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The Detroit Riot, 50 yars later

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig -- an illegal after-hours bar -- in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before.

The statistics are horrifying. Rioting went on for six nights, with some 2,500 ...Read more

Anti-Trump overreach could backfire

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Overreach. Donald Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for prompting overreach by his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well.

Start with Trump's speech in Warsaw last week. "As the Polish experience reminds us," he said after recounting in vivid detail how ...Read more

Will Trump republicans avoid the off-year curse?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Curious fact, and one disquieting for Republicans looking ahead to 2018: In the past 65 years, starting with 1952, the president's party has managed to win a majority of seats in an off-year election only four times. In the other 12 off-year elections, the opposition party won a majority.

Special circumstances, unlikely to be replicated next ...Read more

Democrats -- and Republicans --lack credibility on economic issues

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Liberal writers and political operatives, now that it's finally dawning on them that no one is going to find evidence that Donald Trump conspired with Russia to steal the presidential election, are turning to giving advice to the Democratic Party.

That's a natural, if somewhat delayed, response to an election that left the world's oldest ...Read more

The outlook after the special elections

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election's first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they could take this House seat from the Republicans.

But ...Read more

The political process provides avenues for those opposed to Trump

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie Sanders volunteer took a rifle and shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise...Read more

Is College Worth It? Increasing Numbers Say No

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Too many people are going to college," writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That's not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It's the title of the third chapter in his 2008 book, "Real Education: Four Simple ...Read more

Let's stop acting as if the 2016 campaign were still on

From the Right / Michael Barone /

If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on.

President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians -- complete with misspelled words, in at least one case to the point of indecipherability.

Runner-up ...Read more

Trump acts like a competent, conventional president abroad

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, the multiple reasons he had given for doing so, the meeting he'd had with the Russian foreign minister a day later and his ...Read more

The demotic politics of Theresa May -- and Donald Trump

From the Right / Michael Barone /

DURHAM, England -- When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics.

In Britain, Tony Blair's Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party government, promising a third way between the free ...Read more

James Comey Is the latest victim of the Clintons

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was in place as Comey's direct superior. Rosenstein was confirmed April 25, and his memorandum titled "Restoring ...Read more

Cultural appropriation: A modest proposal

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Cultural appropriation" has become the latest evil denounced by soi-disant social justice warriors, on campus and off. Examples:

"I was taught that white people shouldn't listen to rap music because it's cultural appropriation and could be offensive to my classmates," writes Pomona College student Steven Glick in The Washington Post.

Young ...Read more

The new/old politics of capital vs. countryside

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Capital vs. countryside -- that's the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions -- labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant -- among voters.

This was apparent last June in Britain's referendum on whether ...Read more

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