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One of the biggest promises by Republicans in the 2022 election season was that if they won a majority in the House, they would defund the $80 billion that Biden wants to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.
Some thoughts about our country as Christmas and the new year approach.
Three Big Surprises of 2022: Weakened Russia, Weakened China, Weakened American Economy By Michael Barone
2022 was a year full of surprises. Important things didn't work out as many people had expected on just about every point on the political spectrum.
Did you know that Superman's son is bisexual? So is Batman's sidekick, Robin, and lots of other superheroes created by Marvel and DC Comics.
The federal government is running annual $1 trillion to $2 trillion budget deficits, which is more than the entire gross domestic product of most nations.
Will Silicon Valley go down in history the way of the robber barons? There's been plenty of raw material in the headlines for a sharp downgrading of the San Francisco Bay area tech industry's reputation these last few weeks.
It has been a rough couple of years, first with COVID, then an economy pummeled by inflation and recession. Most Americans are hoping for a shiny present under the American Christmas tree this year. But will it be a lump of coal instead?
A brief history of a competitive era.
KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE
— The United States is in an extremely competitive era of presidential elections.
— In the 6 elections this century, the popular vote margin has been less than 5 points in all but 1 of them.
— Many of the states have been consistent in their presidential voting since 2000, although there have been key shifts that have altered the roster of most competitive swing states.
— Relative to the nation, much of the West has become more Democratic over the past 2 decades, along with some other pockets of the country, while many states in the Northeast, Midwest, and Greater South have become more Republican.
— The most competitive states in 2020 may be the most competitive in 2024: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the Great Lakes region and Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina in the Sun Belt.
Are you happy? Many people say they feel happier during the holidays.
Politico Europe, a publication marinated in green politics, has named Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of its "power players of the year" -- for, in the publication's words, "advancing Europe's green agenda."
When John Quincy Adams was informed by a committee that he was elected president by the House of Representatives, for the first and only time through the procedure set by the 12th Amendment of the Constitution, he responded in writing.
We know about Black Lives Matter. My new video is about a group called Black Guns Matter.
I've made the case in previous columns that the climate change movement is mostly a climate change hustle.
Are we living in an era of political contentment? Most Americans would answer that question with a bellowing "No!" But there's a case to be made that American voters, for all their negative talk, actually don't want a set of public policies markedly different from what we have today.
Note that that seems to be the practical result of the 2022 midterm elections last month.
Republicans win majority by cutting deeper into hostile turf; number of split districts remains low historically.
KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE
— Republicans won a slim House majority at least in part by winning more victories in districts that Joe Biden carried than Democrats did in districts carried by Donald Trump.
— There are currently slated to be 18 Republicans in Biden seats and just 5 Democrats in Trump seats.
— Democrats used to win more crossover districts, but Republicans have now won more in 6 of the last 7 elections as the overall number of crossover districts has generally declined.
— It is common for the opposition party in Congress to add to their roster of crossover districts in a midterm, and that’s exactly what happened in 2022, despite Republicans having a disappointing election overall.
Today, big media has an agenda. Fox and most talk radio push right; most other media spin left.
As a tactical concern, the House GOP's decision to open an investigation into Biden family corruption is questionable.
Among the key headlines from the 2022 election were gains by Republicans among minority voters.
Unsure of what to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Here's a suggestion of something to be thankful for: the Northwest Ordinance.