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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 3, 2013 3:55 AM

Detroit, once one of the nation's most vibrant cities, faces imminent bankruptcy.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 30, 2013 3:55 AM

A thoughtful reformer targets the traditional rules of an aging institution that has retarded progress in the past. Time to modernize those rules, the reformer says, and prevent obstruction in the future.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 20, 2013 3:55 AM

Chilling effect. That's the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 16, 2013 3:55 AM

What do the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal have in common? They were both about winning elections, under false pretenses.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 6, 2013 3:55 AM

Many loud voices in the debate over immigration have been insisting that effective border enforcement must precede any steps that legalize the status of current illegal immigrants.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 2, 2013 3:55 AM
"We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked," Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 25, 2013 3:55 AM

Tomorrow, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated at Southern Methodist University in Texas. It's a good time to look back on the performance of the 43rd president, who has been almost entirely missing from the public stage these past four years.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 22, 2013 3:55 AM
Chaos. Things seemed to be spinning out of control on many fronts last week. 
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 18, 2013 3:55 AM

"More tears are shed over answered prayers," the 16th century nun St. Teresa of Avila is supposed to have said, "than over unanswered ones."

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 15, 2013 3:55 AM

"Without legislative language," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy declared in a statement March 20, "there is nothing for the Judiciary Committee to consider this week at our markup."

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 11, 2013 3:55 AM

"Divisive." That's a word that appeared, often prominently, in many news stories reporting the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 8, 2013 3:55 AM

We Americans are lucky, though we seldom reflect on it, that we have good neighbors.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 1, 2013 3:55 AM
Forty years ago, American railroads were in trouble. The Penn Central, the largest railroad, had recently gone bankrupt.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 21, 2013 3:55 AM
Rarely does a political party issue a document so scathingly critical of itself and its most recent presidential nominee as the report of the five-member Growth and Opportunity Project of the Republican National Committee.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 18, 2013 3:55 AM

In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 14, 2013 3:55 AM
The College of Cardinals met in conclave on Tuesday to begin the process of electing a new pope.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 11, 2013 3:55 AM

They're flailing. That's the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 7, 2013 3:55 AM
The Dow set a new high on Tuesday, but the larger economy is a different story. What if today's sluggish economic growth turns out to be the new normal? That's the unsettling question asked by some of our most creative economic thinkers.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 4, 2013 3:55 AM

Do we have a president or a perpetual candidate? It's not an entirely unfair question.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 28, 2013 3:55 AM
Barack Obama is said to believe that he can win the political fight over the sequester. That's certainly the conventional wisdom.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 25, 2013 3:55 AM
For years, most Americans' vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt's death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 21, 2013 3:55 AM
One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 14, 2013 3:55 AM
Presidents' State of the Union addresses are delivered in the chamber of the House of Representatives in the Capitol.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 11, 2013 3:55 AM
There were two extraordinary disclosures in Thursday's testimony of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 7, 2013 3:55 AM
The House Republicans, in serious trouble with public opinion as they blinked facing the "fiscal cliff" over New Year's, seem suddenly to be playing a more successful game -- or rather, games -- an inside game and an outside game.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 4, 2013 3:55 AM
Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth.
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