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Electoral Mapmaking

Jeffrey H. Anderson

One of the most pervasive myths in American politics is that a “Big Blue Wall" will protect Democratic presidential nominees...

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The Explosive India–Pakistan Situation

Walter Russell Mead

The explosive situation in Kashmir is getting worse, and India and Pakistan are closer to armed conflict now than in many years....

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Bibi Takes His Case Against the Palestinians' Demands To the Internet

Lee Smith

Netanyahu is taking his case straight to the American people....

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Is Obamacare Republicans' Ace in the Hole?

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Obamacare already cost the Democrats a majority in the House and in the Senate. It's going to cost them again in 2016. The only question is how much...

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'I was a Bargaining Chip' -- What I Wanted to Tell Congress

Saeed Abedini & Lela Gilbert

I’ve been in the news recently because I was one of the three prisoners with dual US-Iranian citizenship that Iran released in January....

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Barack Obama, Putin's Patsy

Walter Russell Mead

Turning Obama's hunger for negotiated deals into a ritual theater of serial humiliation is exactly what Putin wants....

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Política y Estrategia

Jaime Daremblum

En el drama de la política electoral estadounidense, se enfrentan dos candidatos para la presidencia de esa nación: la demócrata Hillary Clinton y ...

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The Big Lie, Again

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

The convening this week of the United Nations General Assembly will once again put on display the great divide in the modern world....

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The Revolution Is Coming

Walter Russell Mead

If autonomous cars fulfill even part of their promise, they will transform human life more than any invention since the personal computer....

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The Bipartisan Israel Consensus Holds

Harry Zieve Cohen

Given all the speculation that the Democratic Party might be turning against Israel, no news is, in this case, news....

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Saint Nick's Math Problem

Lee Smith

New York Times foreign affairs columnist Nicholas D. Kristof doesn’t understand how foreign aid works...

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Are You Ready for the Next Recession?

Brendan Brown

Some optimists are touting the hypothesis that the weakness of the economic expansion since the last cyclical trough (June 2009) means that the next r...

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Watchdog Warns Of A Coming China Banking "Crisis"

Harry Zieve Cohen

Debt-to-GDP stands at 255 percent. And the troubles don't end there....

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Vietnam Gets Chummy With South Korea

Harry Zieve Cohen

Beijing can't be too pleased with the trend....

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Economic Data and the Election

Irwin M. Stelzer

There are times when inordinate importance is attached to a data release....

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The Real Importance of the EU Defense Discussion

Walter Russell Mead

A European army would shift the balance of power in the block towards France and away from Germany. It would also complicate transatlantic cooperation...

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Desperate Pension Funds Mull Buyouts

Walter Russell Mead

Buyouts will almost certainly be part of the ultimate solution to America's pension crisis, but they are far from some kind of silver bullet....

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Incomes Under Obama Are Nothing to Brag About

Jeffrey H. Anderson

They've actually dropped during the "recovery."...

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El Poderoso Kim

Jaime Daremblum

Ya lo advertía Richard Nixon, desde la llanura: hay que tener sumo cuidado con las exageraciones de los “loquitos”....

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The Populist-Conservative Split over the Trump Family-Leave Plan

Ronald Radosh

Whether or not one sees this as a cynical move by Trump to get the women’s vote, the issue itself is not without merit....

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Our Press Falls Down on the Job Again

Walter Russell Mead

Some more questioning by the media as to why Libya has turned out to be such a colossal disaster would be welcome....

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Why Pakistan Sticks to its Guns

Walter Russell Mead

Communal tensions in India suggest to the military and intelligence elites in Islamabad that the rising power of Islam will lead to India's undoing...

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Russia Re-Emerges as a Great Power in the Middle East

Walter Russell Mead

History has few examples of a weak power like Russia making so many gains against so powerful a country as the United States....

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Shades of Past Elections Blight the Future of the Yellen Fed

Brendan Brown

"Nowhere else to go" describes the U.S. political economy as its weakest business cycle expansion ever from eight years into the Great Recession...

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Don't Worry, America: The 3 A.M. Phone Call Is a Myth

Tevi Troy

In truth, the president is almost never awakened at that hour....

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NYT Admits Obama's Asia Policy Is No Success

Walter Russell Mead

How the intellectual and journalistic establishments process the gap between what Obama said he would accomplish and what actually happened...

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Irish Support Standing Up to Brussels

Walter Russell Mead

Europe's ruling forcing Apple to pay back taxes to Ireland has proven mighty unpopular in the Emerald Isle....

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It's Kim Jong-un's World; We're Just Living In It

Walter Russell Mead

We don't live in the world the "liberal internationalists" have imagined exists; we live in a world where the law of the jungle applies...

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Obamacare's Mandate: Buy the Only Plan Available

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Senators introduce legislation to let consumers with one option opt out....

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Obama's Syria Policy Isn't a "Mistake." It's Deliberate.

