WASHINGTON -- Demography does not dictate any nation's destiny, but it shapes every nation's trajectory, so attention must be paid to Nicholas Eberstadt. He knows things that should occasion some American worries, but also knows more important things that should assuage some worries regarding Russia and China.
Writing in the July/August issue ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Along the East River, which is not really a river (it is a 16-mile-long tidal estuary), perhaps 20,000 people actually chose to spend a gorgeous autumn afternoon last Saturday listening to socialist Bernie Sanders, who is not really a socialist -- he just wants to confiscate capitalism's bounty to fund his promises of free stuff. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "I am a classically trained engineer," says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, "and I firmly believe in regression to the mean." Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today's politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the extreme ends of the ideological ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Presidential aspirant Beto O'Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O'Rourke's suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to tax the "excessive" exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBA's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard's "holistic review" admissions policies -- which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes -- are, considering 41 years of Supreme Court precedents, permissibly race-conscious. She ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The beginning of the Supreme Court's term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative body.
At issue is whether workplace discrimination based on sexual ...Read more
SEOUL, South Korea -- In 1950, when Han Sung-joo was 10, shrapnel from an artillery shell lodged in his hip. This happened as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops, fresh from the bold Incheon landing, were retaking this city -- it would be lost and retaken again -- after North Korea's June invasion. The shell fragment was still there when Han served ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth -- "Make Earth Great Again!" -- would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom of beginning an impeachment process against the ...Read more
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Now only 15 flags in the Foreign Ministry's foyer represent the nations that have not yet succumbed to Beijing's financial blandishments -- targeted at governments and individual politicians -- and other pressures to sever diplomatic relations with this island nation. There were 17 flags a few weeks ago.
The last time many ...Read more