By Michael Barone | 12/10/13 02:13 PM
Here’s some advice to conservative Republicans from libertarian (more or less) economist Tyler Cowen: Accept the Ryan-Murray budget deal. In a blog post titled "The sequester was a good idea," Cowen, in his cryptic and precise economist-speak, argues that the sequester “brought some much...
By Michael Barone | 12/09/13 11:19 PM
Watching the twists and turns of American foreign policy while reading Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is an unnerving experience. Clark’s history, unlike many on the outbreak of World War I, starts not with the assassination of the Archduke Franz...
By Michael Barone | 12/09/13 02:12 PM
Last Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech on economic inequality that I never got around to commenting on. Fortunately, Daily Caller blogger Mickey Kaus has saved me the trouble with a brilliant blog post.
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 07:35 PM
One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party's candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans'...
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 11:19 AM
Gallup provides useful data on the decline of Barack Obama's job approval from November 2012 to December 2013 among various segments of the electorate. The biggest drop is among Hispanics, from 75% approval to 52%. Gallup also reports 18% and 17% declines among two groups which include many...
By Michael Barone | 12/06/13 10:46 AM
Ted Van Dyk, a longtime aide to Sen. Hubert Humphrey now in retirement in his native Seattle, has some very good advice for his fellow Democrats.
By Michael Barone | 12/04/13 03:39 PM
In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called Exit, Voice and Loyalty. It explored how people respond when a private firm's or a government agency's performance is deteriorating.
By Michael Barone | 11/27/13 01:31 PM
Not many foreign policy experts would argue with the proposition that the country with which the United States has the most problematic relationship is Pakistan. Most Americans, when they have thought about it, have taken a similar view since Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by Navy SEAL...
By Michael Barone and none | 11/27/13 09:20 AM
How is it possible that President Obama did not know that his beloved healthcare.gov website was a botch? That’s a question many thoughtful people (including thoughtful Democrats) are asking.
By Michael Barone | 11/22/13 07:59 PM
Are Republican politicians trying to frame a policy agenda stuck in a Reagan rut? A good case can be made that they are — or have been. Tax cuts have been a staple of Republican platforms since Jack Kemp persuaded Ronald Reagan to back a 30 percent tax rate cut in the 1980 campaign....
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