it will be hard for President Obama to win congressional authorization for military action in Syria. That could change; lawmakers might re-write the president's draft authorization into something they can live with, ultimately allowing Obama to go forward. But whatever happens, Republicans have a compelling case for rejecting the president's request. Based on off-the-record conversations with some of them, this is it:1) The chemical weapons evidence. The Obama administration appears to believe that conclusive proof that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians creates an unassailable case for U.S. intervention. A few lawmakers will likely...
  • Commentary: Ted Cruz Merits a Look for President in 2016

    07/24/2013 2:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Contributors Network ^ | July 24, 2013 | Mark Whittington
    A Marist poll released Wednesday indicates that Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, and that there is a very crowded and tight field among Republicans. Yahoo asked voters: Which candidate are you backing and why? Here's one perspective. COMMENTARY | The latest Marist poll of potential presidential candidates shows a couple of interesting results. First, Hillary Clinton is blowing away other Democrats. Second, the Republicans appear to be bunched up with no clear front runner. Turning one's attention to the Republican field, one looks upon Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas. Hot Air,...
  • Liz Cheney: No more ‘go along to get along’

    07/18/2013 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 1(8 | Byron York
    Liz Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter and Washington political figure who is challenging incumbent Mike Enzi for a Senate seat from her home state of Wyoming, met with reporters Wednesday for the first time as a candidate. She gave several hints about her plan to convince voters that Enzi does not deserve a shot at a fourth term in the Senate. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” said Cheney, appearing at a hotel in Casper. “I’m running because I know as a mother and as...
  • Support falling in polls, Harry Reid announces rush to pass immigration bill

    06/19/2013 6:26:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    Washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/18/13 | Byron York
    With a new poll showing falling support for the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced an accelerated schedule in which the Senate would take a final, up-or-down vote on passing the bill by the end of next week. "I’m just telling everybody that we’re going to either file cloture on this on Friday or Saturday or Sunday or Monday,” Reid said as the Senate opened its morning session. Filing for cloture means that a final vote would be held three days later. So if Reid filed for cloture on Monday, June 24,...
  • Byron York: Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP

    05/03/2013 10:27:43 AM PDT · by Will88 · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2013 | Byron York
    "But what if Romney had been able to reach a mind-blowing 70 percent of the Hispanic vote? Surely that would have meant victory, right? No, it wouldn't. Romney still would have lost, although by the narrowest of electoral margins, 270 to 268. (Under that scenario, Romney would have won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College; he could have racked up huge numbers of Hispanic votes in California, New York and Texas, for example, and not changed the results in those states."
  • Will Immigration Reform Kill Rubio's Presidential Chances?

    04/09/2013 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2013 | Byron York
    Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform? Look at the only lawmaker who has become president in the last half-century. Barack Obama did almost nothing in his brief time in the Senate. His career in the world's greatest deliberative body consisted mainly of showing up, becoming immediately dissatisfied and looking for something better. Obama never took a leading role crafting any piece of momentous legislation. And some of the things he did do, like...
  • The GOP congressman who destroyed Obama’s sequester scare story

    03/13/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT · by MissTed · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/12/13 | Byron York
    The Obama administration has employed a variety of tactics to frighten the public about the possible consequences of sequestration. Air-traffic control towers will be shuttered. Children will be thrown off Head Start. The nation’s guard against terrorism will be lowered. Republicans, and in some cases the press, have poked some pretty big holes in some of the administration’s most extravagant claims. But no one has done a better job than a little-known GOP congressman, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who took on officials from the Centers for Disease Control at a House hearing last week. The occasion was a meeting...
  • Byron York: How defense spending will grow under sequester cuts

    02/24/2013 6:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/2013 | Byron York
    The major objection most Republicans have to the coming sequestration budget cuts is that the cuts will fall disproportionately on the Department of Defense. That’s true; defense spending is about one-fifth of the federal budget but will take about half of the sequester cuts. But even for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases...
  • Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes

    01/21/2013 5:30:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    wash examiner ^ | 1/20/13
    Byron York Chief Political Correspondent The Washington Examiner @ByronYork Popular in PoliticsUtah sheriffs warn Obama of deadly war over guns Newsweek: Obama is 'The Second Coming' Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes Lupe Fiasco gets booted from inaugural event after rapping anti-Obama song Chuck Schumer: GOP has to back tax increases to get a budget In recent days Republicans have had some success pointing out that it will soon be four years since Senate Democrats have allowed Congress to pass a budget — something the Congressional Budget Act requires lawmakers to do each year....
  • Obama, Reid slam brakes on gun control

