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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

A world in which achievement doesn’t matter

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Whatever else there is to say about Hillary Rodham Clinton - and there is, clearly, much - it must be conceded she has mesmerized her followers. While a large and, probably, expanding field of Republican contenders for president wrestles for the hono...

Amtrak and the infrastructure obfuscation

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In retrospect, we should be grateful to Rahm Emanuel for his reptilian brashness, expressed with clarity accessible to anyone with an eighth-grade education, at the dawn of the Obama era.

Jeb shoulda learned from Mona Lisa Vito

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As promised: How is Jeb Bush's sit-down with Fox News' Megan Kelly like a scene from #x201c;My Cousin Vinny#x201d;? Because, like DA Jim Trotter III's voir dire of general automotive expert Mona Lisa Vito, the interview's headline moment resulted fro...

Brady’s magic grits moment

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Two utterly unrelated issues are headlining news and commentary this Tuesday morning, and yet both of them remind me of defining moments in #x201c;My Cousin Vinny,#x201d; arguably the most perfect movie about lawyering ever. Yes, including #x201c;Inh...

Medicaid’s disincentive maximization

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There's a certain amount of schadenfreude going around lately at the expense of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who hauled himself to Washington last week in the vain hope of reopening a spigot of federal dollars for hospitals that treat low-income patients...

70 years ago: Liberated French kiss GI nearly to death

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And now for something completely different, this dispatch from U.S. Army Pfc. David P. Jackson, penned on the first V-E Day.

Maybe the Big Dog wasn’t a great liar in the first place

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The good folks making up #x201c;Morning Joe#x201d; Scarborough's posse Thursday morning were unusually beside themselves over the latest in a growing series of rhetorical flameouts by the husband of the Democratic frontrunner for president....

DeSantis and the trigger-phrase recoil phenomenon

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The odds are not long that, at a similar distance from Election Day in 2009, most Tampa-area voters knew more about Marco Rubio than they do just now about Ron DeSantis, the Ponte Vedra Beach Republican congressman who announced Wednesday he'll seek ...

Washington’s yuletide illumination complication

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Because its clientele - we, the people - are presumed to be stupid and clumsy, the work of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is never, ever done, and its sphere of influence never shrinks. Now the bureaucrats behind #x201c;Do Not Put Humans In W...

Marilyn Mosby’s de-escalation calculation

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Having compared the known facts against the charges leveled against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Alan Dershowitz is not amused....