By Michael Barone | 10/06/13 01:31 PM
Leonard Downie, former executive editor of the Washington Post, about what he calls "the Obama administration's war on leaks." Journalists are being surveilled to a greater extent than before and are meeting sources secretly -- a la Bob Woodward in the parking garage -- rather than communicate...
By Michael Barone | 10/04/13 05:43 PM
“This book is far from all good news.” So writes Tyler Cowen at the beginning of his latest book, "Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of The Great Stagnation."
By Michael Barone | 10/02/13 01:05 PM
The problem was caused by James Madison. And by the 39 other men who signed the Constitution in 1787. The problem, of course, is the government shutdown. It was caused because the Framers of the Constitution wisely provided for separation of powers among the three branches of government.
By Michael Barone | 10/01/13 11:38 PM
Con Couglin, the defense editor of the Telegraph and expert on terrorism, sums it up in this blogpost. Obama's weakness on Syria and his refusal to negotiate on government spending has produced a situation in which "the longer the Obama presidency continues, the more America's status as a...
By Michael Barone | 09/27/13 05:02 PM
Many Democrats are genuinely puzzled about Republicans' continuing opposition to Obamacare. It is the law of the land, these Democrats say. Critics should accept it, as critics accepted Medicare.
By Michael Barone | 09/25/13 11:34 AM
Events have failed to fulfill the prophecy. Preachers have suddenly been struck dumb by uncertainty. Believers are understandably nervous and some, under their breath, are abandoning the dogma. These sentences could have been written at the end the day on Oct. 22, 1844, about the Millerites, a...
By Michael Barone | 09/24/13 04:00 PM
Election and polling analyst Harry Enten has been writing some excellent blog posts for The Guardian. This one is on the difference between today's polling on government shutdowns and the polling on the confrontation between Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton in 1995-96. Enten points out that in...
By Michael Barone | 09/24/13 11:49 AM
The Pew Research Center reports that the illegal immigrant population is back on the rise, from 11.5 million in 2011 to 11.7 million in 2012. These are estimates, and the Pew people provide appropriate caveats and range. The illegal population peaked at 12.2 in 2007, then fell to 11.3 million in...
By Michael Barone | 09/23/13 06:13 PM
Der Spiegel has an excellent interactive map showing how each of Germany's seven political parties did in each election district this year and in 2009. Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (and their Christian Social allies in Bavaria) this year carried nearly all the land area of Germany, while...
By Michael Barone | 09/20/13 04:04 PM
America has gone back to isolationism, many commentators are saying. Not just the dovish Democrats, but also Republicans who were so hawkish a decade ago are turning away from the world.
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