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“Why would Iran agree to make meaningful concessions when the United States continues to back off its demands and to throw away its trump card: the complex tissue of U.S. and multilateral sanctions that had crippled Iran’s economy and brought it to the negotiating table in the first place?”

— Kenneth R. Timmerman, executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, writing in FrontPage Magazine.

“The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel creates a golden opportunity for the new Republican majority in the Congress: not only will the hearings on Hagel’s replacement be a natural venue for reviewing the defense reductions and many retreats of the Obama years, but they provide a forum for Republicans to begin to chart a positive alternative.”

— Thomas Donnelly, writing in the Weekly Standard.

“Hope and change was about Barack Hussein Obama’s youth, charisma, rhetorical skills, race, nontraditional background, and (a) multicultural-sounding tripartite name, but not about an otherwise reactionary liberal agenda. So the progressives won small and lost big: They got Obama elected twice and have nearly ruined his party in the process.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, writing in National Review Online.

“Could it be that the Sexual Utopians were wrong all along? Could it be that morality plays a role in sex?”

— R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., writing in The American Spectator.

“We have created a new vocabulary to validate our denial. From our ‘safety net,’ we distribute ‘entitlements’ that are not ‘handouts’ and don’t qualify as ‘welfare’ payments.”

— Economist Robert Samuelson, writing in The Washington Post, on the United States being the world’s second-largest welfare state (just behind France).

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