By Michael Barone | 11/12/13 05:58 PM
Looking over last week's referendum votes in the states, I believe I see a common thread in most -- not quite all, but most -- of the results. It's similar to what I describe in a Washington Examiner column last June, in which I saw libertarian trends on marijuana, gay rights and gun rights.
By Michael Barone | 11/08/13 05:53 PM
When American politicians get around to reforming their immigration laws, they tend to look backwards. They seek to address immigration problems in the past rather than look ahead and set policy that will strengthen the nation in the future. That’s true, in my opinion, of the bipartisan...
By Michael Barone | 11/06/13 05:38 PM
In an August Washington Examiner column, I argued that this year’s gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia would have little precedential significance, unlike some other off-year elections in those states. Boiled down, my argument was that in New Jersey you had a governor who...
By Michael Barone | 11/06/13 01:06 AM
1. The Obamacare rollout fiasco and Obama's lies hurt Democrats. You only have to look at Democrat Terry McAuliffe's narrow 48 percent to 46 percent margin in Virginia to see that. McAuliffe outspent Republican Ken Cuccinelli by a wide margin (as much as 10-to-1, some bloggers suggested) and...
By Michael Barone | 11/01/13 06:00 PM
Capitalism, said economist Joseph Schumpeter seven decades ago, is a process of creative destruction. New inventions, new processes, new methods of organization lead to the creation of new profitable and efficient businesses and to the destruction of old ones unable to compete. There are few...
By Michael Barone | 11/01/13 10:41 PM
The United States, declares economist Allison Schrager in The Atlantic, should have only two time zones. That sounds pretty radical to Americans who have been used to living in a nation with four time zones since 1883. (Actually, we have been living with more, at least since Alaska and Hawaii...
By Michael Barone | 11/01/13 05:09 AM
Almost every American of a certain age remembers where he was when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. The nation stopped and mourned. In their grief, few Americans wondered how the tragedy would affect domestic politics, and in the short run relatively little changed.
By Michael Barone | 10/29/13 12:30 PM
The 44th president has many things in common with the 35th. Barack Obama, like John Kennedy, was elected while still in his 40s after a short Senate career not marked by major legislative achievements. Both have attractive young families. Both campaigned as men who were cool and detached but...
By Michael Barone | 10/31/13 07:31 AM
“If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan, period.” That assurance, repeated over and over again by Barack Obama, members of his administration and Democratic members of Congress, has been revealed this week for all to see as a lie. A knowing lie: soon after...
By Michael Barone | 10/30/13 05:40 PM
Where are Americans moving, and why? Timothy Noah, writing in the Washington Monthly, professes to be puzzled. He points out that people have been moving out of states with high per capita incomes -- Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland -- to states with lower income levels.
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