By Michael Barone | 02/06/14 05:32 PM
Standard & Poor's has downgraded the debt of Puerto Rico's government to junk status, as Reuters's Ryan McCarthy reports. That may be overdue: Puerto Rico's debt has been trading at junk prices since September, and it appears that in order to sell further bonds, Puerto Rico will have to...
By Michael Barone | 02/05/14 05:00 PM
America succeeds because Americans fail and forgive. That's the intriguing message -- or part of it -- of Megan McArdle's new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.
By Michael Barone | 02/04/14 12:21 PM
Here's some shocking political news from New Jersey, and it has nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge. The news, from philly.com, is that Rep. Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with an unnamed Philadelphia law firm. No big scandal here, though the...
By Michael Barone | 02/03/14 04:37 PM
Myron Gananian, M.D., of Menlo Park, California, emails me in response to my Wall Street Journal opinion article “How Obamacare misreads America.” Dr. Gananian quotes from Anthony Trollope's The Duke's Children, the sixth and last in his series of political novels, the advice given in a...
By Michael Barone | 02/03/14 12:43 PM
Today the Wall Street Journal ran my opinion article headlined “Michael Barone: How Obamacare Misreads America.” You might want to read the whole thing. Evidently many people are doing so: As I write, it's the No. 1 “popular now” article on their website.
By Michael Barone | 02/03/14 12:31 PM
In my Jan. 23 Washington Examiner column, timed to coincide with the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, I noted that the number of abortions has been declining for years and wrote that "the absolute number of abortions increased to a peak of 1.6 million in 1990. Since then, the number...
By Michael Barone | 02/02/14 06:22 PM
Henry Waxman and George Miller are retiring from the House and not running for re-election after 40 years as a congressmen from southern and northern California. Also retiring and not running for re-election is Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. Senator Max Baucus of Montana will resign if, as expected,...
By Michael Barone | 01/31/14 01:04 PM
The balance in the 2014 race for a majority in the Senate seems to have shifted -- toward the Republicans. Two polls released today showed Louisiana Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu trailing Republican challenger John Cassidy and New Hampshire Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen running even...
By Michael Barone | 01/30/14 03:30 PM
Gallup has released President Obama's approval numbers for 2013 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. I thought it would be interesting to compare those percentages with Obama's percentage of the 2012 popular vote in each state and D.C. His approval ratings seem to track closely with...
By Michael Barone | 01/29/14 05:11 PM
Not as bad as expected. That's my verdict on President Obama's fifth State of the Union address. With job his approval running well under 50 percent, Obama was not quite so confrontational as he has been in the past.
By Michael Barone | 01/29/14 04:34 PM
Who suffered the greatest loss in housing wealth when the housing market collapsed? If you disaggregate the population by Census categories, the answer is Hispanics.
By Michael Barone | 01/28/14 06:01 PM
Political scientists Jowei Chen and Jonathan Rodden, writing in The New York Times, argue that Republicans won their majority in the House of Representatives in 2012 not so much because of favorable redistricting as from the clustering of Democratic voters. They developed an algorithm that...
By Michael Barone | 01/24/14 05:21 PM
Just about everyone agrees that 2013 was not a good year for President Obama. But it must also be said that the Republican politicians who have been touted as possible successors to the 44th president didn't have sparkling years either.
By Michael Barone | 01/22/14 03:58 PM
It is 41 years since the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, effectively legalizing abortion everywhere in the United States. Ever since it has been a source of controversy -- and confusion. Some of that confusion is owed to the fact that the opinion was written by Justice...
By Michael Barone | 01/21/14 03:39 PM
There has been lots of coverage in Politico on the charges against New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and members of his staff. About Texas Democratic state Senator and governor candidate Wendy Davis, not so much.
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