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Case study: Liberal disappointed with Obama foreign policy

Michael Barone | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

For an interesting instance on how onetime Obama enthusiasts have soured on the 44th president, you could do worse than read James Traub's piece in foreignpolicy.com.

Obama Democrats lose their big bet on health exchanges

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving...

Gummit don't do IT good, here and elsewhere

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

The private sector is held accountable in the marketplace. If IT doesn't work, or if cost overruns raise prices to uncompetitive levels, consumers have alternatives. When government IT fails,...

Halbig v. Burwell: A stunning rebuke of a lawless and reckless administration

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Halbig v. Burwell, announced Tuesday, is a stunning blow to Obamacare and the Obama administration.

Hillary Clinton's job approval rating as low as Obama's

Michael Barone | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

A Politico poll strongly suggests that Hillary Clinton's attempts to put some distance between herself and the president's record are unavailing and perhaps doomed to failure.

You can't always get what you want

Michael Barone | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

This is one of the hard lessons of life, and one that evidently needs to be learned and relearned by political liberals: One is that public financing of elections is good. The other is that...

Obama dragged down by chaos at home and abroad, not by the economy

Michael Barone | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

The sluggish economy isn't weighing down Obama. It's chaos on the border, dysfunction at the IRS and VA, and foreign crises from Ukraine to the Middle East.

All process arguments are insincere

Michael Barone | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

House Democrats who are criticizing and ridiculing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama have in fact often, and not so long ago, brought lawsuits against President George W. Bush...

How Obama is turning liberalism into an instrument of coercion

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Liberals just aren't very liberal these days. The word “liberal” comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech,...

Underage illegal immigrants may be an issue in Massachusetts governor race

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

The political fallout from the surge of (not entirely) underage Central American illegal immigrants across the Lower Rio Grande is spreading across the nation.