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The Right’s Political Correctness

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, it’s not “flip-flopping.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Rare Moment of Grace in American Politics

There are few moments of grace in our politics these days, especially where conflicts over religion are concerned. Last week, I witnessed one.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



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Is Democracy as We Know It Unraveling?

The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



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Can Republicans Learn From California?

Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP in California, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE



How to Read the Iran Debate

Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail of the Iran deal. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. But there are upsides to his approach, including his candor and his capacity as a listener who understands his colleagues and their needs.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working-Class Americans

Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. That chance now seems to have gone up in smoke.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Clinton Deal

Open letters are the next new thing, so let’s imagine Hillary Clinton sending a simple note to all voters.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama’s Budget Matters

When President Obama released his budget on Monday, the words “dead on arrival” were widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual. This year, those words are misleading.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



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What Change Sounds Like

The rumblings you are hearing from the right are the sounds of an old consensus in the process of disintegrating.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



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What Gratitude Requires

Thanksgiving Day is awash in sentiment, but gratitude is not a sentiment. It’s a virtue. Properly understood, gratitude is hard because it entails both an admission and a demand.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dream Did Not Come Free

We forget that the majestically peaceful assemblage that moved a nation came in the wake of brutal resistance to civil rights and equality. And that there would be more to come.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


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