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April 26, 2024

Is the GOP the Stupid Party? By Brian Joondeph

The Republican Party has the reputation and hence the name, “The Stupid Party." They nominate weak candidates, fight with each other in a circular firing squad, give good concession speeches and, if somehow elected, then govern against the will of the people they supposedly represent.

April 25, 2024

Capitalism Versus Racism By John Stossel

        Capitalism and racism go together?

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 23, 2024

Why Small Businesses Hate Bidenomics By Stephen Moore

   If the economy is so good, why do small business leaders feel so bad?

   The latest Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Business could hardly be more depressing. It finds that the men and women who run our 33 million small businesses and hire more than half of American workers are in a somber mood. The survey finds that small-business confidence has reached its lowest point in 12 years.

April 19, 2024

Maybe Larger Families Will Produce Better Leaders, as in the Early US By Michael Barone

   Why was America in the Revolutionary War era, with 3 million people, able to generate leaders of the quality of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, while today's America, with 333 million people, generates the likes of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump?

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April 18, 2024

Where Trump’s Primary Showing Was (And Wasn’t) Especially Strong By J. Miles Coleman


—Though former President Donald Trump easily won most GOP primaries this year, some areas stood out to us.

—By comparing how Trump did in each county to how he did overall in each state, we can get a better idea of how his coalition is shaping up.

—Geographically, Trump beat his statewide primary share in a majority of counties in most states.

—Meanwhile, and not surprisingly, Trump tended to struggle in areas that are Democratic, or blue-trending, in general elections, although there were some exceptions.

April 17, 2024

The Kill Switch By John Stossel

   Soon the government might shut down your car.

April 16, 2024

Joe Biden on the Economy: I Don't Feel Your Pain By Stephen Moore

   In 1992, Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton famously answered a voter question about how the national debt affected him personally. Clinton's response was often paraphrased as, "I feel your pain."

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.

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April 12, 2024

Democrats are Getting Desperate (But Do They Have an Ace Up Their Sleeves?) By Brian Joondeph

President Joe Biden is not popular these days. In the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll from April 11, only 22% of likely US voters strongly approve of Biden’s job performance. In comparison, 46% strongly disapprove, a 24-point negative swing.

April 12, 2024

A Fail-Safe Society Is Sure to Fail By Michael Barone

   When are we going to trust our fellow Americans again? When are we going to allow qualified individuals with responsibility to make decisions without consulting detailed rulebooks and formal procedures?

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April 11, 2024

An Electoral College Time Capsule By Kyle Kondik


— The six presidential elections held during the 25-year history of the Center for Politics were often close, although most states voted predictably.

— As part of a time capsule we are putting together to be opened at the center’s 50th anniversary in 2049, we are asking our future students to consider what has changed and what has stayed the same.

— Had we done the same exercise when the center was founded 25 years ago, we would have seen an Electoral College alignment from 1976-1996 that looked a lot different than what we’ve become familiar with this century.

April 10, 2024

A Ban on Freelance Work By John Stossel

   The Labor Department just imposed 300 pages of new regulations to reclassify many individual contractors as payroll employees.

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 9, 2024

Biggest Corporate Welfare Scam of All Time By Stephen Moore

   President Joe Biden keeps lecturing corporate America to "pay your fair share" of taxes. It turns out he's right that some companies really are getting away scot-free from paying taxes.

April 5, 2024

Disorder on the Border Remains a Problem for Biden Democrats By Michael Barone

What were they thinking? Did President Joe Biden and the folks who put together his immigration policy imagine the voting public would celebrate policies that resulted in a record-high number of migration encounters -- more than three-quarters of a million -- in the usually low-immigration months of October, November and December 2023?

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April 4, 2024

Seniors for Biden? Looking Into the Polls Among Another Key Subgroup By Kyle Kondik


— Horse race presidential polling has shown some significant weaknesses for President Biden among at least a couple of key subgroups: young people and Black voters.

— However, some polls have also shown Biden doing unusually well among senior citizens.

— The oldest voters have generally voted to the right of the national vote in recent cycles, and that is probably what we should expect in 2024 as well, despite these polls.

April 3, 2024

Trade Is Evil? By John Stossel

   Leaders of both parties agree: We must reduce globalization.  

April 2, 2024

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... and Trucks By Stephen Moore

   The Biden administration has announced in recent weeks new stringent emissions requirements for virtually the entire American transportation system.

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?