America: a Land of Ceaseless Conflict

America: a Land of Ceaseless Conflict

What these episodes suggest is that the idea of bipartisan comity, or some new era of national unity should Biden win, is self-delusion. When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was taken aback by the Notre Dame …

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Can America Do It All?

Can America Do It All?

With the national debt already equal to the GDP, and growing faster now, a question arises: Where does this end? In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records. The deficit came in at $3.1 trillion, twice the previous record of $1.4 …

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Putin's Got His Problems, Too

Putin’s Got His Problems, Too

While our Beltway elites are obsessed with Russia and Putin, seeing in them a mortal threat to our democracy, close observers are seeing something else. Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered: The Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, …

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A Focused Trump Can Still Pull It Out

A Focused Trump Can Still Pull It Out

Trump needs to convert a Mr. Congeniality contest into a decision of whom you want to lead the nation in this perilous hour. Whom do you want in the Oval Office dealing with the current crises: Mr. Nice Guy or the guy who showed he could get the job done …

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Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Potential collisions between the U.S., Russia or China are not even back-burner issues this election year. Meanwhile, we are consumed by the coronavirus, the crashed economy, racial divisions and riots that have ripped apart cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Kenosha since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. In …

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A Most Consequential Presidency

A Most Consequential Presidency

Trump has also changed the character and composition of the GOP, making it more of a working- and middle-class party. Where George H.W. Bush sought to build a “New World Order” with America as global hegemon and George W. Bush preached a global crusade for democracy “to end tyranny in …

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Biden's Game Plan -- Take No Risks & Run Out the Clock

Biden’s Game Plan — Take No Risks & Run Out the Clock

A second hurdle for Biden is his speech accepting the Democratic nomination. The country would be watching intently to see if the Biden of August 2020 had lost the mental and communication skills he once had. But Biden’s advisers bypassed that hurdle this week by declaring that the pandemic prevents …

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As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP

As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP

After abolishing the filibuster, says Obama, Democrats should ram through statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., thereby expanding the Senate to 104 members, and adding four new Democratic senators. That new Senate, says Obama, should enact every law possible to enlarge and expand the electorate, including extending the ballot to …

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