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  • Obama Administration's Spying on Trump a Departure From Norms

    05/25/2018 6:37:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2018 | Michael Barone
    "F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims," read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. "The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were making improper contacts with Russia in 2016," read a story in the May 21 edition of The Wall Street Journal. So much for those who dismissed charges of Obama administration infiltration of Donald Trump's campaign as paranoid fantasy. Defenders of the Obama intelligence and law enforcement apparat have had to fall back on the argument that this infiltration was...
  • Our Time-Tested Parties Aren't About to Fall Apart

    03/30/2018 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn't produce a health care bill and passed an omnibus spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for the creation of a new political party. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who carried seven counties outside his home state in the 2016 Republican primaries, hints at a 2020 independent candidacy. In special elections, Republican candidates fail to win percentages above President Donald Trump's approval ratings, which nationally is at 42 percent. That makes Republicans fear and Democrats hope that Democrats will capture the House of...
  • Trump on Trade: Better Than Smoot-Hawley?

    03/09/2018 7:03:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Donald Trump's announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic Council. It has also prompted free trade-minded Republicans in Congress to propose repealing Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which delegates to the president the power to adjust trade restrictions and impose tariffs. It's not clear exactly what trade restrictions Trump is poised to impose or whether negotiations with Mexico and Canada will end the North American Free Trade...
  • After shutdown, Republicans have leverage on immigration

    01/22/2018 10:54:07 PM PST · by lowbuck · 13 replies
    Washington Examininer ^ | 22 January 2018 | Michael Barone
    My speculation in a blogpost yesterday that Senate Democrats were willing to vote for a government shutdown on the DACA issue because of their great solidarity, built up for many years since their narrow capture of seven Senate seats in 1986, has been vindicated by their surrender on the shutdown today — sort of. My argument was based on what was, in my view, the serious political weakness of their position, portrayed even in much of mainstream media as blocking funding for the government in favor of legalizing certain illegal immigrants. To maintain near total cohesion, in such circumstances, seemed...
  • Republicans Have Reformed Taxes; Will They Fix 1970s Budget Rules Next?

    12/21/2017 9:09:45 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 22, 2017 | Michael Barone
    The Republicans have passed their tax bill, without a single Democratic vote, despite low to dismal poll ratings. It's reminiscent of the passage by Democrats, without a single Republican vote, of Obamacare in March 2010. Democrats lost 63 seats and their House majority that fall. Republicans hope they won't follow suit. They argue, accurately, that their bill will lower taxes for almost all taxpayers and that it will stimulate economic growth, which already has risen above the growth in the Obama years. The effects of Obamacare, in contrast, were harder to model, and some backers' claims -- if you like...
  • 2016 Is Looking Like the New Normal

    11/10/2017 12:30:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2017 | Michael Barone
    If you wanted to predict the results of Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, you would have been wise to ignore the flurry of polls and campaign events. You would have paid no heed to the conventional wisdom that Republican Ed Gillespie had a solid chance to beat Ralph Northam in Virginia. In fact, Northam's 9-point victory margin in Virginia was not much different from Phil Murphy's 13-point margin over Republican Kim Guadagno in New Jersey. And both almost precisely mirrored the 2016 presidential results. Hillary Clinton carried New Jersey by a 55-41 percent margin last year; Murphy...
  • Michael Barone: Trump's Palmerstonian policy (Good read about Trump/Afghanistan)

    08/25/2017 9:18:53 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Michael Barone
    President Trump's Afghanistan speech on Monday night was disciplined, measured, and sometimes verging on eloquence. It was presidential. Evidently, his vision wasn't impaired when he looked at the eclipse without smoked glasses earlier in the day. Like Barack Obama, Trump came to office determined to get out of Afghanistan. "My original instinct was to pull out," he said Monday. But "decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk on the Oval Office." Trump criticized Obama's 2011 decision to "hastily and mistakenly" withdraw from Iraq, and for announcing an endpoint to his 2009 surge of troops into Afghanistan. Trump...
  • The Outlook After the Special Elections

    06/23/2017 4:25:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2017 | Michael Barone
    The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election's first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they could take this House seat from the Republicans. But even with $30 million spent -- in what became the most expensive House race ever -- and with a turnout of 260,000 (more than the 210,000 who voted in the 2014 midterm), Ossoff won exactly 48.1 percent again. Not quite enough. Georgia's 6th District was significant because...
  • Is College Worth It? Increasing Numbers Say No

    06/09/2017 4:51:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2017 | Michael Barone
    "Too many people are going to college," writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That's not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It's the title of the third chapter in his 2008 book, "Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality." Since Murray wrote those words, higher-education enrollment has in fact declined, from 20.6 million in 2011 to 19 million in 2016, according to Ohio University economists Richard Vedder and Justin Strehle, who wrote about...
  • James Comey Is the Latest Victim of the Clintons

    05/12/2017 3:03:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was in place as Comey's direct superior. Rosenstein was confirmed April 25, and his memorandum titled "Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI" was appended to Trump's firing letter exactly two weeks later. In that document, Rosenstein characterized Comey's July 5 statement on the FBI's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's secret email system as "a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and...
  • Do Close Special Elections Mean Republicans Are in Trouble?

