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Scotland rejects independence, but will it embrace Adam Smith?

Michael Barone | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

It’s clear that Scots have voted against independence and in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom.

Which is the weaker party? Your call

Michael Barone | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

An assessment of their strength going forward depends on how well they are succeeding in maximizing their vote in line with their historic character.

Make mine multilateral? Not necessarily

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

There's a widespread assumption that most Americans prefer multilateral action-- acting with other nations as partners. But maybe that's not so.

Scottish independence --- a bad idea whose time may be coming

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

In an unusual statement supposedly made spontaneously to well-wishers after a Scottish church service, Queen Elizabeth II urged Scottish voters to think "very carefully about the future." Good advice.

Obama forced by events to reverse course --- and disillusion base

Michael Barone | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

On the issues of Iraq, immigration and inversion, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so.

A devastating verdict on Obama speech: 'A president surrenders'

Michael Barone | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

For a devastating assessment of President Obama's Sept. 10 speech, read Walter Russell Mead's piece in his Via Meadia blog.

Large government out of place in a society based on small technology

Michael Barone | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

"Large" technology like steel mills, power stations and gas turbines tended to encourage large bureaucracies and large government. But "small" technology enables individuals to make personal choices.

How the GOP got this way

Michael Barone | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Today's Republicans are largely united in opposition to the policies of the Obama administration, but they disagree on tactics.

Is the generic vote for the House moving toward Republicans?

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Over the last 20 years Republicans have tended to run a bit better in actual elections than they do in the generic vote question, but this tendency may have been reduced in recent cycles. In...

Veteran prognosticator foresees Republican Senate 'wave'

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

In his 30-plus years of handicapping House, Senate and governor races, Stuart Rothenberg has generally been pretty cautious.