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Accepting a Legitimate Islamism

The term “Islamist” has long conjured up frightening images of bearded men bent on imposing their image of God’s will over the rest of society. Now the Arab Spring has strengthened the hand of Islamist parties across the Middle East and North Africa. Washington has been left in the awkward position of wanting to embrace the democratic revolutions but deeply troubled about their potential to lead to the ascendance of political Islam as a major force in the region.

NBC's Halfhearted Correction

By now just about everyone knows of the “Today” show’s egregious editing of the audio clip of George Zimmerman’s expressions on the 911 call, just before he shot to death Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

“Today” version: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good….he looks black.”

Real version: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Dispatcher: “Okay, and this guy—is he white, black or Hispanic?” Zimmerman, after a pause: “He looks black.”

Hilary Rosen and The Big Flip

Credit the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus for dismissing the teapot tempest over Hilary Rosen’s silly comment about Ann Romney never having worked a day in her life—as “irrelevant to the presidential election.” But give her demerits for then dredging up all the same tired, persistent “women’s issues” that so consume writers of her stripe.

The ABCs of the Euro Crisis

Taking a fresh look at an old issue, Megan McArdle explores the role demographics play in the on-going Euro crisis for The Atlantic. But explaining demographics doesn’t itself illuminate a solution. McCardle does a decent job of showing the role an aging population has played in Europe's decline, but she fails to offer any real remedies for the economic slump.

Not the First Hawk to Fly

As soon as Rick Santorum announced the suspension of his presidential campaign, pundits began to wax poetic on the surprising role he played in this year’s bloody battle of a primary.

Nuking a Straw Man

Of all President Obama’s initiatives since taking office, few have upset hard-line hawks more than his embrace of the goal of “global zero”—the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. The most recent example is Keith Payne’s essay in the Weekly Standard, which decries Obama’s vision as “nuclear utopianism” and his arms-control efforts as “wishful thinking.”