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Krugman pins anti-Obamaism on corporations, and Samuelson says the U.S. should support Greece's bailout. Plus: Who wins in the finance reform bill?

• "The antics of the socialism-and-death-panels crowd are only part of the story of anti-Obamaism, and arguably the less important part. If you really want to know what's going on, watch the corporations," Paul Krugman suggests.

• "You would hardly know, from following this year's election campaign or the extensive coverage of last week's primaries, that America is at war," observes Fred Hiatt.

 

• "Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists," declares E. J. Dionne Jr., discussing the Mark Souder scandal.

• The Wall Street Journal (subscription) doesn't support the Senate-passed finance reform bill: "The Wall Street Big Finance will more than hold its own with Big Government, as it always does, while politicians will have more power to exact even more campaign tribute. The losers are the overall economy, as financial costs rise, and taxpayers when the next bailout arrives."

• Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., argues in Politico that the health care law and the Senate-passed financial reform bill hurt average Americans and cater to big business.

 

• "In the middle of the second global financial crisis in two years, Congress is preparing to dramatically raise a key tax rate on long-term investment," writes Claremont Graduate University professor John Rutledge in the Wall Street Journal (subscription). "This is sure to discourage capital investment, increase the cost of money to start and grow businesses, and depress real-estate and stock prices, all at the worst possible time."

Ross Douthat isn't impressed with how Rand Paul explained his views on the 1964 Civil Rights Act after winning last week's Republican Senate primary in Kentucky. Paul's behavior is "sadly typical of the political persuasion" he represents, which has "trouble distinguishing between ideas that deserve a wider hearing and ideas that are crankish or worse."

• The Federal Communications Commission, "industry, consumer groups and other interested parties should work with Congress to craft clear but limited rules tailored to broadband," urges the Washington Post.

• "If the Obama administration wants to demonstrate that it is practical and just to try some terrorism suspects in military tribunals instead of federal courts, it is off to a very poor start," the New York Times contends.

 

Gregory Kane charges that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are "misinformed" about the Arizona immigration law.

• "We ought to support Europe's rescue package. Europe's problems don't belong to it alone; markets are global," asserts Robert J. Samuelson.

Fareed Zakaria maintains that the U.S. has a fundamentally different economy than Greece, but warns that might not always be the case. "Our leaders could sit around and put off all the hard decisions until America finally does look like Greece."

Mary Anastasia O'Grady examines next Sunday's presidential election in Colombia.

• "Obama, who has drawn criticism for soft-pedaling human rights concerns in Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere, should insist that Sri Lanka's government be held accountable for shelling civilians and hospitals and murdering fighters who surrendered on the battlefield," the Boston Globe contends.

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