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Bipartisanship is alive and well, but not in the Obama White House

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's lots of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job...

A sulfuric denunciation of John Kerry's Middle East diplomacy

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

If you want to read a stinging critique of Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East diplomacy, take a look at Adam Garfinkle's take in The American Interest blog.

Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism

Michael Barone | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

"Pare down the parasitic fringe" of government. "Favor a gospel of work" instead of aristocratic entitlement. "Rationalize finance" and "reverse the Parkinson's law of bureaucracy."

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

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.