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November 7, 2023

When Will Politicians Learn Banning Cigarettes Will Never Work? by Stephen Moore

One of the most enduring lessons of American history is that the banning of liquor sales and consumption ("the noble experiment") was a colossal failure. Drinking didn't go down much, but the profits ended up going not to legitimate businesses but bootleggers and the mob, while the murder rate soared to all-time highs in American history. It was the policy that made America's most famous gangster, Al Capone, famous -- and rich.

November 3, 2023

Is a Trump Renomination Really Inevitable? By Michael Barone

Is it inevitable that Donald Trump will be the second person in history -- Richard Nixon was the first -- to win the Republican Party's nomination for president three times? Many thoughtful observers, and others as well, think so.

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November 2, 2023

A 2023 Election Mega-Preview By J. Miles Coleman and Kyle Kondik

Places to watch in Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.


— The key races we’re watching next week are gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Mississippi, the state legislative contests in Virginia, an abortion-related ballot issue in Ohio, and a state Supreme Court race in Pennsylvania.

— We continue to favor incumbent Govs. Andy Beshear (D-KY) and Tate Reeves (R-MS) in next week’s gubernatorial elections, even as upsets are possible in either.

— If the abortion rights vote in Ohio is close, some key Obama-to-Trump counties may tell the tale of the election, while partisan loyalties in Pennsylvania may be a bit weaker in the court race than in a federal race.

November 1, 2023

The Food Insecurity Lie By John Stossel

President Joe Biden says 24 million Americans "suffer from food insecurity!"

October 31, 2023

Don't Let Refugees Be Used as a Weapon By Daniel McCarthy

It's been called the population weapon, and it's an effective way to blackmail Europe.

October 31, 2023

The Great 'Green Energy Transition' That Wasn't by Stephen Moore

One of the textbook marketing flops of all time was the Ford Edsel sedan, which was heralded as the hot new car in the late 1950s.

All the automotive experts and Ford executives said it was a can't-miss. Henry Ford (the car was named after his son) guaranteed hundreds of thousands of sales.

October 27, 2023

Can a New Speaker Reinstate an Old Norm? By Michael Barone

After a little more than three weeks, House Republicans have finally elected a speaker. He's Mike Johnson, first elected to the House in 2016 from a district in northwest Louisiana. He's almost unknown to the public, has a right-wing voting record, and has been a supporter of Donald Trump. He grills witnesses effectively but calmly, with no visible anger.

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October 26, 2023

The Third Party Wild Card By Kyle Kondik

Recent non-major party vote strongest out west -- and not in the states likeliest to decide 2024.


— Potentially weak major party nominees paired with a long list of third party candidates could lead to a higher-than-usual level of third party voting in 2024.

— Recent third party performance has generally been strongest in western states and weakest in the South.

— The states that are most likely to decide the 2024 election have not had high average third party voting this century.

October 25, 2023

COVID Deception By John Stossel

   Remember when Sen. Rand Paul accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of funding China's Wuhan virus lab?

October 24, 2023

America's Top National Security Threat Is Our Runaway Debt y Stephen Moore

        After spending $6 trillion on social welfare and a Green New Deal spending spree and running our national debt up to $33 trillion, President Joe Biden is asking to whip out the federal credit card yet again for $100 billion more in military assistance for Ukraine and Israel and "humanitarian" aid.

October 24, 2023

Israel's Lesson for 2024: A Liberal Crackup By Daniel McCarthy

Conventional wisdom says voters don't care about foreign policy.

October 20, 2023

Time to Stop Appeasing Terrorist Iran By Michael Barone

 The 2020s are starting to look like the 1930s, as I wrote last week in the wake of Hamas' unprecedentedly vicious attack on Israel.

October 19, 2023

No Border, No Country By Brian Joondeph

America’s national border is a border in name only. Just ask the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency as they are by statute charged with controlling America’s borders.

October 18, 2023

California Crushes Pennsylvania By John Stossel

  Pennsylvania's Peter Brothers Trucking delivers goods all across America. Owner Brian Wanner says Pennsylvania bureaucrats now are driving him out of his home state.

October 17, 2023

Our Public Schools Are a National Disaster By Stephen Moore

Perhaps what's most distressing about the latest collapse in high school test scores is that no one seems to be very distressed.

October 17, 2023

Liberals' Dilemma: Immigration or Israel? By Daniel McCarthy

The war between Hamas and Israel forces everyone to recognize an uncomfortable truth: Immigration is a foreign-policy issue.

October 13, 2023

The Gathering Storm By Michael Barone

Russia has been attacking Ukraine for 20 months now. Iran, through its terrorism partner Hamas, attacked Israel this weekend. China has been threatening to attack Taiwan.

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October 12, 2023

Louisiana 2023: The Road to Saturday’s Primary By J. Miles Coleman

With a November runoff expected, some context for this weekend’s jungle primary.


— On Saturday, Louisiana voters will go to the polls to begin selecting a replacement for term-limited Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA).

— In the all-party primary, state Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) has been the frontrunner for much of the campaign and will likely advance to a runoff.

— The state Democratic establishment has thrown its weight behind former state Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, who will probably join Landry in a runoff.

— Despite Edwards’s success in recent gubernatorial elections, many of the dynamics that favored him in 2015 and 2019 are now absent. The Crystal Ball rates the race as Likely Republican.

October 11, 2023

To Protect and Destroy By John Stossel

What happens when police, trying to catch a bad guy, destroy your house?

October 10, 2023

Why Bidenflation Defines Bidenomics By Daniel McCarthy

As the world burns and President Joe Biden's inadequacies grow only more obvious, Democrats reassure themselves that voters next year will care most of all about domestic issues.

And there, they think, Biden has something to be proud of: Bidenomics.