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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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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 28, 2013 3:55 AM
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 24, 2013 3:55 AM
Commentators both left and right agree that Barack Obama's second inaugural speech Monday was highly partisan, with shoutouts to his constituencies on the left and defiance of his critics on the right.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 17, 2013 3:55 AM
To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 14, 2013 3:55 AM
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 10, 2013 3:55 AM
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 7, 2013 3:55 AM
Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 31, 2012 3:55 AM
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that? 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 24, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 20, 2012 3:55 AM
 
On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 17, 2012 3:55 AM
Democrats in Washington declare that they will absolutely, positively allow no changes whatever in the nation's unsustainable entitlement programs -- Social Security and Medicare.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 13, 2012 3:55 AM
Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners?
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past?
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 6, 2012 3:55 AM
The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 3, 2012 3:55 AM
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 26, 2012 3:55 AM
In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 19, 2012 3:55 AM
In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 15, 2012 3:55 AM
Barack Obama attended more than 200 fundraisers for his presidential campaign, but he refrained from raising money for congressional Democrats.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 1, 2012 3:55 AM
As the East Coast recoils from Hurricane Sandy, the political news is of new states suddenly inundated with presidential campaign ads. First Wisconsin, then Pennsylvania, more recently Minnesota.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 29, 2012 3:55 AM
When reading one of the endless stories about a just-released poll Thursday night, a pair of numbers struck my eye: 60 and 37.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 25, 2012 3:55 AM
Back in May, I wrote a column laying out possible scenarios for the 2012 campaign different from the conventional wisdom that it would be a long, hard slog through a fixed list of target states like the race in 2004.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 22, 2012 3:55 AM
How will this election be seen in history? Obviously, it depends on who wins.
 
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