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Tom Jackson

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Jackson, Tom

Obama’s role in falling gas prices: None whatsoever

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So the man asked, is it possible to blame President Obama when gasoline prices were stratospheric but cut him out of the credit p...

Jackson: On Cuba, Obama drives yet another soft bargain

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Midnight tolls for self-immolating star

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For fans of things political — and aren’t we all? — the close of 2014 is not too early to begin sorting through the likeliest candidates for what is certain to be one of the most hotly contested open...

Fury on fringe can’t blunt Jeb’s return

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Judging by the noise coming from the wings, Jeb Bush’s

On Cuba, Obama applied bad history, worse analysis

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Even the most enthusiastic fan of President Obama’s announcement on Cuba should know this: Virtually everything on which he says he based his decision is pure invention. The rest, says Heritage Foundation senior f...

Not exactly a Target of racism

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Michelle Obama’s recasting of her three-year-old Target experience in an effort to portray the episode as an ex...

On Cuba, Obama drives another soft bargain

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Assuming he has the interests of the nation he leads as his primary interest — this requires a leap of faith — the planet’s worst negotiator is at it again. Only a few weeks removed from striking a <...

Judge: Obama’s immigration order unconstitutional

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Let’s be clear — not least of all because we’re wandering into the president’s territory, and he likes the phrase, but also because confusion is the enemy of progress — about the federa...

Shiekh Haron’s horrible, exquisite, instructive timing

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Once in a while, the timing of events is so perfect you’d think they were scripted. But that’s just life, once again, imitating art.

Protestors rely on skewed reading of facts

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In the tumultuous matter of White Cops 2, Black Victims 0, let’s stipulate this at the top: Complaints against aggressive policing in predominately black communities are not without merit. Neither are they without...

Jackson: Laboring over doing right by our kids

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It’s not just because there’s a 15-year-old in the Jackson household that I am attuned to the efforts of policy-makers to create a better world for America’s children. But it doesn’t hurt.

Hillary Clinton’s ongoing test of the “rusty” theory

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Hillary Clinton’s shadow campaign for the White House has entered it...

Toys for Tots still leans on postal pickup Saturday

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W — No one needs to tell the celebrants of yuletide that the calendar is shedding days before the annual launch of the fabled reindeer-powered sleigh like needles from an ...

Ferguson’s epidemic of fictional symptoms

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The Right Stuff could scarcely believe its ears Tuesday morning when they heard a reliably lefty guest tell a reliably lefty host on a

Reinventing history, again

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Just four weeks after a midterm elections drubbing in which President Obama’s threatened executive amnesty prov...

Scott unbeloved but in synch with most Floridians

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GOP landslides such as the one witnessed earlier this month, though rare, happen with just enough frequenc...

See who squawks when it’s a GOP chief wielding the Obama Doctrine

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Jackson: On immigration, Obama picks wedge over olive branch

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If America’s morning-after revulsion for the immigration plan President Obama announced Thursday night holds — his t...

See who squawks when it’s a GOP chief wielding the Obama Doctrine

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This truly is a remarkable new world to which Barack Obama has introduced us: A brief preamble on the history and virtues of deliberative democracy followed by a lengthy lecture on how and why none of that means a whit t...

Back from oblivion: Lerner’s lost emails

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Meanwhile, back at the IRS targeting scandal, things just got interesting again. Investigators have identifie...

Yikes! Yuletide controversy dead ahead

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On this Friday before Black Friday, still the official entry point to all that is or is implied by the Greater Holiday Cavalcade, this word of advice: Brace yourselves.

Yuletide controversy dead ahead

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On this Friday before Black Friday, still the official entry point to all that is or is implied by the Greater Holiday Cavalcade, this word of advice: Brace yourselves.

Liberals’ latest Reagan misinterpretation

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At least part of what lefties are claiming in defense of whatever President Obama has stuffed into his executive order on immigration (Reagan did it, and so did Bush 41) is — how to put this gently? — a fab...

Democrats’ feeble evasions affirm Gruber

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By now, only a truly disciplined mind could harbor doubts about whether Jonathan Gruber’s assessment of the...

The Gunner Girls reassessment

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So now it appears Rosetta and Philae, the deep-space tag team having the closest possible ...

Webcam users unwittingly broadcasting to the world

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Here’s some of what I saw on the Internet Friday: Cluttered family rooms and tidy kitchens. Vacant pool decks. A dock looking out on sparkling blue water. Lonely front porches. A blue-and-gold striped tropical fis...

Obama’s big ‘if’ looms over GOP

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With midterm elections all but settled and the historic Republican majority they produced preparing to command the levers of power on Capitol Hill, the only remaining issue of any importance between now and when the new ...

Democrat base: Exploited tonight, laughed at in the morning

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Increasingly, it seems, the problem with — or perhaps the right preposition is “for” — Jonathan Gruber is the same one commonly associated with locker-room lotharios: Surrounded by fanboys faw...

Gruber on MSNBC: Four vacuous minutes

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Jonathan Gruber — the MIT economist, well-paid Obamacare consultant/architect and one-man gaffe machine...

Video: Obamacare architect glad you’re stupid

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Already notorious for explaining why state exchanges were designed to be the only legal conduit for tax subsidies under Obamacare &...

On Obamacare, Supreme Court tees up a mulligan

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So, what are we to make of this?

Gay marriage momentum sidetracked

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Among the most persistent claims against continuing to defend Florida’s traditional marriage amendment is that few, if any, courts — and no federal appeals courts — have agreed that same-sex marriage...

It was a tough year for false advertising

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The story of the Republicans’ electoral tsunami has many authors, from disgust with White House incompetence to Harry Re...

Bondi surfs election wave over cringing progressives

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Among the more satisfying outcomes from the Republicans’ Election Day tsunami was Florida voters ...

Desperately buying Crist’s nonsensical narrative

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On the threshold of a new chapter in the saga that is Charlie Crist — win or lose this Election Day, he’s turning a page — join me in a moment of time travel to ponder what might have been.

The ‘cancel the midterms’ malfunction

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Mere hours before the electorate is expected to deliver a repudiation of President Obama — related reading on t...

Voters know whose policies are on the ballot

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Republicans could scarcely believe their ears when, a few weeks back, President Obama injected himself into the very heart of the midterm election skirmish, under the bizarre notion that he was just the adrenaline strugg...

Pasco misses neighborly caution on Greenlight

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Having balked, initially, at supporters’ invitation to endorse Greenlight Pinellas,...

Lawyer’s dopey claim way off target

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Lesley Blackner, the environmental lawyer from Palm Beach last seen spearheading a (thankfully failed) citizen takeover of development projects across Florida, has returned to demonstrate her special brand of loopiness i...

A ‘permanent campaign’ of too much information?

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The trouble with William Galston’s column in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal — ...

Hillary’s trickle-down insufficiency

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So it turns out we’re a long way from being finished with the TelePrompter. Like the White House occupant she presumably aches to succeed, it appears Hillary Clinton, the once and future