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SOMETIMES a heckler can be a politician’s best friend. Giving his fullest account of counter-terrorism policy for some years in an hour-long speech to the National Defense University on May 23rd, President Barack Obama was repeatedly...Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week considers Rand Paul's viability as a presidential contender.
MY PRINT column this week considers the three scandals lapping at the doors of the White House this week. It suggests that Republican rage over Benghazi is overblown, and that this explains why President Barack Obama's opponents have switched tack, and started denouncing him as a bullying tyrant.
FOR all the warm words about coordination and shared approaches, when David Cameron and Barack Obama talked Syria at the White House on May 13th, striking differences could be heard. The British prime minister’s tone was urgent, even impatient. Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week ponders why President Barack Obama finds it so hard to push through his agenda, even in policy areas where he speaks for a nationwide majority. It draws a parallel with the 1947 Broadway hit (and not terribly good 1954 film) "Brigadoon".
THE US Census Bureau published its definitive guide to turnout and voting trends in 2012 this afternoon, and the headline for many will be the fact that African-American turnout exceeded white turnout for the first time in 2012. In fact,...Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week is on Syria and Barack Obama's foreign policy.
MY PRINT column this week urges leaders in America and the European Union to save a transatlantic trade pact that makes great sense but is in serious trouble.
MY PRINT column this week considers America's response to the Boston bombings, and the failed Senate vote on gun control.
IN HIS brief statement hours after the fatal bombings at the Boston marathon, President Barack Obama quite properly struck a bipartisan note. "I've updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats," he told press gathered at the White House. Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week comes from Texas, and ponders a question obsessing Republicans and Democrats alike: with Hispanics on course to become the largest single group in the state by 2020 (and a majority about a decade later), does...Show More Summary
RAND PAUL, the libertarian pin-up and Republican senator from Kentucky, today travelled the short distance from Capitol Hill in Washington to Howard University, a historically black college, to pose an important question. How, Mr Paul...Show More Summary
AMERICAN politicians of right and left paid Margaret Thatcher a rare compliment today. They praised her for her record at home and abroad but also—unusually—hailed her as a spine-stiffening friend who had at vital moments nudged America to be true to its own self. Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week looks at the rise of various centrist and bipartisan movements trying to temper the partisan ferocity of American politics, and argues that some are wiser than others.
LEXINGTON is in Texas, researching a question with large implications for this large state but also for national politics. With Hispanics on course to become a majority of the Texas population within the next few years, can this solidly Republican-red state be turned blue, or at least purple. Show More Summary
"NOTHING is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change," President Barack Obama said on March 28th, as he pushed—perhaps more for form's sake than with any hope of success—for tighter gun controls in the wake of last December's school shooting in Newtown. Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week looks at parallels between the debate on gay marriage and the push for comprehensive immigration reform.
AMERICAN pundits spend a good deal of their time pondering partisan intensity, and how it has sharply increased over the years. At some point in such discussions, it is traditional to note that the sorting of America into ever-more flinty...Show More Summary
MY PRINT column this week asks a question about President Barack Obama's foreign policy: If America grows unwilling to carry a big stick, will speaking softly work? Written as the president was on the way to the Middle East, it looks...Show More Summary
THERE is no mystery about the Republican Party's ambitions to win more Hispanic votes. Since the presidential election last November, Republicans have been arguing about whether new policies are the key to wooing Latinos, or whether—to borrow an old Ronald Reagan line—Hispanics are conservatives who just don't know it yet. Show More Summary