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COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL BARONE

  • Obama Dragged Down by Chaos at Home and Abroad, not by the Economy by Michael Barone

    Why do you think President Obama's job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering? the interviewer asked.

  • How Obama is Turning Liberalism Into an Instrument of Coercion by Michael Barone

    Liberals just aren't very liberal these days. The word "liberal" comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century, liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets, free trade -- for minimal state interference in people's lives.

  • Obama Pays Price for Inaction on Immigration Law by Michael Barone

    The flood of underage -- and non-underage -- illegal immigrants from Central America coming across the border in Texas is, to paraphrase a former Obama administration official, a "man-caused disaster." The man who caused it, more than anyone else, is Barack Obama.

    Speaking at political fundraisers in Dallas and Austin last week -- he refused to do a "photo-op" on the border, first things first -- Obama placed the blame on House Republicans for not having passed a comprehensive immigration bill as the Democratic-majority Senate did in June 2013.

    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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  • Obama Skitters, Scampers and Scuttles Away From Failure by Michael Barone

    Skitter, scamper, scuttle. That seems to be the mode of the Obama administration of late.

    Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you'd previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    Scuttle as much as the Constitution as you can, at least until you get called on it by 9-0 majorities in the Supreme Court, as the justices did on recess appointments, warrantless cellphone searches and $75,000 a day fines for disturbing supposed wetlands.

    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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  • Supreme Court Slaps Down the Obama Administration By Michael Barone

    Seldom in American history has the Supreme Court unanimously rejected positions advocated by presidents' administrations.

    But in this respect at least, President Obama has produced the fundamental transformation he promised in his 2008 campaign. Over the last three years, the Court has rejected Obama administration positions repeatedly in unanimous 9-0 decisions.

  • Why Government Isn't Working and How to Make it Better by Michael Barone

    Government just doesn't work very well. That's the persuasive thesis of three important books published this year.

  • Liberals Champion Freedom of Speech -- Except in Politics By Michael Barone

    I'm old enough to remember when American liberals cherished the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. They celebrated especially the freedom accorded those with unpopular beliefs and protested attempts to squelch the expression of differing opinions.   

  • Hispanics Sour on Obama as Young Illegals Surge Across Border By Michael Barone

    What should Republican lawmakers do about immigration? That's been a simmering source of controversy ever since George W. Bush's push for so-called comprehensive immigration legislation, with legalization and enforcement provisions, in 2006.

    Most liberals and many economic conservatives argued that support for such legislation was a political imperative for Republicans. Otherwise, they would continue to lose Hispanic voters, an inevitably increasing segment of the electorate, by 2-1 margins.

  • Are the Two Political Parties About to Crack Up? By Michael Barone

    America's two political parties seem to be coming apart.   

  • Obama Follows Polls in Foreign Policy but Public Turns Against Him By Michael Barone

    Polls show that most Americans wanted the United States to withdraw from Iraq. Barack Obama did indeed withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, not troubling to negotiate a readily negotiable status of forces agreement that would have left a contingent of American soldiers there.