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Notes From Cleveland: The Two-Part Rebellion

July 22, 2016 - 7:00am

The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans achieved not unity, but only a rough facsimile.

Resisting the Revisionists: Finally, a First Step

July 15, 2016 - 7:00am

"The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War," President Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week's NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment of troops to Eastern Europe, the alliance's most serious response yet to Russia's aggression and provocations on its western frontier.

Comey: A Theory

July 8, 2016 - 7:00am

Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.

Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

July 2, 2016 - 7:00am

Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels.

Hillaryism

June 24, 2016 - 7:00am

"I believe in an America always moving toward the future."

     -- Hillary Clinton, June 21

Trump Is Running as Trump. Surprise!

June 17, 2016 - 7:00am

When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: "My God, he's going to run as Barry Goldwater!"

In the Matter of Paul Ryan

June 10, 2016 - 7:00am

The morning after, the nation awakes asking: What have we done?

Lovable Bernie Whacks Israel

June 3, 2016 - 7:00am

Part of Bernie Sanders' charm is that for all of his arm-waving jeremiads, he appears unthreatening. He's the weird old uncle in the attic, Larry David's crazy Bernie. It's almost a matter of style. Who can be afraid of a candidate so irascible, grumpy, old-fashioned and unfashionable?

The World According to Trump

April 29, 2016 - 7:00am

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish.

The Coming Train Wreck

April 11, 2016 - 7:00am

WASHINGTON -- Yes, the big Wisconsin story is Ted Cruz's crushing 13-point victory. And yes, it greatly improves his chances of denying Donald Trump a first-ballot convention victory, which may turn out to be Trump's only path to the nomination.

Nonetheless, the most stunning result of Wisconsin is the solidity of Trump's core constituency. Fundamentalist Trumpism remains resistant to every cosmic  disturbance. He managed to get a full 35 percent in a state in which:

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