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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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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Ten Days That Shook the Presidency

Ten Days That Shook the Presidency

Trump has four weeks to turn it around. And his task, while easy to describe, is not so easy to accomplish. He needs to persuade undecided and soft Biden voters that Joe is simply not up to the job of president. What a difference a week can make. Saturday, Sept. …

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Will Justice Amy Star in 'The Five'?

Will Justice Amy Star in ‘The Five’?

America’s court wars, in which the coming battle over Barrett’s nomination may prove decisive, go back half a century. By nominating Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump kept his word, and more than that. Should she be confirmed, he will have made history. Even his …

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All the Chips Are on the Table Now

All the Chips Are on the Table Now

On the court issue, Democrats are exhibiting something akin to panic. They are warning that if a conservative jurist like Barrett is confirmed, Democrats may retaliate by “packing” the Supreme Court — increasing the number of justices from nine to 11 and installing two new liberals — if they win …

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Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court

Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court

Are there Republicans who would really walk away from this last, best chance to secure the court, simply because the process offends their sense of proper procedure? This may be a hard vote for Murkowski, Collins and a few other Republicans. But to vote down a qualified conservative nominee, on …

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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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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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