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Michael Barone
2016 And Beyond
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The Coming Electoral Crack-up?

Will voter discontent shatter the partisan deadlock in U.S. politics this November?

If the GOP Takes the Senate...
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Expect Minor Tremors in Foreign Policy

Executive-Legislative Branch dynamics over foreign policy are less affected by partisanship than is the case in domestic policy.

The Open Fields of November

American politics today is far more volatile than in the past. That makes predicting what will happen in November a temptation for fools. Expect a massive failure to resist temptation.

The Gridlock Myth

Partisan divisions in the absence of supermajorities don’t cause gridlock. Electoral volatility does.

Mistaken Assumptions

Barack Obama has based his policies as President on two assumptions. One year after his election both assumptions appear to have been mistaken.His domestic policies have been based on the assumption that economic distress would produce an increased demand for, or at least acceptance of, big government policies. The financial crisis of September 2008 had […]

A Law of Unintended Consequences

The irony of the Voting Rights Act.

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Department of Can-Kicking

So much for a breakthrough.

The Noose Tightens

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

TPP Post Trump

Picking up the pieces of TPP may be more difficult than many in Asia imagine, leaving China with an attractive opening.

Atrocity in England

Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a children’s concert, the deadliest in the UK since the 7/7 bombings.

Seeing a Pattern...

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics

Iraq isn’t towing the cartel line.

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