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Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Forty-seven years ago, the musical "Hair" opened on Broadway. Elderly mavens -- the core theater audience then, unlike the throngs of tourists flocking to cheap movie adaptations today -- were instructed that America was entering an "Age of Aquarius." The old moral rules were extinct: we were entering a new era of freedom, experimentation and ...Read more

Divided Dems Causing Problems

From the Right / Michael Barone /

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been -- not just now, but from the beginning -- regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.

George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold together the 51 percent coalition that re-elected ...Read more

HUD's 'Disparate Impact' War on Suburban America

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Disparate impact. It's a legal doctrine that may be coming soon to your suburb (if you're part of the national majority living in suburbs).

Bringing it there will be the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program. It has been given a green light to impose the rule from Justice Anthony ...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Economics: Suddenly It's 1947

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the single individual most likely to be elected the next president. So it's worthwhile looking closely at and behind her words when she deigns to speak on public policy, as she did in her July 14 speech on economics.

It contained quite a bit of chaff as well as some wheat. There were laments about the nation...Read more

Disruptive Politics: Trump as a Third Party Candidate

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"My sole focus is to run as a Republican," Donald Trump told my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York last week, "because of the fact that I believe that this is the best way we can defeat the Democrats." He went on, "Having a two-party race gives us a much better chance of beating Hillary and bringing our country back than having a third-...Read more

What (Little) You See of Hillary Clinton Is What You'll Get If She Wins

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It says something about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable news journalist. It also says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the director of grassroots engagement for the Clinton ...Read more

Redistricting Not Worth the Verbal Footwork

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Words mean what they say," I wrote in my Washington Examiner column one week ago. But, as I added, not necessarily to a majority of justices of the Supreme Court. The targets of my column were the majority opinions in King v. Burwell and Texas Department of Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.

In King v. Burwell, Chief ...Read more

Patriotism, Optimism and Good-Natured Debate

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The Fourth of July is a time to remember Americans who have contributed much to their country, and this Fourth weekend is a good time to remember two such Americans who died in recent weeks -- and whom I'd had the good fortune to know and joust with intellectually since the 1970s -- Allen Weinstein and Ben Wattenberg.

Both were sons of Jewish ...Read more

Supreme Court Lets Obama Administration Say Words Don't Mean What They Say

From the Right / Michael Barone /

For most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday.

In the most prominent, King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a 6-3 majority, ruled that the words "established by the state" mean "established by the state or the federal ...Read more

Facing a Changing World Balance, Obama Makes Odd Choices

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Is the world back to where it was around the year 1800? One could come to that conclusion after reading British historian John Darwin's recent book "After Tamerlane," which assesses the rises and falls of empires after the death in 1405 of the famously bloodthirsty Muslim Mongol monarch.

From his Central Asian base, Tamerlane conquered Persia ...Read more

Clinton's Weakness in Important States

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Hillary Clinton has relaunched her campaign on Roosevelt Island with a 4,687-word speech. But it's not clear whether she and her husband, Bill Clinton, can win four presidential elections as Franklin D. Roosevelt did.

Negative news for Clinton's prospects comes in the latest Quinnipiac polls in the key mega-states of Florida, Ohio and ...Read more

Foreign Policy Downplayed in Jeb and Hillary Announcement Speeches

From the Right / Michael Barone /

American presidents have greater leeway on foreign policy than on domestic issues. Just see how President Obama is forging ahead to an agreement with Iran opposed by large majorities in Congress and among voters.

A president's personal predilections and core assumptions can have much more of an effect on his foreign policy than on domestic ...Read more

Obama Fails to Pass Trade Bill Backed By Majorities in Both Houses

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Lyndon Johnson used to say that some of his colleagues were so politically inept they couldn't find their posteriors -- actually, he used a coarser word -- with both hands. Last week Barack Obama showed that, as a legislative strategist, he belongs in that category.

It's a given that he can't achieve most of his legislative goals with ...Read more

In Turkey and Mexico, Voters try to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States.

In the runup to the Turkish election, speculation in English-speaking publications ...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Slide in Polls Leaves Her Vulnerable

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Despite everything," the often interesting analyst Jamelle Bouie writes in Slate -- "everything" includes "the email controversy, foreign donors and the Clinton Foundation" -- "Hillary is in good shape." Good enough to leave her party "still positioned for victory."

Bouie is writing in response to the ABC News/Washington Post and CNN/ORC polls...Read more

Will Ferguson and Baltimore lead To Another High-Crime Era?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Are we seeing a reversal of the 20-year decline in violent crime in America? A new nationwide crime wave?

Heather Mac Donald fears we are, and as a premier advocate and analyst of the policing strategy pioneered by Rudy Giuliani in New York City and copied and adapted throughout the country, she is to be taken seriously. And the statistics she ...Read more

Is it Time for Civil Disobedience of Kludgeocratic Bureaucracy?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Is there any way to reverse the trend to ever more intrusive, bossy government? Things have gotten to such a pass, argues Charles Murray, that only civil disobedience might -- might -- work. But the chances are good enough, he says, that he's written a book about it: "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission."

Murray has a track ...Read more

Colleges and Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional

From the Right / Michael Barone /

American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I've written before of their shameful practices -- the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo courts that try students accused of rape and sexual ...Read more

How the World Has Changed Since World War I

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Over the past year, I've been reading books inspired by the centenary of World War I, a war with horrific casualties painful to contemplate. What helps in comprehending the scale of the slaughter is a book by one of Bill Gates' favorite authors, the Canadian academic Vaclav Smil, "Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-...Read more

Can Hillary Clinton Reverse the Six-Year Decline in Democratic Turnout?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominees. Hillary Clinton, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post reports, is hoping to win the presidency in 2016 by running as the same kind of Democrat as the current incumbent.

There's a certain logic in that. President Obama did win twice, while ...Read more

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