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  • When Facts, Logic, and History Don’t Matter

    And now, less than six weeks from the election, what is the main event of the day? A fight between the Republican presidential nominee and a former Miss Universe, whom he had 20 years ago called Miss Piggy and other choice pejoratives.

  • The only immigration solution

    The only immigration solution

    The one great service of Donald Trump’s extended peregrinations on immigration policy is to have demonstrated how, in the end, there’s only one place to go

  • The bribery standard

    The bribery standard

    Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals.

  • What's the Case for Clinton?

    What’s the Case for Clinton?

    “The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and | Read More »

  • Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans | Read More »

  • U.S., NATO Finally Send a Message to Putin

    U.S., NATO Finally Send a Message to Putin

    “The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War,” President Barack Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment | Read More »

  • The History Comey Didn't Want to Make

    The History Comey Didn’t Want to Make

    Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution. This is baffling. | Read More »

  • Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

    Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

    WASHINGTON — Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Nonetheless, we would do well to refrain | Read More »

  • Hillaryism


    “I believe in an America always moving toward the future.” — Hillary Clinton, June 21 This was not the most important line in Clinton’s Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing. Surely there cannot be a more vacuous, meaningless | Read More »

  • Trump Is Running As Trump. Surprise!

    Trump Is Running As Trump. Surprise!

    When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Six weeks | Read More »

  • Sanders Seeks to Weaken Relationship Between Dems, Israel

    Sanders Seeks to Weaken Relationship Between Dems, Israel

    Part of Bernie Sanders’ charm is that for all of his arm-waving jeremiads, he appears unthreatening. He’s the weird old uncle in the attic, Larry David’s crazy Bernie. It’s almost a matter of style. Who can be afraid of a | Read More »

  • The Arrow of History

    The Arrow of History

    How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or | Read More »

  • Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn | Read More »

  • The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”

  • The World According to Trump

    The World According to Trump

    Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject.

  • The Four Foreign Policies

    The Four Foreign Policies

    After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer-beaters and a ton of flagrant fouls, we’re down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump.

  • Obama's Ideological Holiday in Havana

    Obama’s Ideological Holiday in Havana

    The split screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raúl Castro at a baseball game in Havana.

  • There's an air of Menace About this Campaign

    There’s an air of Menace About this Campaign

    By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so.

  • While Obama Fiddles ...

    While Obama Fiddles …

    State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama:

  • Win One for Nino

    Win One for Nino

    Let’s understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin (“Nino”) Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony — brazenly, embarrassingly so.