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Freezing Is the New Warming

This is looking like another bad year for global warming. The year began with the news that an Australian “climate researcher” leading a tourist expedition to Antarctica got his ship trapped in the sea ice. Which is embarrassing, because the purpose of his expedition was to study the melting of sea ice supposedly caused by […]

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The Year of ‘We Told You So’

This is going to be the year of “we told you so.” It is the year in which all the disasters predicted by President Obama’s critics come true. It is the year in which the consequences of the president’s policies, which were staved off just long enough to permit his re-election, come crashing down on […]

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Radical New York City Democrats

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 4 After the 2012 election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have been addressing these paradoxes one by one, from […]

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Politics Is Interesting

Annual Report from The Tracinski Letter Last year, I published the first annual report for The Tracinski Letter, looking back at what the newsletter had accomplished over the previous year and setting out plans for the new year. 2012 was a year of big transitions for the logistics of the newsletter, with a new name […]

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We Told You So

Top Stories of the Year: #1 There’s no drum roll for the unveiling of the #1 top story of 2013: the spectacular collapse of ObamaCare. It’s a story so big there’s no suspense about anything else coming close. We had to wait three and a half years from the time it was passed for ObamaCare […]

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All the Wrong Allies

Top Stories of the Year: #2 At the end of last year, I concluded that foreign policy in 2012 had been “less a story about what is happening than a story about what is not happening—and what is not going to happen.” Barack Obama is committed, on principle, to being a spectator rather than an […]

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The (One) Republican Accomplishment

Top Stories of the Year: #3 Number 3 in our countdown of the top stories of 2013 is the Republicans’ biggest accomplishment in recent years: the automatic spending cut known as the “sequester.” Naturally, Republicans have spent the last part of the year undoing this accomplishment. The sequester cuts were negotiated two years ago on […]

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Giving the World

A Holiday Gift Guide to Children’s Books In years past, I have occasionally offered some holiday gift-buying advice as Christmas approaches. This year, I wanted to share what we’ve discovered in a field that my wife and I have gotten to know pretty well over the past few years: children’s books. It is a field […]

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The End of ‘Islamic Democracy’

Top Stories of the Year: #4 With the beginning of the Arab Spring about three years ago, we entered the post-9/11 era—an era in which the biggest story is no longer the conflict between radical Islam and the West but instead is the Arab world’s conflict with itself. This is the year in which the […]

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Two Trials

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top five stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. This time, I’ll also be drawing on some of what I have written for my RealClearPolitics newsletter, where I have spent more time covering day-to-day politics. In […]

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