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Trump Is Now the CEO of a Very Public Company

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — As the White House reboots for “Trump 2.0” after a largely unsuccessful first two months, one lesson should be obvious: The radical, polarizing politics of the campaign trail don’t work well in governing the country. America isn’t Russia or the Philippines. Our system has speed bumps, carefully constructed Read More…

Free Market Care

X Story Stream recent articles President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed. Trump then tweeted, “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” But I do worry. Trump is right when he says that Obamacare will explode. Read More…

Dems Could Take the House in 2018

The de­feat of the Re­pub­lic­ans’ health care over­haul was a pain­ful re­mind­er that the GOP re­mains badly di­vided, even on an is­sue that was the ral­ly­ing cry for the party for the past sev­en years. Re­pub­lic­ans, with con­trol of the White House and Con­gress, look em­bar­rass­ingly in­cap­able of gov­ern­ing. The polit­ic­al con­sequences are severe: GOP Read More…

Too Much Politics in a Badly Divided Nation

Commentary X Story Stream recent articles It’s amazing how politics has seeped into everybody’s lives.  Republicans are now happy campers––relieved, finally, that there’s a politically incorrect, mostly conservative president in the White House. Democrats in the Trump era, however, seem more like the brooding, gloomy characters in a Cormac McCarthy novel. Recent polls paint a Read More…

How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg March 29, 2017 AP Photo/Russell Contreras Economic mobility to rival Denmark’s, but without big government. Can the rest of the U.S. emulate Utah’s success? Read Full Article » Related Topics: Utah Comment Show commentsHide Comments RCP Log In | Register Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Related Articles

Staring Into Brexit's Abyss

At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Sir Tim Barrow, the U.K.’s permanent representative to the EU, will hand-deliver a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May to the office of European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, officially notifying the European Union of the U.K.’s intention to leave the 60-year-old bloc. The delivery of that Read More…

Cowboy Diplomacy: A New Conservative Nationalism

From Montana and the Dakotas down to the Gulf of Mexico, a wide belt of small-town and rural counties constitutes a distinct American region. Economically, it relies heavily on agriculture and extracting minerals, oil, and gas. Demographically, its population is disproportionately of English and German descent. Electorally, it leans conservative and Republican, though with an Read More…

Nunes Right to Get to Bottom Of It

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes produced new information last week about what he said was lawful surveillance that ensnared someone on President Trump’s staff. A government intelligence agency had picked up conversations referring to or involving members of the Trump transition team when President Obama was still in office, Nunes said. The striking part Read More…

How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg March 28, 2017 Economic mobility to rival Denmark’s, but without big government. Can the rest of the U.S. emulate Utah’s success? Read Full Article » Related Topics: Utah Comment Show commentsHide Comments RCP Log In | Register Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Related Articles

Staring Into Brexit's Abyss

At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Sir Tim Barrow, the U.K.’s permanent representative to the EU, will hand-deliver a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May to the office of European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, officially notifying the European Union of the U.K.’s intention to leave the 60-year-old bloc. The delivery of that Read More…

Cowboy Diplomacy: A New Conservative Nationalism

From Montana and the Dakotas down to the Gulf of Mexico, a wide belt of small-town and rural counties constitutes a distinct American region. Economically, it relies heavily on agriculture and extracting minerals, oil, and gas. Demographically, its population is disproportionately of English and German descent. Electorally, it leans conservative and Republican, though with an Read More…

Health Care and We, The People

X Story Stream recent articles The Obamacare debacle — we might as well call it by its right name — underscores an abiding truth about democratic politics; to wit, politicians rarely get anything important done. Theirs, save on rare occasions, is the wrong forum for doing important things. In politics, you work with open minds Read More…

U.S. Must Build On Short-Term Steps in Israeli Peace Effort

X Story Stream recent articles TEL AVIV–President Donald Trump’s penchant for entwining reckless utterances and sound pronouncements was on vivid display at his joint White House press conference last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is still too early to determine which will predominate in administration policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But with Read More…

Carmakers, Don't Pick a Fight With California

X Story Stream recent articles News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs. Digest those numbers when assessing Read More…

Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In

X Story Stream recent articles According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. So, then, 15 or so conservatives made it impossible to pass the bill favored by nearly every other Republican and President Donald Trump. If Read More…

How Trump Can Get His Groove Back

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — The central promise of the Trump administration — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare — has failed. The central premise of the Trump administration — that Donald Trump is a brilliant negotiator — has been discredited. In the process of losing a legislative battle, Trump has lost the Read More…

Is Israel Losing Its Soul Over the West Bank?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — On what seems a regular basis, the United Nations takes a poke at Israel — for its settlements policy, its treatment of Palestinians and, once, in the 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, merely for existing. Altogether, the U.N. and its agencies have condemned Israel so many times Read More…

The GOP's Lost Health Care Conscience

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — I really miss liberal Republicans. People like Mitt Romney. No doubt the former Massachusetts governor would be aghast at being called such a thing. Of course Romney is not a liberal in any conventional sense. But 11 years ago — it now seems like a lifetime — Romney Read More…