    12/24/2012 9:59:27 PM PST · by Red Steel · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2012 | 12:38 pm | Byron York
    With President Obama’s announcement of a commission to study and recommend ways to reduce gun violence, the two most important Democrats in government — Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — have both indicated a desire to slow the momentum toward gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. The president’s decision to appoint a blue-ribbon panel — the classic Washington ploy to defuse and delay consideration of an issue — along with Reid’s inaction on the gun question will undoubtedly frustrate many in their party who want immediate action. Obama seemed to anticipate that frustration...
  • In 2016, GOP Needs a Candidate Voters Believe In

    11/18/2012 5:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Byron York
    In the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, many Republicans say the GOP must make far-reaching changes to be competitive in future elections. White voters are a smaller and smaller part of the electorate, they point out, while Latinos and other minorities are growing as a percentage of the voting public. Unless the Republican Party reinvents itself to appeal to those voters, the argument goes, the GOP can get used to being out of power. There's something to that. The electorate is changing, and the Republican Party needs to keep up with the times. But the more fundamental answer to the...
  • York: Obama-Romney II: Prez needs to win by knockout

    10/15/2012 6:27:53 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/15/12 | byron york
    Judging by word coming from the Obama campaign, Tuesday night's second presidential debate at Hofstra University could be the greatest do-over in history. The president has been scrutinizing Mitt Romney's every word from the first debate in Denver, and now, nearly two weeks later, he has his answers ready to go. Early Monday morning, on the eve of Debate Two, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a long memo to reporters headlined "The Real Romney, Translated." The memo focused on nine statements Romney made during the first debate, plus a few from running mate Paul Ryan in the vice...
  • Democrats: Biden wasn't rude, he was just passionate

    10/12/2012 7:06:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/2012 | Byron York
    DANVILLE, Kentucky -- There are two ways to judge Thursday's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, and no one yet knows which one voters will choose. The first is on the substance of what was discussed. That debate was about a tie, with Biden winning on issues like Medicare and Afghanistan, and Ryan winning on taxes and Libya. Judged on the substance, it seems unlikely that debate will change much of anything in the broader presidential race. The second way to judge the debate is on style, but that really means just one thing: Joe Biden's demeanor....
  • Conservative Anger Growing Over Obamacare Decision

    07/01/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 70 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 30, 2012 | Byron York
    I ran into a prominent conservative member of Congress Friday night just before the huge storms moved through Washington. He was, he said, far angrier on the day after the Supreme Court Obamacare decision than he had been the moment he learned Chief Justice John Roberts had joined the Court’s liberal bloc to uphold the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare. He didn’t resort to histrionics or profanity, but he was spitting mad — and his anger was growing, not diminishing. A short time later, I saw another conservative lawmaker who said much the same thing. And yet another...
  • In New Biography, Obama Asks: Am I an American?

    05/07/2012 7:29:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, May 7, 2012 | Byron York
    ...the Maraniss book published last week in Vanity Fair reveals a portrait of Obama that might have enriched the voters' understanding of him in the 2008... The excerpt focuses on Obama's brief time in New York after his graduation from Columbia University. The son of a Kenyan father and an American expatriate mother, Obama emerges as a man questioning whether he viewed himself, or wanted to be viewed by others, as an American. Not in a citizenship sense -- Obama was born in the United States and that was that -- but in the sense of how he saw the...
  • Why Gingrich won-Why Romney lost

    01/21/2012 11:53:54 PM PST · by OddLane · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2011 | Byron York
    COLUMBIA, SC -- They won't say it publicly -- they didn't want to appear churlish or disrespectful on a night they took a serious beating -- but it's no exaggeration to say that even after losing the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich, members of Mitt Romney's circle find it absurd -- almost crazy -- that the former House speaker has even a ghost of a chance of becoming the Republican Party's presidential nominee. In their view, Gingrich has barely run a campaign. As they see it, Team Gingrich doesn't have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney...
  • Is New Hampshire Fit to Pick a President?

    01/10/2012 4:05:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2012 | Byron York
    NASHUA, N.H. -- Is New Hampshire too white, too old and too godless to play a key role in selecting the next president? "The rap on Iowa: It doesn't represent the rest of the country -- too white, too evangelical, too rural," NBC's Andrea Mitchell famously said shortly before the Jan. 3 caucuses. Other critics called Iowa too old. If such concerns about Iowa are legitimate, then so are concerns about New Hampshire. For example, the first-in-the-nation primary state is actually whiter than Iowa. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire is 93.9 percent white, 2.8 percent Hispanic and 1.1...
  • Why Gingrich tanked (What happened to his surge?)

