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Mr. Barone is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and the principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, published by National Journal every two years.

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  • Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army

    Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army

    As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties.

  • Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

    Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

    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 self-expression.

  • Increasingly Divided Democrats Causing Problems for Their Party

    Increasingly Divided Democrats Causing Problems for Their Party

    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.

  • Hillary Clinton's Economics: Suddenly It's 1947

    Hillary Clinton’s Economics: Suddenly It’s 1947

    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 | Read More »

  • Disruptive Politics: Trump as a Third Party Candidate

    Disruptive Politics: Trump as a Third Party Candidate

    “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-party candidate.”

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

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

    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 campaign. Makes sense to hedge your risk.

  • Redistricting Not Worth the Verbal Footwork

    Redistricting Not Worth the Verbal Footwork

    “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.

  • Patriotism, Optimism and Good-Natured Debate

    Patriotism, Optimism and Good-Natured Debate

    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.

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

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

    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, | Read More »

  • Facing a Changing World Balance, Obama Makes Odd Choices

    Facing a Changing World Balance, Obama Makes Odd Choices

    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.

  • Clinton's Weakness in Important States

    Clinton’s Weakness in Important States

    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.

  • Foreign Policy Downplayed in Jeb and Hillary Announcement Speeches

    Foreign Policy Downplayed in Jeb and Hillary Announcement Speeches

    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.

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

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

    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.

  • In Turkey and Mexico, Voters try to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

    In Turkey and Mexico, Voters try to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

    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.

  • Hillary Clinton's Slide in Polls Leaves Her Vulnerable

    Hillary Clinton’s Slide in Polls Leaves Her Vulnerable

    “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 | Read More »

  • Are We In for Another High-Crime Era After the Response to Ferguson and Baltimore?

    Are We In for Another High-Crime Era After the Response to Ferguson and Baltimore?

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

  • Is it Time for Civil Disobedience of Kludgeocratic Bureaucracy?

    Is it Time for Civil Disobedience of Kludgeocratic Bureaucracy?

    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.

  • Colleges and Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional

    Colleges and Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional

    American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble.

  • How the World Has Changed Since World War I

    How the World Has Changed Since World War I

    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.

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

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

    Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominees.