Manhattan Institute fellow Nicole Gelinas argues in today's Washington Examiner that pushing the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill will only come back to hurt Democrats.
Once President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill into
law, the topic of how to fix Wall Street will no longer resonate in the
Beltway. Financial regulation will have come and gone without either
party realizing that getting this issue wrong isn't a disaster for the
future. A bad law -- as this one will be -- will add to the disaster
now, further stalling job creation and crippling the administration's
Manhattan Institute's Judith Miller writes in the Institute's City Journal that New York as a terrorism target is only one side of the city's problem.
Further, analysts cannot help but notice that while New York has long
been militant Islamist terror’s Number One target, it has also
increasingly become the main U.S. source of the challenge—“New
Yorkistan,” as one seasoned counterterrorism analyst calls it.
Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan immigrant who allegedly plotted to blow up
New York subway trains, may have moved to Denver, but he grew up in New
York and had friends in the city. Bryant Vinas, a former Boy Scout and
U.S. army enlistee who discussed a potential attack on the Long Island
Railroad with al-Qaida members in Waziristan, was born in Queens and
raised Catholic in a middle-class household in Medford, Long Island.
Faisal Shahzad, who tried earlier this year to blow up his SUV in Times
Square, attended the University of Bridgeport and lived in two towns in
Connecticut. Alessa and Almonte, both of whom grew up in New Jersey,
bought some of the garb and gear they apparently intended to use for
jihad in Somalia at an Army/Navy store in New York City, the complaint
alleges. Alessa, seeing a fire hydrant in Jersey City, fantasized about a
fire breaking out in the city in which “Allah,” “God willing,” would
“rain gasoline down on that fire.” Alessa hated the city and his native
country: “God willing, I never come back” to this “crap hole,” the
complaint quotes him as saying, visions of body bags for American
soldiers dancing in his head.
Judith Miller (Manhattan Institute) and David Schenker (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) have an op-ed in today's New York Post on Turkey that reads more like a dossier.
They're upset over the official Turkish response to (and involvement in) the flotilla disaster, but it goes beyond that.
In May, Turkey and Brazil brokered a nuclear-enrichment agreement with Iran that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said
makes the world "more dangerous, not less." The deal vastly complicates
the administration's already-herculean task of building an
international coalition to sanction Tehran for trying to build a
In fact, Erdogan openly opposes US-backed
sanctions against Iran. As a result, the Obama administration is trying
to force a vote on its proposed sanctions in the UN Security Council
before Turkey rotates into the council chair later this summer.
Just last week, Turkey hosted a conference of Iraqi insurgent groups
seeking to reconstitute as the US prepares to withdraw. The Istanbul
conference was one of two meetings (the other in Damascus) that Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned as "destabilizing." "The only ones benefiting," he said, "are al Qaeda and the terrorist organizations."
Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for 25 years, is now leaving for a new position at the Cato Institute. Olson, an expert on over-litigation, runs the site Overlawyered and helped launch MI's popular PointofLaw.com. Before the Manhattan Institute, he was at the American Enterprise Institute.
From an Manhattan Institute release today:
After two decades of pioneering work in litigation reform,
Walter Olson is leaving the Manhattan Institute to accept a new
position as Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Wally was the first
scholar to understand the size and systematic nature of runaway
litigation in the American legal system.
In addition to commissioning Peter Huber's landmark book, Liability, he is the author of three major volumes in the field: The Litigation Explosion, The Excuse Factory, and The Rule of Lawyers.
His work was widely cited and reviewed and influenced important
policymakers and journalists from Karl Rove to John Stossel. He also
founded and edited the first legal blog, Overlawyered.com, which
launched in 1999.
Wally is one of a handful of scholars who helped to shape the
Manhattan Institute's unique intellectual identity for turning
intellect into influence. We all wish him well in his new venture.
Larry Mone, President, Manhattan Institute
Since I started at the MI, it has been my pleasure to work with senior
fellow Walter Olson, who led the launch of the Manhattan Institute's
award-winning legal web magazine, PointofLaw.com, in 2004. We are
confident that Point of Law will continue to earn accolades under the
leadership of founding contributor Ted Frank, whom the Center for Legal
Policy is happy to welcome as a Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow and
the site's new editor.