Michael-Barone is senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner.
A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is also a
Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of
American Politics. His column is published Wednesdays and Sundays.
North Carolina is unique among the states in that under the state Constitution the governor cannot veto a redistricting plan passed by the legislature. Read More
Is there an upset in the making in the July 12 special election to replace former Congresswoman Jane Harman in California’s 36th congressional district? You might think so if you watch these ads by Democratic candidate Janice Hahn. The ads never use the words Democrat or Democratic, the announcer notes that Hahn has never held partisan office and one ad compares her Republican opponent Craig Huey with—eek!—Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. Read More
No one in mainstream media seems inclined to mention Barack Obama’s horrifying mistake last Thursday when, speaking at Fort Drum, he said that SFC Jared Monti was “the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Alas, he was mistaken. He awarded the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti posthumously in 2009 and awarded the Medal of Honor in person to SSG Sal Giunta in person in 2011. Read More
Excellent Forbes piece by Joel Kotkin on the rise of the Gulf Coast, and especially the port of Houston. Read More
Karl Rove spotlights a Polling Co. poll that shows Barack Obama’s approval among young (age 18 to 29) Americans at 53%. Perhaps more important, on the economy only 31% of young voters approve and 44% disapprove. That leaves 25% unsure, an unusually large number which, given the fact that youth unemployment is hovering around 17%, doesn’t represent anything like an endorsement of the incumbent president. Read More
In my May 28 Examiner column, I took note of how mainstream media outlets have been constantly using variants of the word “unexpectedly” in their coverage of negative economic news. Read More
I've got a column in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on how liberals want to go back to what I call the Midcentury Moment, the more conformist and egalitarian America of the 1940s and 1950s and early 1960s, and why we can't get there. I've touched on these themes in the Examiner, but not in the same way. Read More
Every year the Supreme Court reverses by a 9-0 vote multiple cases decided by left wing judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco. Today the Court issued a decision reversing the Ninth Circuit on a big one, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, in which six female employees brought a class action on behalf of all female employees and former employees of America’s largest private sector employer. No dice, said the Court. Read More
Let me give a hearty endorsement of my Examiner colleague Timothy Carney’s Sunday column on the Democrats’ proposal to take away “tax subsidies” from big oil companies. As Carney points out, the main feature of the Democrats’ bill, which was defeated in the Senate but which we probably have not heard the last of, was to deny five major oil companies the domestic production tax credit that is available to all manufacturers and mining companies, including oil companies. The justification? Read More
If this article by professors at Harvard Law School and Indiana University Business School is correct (hat tip to Paul Caron’s taxprof blog and Glenn Reynolds's Instapundit), the Treasury acted contrary to law when it ruled that post-bankruptcy General Motors could utilize $45 billion in pre-bankruptcy net operating losses to reduce any corporate income taxes it may owe. Read More
As one who has scoffed at the idea that Mitt Romney was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, I have also felt compelled to note in my Wednesday Examiner column that he did indeed perform like a frontrunner in Monday’s New Hampshire debate, and that Read More
In my Beltway Confidential blogpost on the New Hampshire Republican debate last night, I wrote:
“I thought he [Mitt Romney] misfired on one not very important issue, saying that eminent domain should not be used for private companies, when the question raised the issue whether it should be used for public utilities, which traditionally have had eminent domain-like powers to build electric transmission lines; . . . . Read More
My Washington Examiner colleagues have given their ongoing reactions to the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader two-hour debate at St. Anselm’s College (what a fab auditorium!) of six Republican presidential candidates. Here are my more or less immediate reactions to each candidate’s performance.
The latest in lunacy in high-speed rail lunacy: at Joel Kotkin’s newgeography.com Wendell Cox reports that the U.S. Transportation Department is dangling money before the government of Iowa seeking matching funds from the state for a high-speed rail line from Iowa City to Chicago. The “high-speed” trains would average 45 miles per hour and take five hours to reach Chicago from Iowa City. Read More