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The (so far very limited) move against no-fault divorce

Michael Barone | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

I have long wondered why, when conservatives (and others) lament the apparent decline in the institution of marriage, no conservatives advance the notion of amending the no-fault divorce laws,...

News from Britain: Smaller state means more jobs

Michael Barone | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

About one-third of the money in the Obama Democrats' 2009 stimulus program went to state and local governments. The obvious aim was to maintain levels of public sector employment -- and public...

Obama must defend NATO's real red lines from Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Last week masked men, in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin...

Dems play politics with bogus 77-cent differential in male-female pay

Michael Barone | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

An economist serving on a second-term president's Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs...

Global warming alarmist wishes for mass deaths --- let's hope this is a parody

Michael Barone | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

Here's a chilling warning from a global warming alarmist who calls himself a “science communicator”: he (or she) would like to see a catastrophe that could be blamed on global warming wipe out...

Are government statistics deteriorating?

Michael Barone | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

My American Enterprise Institute colleague Nick Eberstadt provides a reminder that the federal government has been a pioneer in producing useful and reliable statistics. It began with the...

If you think the sky is falling, check out the prophecies of the 1970s

Michael Barone | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime—and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of...

Trust in state and local government high in small states --- and in booming Texas

Michael Barone | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

State and local government is, theoretically, closer to the ordinary citizen than the federal government — even though many citizens who vote in presidential elections do not take the trouble to...

Republican poll shows Scott Brown leading in New Hampshire

Michael Barone | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

Do I believe that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by a 49-percent to 44-percent margin? I'm dubious.

Ukrainians, and Americans, are the children of history

Michael Barone | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic...