Michael Barone: Will the Trump nomination change our polarized partisan patterns?

Michael Barone: Will the Trump nomination change our polarized partisan patterns?

By Michael Barone An irresistible force meets an immoveable object. The irresistible force is the sense of discontent with how things have been going during this young century. Americans are displeased with a sluggish economy that fell into a deep recession and with foreign policies that seem to have produced disappointing results. The immoveable object […]

Ben Crystal: The running of the Veeps

Ben Crystal: The running of the Veeps

By Ben Crystal Donald Trump finished off the competition in resounding fashion in Indiana. Hillary Clinton technically still has competition in the form of that weird, old communist from Vermont, but I suspect his refusal to give up might be because no one has had the heart to tell him he’s cooked. Now we get […]

Bill Tatro: Corporate buybacks

Bill Tatro: Corporate buybacks

By Bill Tatro No one can argue the fact that corporate management and board room members made a decision to forgo the traditional methods of investing in themselves. Historically, both free cash flow and borrowed capital were used for such things as research and development, infrastructure, work force expansion and bricks and mortar. Today,however, tradition […]

Thomas Sowell: Dry rot in academia

Thomas Sowell: Dry rot in academia

By Thomas Sowell Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, […]

Michael Barone: Looking back on the two Cuban-American also-rans

Michael Barone: Looking back on the two Cuban-American also-rans

By Michael Barone John Quincy Adams, our greatest secretary of state (sorry, Hillary Clinton fans), thought that Cuba would inevitably become part of the United States. It hasn’t, at least not yet, but two Cuban-Americans were serious presidential contenders this year. Yes, neither Marco Rubio nor Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination, instead suspending their […]

Emil Franzi: Why does college have to cost that much?

Emil Franzi: Why does college have to cost that much?

By Emil Franzi In the early ‘60s, I was an out-of-state student from California at the University of Arizona. Tuition was $500 per year. In 2016, should my Virginia granddaughter choose this same school, her out-of-state tuition would be over $33,000 per year. In-state tuition has also skyrocketed. My three daughters attended the UA in […]

Michael Barone: Can Trump disrupt the general election as he did the primaries?

Michael Barone: Can Trump disrupt the general election as he did the primaries?

By Michael Barone So Republicans now have a presumptive nominee — one headed to a clear delegate majority without visible opposition — sooner than the Democrats. It’s another way in which this year’s presidential race has defied expectations and ignored precedent. Donald Trump will now have 10 months to stage-manage his Cleveland convention, while Hillary […]

Thomas Sowell: An unmitigated disaster

Thomas Sowell: An unmitigated disaster

By Thomas Sowell Republican party leaders may have worried that Donald Trump would not only lose the general election for the presidency, but would so poison the image of the party as to cause Republican candidates for Congress and for state and local offices to also lose. Now they seem to be trying to patch […]

Michael Jabbra: I love my dumb car

Michael Jabbra: I love my dumb car

By Michael Jabbra Why does my car need to be connected to the Internet? Convenience? Convenience for whom? Insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, vehicle manufacturers, and advertisers, each spying on my movements for their own purposes? What happened to being left alone? What happened to the Fourth Amendment? Driverless cars are even worse. Hacking of them […]

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