    01/07/2012 2:20:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/07/2012 | Byron York
    NASHUA, NH -- Just as in Iowa, Newt Gingrich's popularity has plunged here in New Hampshire. The former House speaker, who hit 24 percent in a Rasmussen survey in late November, is languishing at eight percent in the latest Rasmussen Granite State poll. In the next primary state, South Carolina, Gingrich hit 42 percent in an NBC News poll in early December. Now, he is at 18 percent in a new Rasmussen survey. The conventional wisdom holds that Gingrich fell as a result of highly effective attack ads aired in Iowa by rival Ron Paul and a super PAC working...
  • In FL Straw Poll, a Late Surge for Herman Cain (more Perry debate fallout)

    09/24/2011 7:48:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 147 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | Byron York
    ORLANDO -- There's no scientific polling, but talks with dozens of delegates who will vote in today's Florida straw poll suggest that many are making last-minute decisions to vote for Herman Cain. What seems to be happening is this: A lot of delegates came to Orlando planning to vote for Rick Perry. But Perry's poor performance at Thursday night's Fox News-Google debate gave them pause and re-opened the question of whom they will support. And many of the conservatives who were attracted to Perry will, when asked for a second choice, naturally gravitate to Cain, who, it just happens, had...
  • York: Perry locked, loaded for Thursday's debate

    09/20/2011 5:32:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/19/11 | Byron York
    Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Orlando will be a key moment for Rick Perry. The newness is off the Texas governor's candidacy, and his support has leveled off and even slipped a bit in some recent polls. Perry received mostly good reviews from his debate debut, at the Reagan Library on Sept. 7, but less positive notices after his second outing at the CNN debate in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 12. How he performs in the rubber match in Orlando, put on by Fox News, Google and the Republican Party of Florida, will provide an important directional signal: Is Perry...
  • Behind the Michele Bachmann 'submissive' question (Byron York provides dithering justification)

    08/16/2011 6:21:14 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 62 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 8/15/11 | Byron York
    "Whatever the case, Bachmann's answer in Ames Thursday night was by far the most human moment of her appearance in the debate -- a far cry from her tough exchanges with former Minnesota Gov. (and now former candidate) Tim Pawlenty. At their best, debates tell us new things about candidates and allow us to learn more about aspects of their personalities we haven't seen before. Is there any doubt that moment in Ames on Thursday night did just that for Michele Bachmann?"
  • Who Are These Submissive Women?

    08/15/2011 8:41:01 AM PDT · by TheWriterTX · 29 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | August 14, 2011 | Linda Prussen-Razzano
    Who are these submissive women? By Linda Prussen-Razzano web posted August 15, 2011 During the recent Republican Presidential debates in Ames, Iowa, a question of faith arose that has frequently been misused, misrepresented, and continually misinterpreted by the main stream media: that of women who willingly submit to the authority of their husbands. Women who advocate a strong Christian faith are often portrayed as weak, timid, or somehow suffering under the heel of an oppressive husband while simultaneously being chained to hot stove with wailing children hanging off their hips. The general resentment over this perpetual gross mischaracterization of a...
  • What Michelle Bachmann's submission theology really means

    08/15/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT · by TSgt · 36 replies
    Salon ^ | Monday, Aug 15, 2011 08:40 ET | By Sarah Posner
    When the Washington Examiner’s Byron York asked Michele Bachmann if she was submissive to her husband at the Fox News GOP debate Thursday night, the crowd gasped and booed. That’s because wifely submission -- also known as complementarian theology -- is central to the faith of many evangelicals. York’s question wasn’t about religion per se, but was an attempt to probe whether, if Bachmann became president, America would be getting Marcus' decisions and not hers. It’s common for Christian politicians questioned about their adherence to submission theology to dodge a scriptural explanation, as Bachmann did. After all, while dominionist-minded evangelicals...
  • Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions

    06/02/2011 6:07:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 2, 2011 | Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent
    In the last week Sarah Palin has commanded the attention of the national press corps simply by taking in a few tourist sites on the East Coast. Whenever she stops her "One Nation" bus, reporters lucky or canny enough to keep up with her have asked about her political intentions. Will she run for president? Is she thinking about running for president? If she ran for president, how would she campaign? One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to...
  • Newser causes more trouble for Rep. Anthony Weiner (Byron York weighs in)

