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.
According to Politico and the Associated Press there have been mass resignations at the top level of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Read More
Here’s the priceless headline from Bloomberg News: “Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Increased Last Week.” Unexpectedly! Read More
Nate Silver has an excellent post on his New York Times blog, explaining that Barack Obama’s approval rating have been running unusually high as compared to people’s assessments of how things are going in the country. He thinks this effect will be reduced somewhat by November 2012, but that it will still be a factor. Read More
Here’s some depressing news, from Wendell Cox on Joel Kotkin’s newgeography.com website: the federal government is still bent on inducing states and localities to spend untold billions on fixed rail transit projects. The case in point is metro Orlando, where the Federal Transit Administration is trying to get the locals to commit matching dollars to a “Sunrail” commuter rail system running parallel to Interstate 4. Read More
On Wednesday the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the appeal from federal District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling in a case brought by 26 states that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Courtroom observers will watch the oral argument closely; two of the three judges on the panel were appointed by Bill Clinton, one by George H. W. Bush. Read More
I have been appalled by the Obama administration’s obstinate insistence on spending $3.6 billion of stimulus on the high-speed rail project in California, and I become more appalled the more I learn about it. The latest report of the state Legislative Analyst’s Office makes clear that this is crazy. Read More
In a blogpost earlier today, I suggested that Barack Obama’s April 13 speech at George Washington University, in which he signaled that he would be in campaign rather than governing mode for the remainder of the 2012 campaign cycle, triggered the economic slowdown clearly indicated by the numbers that have been coming in this week. Read More
What started the economic downturn that has been so apparent in the economic statistics that have been coming out this week? A thought, inspired by Daniel Henninger’s column in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal: it was Barack Obama’s shameful April 13 speech at George Washington University, in which he failed to make any serious budget proposal and launched cheap shot attacks on Paul Ryan (who at Obama’s invitation was in the audience) and other Republicans. Read More
Is Paul Ryan thinking of running for president? I caught up with the House Budget Committee Chairman last night when he spoke at the Washington chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society at the St. Regis Hotel, three blocks north of the White House. Interestingly, Ryan spoke largely about foreign affairs. He began by noting our “unsustainable trajectory of government spending” and segued to foreign policy, citing Charles Krauthammer’s 2009 warning that “decline is a choice” and a choice we don’t have to and should not make. Read More
Government Executive reports that the cost of official time used by federal employees participating in union activities was up 7% between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2009. Total cost: $129 million. It looks like another payoff by the Obama administration to the unions which contributed $400 million to Democrats during the 2008 campaign cycle. Read More
“Unexpectedly,” as I noted in my Sunday Examiner column, is a word that often appears in mainstream media accounts of negative economic developments. Or “unexpected” or even “a real surprise.” Glenn Reynolds, the eagle-eyed Instapundit, has spotted yet another example. Read More
Illinois Democrats’ congressional redistricting map has been released; you can see the district lines on Read More
You’ll have a hard time finding it on the Washington Post’s website (it's not included with the other column that appeared in the print edition) but Democrat Matt Miller’s column in today’s Washington Post makes an interesting point: Democrats may be making a serious policy and political mistake in attacking the main mechanism—premium support—of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. Read More
If you want to see a place where the private sector in America has been booming and generating jobs, you should look at Texas. Read More
So Democrat Kathy Hochul has beaten Republican Jane Corwin 47%-43% in the New York 26th congressional district special election.
Many writers—both conservatives like my Examiner colleague Phil Klein, John McCormack of the Weekly Standard and Read More