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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics for 18 years, and a visiting fellow at the ...

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Palestinian civilians aren't to blame for Hamas

August 1, 2014

Israel is a democratic state that is trying to respect human rights while defending itself against an adversary, Hamas, that does not. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, is obviously right to say that the killing of Palestinian children is something Hamas desires as part of its strategy. My sympathies are therefore entirely with Israel, and against not just Hamas but those Westerners who fling terms like "genocide" against the Israeli government.

  • Why `compassionate conservatism' is still dead

    July 28, 2014

    Compassionate conservatism is back. That's how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being Representative Paul Ryan's announcement of new anti-poverty proposals.

  • Republicans can capitalize on Obamacare rulings

    July 23, 2014

    Obamacare, the program, has been operating in violation of Obamacare, the law.

  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Inflation hawks' crank data just doesn't add up

    July 17, 2014

    "I don't think you have until 2012 before this gets out of control and there's hyperinflation. It could go past that to 2014, but we're seeing all sorts of things happening now that are accelerating the inflation process." Thus spoke economist John Williams in May 2011.

  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Buffett, Gates, Adelson don't get immigration

    July 15, 2014

    A trio of billionaires — Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates — say they want to "End the Immigration Impasse," to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed.

  • Liberal Hobby Lobby fury based on bad analysis

    July 8, 2014

    Liberals should spend less time lauding the dissents in last week's Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and more time reading them. If they did, they'd notice that some of their main arguments find little support even from liberal justices.

  • Hobby Lobby case won't stop blood transfusions

    July 1, 2014

    Here's an easy way to cut through the arguments and counterarguments surrounding Monday's Hobby Lobby ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court: Think back to 2012.

  • What is the meaning of Eric Cantor's defeat?

    June 11, 2014

    Every political pundit in the country is, right now, writing about what House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in Tuesday's Republican primary means.

  • Obama's new coal rules aren't democratic

    June 9, 2014

    Republicans are calling President Barack Obama's new coal-plant regulations a "power grab." The truth is more complicated, and ominous, than that.

  • Supreme Court spinning ties liberals up in knots

    May 30, 2014

    Linda Greenhouse has been providing liberal spin on the Supreme Court for The New York Times for decades, first as a reporter and now as an opinion columnist.

  • Why the government misunderstands mental illness

    May 13, 2014

    Reps. Tim Murphy and Ron Barber both have reasons for wanting Congress to address mental-health issues. Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican, is the only practicing psychologist in Congress. Barber, an Arizona Democrat, was injured in a mass shooting by Jared Lee Loughner, a paranoid schizophrenic. (Barber was working for Rep. Gabby Giffords, whose injuries were more severe.)

  • Affirmative action isn't a constitutional issue

    April 25, 2014

    Reading strongly held views about political morality into the U.S. Constitution is a powerful temptation on both sides of the political divide. That's one lesson of the heated debate between Supreme Court justices in this week's split decision to uphold a Michigan ban on affirmative action at state universities.

  • As foreign crises multiply, Republican squabbling isn't helping

    April 22, 2014

    Republican politicians are at war over the world.

  • Why ambitious ideas always backfire politically

    April 15, 2014

    Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

  • Jeb Bush for president? He actually has a chance

    April 8, 2014

    "The notion that Jeb Bush is going to be the Republican presidential nominee is a fantasy nourished by the people who used to run the Republican Party," writes Ben Smith of BuzzFeed.

  • Obamacare isn't dying so what now for Republicans?

    April 7, 2014

    Imagine that someone had told you a year ago what Obamacare would look like in April 2014.

  • Yellen's 'gaffe' isn't her biggest problem

    March 25, 2014

    Don't blame Janet Yellen for what she said. Blame her for what she's doing.

  • Republican do-nothing strategy a midterm mistake

    March 17, 2014

    Republicans think they've hit on the perfect strategy to win back the Senate in 2014: Sit back and let it happen.

  • Raising the minimum wage is still a big mistake

    February 18, 2014

    Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as President Barack Obama urged in his State of the Union address last month, is as popular an idea as ever. It's also a worse idea than ever.

  • Good riddance to Bernanke's tight-money policies

    January 31, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal is on the hard-money side of the debate over recent monetary policy. But its editorial on the departure of Ben S. Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve articulated a conventional wisdom that transcends that debate.

  • Chris Christie in 2016? Don't count him out

    January 27, 2014

    His press coverage has been brutal. His poll numbers are dropping. His enemies inside and outside his party are crowing that his presidential ambitions are over, and some journalists agree.

  • Why do conservatives want to bail out Obamacare?

    January 23, 2014

    In my Bloomberg View column this week, I argued that Republicans should work to pass a law to prevent the abuse of Obamacare's "risk corridors." Designed properly, risk corridors can be a useful way to spread risk among the insurers who participate in an exchange: The ones who have relatively healthy customers, and thus profits, can subsidize the ones with relatively sick customers, and losses. If almost all the participants are losing money, though, the exchange as a whole isn't working, and taxpayers generally shouldn't have to cover the insurers' losses.

  • Stop health care act's outrageous bailout of insurance companies

    January 21, 2014

    President Obama's health care overhaul looks extremely unlikely to hit the goal set for it in October: enrolling "at least" 7 million people in exchanges by April. So the administration is redefining success as mere survival for the program.

  • Why the latest corporate tax cut plan won't work

    December 2, 2013

    Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants to cut corporate tax rates. But he's finding that corporations are lining up to criticize his proposal.

  • Illogical arguments cloud court fight

    November 12, 2013

    The fifth and sixth years of a presidency often end up being high noon for judicial politics. This time the first confrontation concerns the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the venue for many important regulatory issues and a training ground for future Supreme Court justices.

  • After shutdown, uneasy Republicans doubt their ability to govern

    October 22, 2013

    It's the day after Congress voted to fully reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. The senator I'm meeting, who would fall roughly in the middle of the Senate's Republicans if they were lined up by ideology, voted with the majority. "I'm being shredded by the tea party radio people today," he says, although he doesn't seem concerned about it. "That is what it is."

  • How to make a debt-limit deal and avoid disaster

    October 4, 2013

    We are nearing the limit of the borrowing authority that Congress has given the federal government.

  • Republicans get serious about health care plan

    September 24, 2013

    House Republicans are starting to fill in the details of what health care policies they would prefer over Obamacare. The 175 conservative representatives in the Republican Study Committee released a plan last week. It's a good start, but there's room for improvement.

  • Elizabeth Warren's misleading attacks continue

    September 17, 2013

    Elizabeth Warren, Occupy Wall Street's favorite senator, is getting another round of praise from liberals for a speech she gave at the AFL-CIO convention on Sept. 8. It's one more reason the Massachusetts Democrat, just elected in November, is being mentioned as a future presidential contender.

  • Stop Obama's misguided war against school choice

    September 10, 2013

    One of President Barack Obama's conceits is that he is a pragmatist who seeks policies that work rather than pursuing a partisan agenda. On school choice, he doesn't live up to the advertisement. His administration has been relentless in its ideological hostility to the idea, and seized on every possible pretext to express that hostility.

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