    05/31/2011 2:21:46 PM PDT · by abb · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 31, 2011 | Byron York
    After retaining legal counsel in a case in which a lewd photo was sent from his Twitter account to a 21 year-old female college student, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will no longer answer questions about the matter. The matter has become a "distraction," the outspoken Democrat told reporters Tuesday, and he intends to spend his time working on congressional matters and not answering questions about what has become known in furious Internet speculation as "Weinergate." In a performance that might please a defense attorney but would make a public relations consultant cringe, Weiner, who has said his...
  • Palin Creates Buzz But Rivals Bet She Won't Run (Romney Adviser: Palin an 'entertainer')

    05/26/2011 6:27:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 116 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Byron York
    "The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president," says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney. "She's making money, she's moved on, she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician. She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run." "I don't think she's going to run," says a Republican close to Tim Pawlenty. "She has faded a lot in the last few months. I look at what she's doing now and say that she's found a way to get back in the story." Maybe these representatives...
  • Herman Cain sounds off on race, a debate win, and the need to simplify government

    05/16/2011 6:11:00 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/15/11 | Byron York
    But wouldn't liberals and Democrats still find a racially-based way to attack Cain? They certainly found a way to attack Clarence Thomas, the black, conservative Supreme Court justice. "They're going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate," Cain responded. "You're right. Clarence Thomas. And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I'm ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through -- for the good of this country." Cain smiled broadly. "I'm ready for the same high-tech lynching."
  • 'Unique capabilities' mean virtually all-American war in Libya

    03/20/2011 6:47:14 AM PDT · by library user · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2011 | by Byron York
    With President Obama making only brief remarks during his trip to Latin America, most of what we know about the beginning of the war in Libya comes from two briefings Saturday, from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in France and from Vice Admiral Bill Gortney at the Pentagon. And those two high-ranking officials sent strikingly different messages about the extent of United States involvement in the war. Clinton played down the U.S. role. "We did not lead this," she said flatly of the coalition currently attacking Libyan Moammar Gaddafi. "We did not engage in unilateral actions in any way,...
  • While Obama Seeks New Ideas, His Bureaucracy Stifles Them

    03/08/2011 6:59:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2011 | Byron York
    Nearly a year ago, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his healthcare policy team came up with a simple way to save the state's Medicaid program a lot of money. Why not have Medicaid recipients and applicants handle their paperwork online? Using e-mail and a special website rather than paper, Herbert calculated, would save Utah about $6.3 million a year. "It seemed like a no-brainer to us," says the governor. The problem was, going paperless required a rules waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services. And that's where the idea ran into a brick wall. "We tried for eight...
  • 'Washington Is Broken' Will Be Democrats' Tagline

    12/27/2010 2:35:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27. 2010 | Byron York
    "Washington, right now, is broken," said Vice President Biden in February. "I've never seen it this dysfunctional." Back then, Biden was just one of many who complained that partisan rancor and gamesmanship had brought the functioning of the federal government virtually to a halt, making it impossible for the president and lawmakers to get anything done. "Washington is broken" became the political world's conventional wisdom. Fast-forward to Dec. 22. Celebrating the passage of a new law allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military, President Obama said the event marked "the culmination of two of the most productive years in...
  • Top political scientist: U.S. voters are 'pretty damn stupid'

    11/21/2010 7:31:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies · 1+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Nov 21 2010 | Byron York
    Top political scientist: U.S. voters are 'pretty damn stupid' Political reporters often rely on University of Wisconsin political scientist Charles Franklin for expertise. In just the past few months, his insights have appeared in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Politico, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He's also a co-founder of the influential website Pollster.com, as well as co-director of the Big Ten Battleground Poll. So Franklin answered with considerable authority when he was asked, at a recent forum on the November 2 election results, why Republicans emerged victorious in...
  • Nevada voters don't want Harry Reid, re-elect him anyway

    11/03/2010 5:56:25 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 108 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    LAS VEGAS — At polling places across Nevada Tuesday, researchers conducting exit polls asked voters one fundamental question about Harry Reid: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he has handled his job as senator? The results were terrible for the Senate Majority Leader. Fifty-five percent of voters disapproved of the job he has done, while 44 percent approved. Such numbers might seem a sure indicator of defeat, and yet by Tuesday night, Reid was leading his supporters in a victory celebration. The exit pollsters also asked whether Reid, running for a fifth term in the Senate, has been...
  • Obama and Dems heading for electoral disaster

