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COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL BARONE

  • Does the End of History Result in Political Decay? by Michael Barone

    Francis Fukuyama picked an auspicious publication date for his latest book, "Political Order and Political Decay." The news is full of stories of political decay: the Centers for Disease Control and Ebola; the Department of Veterans Affairs' health service; the Internal Revenue Service political targeting.

    Europe gives us the dysfunctional euro and no-growth welfare states. Not to mention failed states in the Middle East and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (www.washingtonexaminer.com), where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  • Will Independent Candidates' Support Dissipate in Kansas and South Dakota? By Michael Barone

    One question I'm asked in every electoral cycle is, "What are the surprise races in this election?" My answer in recent years has been, "There are no surprises, because any unexpected development becomes universally known in seconds."   

  • Democrats on Defensive Over Role of Government by Michael Barone

    Things are spinning out of control. Out of control, at least, by government, and by the United States government in particular. You don't have to spend much time reading the news -- or monitoring your Twitter feed -- to get that impression. Armed fighting in Ukraine. Islamic State beheadings in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong.

  • It's Not Unnatural for Republicans to Want the President Protected By Michael Barone

    "Even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security."  

  • It Looks Like a GOP Wave; the Question is How Far it Goes by Michael Barone

    Republicans seem to be pulling away in the race to win a majority in the U.S. Senate. At least this week.

    In mid-September, several polls seemed to be going the other way. The well-informed Washington Post analyst Chris Cillizza wrote that for the first time in this election cycle, odds favored the Democrats keeping their majority.

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  • Obama Stands Aloof From America's Four Foreign Policy Traditions By Michael Barone

    President Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy.

    Whether Obama's decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Khorasan terrorists is a turning point, it was at least a move in the direction of a tradition in American foreign policy that has been conspicuously lacking in his administration.

  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain By Michael Barone

    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK.

  • Why has Immigration Shifted? By Michael Barone

    What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion."

  • Which Is the Weaker Party? Your Call by Michael Barone

    Which of our two great political parties is the stronger? Maybe it makes more sense to ask which of the two is weaker.

  • Obama Forced by Events to Reverse Course --- and Disillusion Base by Michael Barone

    Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so.