Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
Iowa: Mojo versus manpower — Jonathan Martin
As the battle for Iowa enters the home stretch, the race appears to be breaking down along a simple fault line: Mike Huckabee’s momentum and passion versus Mitt Romney’s organization.
Huckabee Surges, Obama Gains in Iowa — Michael Hirsh
The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.
Keep Up the Pressure — Charles Krauthammer
For Democrats, good news in Iraq is bad news. For me, good news is good news, whether from Iraq or now from Iran. Facts are facts. And if the conclusions of the most recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) about Iran’s nuclear program are true, they are moderately encouraging. Moderately only, because the NIE itself expressed only “moderate confidence” in its most sensational conclusion–that Iran had not restarted its previously suspended covert nuclear-weaponization program.
A New York-Centric Presidential Election — Fred Siegel
Rudy vs. Hillary would nationalize the city’s local political battles.
Let’s have a free market for housing and religion — Mark Steyn
Last week the Bush administration decided to “freeze” for five years the interest rates of certain types of mortgages. You’ve probably caught the tail end of news stories about “subprime” home loans, lots of foreclosures, etc. Never a happy moment when the bank takes the farm.
A sea change in US energy policy — David Roberts
The progressive energy bill – as passed by the House of Representatives – encouraged renewables and told oil and car makers to bugger off.
Genocide’s victory — Eric Reeves
THE BRUTAL REGIME in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has orchestrated genocidal counter-insurgency war in Darfur for five years, and is now poised for victory in its ghastly assault on the region’s African populations.
Blocked Vatican Envoy — Robert Novak
President Bush’s nomination of Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican is being held up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raising the possibility that the post may be vacant when Pope Benedict XVI visits the United States in April.
‘We Who Believe in Democracy’ — John Fund
Is there hope for a new Zimbabwe after Mugabe? This man is staking his life on it.
Iran Curveball — Wall Street Journal Editorial
This latest intelligence fiasco is Mr. Bush’s fault.
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