NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days. Last week, he managed to express two contradictory thoughts within one sentence: "I don't want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly." But on one issue he has been utterly consistent:...Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Silicon Valley has more than 23,000 startups, at least according to the networking site AngelList. It certainly feels that way when you're in Palo Alto. But it turns out that this place is the exception to a worrying trend. It is by now well documented that startup activity has been slowing down in America for about three ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Iraq is collapsing as a country. This week's bombings in Baghdad, killing more than 90 people, were just one more reminder that the place remains deeply unstable and violent. There is a lesson to be drawn from this, one that is still resisted by many powerful people in Washington.
As Iraq has spiraled downward, policymakers have ...Read more
NEW YORK -- At the heart of Donald Trump's appeal is his fame as a successful businessman. It's why most of his supporters don't worry about his political views or his crude rhetoric and behavior. He's a great CEO and will get things done. No one believes this more than Trump himself, who argues that his skills in the commercial world amply ...Read more
NEW YORK -- After Donald Trump's "major" foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker, announced that he was very impressed, extolling "the broadness, the vision" of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was "serious." The National Interest's Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Should the United States cut off its ties to Saudi Arabia? The question emerges amid a swirl of controversies and President Obama's recent visit to the kingdom. I've been a critic of Saudi Arabia for decades, but with all the problems, I think America is better off with the alliance than without.
Congress might soon pass a bill that...Read more
NEW YORK -- Having recently discovered how the nomination process actually works in the Republican Party, Donald Trump is furious. "They wanted to keep people out," he's bellowed. "This is a dirty trick." In fact, Mr. Trump is right on the first count and wrong on the second. Political parties do have mechanisms to "keep people out." But far ...Read more
NEW YORK -- In an interview during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama explained that Ronald Reagan had changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton did not. Clearly, Obama aspired to be a transformational president like Reagan. At this point, it's fair to say that he has succeeded. Look at what's happened during ...Read more
A Song ApartJeffrey H. Baer
A SONG APART revolves around Shannon Kistler, a teenaged pop singer, and Kevin Derow, her 19-year-old biggest fan. They met and fall in love unexpectedly while wishing society would accept them as they are. Then they realize they don’t need anyone else’s approval ...
NEW YORK -- The attacks in Brussels, on the heels of those in Paris and San Bernardino, have stoked an already white-hot debate about Islamic terrorism in America. Many in the West, including the two Republican front-runners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, urge a campaign that targets Muslim communities more directly, searching for those who might ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Republican surrender has begun. Having described Donald Trump as an unacceptable, unconservative, dangerous demagogue, the party establishment appears to be making its peace with the man who keeps winning primaries.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page argued vociferously against Trump for months, pointing out that he is a ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The energy fueling the presidential campaign -- on both sides of the political spectrum -- seems to be a deep despair about the American economy. On this central issue, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have a surprisingly similar message: The American economy has failed.
But is the analysis correct? The U.S. economy has created 14 ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A main cause of the rise of extremism in the world of Islam has been the cowardice of Muslim moderates, who for decades chose not to condemn bad ideas and ugly rhetoric. Fearing that they'd be seen simply as ideological weaklings, they've avoided confronting the cancer in plain sight. It is now clear that a similar dynamic has been ...Read more
NEW YORK -- "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." It's time to quote W. B. Yeats' famous poem again. But this time, it really does seem that the political center is under intense pressure -- from left and right -- all over the Western world.
In Britain, David Cameron's center-right government faces ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A key sign of the Republican Party's dysfunction in recent years has been its unwillingness to produce serious policy proposals. Instead, its leading lights routinely present outlandish plans that they know well can never be enacted or in which the math simply doesn't add up.
What will Republicans do this year if elected to the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- It is the line that might have sunk a presidential campaign. "[Barack Obama] knows exactly what he's doing," Marco Rubio said at last Saturday's debate (again and again and again). "[He] is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world." Rubio's sin is said to be stylistic. He...Read more
NEW YORK -- One of Donald Trump's stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was "terrible." I'm beginning to wonder if that's true, but in a sense opposite of what he means. Iran has ended up with a much worse deal than it expected. Remember, Tehran entered the negotiations in the heady days of high oil prices. As the Iranians are ...Read more
NEW YORK -- To understand why the current conservative crackup so confounds and confuses the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate revolts taking place simultaneously: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump.
The first is well described by E.J. Dionne in his important new book, "Why the ...Read more