    06/25/2010 8:39:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2010 | Byron York
    All around, there are Democrats telling us their prospects for November are looking up. Things aren't as bad as Republicans say! Health care is becoming more popular! The country wants financial reform! People still like Barack Obama! Isn't Joe Barton awful! They're fooling themselves. The basic indicators of voters' intentions -- their general mood and attitude toward the policies of Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid -- are clear and solid. Unless those indicators change, and most experts believe that would take a huge, unforeseen event that fundamentally alters the political equation, Democrats are in for serious losses this November....
  • BYRON YORK: As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz

    06/01/2010 3:09:50 PM PDT · by Nasher · 14 replies · 877+ views
    Appealdemocrat ^ | June 01, 2010 | Byron York
    You know the basics. The unemployment rate is 9.9 percent. Jobs are still being lost. Worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street. And millions of Americans who still have jobs are worrying more than ever about the safety of their retirement savings. What you may not know is that, during this moment of terrible economic anxiety, the Obama White House found the time -- and the money -- to turn itself, at least for a night, into a showcase of glitzy extravagance. On May 19, the White House held a state dinner for Mexican President...
  • Enforcing the Nation's Immigration Laws Would Be a Bargain

    05/11/2010 11:26:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 563+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2010 | Byron York
    Even as the Obama administration plans to challenge and undermine Arizona's new immigration law, the White House still wants state residents to know that it feels their pain. "It's really a cry of frustration from Arizona," Homeland Security Secretary -- and former Arizona governor -- Janet Napolitano said recently. "It's a frustration ultimately that will only be solved with comprehensive immigration reform." But for the majority of Arizonans, the source of frustration is not the absence of comprehensive reform. It is the federal government's halfhearted enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. And what is seldom discussed in the current controversy...
  • What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad? Terror task force noticed him in 2004

    05/06/2010 11:38:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/05/10 | Byron York
    Deep inside a New York Times profile of the accused Times Square bomber — “From Suburban Father to a Terrorism Suspect” – there is this: George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out. In recent...
  • A carefully crafted immigration law in Arizona

    05/07/2010 8:35:28 AM PDT · by bigbob · 7 replies · 494+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/26/2010 | Byron York
    The chattering class is aghast at Arizona's new immigration law. "Harkens back to apartheid," says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker. "Shameful," says the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne. "Terrible…an invitation to abuse," says the New York Times' David Brooks. For his part, President Obama calls the law "misguided" and says it "threaten[s] to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans." Obama has ordered the Justice Department to "closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation." Has anyone actually read the law? Contrary to the talk, it is a reasonable, limited, carefully-crafted...
  • Byron York: How Obama Could Lose Arizona (Illegal) Immigration Battle

    04/29/2010 6:53:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies · 1,752+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Friday, April 30, 2010 | Byron York
    We know one thing for sure about the fight over Arizona's new immigration law. Civil-rights groups will file a lawsuit trying to kill the law and will ask a federal judge to issue an injunction to keep it from taking effect as scheduled this summer. What we don't know is how those proceedings will be affected by the Obama Justice Department, which is contemplating the highly unusual step of filing its own suit against the state of Arizona. Also unknown is the influence of President Obama himself, who has gone out of his way to raise questions -- some of...
  • Top insurance exec: Your health premiums will go up, coverage will change under Obamacare

    03/29/2010 8:51:34 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies · 1,997+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 29, 2010 | Byron York
    Many, many times during the health care debate, President Obama promised the American people that if they have insurance and they are happy with it, then it would not change under the Democrats' national health care proposal. "Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year," Obama promised on his transition website before assuming office. Once in the White House, he repeated that promise over and over and over. You didn't really believe that, did you? Good. To confirm your suspicions, read the new...
  • Democrats threaten companies hit hard by health care bill

    03/28/2010 11:05:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1,726+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/28/10 | Byron York
    Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has summoned some of the nation's top executives to Capitol Hill to defend their assessment that the new national health care reform law will cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in health insurance expenses. Waxman is also demanding that the executives give lawmakers internal company documents related to health care finances -- a move one committee Republicans describes as "an attempt to intimidate and silence opponents of the Democrats' flawed health care reform legislation." On Thursday and Friday, the companies -- so far, they include AT&T,...