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January 6, 2003
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Yet another call to get US troops out of South Korea, this time from Doug Bandow in National Review: Alliances exist to serve a purpose. Yet in Korea the means has become an end. America pays the bill but gains no benefit from doing so. Indeed, it is finding ingratitude replacing appreciation. Washington’s military...

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January 5, 2003
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Via Power Line, here’s a poll showing that Minnesotans want to balance the budget by cutting spending, not raising taxes. 76% of Minnesotans favor spending cuts and only 37% favor higher taxes. I’m sure polls in other states will indicate similar preferences.

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January 5, 2003
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I’ve been calling for withdrawing our troops from South Korea for a few weeks now. I thought I was alone, but Bill Safire has been making the same argument in the New York Times: A majority of South Korea’s voters, who owe their freedom over the past half-century to the U.S. military, are angry...

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January 5, 2003
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Today John Edwards did a softball interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week. Unlike Edwards’ underwhelming encounter with Tim Russert on Meet the Press, Stephanopoulos lobbed softballs at him and didn’t do any follow-ups, letting Edwards look competent. Still, I was struck by how devoid of content Edwards’ responses were and how similar the...

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January 5, 2003
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The Washington Post makes the bleeding heart case for tort reform. Republicans should pound this issue hard next year. It’s a win-win, since it shows that they’re doing something to lower the cost of health care, attacks unpopular trial lawyers and hurts a key Democratic funding base.

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January 3, 2003
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A week after the November elections, Rob Brownstein wrote a wonderful piece in the liberal American Prospect analyzing the election results. Some of the key takeaways: 1. Democratic turnout was respectable. In fact, Democrats got more votes in most states than they had in 1998. However, Republican turnout was just much better. But Democrats...

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January 3, 2003
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Roll Call reports that Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is offering his Rules committee chairmanship to Trent Lott. Santorum is a good person, a staunch conservative and skillful politician. I hope he moves up in the Senate hierarchy in the future.

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January 3, 2003
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UPI says that John Edwards might be running for president in 2004 because his prospects for re-election as a senator are not good. It’s worth noting that Edwards won in 1998, but got fewer votes than Erskine Bowles, who lost North Carolina’s other Senate seat by 9 points in 2002 due to increased Republican...

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January 3, 2003
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Remember when I said that presidential candidate John Kerry has lots of skeletons in his closet that could be used against him? The American Prowler dug up a few.

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January 3, 2003
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Howard Kurtz says in the Washington Post that John Edwards’ vacuousness is beginning to grate on his liberal media backers.

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January 3, 2003
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When the INS decides to deport an illegal alien, it sends a letter to the alien ordering him to show up for deportation. This letter is called a “run letter” among many illegals, for obvious reasons. One such alien changed his identity and ended up working at the White House. Shocking? No, such screwed...

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January 3, 2003
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Could Bush be planning two wars? Taegan Goddard of Political Wire noticed the following comment from Bush at a news conference: QUESTION: If we do have to go to war… BUSH: With which country?

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January 3, 2003
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And they’re off! The 2004 Democratic presidential nomination battle is in full swing, with candidates tripping over each other to announce their candidacies. Dick Gephardt just announced. That makes Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, John Kerry, John Edwards and Dick Gephardt official contenders. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Joe Lieberman and Tom Daschle...

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January 3, 2003
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Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) says he’ll run for re-election in 2004. Republican congressman Jim DeMint has announced that he’ll oppose him. No matter who the Republican nominee is, this is going to be one of the most exciting Senate races to watch in 2004.

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January 2, 2003
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Fox News is leaving CNN further and further behind: Only Fox News, which has become the prime peacetime cable news destination, experienced significant growth in total-day and primetime versus 2001. In 2002, it climbed 44% to an average of 667,000 total-day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the same time period and category,...

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