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May 21, 2024

Trump's Sun Belt Hopes and Rust Belt Needs By Daniel McCarthy

Donald Trump's first election redrew the map of American politics; suddenly Pennsylvania and Michigan were in the Republican column for the first time since the 1980s.
But they didn't stay there: The Rust Belt states that made Trump president in 2016 sent Joe Biden to the White House in 2020.

May 14, 2024

What Trump Sees in Doug Burgum By Daniel McCarthy

   Donald Trump knows how to run a talent show.

May 7, 2024

The Vietnam Era Never Ended for Biden's Party By Daniel McCarthy

   "This may be Biden's Vietnam."

April 30, 2024

Nationalists of the World, Unite? By Daniel McCarthy

        The historian John Lukacs used to say all the old "isms" of politics were defunct.

April 23, 2024

Foreign Policy Splits the Parties By Daniel McCarthy

   In 2024, foreign policy doesn't pit Republicans against Democrats so much as it pits Republicans against Republicans and Democrats against Democrats.

April 16, 2024

Trump and the Pro-Life Dilemma By Daniel McCarthy

   Donald Trump is the furthest thing from a threat to democracy where abortion is concerned -- and for activists on both sides, that's alarming.

April 9, 2024

PBS Misremembers William F. Buckley Jr. By Daniel McCarthy

   Imagine making a documentary about one of the 20th century's leading opponents of the Ku Klux Klan -- without ever talking about the evil of the KKK itself.

April 2, 2024

Who Wants to Be House Speaker? By Daniel McCarthy

Mel Brooks said it's good to be the king -- but is it good to be speaker of the House of Representatives?

March 26, 2024

Trump Hunts for a VP Close to Home By Daniel McCarthy

   It's the new season of "The Apprentice," only this time Donald Trump isn't looking for the next business whiz, he's in the market for a running mate.

March 19, 2024

Princess Kate and Democracy's Discontents By Daniel McCarthy

   Unelected pundits unceasingly tell us democracy is in danger.

March 12, 2024

Can Biden Buy the Voters? By Daniel McCarthy

   Joe Biden's weaknesses are obvious, but the State of the Union last Thursday and the president's $7.3 trillion budget proposal this week are reminders of just how tough he can be.

March 5, 2024

Veepstakes Give Trump an Edge By Daniel McCarthy

Donald Trump is already beating Joe Biden; polls last weekend from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS News and Fox News all agree.

February 27, 2024

Why Online News Isn't Saving Journalism By Daniel McCarthy

   Bad news for the media often feels like good news for conservatives.

February 13, 2024

Vladimir Putin -- A Passive Aggressor By Daniel McCarthy

Vladimir Putin is fighting a war he can't win against forces he doesn't understand.

February 6, 2024

Is Taylor Swift Trouble for Trump? By Daniel McCarthy

   She's just won the Grammy for album of the year.

January 30, 2024

Trump's Map to the White House By Daniel McCarthy

   In 2020, Joe Biden won three states by less than 1 point: Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin.

January 23, 2024

Will 'Lawfare' Take Trump Off the Ballot? By Daniel McCarthy

The biggest threat to the Constitution in 2024 is the "lawfare" being waged against Donald Trump -- and the Supreme Court is as much its target as Trump is.

January 9, 2024

'The Sopranos' at 25: A New World Tragedy By Daniel McCarthy

   "The Sopranos" debuted 25 years ago, but what makes it a masterpiece is how much older its themes are.

January 2, 2024

Trump, Biden and a Fight for the Heart By Daniel McCarthy

As an election year dawns, Republicans and Democrats should stop to reflect on why our politics seems so stagnant.

December 19, 2023

Trump's Country Party Roots By Daniel McCarthy

Why is Donald Trump so resilient?