Ilan Berman: An ominous election In Iran

Ilan Berman: An ominous election In Iran

By Ilan Berman On Friday, Iranians went to the polls to select new representatives for the country’s legislature, known as the Majles, and its Assembly of Experts, the powerful clerical body that oversees the performance of Iran’s supreme leader. The results reflect a stronger-than-expected showing from the country’s so-called “reformist” camp, particularly the political circles surrounding Iranian […]

Anti-Federalist Paper No. 9 – A consolidated government is a tyranny

Anti-Federalist Paper No. 9 – A consolidated government is a tyranny

“MONTEZUMA,” regarded as a Pennsylvanian, wrote this essay which appeared October 17, 1787 in the Independent Gazetteer. Opinion then! We the Aristocratic party of the United States, lamenting the many inconveniences to which the late confederation subjected the well-born, the better kind of people, bringing them down to the level of the rabble – and holding […]

Emil Franzi: The history behind the attack on representative government

Emil Franzi: The history behind the attack on representative government

By Emil Franzi In 1986, Arizona had a strange governor’s election. It caused even stranger ones in 1990 and 1991. The surprise winner of the GOP primary that year was once-state senator and often candidate Evan Mecham, who beat longtime state House leader Burton Barr. It was classic turtle and hare with an over-confident Barr […]

Michael Barone: Arizona, not Trump, shows Republicans the way on immigration

Michael Barone: Arizona, not Trump, shows Republicans the way on immigration

By Michael Barone In last Thursday’s slam-bang Republican debate everyone saw Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz do a fine job of demonstrating Donald Trump’s ignorance and inconsistencies. But many may not have noticed Cruz’s citation of a Feb. 9 Wall Street Journal article that casts light on the immigration issue — and suggests strongly that […]

Thomas Sowell: Last chance for America?

Thomas Sowell: Last chance for America?

By Thomas Sowell The “Super Tuesday” primaries may be a turning point for America — and quite possibly a turn for the worse. After seven long years of domestic disasters and increasing international dangers, the next President of the United States will need extraordinary wisdom, maturity, depth of knowledge and personal character to rescue America. […]

Sonny Bunch: Chris Christie – wannabe celebrity

Sonny Bunch: Chris Christie – wannabe celebrity

By Sonny Bunch I have to admit being a bit surprised by Chris Christie’s decision to support Donald Trump. I’ve always liked Christie’s shtick—the blustery, straight-shooting Jersey bro willing to speak truth to constituents—so it came as a shock when he so publicly backed a guy he had previously referred to as a “carnival barker” and […]

Phil Richardson: The super delegates

Phil Richardson: The super delegates

By Phil Richardson The operative word in the following is “insiders.” The scene was set in a descriptive phrase first used by Kirke Simpson, a reporter for Associated Press, a national news wire service for the media. It was June 12, 1920 and the bigwig bosses of the Republican Party consisted mostly of the captains […]

Michael Barone: Trump’s rivals must make the case for themselves

Michael Barone: Trump’s rivals must make the case for themselves

By Michael Barone Does Donald Trump’s big win in the Nevada caucuses mean he’s the inevitable Republican nominee? He has made himself the favorite and could sew up the nomination with the first winner-take-all primaries March 15. But it’s not inevitable that he will become the nominee. The question is how others can prevent it. […]

Ben Crystal: Justice Scalia – But wait – there’s more!

Ben Crystal: Justice Scalia – But wait – there’s more!

By Ben Crystal When did the Democrat Party transform from a well-oiled political machine into the world’s worst infomercial? In light of their recent efforts to compound failure with foolishness, I’m no longer certain I’d be surprised if, while enunciating his latest crime, President Barack Obama turned his jug-eared smirk to the teleprompter and announced […]

Ilan Berman: Iran’s Eurasian adventure

Ilan Berman: Iran’s Eurasian adventure

By Ilan Berman As expected, last summer’s nuclear deal is already shaping up to be an economic boon for Iran. From stepped-up post-sanctions trade with countries in Europe and Asia to newfound access to some $100 billion in previously escrowed oil revenue, the agreement (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) […]

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