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Impeachment Is Over

Impeachment Roundup The public impeachment hearings are finished in the House, and what have we learned from them? The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg’s new outfit, has a good overview of the testimony from the past week, while Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia, provides a summary of the wider story. Here are the outlines. President […]

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The Foreign Policy of the United States

Impeachment Roundup As I mentioned in the last edition, to keep impeachment news from overwhelming everything else, I’ll be putting almost all of my commentary on this issue into separate updates like this one that will come out every week or two as developments merit. I’m going to try not to get bogged down in […]

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Impeachment Is a Symptom

Sean Trende recently noted that impeachment has been invoked more frequently in recent decades: in 1974*, 1998, and now in 2019. The only previous impeachment was against Andrew Johnson in 1868. So we went more than 100 years without trying to remove a president, and now we’re trying to do it roughly every 20 years. […]

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“I Didn’t Need to Do This”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The National Emergency Emergency I declare a national emergency of presidents declaring national emergencies. Before President Trump declared ordinary conditions on the border to be a “national emergency,” there were already 28 active “national emergencies” giving the president special powers, and most have been in effect for […]

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Generic Democratic Candidate

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Gods of the Copybook Headings In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all, By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul; But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: […]

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Donald Trump’s One-Man Trade War

Even the New York Times has been forced to recognize the totally surprising, unexpected, and completely predictable fact that Donald Trump’s anti-regulation drive has been a big boost to the economy. One of the main reasons is an increase in certainty for businesses. Even if existing regulations are not really being rolled back, at least […]

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The Trump Conundrum

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I’ve been counting down the top news stories of 2017, and after covering the ineffective flailings of the “Resistance,” I promised a look at the conundrum posed to the right by the Trump administration. In judging the administration so far, I think it’s fair to look back at my […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is absolute power and the corruption it breeds. 1. Charlie Rose and Lord Acton The wave of accusations of sexual misconduct by powerful men has now come for respected interviewer Charlie Rose, though […]

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Notes on the State of Virginia

It’s always an election year in Virginia. Lucky us. Virginia is one of a very few states that doesn’t hold its state-level elections–for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for the state senate and House of Delegates–on the same years as presidential and congressional elections. Combine this with the fact that Virginia […]

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The Obamacare Debacle’s Silver Lining

Their failure to pass the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill was a disaster for House Republicans. The only way the disaster could have been worse is if they had passed it. This was a case of “you had one job” if ever there was one. Republicans have spent the past seven years obstructing Obamacare, complaining […]

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