Islamic terrorism will not be a back-burner issue for long, as Friday;s news shows. With debt exploding, joblessness climbing, growth stagnating, and sharp tax increases looming, the economy has dominated the midterm campaign that finally ends on Tuesday. National-security concerns have flown under the radar.
"Quantitative easing" doesn't mean more credit for Main Street. The Federal Reserve's open-market committee (FOMC) is widely expected to try a second dose of quantitative easing when they meet again in early November. Dozens of financial reporters have described this as an effort to goose the economy, but how that is supposed to work is even more unclear than usual.
Liberals tend to prefer Thomas Jefferson s vision of religious liberty to the one actually enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, so here s one for them, from his bill for religious freedom in Virginia: To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. NPR has fired Juan Williams for the sin of confessing that he sometimes feels fear when he sees a Muslim in obvious religious garb seated near him on an airplane.
On Tuesday, West Virginia Democratic primary voters ousted an incumbent who has been in the House since 1983 partly because of his vote for Obamacare. That legislation is also at issue in a special election this month for a Pennsylvania House seat the Democrats have held since 1974. In that race, both candidates say they opposed the passage of Obamacare, but the Republican is running to the Democrat s right by saying that he will vote to repeal it.
Michael Graham is a Boston-based talk-radio host and frequent contributor to National Review Online for going on a decade. Recently the master of ceremonies at the Tax Day tea party in Boston, Graham talked to NRO s Kathryn Jean Lopez about his new book, That s No Angry Mob, That s My Mom which is certainly one way to say Hi, Mom with political resonance.