Lee Smith

How the Iran deal explains the administration’s inaction in Syria...

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The 2016 Manchurian Candidate

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

Shifting responsibility for election security to the federal government would be a stunning victory for those who seek to undermine America....

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Should the Republican Party be Saved if Hillary Clinton Wins?

Ronald Radosh

The possibility exists that we are living in the time of a new political realignment...

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Harakiri Azteca

Jaime Daremblum

Enrique Peña Nieto cada día implora por unas gotas de gloria....

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Phyllis Schlafly was the Conservative Movement's Mother Superior. Here's How I Got Her to Laugh

Arthur Herman

Before there was Rush Limbaugh, before Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan and even before Ronald Reagan, there was Phyllis Schlafly....

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The Battle for the Future of South Africa Intensifies

Walter Russell Mead

Zuma responds to bad election news by moving to tighten his grip on power....

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Much Ado About Nothing

Walter Russell Mead

The G-20 is noise; what goes on there has little or nothing to do with the real events shaking the earth....

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Uzbekistan After Karimov: Examining External Influences

Richard Weitz

On the threat of a power vacuum leading to instability and what that means for U.S. interests in the region....

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Pakistan's Worst Nightmare?

Aparna Pande

Pakistan's fear of encirclement that led to its disastrous policies in Afghanistan might be on the verge of coming true....

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Gulen, a Secret Cardinal?

Walter Russell Mead

If the Turkish government never wants to see Gulen extradited, it should continue with this kind of paranoid reasoning....

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Obama's Climate Change Diversion

Irwin M. Stelzer

The president endures humiliation at the G20 for a toothless deal....

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Middle East Problems -- Isolationism Wouldn't Protect the U.S. from Them

Shaul Chorev & Douglas J. Feith

Disengaging from the region, America would simply forfeit its ability to shape events....

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Trump's Shrewd Immigration Prioritization Confounds the Washington Post

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Why focusing on visa overstays puts open-border advocates on the defensive....

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Is Naval Conflict With China Inevitable?

Seth Cropsey

China does not respect international law. Japan and the U.S. do....

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A Labor Day Conundrum: What Happened to American Productivity?

Irwin M. Stelzer

Will Yellen Nike-ize interest rate policy and just do it? Will our politicians agree to attack the productivity crisis?...

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The Murky Secrecy Surrounding the Iran Nuke Deal

Walter Russell Mead

There is absolutely no policy justification for these concessions being kept from the public....

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To Buy the Next Fleet, We Must Change the Navy

Bryan McGrath

A serious problem for a Navy faced with increasingly difficult great-power contenders....

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Yes, Donald Trump Has a Path to 270 Electoral Votes

Jeffrey H. Anderson

There are plenty of paths to 270 electoral votes for Trump....

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Dilma's Dismissal Divides Latin America

Walter Russell Mead

Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to Brazil, and Brasilia returned the favor....

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The Global Economy Is in Unchartered Waters

Brendan Brown

Brendan Brown's interview with "The Austrian"...

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Egypt Isn't Getting Better

Walter Russell Mead

The U.S. and other governments are wise to hold their noses about the Sisi government’s human rights record and provide aid....

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House GOP Plan Routs Obamacare in Nonpartisan Scoring

Jeffrey H. Anderson

The House GOP Obamacare alternative would reduce premiums, reduce federal spending, increase access to doctors and those with private health insurance...

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U.S. Postal Service Subsidizes China & Other Countries -- It Shouldn't

Arthur Herman

It’s time for the Postal Regulatory Commission to break some diplomatic crockery...

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Armas Infernales

Jaime Daremblum

El fantasma de las armas nucleares como causa predominante de una eventual destrucción mundial ha debido hacerle un campito en el averno al demonio d...

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Real Estate Investors Reluctant To Sell

Brendan Brown

Brendan Brown weighs in on the Case-Schiller numbers and the real estate price bubble....

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America's Opioid Problem

John P. Walters

More Americans now die of opioid overdoses than auto accidents....

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Gray Lady Raises the White Flag on Obamacare

Walter Russell Mead

The New York Times has sorted through the chaos and come up with the conclusion that the Obamacare mess is serious, costly, damaging, and hard to fix...

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Welcome to the Cyber Age

Walter Russell Mead

It would be good to hear from candidates for office about their plans to defend the country from the growing cyber threats....

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Behind the Burkini

Benjamin Haddad

The overturned ban is not a religious issue, but the symbol of a broader political struggle....

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U.S. Should Retain Right to Nuclear Testing

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The US must ensure its nuclear deterrent is safe, reliable and credible. Reserving the right to resume testing helps maintain a credible deterrent....

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Could Obamacare Doom Feingold, Bayh, and Bennet?

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Only in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Colorado do voters have a real opportunity to punish those who are directly responsible....

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How Pension Liabilities are Mismeasured

Walter Russell Mead

Investors around the world are starting to pay attention to the lies baked into the cake of the U.S. municipal and state debt markets....

