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The Independent Agenda Is on Hiatus

Two years ago this month, The Independent Agenda launched, just in time for the debt-limit crisis that caused Standard & Poor’s to strip the U.S. of its AAA credit rating. Then came the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, primary … More…

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What the Obama Presidency Really Means

President Obama is still in the first year of his second term and a lot will happen between now and 2016, but we already can glimpse what his legacy will be.

As I’ve written, the trio of scandals that … More…

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The Recovery Has Legs, But Not for Everyone

On Tuesday came the astonishing news that the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller  home price had its biggest increase  in seven years. The gains were across the board—existing housing, new housing, building permits, everything.

The Case-Shiller index rose 10.9% over the past … More…

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Climate Change Skeptics “Win” as Earth Warms

Amid all the talk about scandals in Washington, the most important news story of the year has been nearly overlooked.

As Justin Gillis of The New York Times reported a couple of weeks ago, the level of carbon dioxide in … More…

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A Century Later, Big Questions about the Income Tax and the Fed

This year we celebrate—if that’s the word for it—the 100th anniversary of the federal income tax and the founding of the Federal Reserve system.

They were born in 1913 through the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and an … More…

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So Far, Obama Has a Pretty Clean Record

If you listen to Fox News and Republican congressmen, you’d think that the Obama administration is a cesspool of Chicago-style corruption.

And indeed the confluence of Benghazi, the IRS’s political profiling of Tea Party groups over their tax-exempt … More…

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Much, Much Worse Than Benghazi

The very worst disaster ever to befall U.S. diplomats and military in a foreign country did not occur in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, when four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed by terrorists.

Nor did it … More…

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Worse Than Benghazi

Yes, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate (or CIA station) in Benghazi, Libya on September 11,  2012 was a disaster—and badly handled by the State Department beforehand and the Obama Administration afterward.

A special investigation headed by former … More…


Why President Obama Will Survive the Scandals

On Wednesday, President Obama struck back against a rising chorus of criticism in Congress and the media over his handling of a trio of scandals that have rocked Washington.

  • He announced that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has asked for and
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AP Scandal Shows Dangers of National Security State

AP Scandal Shows Dangers of National Security State

So, now we have the third in what has become a perfect storm of scandals for the Obama Administration.

After Benghazi and the IRS’s political profiling of conservative groups for special scrutiny of their tax-exempt status, we now have the … More…