The Week: Most Recent Politics Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Politics Posts from THE WEEKThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:00 -0400What the Federal Reserve could learn from World of Warcraft<img src="" /></P><p>A persistent conservative trope during the Obama years runs like this: printing money necessarily causes inflation. Dredged out of the swamps of Austrian economics, it gained wide conservative credence when Obama took office in early 2009 and continues to this day.</p><p>This is not the case. But the idea does have a certain surface plausibility. More dollars means each dollar is a little less valuable, right? And that means prices of things should rise. The intuitive appeal of this idea probably accounts for why the online show Extra Creditz invoked it in its analysis of the inflation economics of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:00 -0400The Republican who should write Obama's speeches<img src="" /></P><p>Finally, an honest answer from the U.S. government about the likelihood of Americans ever fighting on the ground in Iraq against ISIS:</p><p >We're going to defeat ISIS. That's what we're going to do. We're going to do it together. We're going to bring in coalition forces. We don't think it's going to need big units, like the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st MEF, we don't believe that, but it may require our special capabilities, soldiers, and intelligence officials, going downrange, if you will, to make sure that we are effective in what we're going to do.</p><p>Kudos to the presidential speechwriter for...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 18 Sep 2014 07:24:00 -0400Mike Huckabee's head-scratching advice to Christian voters<img src="" /></P><p>On Friday, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee dispensed some dubious advice to voting Christians:</p><p >I would urge pastors to get in the pulpit and call people to Biblical truth as it relates to the issue of life and marriage, and even the issue of stewardship, and never be apologetic and say, 'Vote the Bible in your own heart.'[&hellip;] I hear people say sometimes, 'Vote your pocketbook.' Well, if you vote the scripture, you'll ultimately benefit your pocketbook, because everything about the economy that's wrong would be fixed if people had a Biblical understanding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elizabeth-stoker-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -0400The Obama administration's nonstop incoherence on ISIS<img src="" /></P><p>One has to wonder just how often members of President Barack Obama's national security team talk with each other. The federal government is famously gigantic, but the president's Cabinet is not, particularly if you narrow it to the inner circle that crafts military and national security strategy. One would assume that it wouldn't be all that difficult to prepare a coherent approach to an international crisis, particularly as Cabinet members testify before Congress amidst deep skepticism of the White House's strategy to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or in the administration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:11:00 -0400This is what happens when Republicans actually enact their radical agenda<img src="" /></P><p>A persistent elite Washington trope, embodied by folks like Ron Fournier, says that bipartisanship is the key missing ingredient in our system of government. The two parties just need to stop their partisan bickering and join hands to hammer out serious, substantive compromises (read: slash social insurance).</p><p>It's certainly the case that because of U.S. constitutional design, compromise is necessary during times of divided government &mdash; and the ones who won't do it are ultraconservative Republicans. But there's another model of governance that gets short shrift among the lovers of bipartisanship...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -0400America is doomed! (And other thoughts on our gloomy historical moment.)<img src="" /></P><p>The second half of 2014 is shaping up to be a veritable springtime for political pessimism.</p><p>You know the old line about pessimism &mdash; that it's the best option because its adherents invariably end up either vindicated or pleasantly surprised by events? Well, that's as true as ever. But this political season has given us something more: a series of personalities and events perfectly suited to confirm the outlook of those inclined to expect very little from American democracy.</p><p>Where to begin?</p><p>Well, there's Ted Cruz. Now that he's furthered his political ambitions by attacking beleaguered victims...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:06:00 -0400If Obama's imperial presidency is so awful, why does the GOP let him get away with war?<img src="" /></P><p>Conservatives haven't just decried President Obama's executive overreach. They have accused him of an "imperial presidency."</p><p>Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used the phrase in the <em>Wall Street Journal, </em>blasting as "dangerous" the "president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat."</p><p>So did John Fund at <em>National Review</em>: "Oh my, how liberals have learned to love the imperial presidency they used to so scorn when Richard Nixon or George W. Bush was in office."</p><p>The Heritage Foundation even ran a helpful explainer...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/w-james-antle-iii" ><span class="byline">W. James Antle III</span></a>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:01:00 -0400The many injustices of Missouri's new 'waiting-period' abortion law<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, the Missouri legislature overrode the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and passed a statute requiring women to wait 72 hours before obtaining an abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. To be sure, this is not the most important abortion restriction to have recently passed a conservative state legislature &mdash; but it is a particularly good illustration of how needless abortion regulations treat women as second-class citizens who are incapable of making decisions for themselves.</p><p>For good reason, a great deal of attention has focused on the draconian abortion regulations passed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-lemieux" ><span class="byline">Scott Lemieux</span></a>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:06:00 -0400Is 'feminism' just another word for 'liberalism'?<img src="" /></P><p>It's an amusing cover. Under the standard <em>The</em> <em>New Republic</em> logo on a white background, we have Beyonc&eacute;, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, Louis CK, and a handful of other smiling pop-culture and political Icons of the Moment dressed as cheerleaders, lifting letters high into the air: "F-E-M-I-N-I-S-M." And beneath the image, the subtitle of the cover story: "It has conquered the culture. Now comes the hard part."</p><p ><br />(<em>Click and zoom to enlarge</em>)</p><p>Inside the magazine, the hard part is hashed out by Judith Shulevitz and Rebecca Traister, two <em>TNR</em> senior editors. They haven't so much written...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:04:00 -0400How this one Independent candidate from Kansas could end up ruling the Senate<img src="" /></P><p>You may have heard that Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman has shaken up the race in Kansas, prompting the Democratic nominee to abandon his campaign and turning a shoo-in re-election for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts into a dead heat.</p><p>You may not have heard what Orman plans to do if he gets to Washington.</p><p>One of the trickiest questions for an Independent Senate candidate is this: Which party will you caucus with? It's an important question. Without membership in a caucus, a senator will likely be denied seats on committees and give up any chance of gaining influence.</p><p>But the question poses...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-scher" ><span class="byline">Bill Scher</span></a>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:36:00 -0400