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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 9, 2012 3:55 AM
Traumas suffered by a society generations ago can still have a negative effect centuries later.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 6, 2012 3:55 AM
Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media. Two examples figured prominently -- or should have -- in last week's news.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 30, 2012 3:55 AM
Does the 2012 campaign look a lot like the 2004 campaign? Many Democrats think so.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 23, 2012 3:55 AM
This is a tale of two cities. No, not Dickens' phlegmatic London and passionate Paris. Nor the two neighborhoods Charles Murray contrasted in his recent bestseller "Coming Apart" -- prosperous but isolated Belmont (actually, Mitt Romney's home for decades) and needy and disorganized Fishtown.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 19, 2012 3:55 AM
Perhaps the rain made the teleprompter unreadable. That's one thought I had on pondering Barack Obama's comments to a rain-soaked rally in Roanoke, Va., last Friday.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 16, 2012 3:55 AM
LONDON -- 1776 is a number with great resonance for Americans, but not one you expect to be featured on a British government website.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 5, 2012 3:55 AM
That's more or less what happened last Sunday in Mexico, at least as far as most American journalists (including me) are concerned.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 2, 2012 3:55 AM
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding the Obama administration's health care legislation was a victory for the president, his administration and his party.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 28, 2012 3:55 AM
The Supreme Court's decision announced Monday in the Arizona v. United States case opens the way for sensible reform of our immigration laws.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 25, 2012 3:55 AM
As Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it's alibi time for some of his backers.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 18, 2012 3:55 AM
There has been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth as, in the spring, it appeared that forces supporting Mitt Romney would be able to raise about as much money as those supporting Barack Obama. There's even more now that it seems likely that the pro-Romney side will raise and spend more money than the pro-Obama side.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 11, 2012 3:55 AM
We pundits have been busy crunching the results in last Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election and have noted that the public-employee unions sustained a huge defeat.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 4, 2012 3:55 AM
Demographic forecasts generally take the form of predicting more of the same.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 31, 2012 3:55 AM
"Axelrod is endeavoring not to panic." So reads a sentence in John Heilemann's exhaustive article on Barack Obama's campaign in this week's New York magazine.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 21, 2012 3:55 AM
In the run-up to this weekend's G-8 summit at Camp David, journalists have unfavorably compared European "austerity" with Barack Obama's economic policies.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 14, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, I wrote about the standings in the presidential race and said it looked like a long, hard slog through about a dozen clearly identified target states, much like the contests in 2000 and 2004. Call it the 2000/2004 long, hard slog scenario.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's re-election -- we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence -- in come some poll numbers showing him behind.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 7, 2012 3:55 AM
Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard Law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 3, 2012 3:55 AM
It has been reported that the Obama campaign this year, as in 2008, has disabled or chosen not to use AVS in screening contributions made by credit card.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 30, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, Barack Obama delivered speeches at universities in Chapel Hill, N.C., Iowa City, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 26, 2012 3:55 AM
The illegal immigration problem is going away.

That's the conclusion I draw from the latest report of the Pew Hispanic Center on Mexican immigration to the United States.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 23, 2012 3:55 AM
I don't know how many times I've seen liberal commentators look back with nostalgia to the days when a young man fresh out of high school or military service could get a well-paying job on an assembly line at a unionized auto factory that could carry him through to a comfortable retirement.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 16, 2012 3:55 AM
How much will Obamacare -- call it the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if you like -- cost over the next 10 years?
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 9, 2012 3:55 AM
Time for a postmortem on the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 2, 2012 3:55 AM
"I don't worry about the Constitution," said Rep. Phil Hare, Democrat of Illinois, at a town hall meeting where voters questioned his support of the legislation that became Obamacare. You can find the clip on youtube.com, where it has 462,084 hits.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 29, 2012 3:55 AM
"I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 26, 2012 3:55 AM
President Barack Obama's 17-minute video, "The Road We've Traveled," gives us an idea of how he wants to frame the issues in the fall election.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 22, 2012 3:55 AM
As I listened to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan describe his latest budget plan in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute this week, I couldn't help thinking how different things will be in Britain when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne steps out of No. 11 Downing St. with a battered red briefcase holding his budget for the forthcoming year.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 19, 2012 3:55 AM
The 2012 congressional redistricting cycle following the 2010 Census is just about over and done with. And it seems likely to make much less difference than many of us expected.
 
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