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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?

March 29, 2024

Today's Leaders Are Not Living Up to Constitutional Norms By Michael Barone

   How are America's leaders measuring up against the standards set by the Constitution and the examples of the Founding Fathers? It's a question I've been asking as I seek refuge from contemporary politics in reading and occasionally writing, in my 2023 book "Mental Maps of the Founders," about the early years of the republic.

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March 28, 2024

Notes on the State of Politics: March 28, 2024 By Kyle Kondik

The narrowing GOP House majority

Rep. Mike Gallagher’s (R, WI-8) surprising announcement late last week that he would resign on April 19 combined with an earlier and also surprising resignation announcement by now ex-Rep. Ken Buck (R, CO-4) is going to have the effect of further reducing the Republicans’ already-slim House majority.

March 27, 2024

In My House! By John Stossel

   What if you come home and find strangers living in your house?

March 26, 2024

The Biden Administration Takes a Swipe at Credit Card Industry By Stephen Moore

  The Biden administration regulators see a monopoly boogeyman behind the curtain of nearly every business merger and acquisition -- from airlines to cellphones to chicken producers.

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 22, 2024

The Electric Car Fiasco By Michael Barone

   Donald Trump's anodyne if overexcited comment that the U.S. auto industry would face a "bloodbath" if he's not elected and doesn't impose 50% or 100% tariffs on cars produced predictable results.