Immigration

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

Is the Partisan Ice Breaking?

Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up.It is common in politics to assume that...

When Republicans Were Problem-Solvers

We interrupt this highly partisan and ideological moment with some contrarian news: President Obama is not the only politician who thinks that expanding access to...

Obama: The Audacity of Freedom

President Obama is a freer man than he has been at any point in his presidency. He is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that...

Rebranding vs. Rethinking

Rebranding is trendy in the Republican Party.Rep. Eric Cantor gave a major speech on Tuesday to advance the effort. Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the GOP to stop being...

Common Ground?

It was unthinkable, only three short months ago, that Washington’s long-estranged lawmakers would suddenly find themselves entranced by feel-good bipartisanship,...

The New Politics of Immigration

Think back to the battle over health care reform. Can you imagine Republicans, upon hearing that President Obama was about to offer his own proposals, would want to...

Hidden in Plain Sight

We didn’t cross the border; the border crossed us!” This wry Mexican-American refrain serves as a reminder that the Hispanic presence in what is now the United...

Reagan Is Obama's Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don't look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln. Obama's role model is Ronald Reagan -- and that...

Second Act

Barack Hussein Obama can begin his second term liberated by the confidence that he is already a landmark figure in American history. His task is not to manufacture...

The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser. Winners feel confirmed in staying the course they're on....

Hiding the Church's Treasure

To say that the Belle Harbor neighborhood on New York City's Rockaway Peninsula was slammed by Hurricane Sandy understates the case. Like many other parts of the...
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