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Louisiana Flooding: A Community-Based Approach to Natural Disasters

Tevi Troy

Louisiana is proving that communities offer a more effective response to disasters....

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The Road to Yokohama

Arthur Herman

An excerpt from Arthur Herman’s new book, Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior....

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Christian Persecution: Will Pakistani Prisoner Asia Bibi be Executed for Her Faith?

Lela Gilbert

Time is running out for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani mother of five and death-row prisoner....

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The Fed Still Rules the World

Irwin M. Stelzer

They should have known better, those central bankers and policy-watchers who thought that Janet Yellen's speech would mark a volte-face....

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How Presidents Can Blow It During a National Disaster

Tevi Troy

The expansion of federal capacities, public expectations and media scrutiny are shaping the response to the Louisiana floods, Zika and other crises...

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'The Nation' Takes Today's 'Political Pilgrims' to Two Anti-American Regimes

Ronald Radosh

Virtually anyone who claims an educational and cultural reason for their trip is free to visit....

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Who Killed RadioShack?

Arthur Herman

Who killed RadioShack isn't a mystery at all. The real mystery is, when are the USPS, Congress and a new administration going to start pushing back?...

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The China Delusion

Arthur Herman

A review of Anja Manuel's "This Brave New World"...

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Deal with the Devil

Lee Smith

The price Obama paid to ink an agreement with Iran continues to mount....

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There Is No Fix

Jeffrey H. Anderson

With rates escalating and options shrinking, the truth is that the Obamacare fight is nowhere near over. If anything, it is intensifying....

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The EU's War on the Web

Walter Russell Mead

Squeezing search engines to subsidize news companies will make no one better off....

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Smack Down

David W. Murray

Treat drug addiction like the crisis it is....

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The Cracks Start to Widen

Walter Russell Mead

It’s time to focus on reducing Obamacare costs by harnessing the huge potential of the information revolution....

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Norway Builds a Fence

Walter Russell Mead

An old lesson for human rights activists: when world order breaks down and refugee flows grow, compassion tends to shrink....

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North Korea's Missile Launch Shows Significant Progress

Walter Russell Mead

This "progress" is a testament to just how far the world has drifted away from the path of security and peace....

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Real Estate Price Bubble Is the Work of Media, Not Foreign Money

Brendan Brown

Concern around billionaires from abroad creating a price bubble by sheltering wealth in U.S. real estate is nothing more than hype....

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Jactancia y Negligencia

Jaime Daremblum

En los inicios de la campaña presidencial en Estados Unidos, Donald Trump exhibió sus pretensiones de supermillonario. Algunos reporteros le pregunt...

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Blue Model Continues to go the Way of the Passenger Pigeon

Walter Russell Mead

We need the conditions that favor the emergence of new jobs, new industries, new professions as the old ones fade away....

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The Poor State of the Putin-Clinton Relationship

Hannah Thoburn

It is no secret that the Kremlin is not terribly enthused about the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency....

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Getting to the "Party of the Future"

Walter Russell Mead

The latest victory for teachers unions in California underlines how both parties are massively failing America's urban poor....

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Ankara and Tehran vs. the Kurds?

Walter Russell Mead

Could Turkey and Iran be coming to some kind of rapprochement in Syria?...

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The White House Is Hiding the Missing Link of the Iran Ransom Payment

Lee Smith

A new report shows where the $1.3 billion "interest" payment came from....

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House GOP Tax Plan: Great for Growth, Bad for Homeowners

Jeffrey H. Anderson

In terms of spurring economic prosperity, the House Republican tax plan is a big step in the right direction. But surely the GOP can do better....

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Central Bankers Break a Sweat

Walter Russell Mead

With interest rates at an all-time low, central bankers are trying to come up with policies for counteracting the next downturn....

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The War on Charters Escalates

Walter Russell Mead

Pushback against the spread of charter schools is one of the Left’s most important goals....

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Manafort, Villain-Maker

Walter Russell Mead

Trump's advisor has managed to make Russia the Evil Empire again....

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Did U.S. Pay Iran Ransom?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The Obama administration now concedes that the $400-million cash payment was delayed until the hostages were on their way home....

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Message To Food Companies: Food Activists Are Your New Brand Managers

Hank Cardello

For food and beverage companies, capturing consumers' hearts, minds, and spending is only going to get more challenging....

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The Obama-Clinton Immigration Agenda Will Mean the Balkanization of America

John Fonte

The Democrats have rejected patriotic assimilation in favor of aggressive multi-culturalism masquerading as 'integration.'...

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Space-based Interceptors: Realistic, Affordable, and Necessary

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The debate over whether or not space is “weaponized” has long been decided in the affirmative. ...

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Three Choices for Puerto Rico

Walter Russell Mead

A slowly-moving crisis is renewing nationalist calls for independence. There are merits to these demands, but all options should be carefully explored...

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