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More Philip Klein Articles

  • Is Rand Paul's moment already over?

    The inclusion of Sen. Rand Paul among the top tier of possible 2016 presidential candidates has been premised in part on the perception that the Republican electorate has been moving closer to his noninterventionist views on foreign policy.

  • Ignoring the U.S. debt problem won't wash it away

    Just like a heart patient straying from his diet as time passes after his heart attack, the political class has collectively decided to tune out the federal debt as an issue.

  • Rand Paul's foreign policy critique is not a foreign policy

    As president, he would have to deal with threats such as the one posed by ISIS. And he won't be able to go back in time to reverse foreign policy decisions.

  • Obamacare rates are rising once again

    Obama didn't promise that he would overhaul the health care system so that premiums would continue to increase each year, just as they did in the system that existed before he was elected, which he argued was unacceptable.

  • Crossroads takes page out of AARP's playbook

    Crossroads GPS, an arm of the Karl Rove-founded political action committee American Crossroads, has dipped its toes into the key Arkansas U.S. Senate race with an ad attacking Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Medicare and Social Security.

  • Federalism and the Founders

    In my column last week, I argued that an abandonment of federalist principles actually helped explain the polarization in Washington. This has provoked a number of responses from liberal critics.

  • The weirdest part of the Rick Perry indictment

    The underlying dispute the indictment highlights actually makes Texas Gov. Rick Perry look good.

  • Washington is divided because it has abandoned federalism

    Our basic constitutional architecture still remains, and it's frustrating for those who want to augment the role of the federal government in people's lives.

  • VIDEO: Meet the men helping to return Obamacare to the Supreme Court

    With a victory before a federal appeals court in the case Halbig v. Burwell, based on the intellectual architecture developed by Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, Obamacare finds itself on the cusp of another major Supreme Court case.

  • Can conservatives co-opt Obamacare?

    As many conservatives have grappled with ways to repeal and replace President Obama's health care law, the Manhattan Institute's Avik Roy has been advocating in favor of co-opting Obamacare, and using a reformed version of its basic structure to achieve broader entitlement reform objectives.

  • Following its report on high-speed rail failure, New York Times calls for more federal funding

    Do the New York Times editorial writers read their own newspaper's front page?

  • Hillary Clinton's foreign policy paradox

    But the more she tries to argue that she recommended a different policy approach than the one that was actually pursued, the more she comes across looking like a figurehead who had no real influence within the administration.

  • Nothing Hillary Clinton is now saying about foreign policy matters

    If history has taught us anything, especially when it comes to foreign policy, it's that Hillary Clinton doesn't have positions -- she has positioning.

  • A high-speed train wreck for Obama and liberalism

    Few of President Obama's initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network.

  • Economic downturn explains most of health spending slowdown, study says

    A new study has found that most of the slowdown in health spending is attributable to the nation's broader economic downturn.



From the Weekly Standard