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POLITICAL COMMENTARY

  • Will Fact-Checkers Foil Democrats' Attempts to Play the Race Card? By Michael Barone

    Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn't supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts Democrat, "sometimes party loyalty asks too much."

  • Trump's Great Gamble By Patrick J. Buchanan

    President Donald Trump's reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee.

  • The End of the Filibuster May Loom By Hunter Brown

    Neither side has a practical path to 60 Senate votes, which may imperil the practice.

    KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

    — With the exception of a brief stint in 2009-2010 enabled by a string of improbable Democratic victories, no party has commanded a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate since the 1970s.

    — Given the current partisan composition of the states, it seems nearly impossible for either party to gain 60 seats for the foreseeable future.

    — The Republicans, absent any major proposals needing 60 votes, lacked an incentive to end the filibuster in 2017. The Democrats, in contrast, have several such proposals heading into 2020.

  • Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding the Wicked War on ICE? By Michelle Malkin

    All the gun control zealots out in full force last week have apparently gone to the beach. An alarming shooting took place at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio on Tuesday. Local media reported that "multiple shots were fired on two floors targeting ICE officials." But the Second Amendment saboteurs were AWOL.

  • Sell an Organ By John Stossel

    Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did.

    I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I'm willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them.

  • China, Not Russia, the Greater Threat By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Ten weeks of protests, some huge, a few violent, culminated Monday with a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport.

  • Sending an SOS to the Federal Reserve By Stephen Moore

    To keep the economy from a further growth slowdown, the Fed must inject more dollar liquidity into the global economy -- immediately.

  • Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Those who believed America's racial divide would begin to close with the civil rights acts of the 1960s and the election of a black president in this century appear to have been overly optimistic.

  • Analyzing the Pieces of the Democratic Puzzle By Michael Barone

    "No candidate received a polling bump as a result of the Detroit debates," writes Morning Consult analyst Anthony Patterson this week. That's a big disappointment for the dozen or more candidates struggling to make the Democrats' 2 percent cutoffs for further debate appearances, as well as for the pundits weary after six or so hours of debates and post-debate interviews.

  • Did Russian Interference Affect the 2016 Election Results? By Alan I. Abramowitz
    KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

    — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent testimony was a reminder that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election and very well may try to do so again in 2020.

    — This begs the question: Is there any evidence that Russian interference may have impacted the results, particularly in key states?

    — The following analysis suggests that the 2016 results can be explained almost entirely based on the political and demographic characteristics of those states. So from that standpoint, the answer seems to be no.