Michael Barone: Democrats yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

Michael Barone: Democrats yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

By Michael Barone Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The question now is whether […]

Michael Barone: Today’s turn-of-the-century problems

Michael Barone: Today’s turn-of-the-century problems

By Michael Barone Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call “turn-of-the-century” America, the 1890s to the 1910s. Just as employment […]

Michael Barone: To limit gerrymandering, Supreme Court needs just to reaffirm equal population requirement

Michael Barone: To limit gerrymandering, Supreme Court needs just to reaffirm equal population requirement

By Michael Barone This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan gerrymandering for today’s highly polarized politics — and for the fact that Republicans have won majorities in […]

Michael Barone: House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

Michael Barone: House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

By Michael Barone The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House members have been returned […]

Michael Barone: Can Trump and democrats make a deal on immigration?

Michael Barone: Can Trump and democrats make a deal on immigration?

By Michael Barone Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United […]

Michael Barone: Time to drop colleges’ racial quotas and preferences

Michael Barone: Time to drop colleges’ racial quotas and preferences

By Michael Barone When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More […]

Michael Barone: Trump’s Palmerstonian policy

Michael Barone: Trump’s Palmerstonian policy

By Michael Barone President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan speech Monday night was disciplined, measured and sometimes verging on eloquence. It was presidential. Evidently, his vision wasn’t impaired when he looked at the eclipse without the proper eyewear earlier in the day. Like Barack Obama, Trump came to office determined to get out of Afghanistan. “My original […]

Michael Barone: What identity politics hath wrought

Michael Barone: What identity politics hath wrought

By Michael Barone There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that point. But many […]

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