Tag Archives: Real Clear Politics

Bannon's 'War' Includes Races Against Dem Incumbents

X Story Stream recent articles Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is increasingly expanding his proclaimed “season of war” against establishment Senate Republicans to include primary races in states with Democratic incumbents, hoping to sway GOP challengers toward his nationalist/populist movement and against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In some cases, including in Montana and Read More…

The Enablers of a Debased Politics

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because politics is a good and essential thing in a free society. Read More…

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Women were bullied, cajoled, manipulated, and worse, and then Read More…

Anti-PC Idol-Smashing Isn't Just a Joke

After Charlottesville, the mask of irony that wrong-footed so many commentators was ripped from the U.S. alt-right. And more recently, an email leak reported by Buzzfeed has stripped the irony defense from Breitbart’s former star provocateur Milo Yiannopolous, who, leaked internal records show, was the celebrity nexus connecting Nazi-saluting race warriors, powerful Republican funders, and members of Read More…

Trump Makes Mess of Trade, US Economy Beware

X Story Stream recent articles America’s closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump’s to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is “the worst deal ever.” Actually, it’s been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. stays in it, Read More…

Hillary and Harvey's Shared Fate

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein’s initial response to allegations that he sexually molested women. The Bathrobed Romeo’s statement was otherworldly yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton’s eventual response to the scandal. I say “eventual response” because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, her Read More…

Another Way to Banish the Bump Stock

X Story Stream recent articles The killer in the Las Vegas massacre did something no previous mass shooter is known to have done: He equipped semiautomatic rifles with a “bump stock,” which allowed them to fire roughly as fast as a machine gun. Even some Republicans in Congress are willing to consider banning the device. Read More…

North Korea Knowns and Unknowns

X Story Stream recent articles No one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? Conventional wisdom states that Seoul would be destroyed in Read More…

Trump and Obamacare

X Story Stream recent articles Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the treasury and health and human services to cease making payments to health care insurance companies in behalf of the more than 6 million Americans who qualify for these payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Read More…

Rich City, Poor City

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast With most big cities’ economies continuing to grow, the most pressing issue they face is how to connect their low-income communities to the opportunities that growth creates. New efforts developing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago show the many creative alternatives cities are exploring to respond to that challenge—and the obstacles Read More…

Macron's Sane Path Forward for France

AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File The death, on Saturday, of the poet Richard Wilbur may make one—a Francophile “one,” anyway—reflect on the supreme qualities of his English translations of Molière. Over the years, Wilbur translated most of the masterpieces of the seventeenth-century French writer, the Mozart of comedy, and not only are all of them among the Read More…

Beware the Rape Allegation Bandwagon

X Story Stream recent articles “#MeToo” is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird’s Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded social media with Read More…

Free at Last!

X Story Stream recent articles Free at last! Free at last! That’s the message for millions who don’t get health coverage at work and, until now, faced two dismal options: going without insurance or paying Obamacare’s soaring premiums. Last week, President Donald Trump announced regulatory changes that will potentially allow consumers to choose coverage options Read More…

A CNN Smear

X Story Stream recent articles Did you happen to catch CNN’s latest smear? Anderson Cooper’s show recently featured a “two-part exclusive” that claims Donald Trump’s EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to “withdraw environmental restrictions” so the company could dig “the largest open pit mine in the world in an Read More…

North Korea's Cyber Army

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — It turns out that North Korea isn’t just a nuclear threat. It’s also a cyberthreat, and in some ways, this may be more frightening. Launched largely anonymously, cyberattacks can cripple essential infrastructure — power grids, financial networks, transportation systems — and inflict social disorder and political anarchy. Immediate Read More…

Can the Parties Survive?

Going on a year since Donald Trump’s remarkable presidential victory, Republicans and Democrats are still struggling to understand what happened in November 2016 and what it means for the country’s future—and, needless to say, for the future of the two parties. My view is straightforward: Donald Trump is president because he won the group of Read More…