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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 the haphazard battle to reduce the scope of government regulation. 1. The (Tax) Law of Intended Consequences I haven’t commented yet on the tax bill just passed by the Senate, because there […]

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The Coming Era of Crisis

What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. “Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior” is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore. Here it is […]

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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 watching the good and bad aspects of the Trump administration play themselves out. 1. Quod Licet Iovi, Non Licet Bovi So far, in a spectacular failure, the Republican Congress has utterly failed […]

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You Have to Pass Through It to Find Out What’s in It

I finally made it into the New York Times—sort of. In an effort to demonstrate that they are totally not in an ideological bubble, the Times has started a “Right and Left React” feature in which they link to and quote from various writers reacting to the latest controversy of the day. And look who’s […]

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The Problem with Perpetual Rage Mode

The American left is finishing its sixth straight month of losing it. They have been pegged at “total freakout” for so long now that it is impossible to tell when anything they say is valid or wildly exaggerated. Take the headline you undoubtedly saw, or had forwarded to you on social media if you interact […]

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But He Fights (Against Liberty)

My readers may have noticed that I am occasionally wrong in my predictions about politics, including such little things as who is going to win the presidential primaries or who is going to win the general election. But the more important part of my job is to figure out who ought to win, so I […]

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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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Obamacare’s Defenders Have No Idea What Insurance Is

The most telling reaction to Paul Ryan’s defense of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill—I won’t call it a repeal, because it isn’t—is the way some mainstream media reporters seized on this section. Ryan: The whole idea of Obamacare is…the people who are healthy pay for the…sick. It’s not working, & that’s why it’s in […]

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A Bill with No Governing Philosophy

House Republicans have released their proposed measure to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, and the whole enterprise is already losing steam right out of the gate. The measure is too small and incremental, less a repeal of Obamacare and more of a repair of it, keeping numerous basic features intact. If you want to know why […]

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