    04/21/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2017 | Michael Barone
    What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by Donald Trump. Those of us who can remember the 1964–84 years have seen much greater partisan churning. Almost half of the congressional districts that voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 elected Democratic congressmen. Some 191 districts split tickets. In 2012, that number was down to 26, the...
  • Trump's 2nd-Week Follow-through

    02/03/2017 6:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Donald Trump's second week as president has been full of surprises and Sturm und Drang. His Friday afternoon executive order barring for 90 days immigration from seven countries designated by the Obama administration as "countries of concern" was obviously ill-vetted and prompted nationwide and international protests. His Tuesday night nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court triggered well-rehearsed protests but also some unexpected support. Both of Trump's actions were in line with his campaign promises and were executed without the leaks so common in Washington. Both elicited outraged reaction, including some transparently spurious arguments. But Trump seems likely...
  • Some Christmastime Advice for Pundits and Partisans

    12/23/2016 5:52:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Now that the 538 electors have voted -- and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates -- we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, the 77,744 votes by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the 46 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump's narrow victory means a significantly more conservative Supreme Court, a rollback of Obamacare and reams of regulations, abandonment of policies disfavoring fossil fuel usage -- and hundreds of consequences that can only be guessed at. This isn't the...
  • Did The Duke Lacrosse Case Have Reverberations In The 2016 Election?

    12/13/2016 5:27:54 AM PST · by LRoggy · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/12/2016 | Michael Barone
    One way to look at the election of Donald Trump is that it is a repudiation of the cult of political correctness that thrives — metastasizes might be a better word — on college and university campuses. One particularly egregious example, the bogus prosecution of Duke University lacrosse players in 2006 and 2007, seems to have had particular reverberations in producing election results this year, a decade later. For a definitive account of the disgraceful behavior of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, Duke President Richard Brodhead and dozens of members of the Duke faculty, see KC Johnson and Stuart...
  • The collapse of the political left

    12/08/2016 4:48:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 70 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Michael Barone
    Things look different now, and not just because Donald Trump was elected president. It has been clear that most voters have been rejecting big government policies, and not just in the United States but in most democratic nations around the world. Leftist politicians supposed that ordinary voters with modest incomes facing hard times would believe that regulation and redistribution would help them. Evidently most don't. The rejection was apparent in the 2010 and subsequent House elections; Republicans have now won House majorities in ten of the last 12 elections, leaving 2006 and 2008 as temporary aberrations. You didn't hear Hillary...
  • Could Hispanics be surging to Trump?

    11/08/2016 8:39:26 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8,2016 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Are Hispanic voters trending to Donald Trump? It seems unlikely, but there's at least a little polling evidence that that's been happening over the past week. Now LAT/USC is showing Hispanics voting 47 percent for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump. It's possible that this represents the changed responses of just a few individuals, in a poll which asks the same panel of respondents for their preferences at regular intervals. But the total number of Hispanic respondents is listed at 181 — small but not totally suspect. Does this represent a surge of Hispanics toward Trump or away from Clinton?...
  • What the Debate Tells About How Candidates Would Govern

    09/30/2016 9:18:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2016 | Michael Barone
    You've heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday's presidential debate. We'll know the answers to these questions soon. The more important question for the long run is how each of these candidates would govern. The debate provides no certain answers to that question, but it does offer some useful clues. Hillary Clinton started off with a laundry list of incremental economic programs -- none of which would promote economic growth. Some have already been legislated (equal pay for women, 1963), others are tilted to...
  • Will Trump Take Down Congressional Republicans?

    08/16/2016 5:39:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    On Friday, Republican National Committee and Trump campaign staffers held what one described as an "emergency meeting" at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. The obvious subject: what to do about Donald Trump's flagging campaign and how Republican down-ballot candidates can avoid the possible (likely?) downdraft. Current polling shows Trump losing to Hillary Clinton by 6 percent. He's within range in 2012 Obama-carried target states with older populations and many non-college-graduate whites (Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Nevada) but has fallen behind in Pennsylvania and is well-behind in younger-population, higher-education target states (Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire). It's possible his standing will...
  • Is the end of white Christian America a good thing?

    08/17/2016 5:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    "White Christian America is dying," proclaims the headline on a Monkey Cage blogpost by the perceptive political scientist John Sides. Like many headlines, it's an exaggeration of the thrust of the article that follows, which is an interview with Robert Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute, on his new book The End of White Christian America, based on PRRI and other research on religious beliefs and practices of Americans. Sides's questions and Jones's answers are pretty much neutral in tone, but many readers will detect a tone of triumphalism in the book's title and in the thrust of...
  • Nationalism Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

    08/12/2016 5:28:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Google "Donald Trump" and "nationalism" and you'll get 1,090,000 results, the large percentage of which are, to judge from the top hits, negative. "Nationalism" is deemed to be bad stuff, maybe even akin to Nazism. But is nationalism always so bad? Not, it seems, for the millions of people around the world watching the Rio Olympics. They watch as the TV networks keep track of the metal count -- and they root for the men and women they see representing their nations. Americans were thrilled to see Michael Phelps propel the U.S. team to gold in the freestyle relay and...