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President Biden gave his first joint address to Congress this week. Beneath the veneer of affability and rehashed platitudes, the president laid down a radical agenda that is repugnant to the very reason he was elected—restoring normality and lowering the national temperature. For Republicans, the challenge is to oppose this agenda constructively by laying down an alternative vision, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina showed them how to do that in his response, by exuding the message of hope the GOP needs for its post-Trump revival. In her column for the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan reflects on two speeches that were very effective and plainspoken, and yet so different.
Biden would remember how Barack Obama’s first two years in office ended up in a disastrous midterm result for Democrats in 2010—after all, Biden was then the vice president. It would thus be naivety on the part of the administration to pursue a progressive agenda in a closely divided Congress with the possibility of a blowout in the midterms. But more than naivety, the First 100 Days of the Biden presidency have been characterised by hubris. The argument from the left goes that Bill Clinton in 1994 and Obama in 2010 performed poorly in the elections since they were not progressive enough, and they thus think that veering further left will help them escape that fate. However, that argument is a selective misreading of history, writes Matthew Continetti at National Review.
This weekend also marks ten years since the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The courage of the Navy Seals, coupled with decisive leadership from Washington and the US Military alike, finally brought the mastermind behind 9/11 to justice. In an exclusive for Politico, Garrett M. Graff interviews the people behind the success of Operation Neptune Spear, from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta to Admiral William McRaven, who explain how the planning and execution of the operation unfolded in real time.
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