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  • Digital technology is changing too fast. I can’t keep up with it. The only solution is to be young and learn from your cool, digitally savvy peers, who pick it up almost by osmosis. Right. Sign me up to become young again. I first encountered ...
  • In Madison, Wisconsin, years ago, I photographed a statue in front of the state capitol of Col. Hans Christian Heg, a Norwegian immigrant who gave his life fighting slavery for the Union. Last June, Black Lives Matter extremists, enraged ...
  • President Biden faces agonizing choices in withdrawing from Afghanistan, a situation where there simply are no neat, ethical answers, only unhappy tradeoffs. Let’s see if we can untangle some of the conundrums. Warning: It whipsaws ...
  • The Constitution gives states the power to conduct elections but does not specify their electoral system. It presumed that the English tradition of single-member districts where simple plurality wins would be standard nationwide....

  • Now they sound alarms over COVID-19. If top health officials had used words like “impending doom” a year ago, hundreds of thousands of lives might have been saved. Officials pulled their punches because they wanted to keep their ...
  • Commentators worried that recent U.S. denunciations of both Russia and China mark serious deteriorations in relations. Actually, relations have been bad for years, but this rhetoric clarifies where things stand. As such, it is useful....
  • The number of democracies peaked in 2005 and has since declined. Once seen as an irreversible wave, democracy has proved shaky and vulnerable. Even in the United States. Thus finds Freedom House, a research institute ...
  • There’s a gap in America’s political spectrum where there should be a conservative party. Many real conservatives have left the Republicans and see nothing conservative about a populist wrecker of institutions. What, if anything, can be ...
  • The Biden administration has embarked on a perilous path in releasing an intel report that the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS, more bone saws), approved the grisly 2018 murder and ...
  • The Republicans are split between a Trumpist majority and a traditional Republican minority. The Democrats are also split, but the proportions are reversed: mainstream centrist Democrats are the majority while “woke” purists ...
  • The “Texas First” calamity has highlighted the necessity of restoring federal powers, which President Biden — channeling FDR — has seized with vaccination programs, relief spending and $15 minimum wage, all supported ...
  • Last week’s call between President Biden and Xi Jinping accompanied rumors of an early summit meeting. That would be premature and even dangerous. If Xi demands Biden essentially give Beijing ownership of the ...
  • Last week, the Republicans attempted to become a “big-tent party” that internally agrees to disagree. Won’t work. A big tense party is more like it. Two Republican congresswomen — new member Marjorie Taylor Greene ...
  • Three classic studies put our current troubles into perspective. Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 “American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy” explained that the contradiction between the lofty ideals ...
  • The Secret Service hustled Vice President Pence out of the Senate chamber before rioters, chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” burst in. If they had tried to grab Pence, the Secret Service would have had to — by law — shoot them. That could ...
  • What can be done? Nothing. That’s what’s so frustrating. President Trump’s second impeachment by the House is largely symbolic. Senate Majority Leader McConnell will not reconvene the Senate before January 19, making ...
  • 1. Aristotle and Thucydides saw how demagogues seduce the masses but end up destroying themselves and their city-state. Pathological narcissists, they accumulate power without limits. Plato observed that there are no sane tyrants....
  • President Biden’s best inaugural address would briefly give thanks and review the pandemic’s acceleration. By then, we could have 400,000 dead. Next, on the podium, Biden should publicly sign three or so measures taking ...
  • Incoming presidents often proclaim that they intend to concentrate on domestic affairs and not get distracted by foreign policy. All agree that President Biden must focus on the pandemic and attendant economic troubles. But foreign- ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Unmasking the Polls
    This year’s polls were so bad I almost turned in my political-science license. Reputable surveys had given Biden an average lead of 8 percentage points; he won with 4. Such a 4-point miss (even bigger in House and Senate races) casts ...
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