Immigration

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...

Obama and the End of Decline

What is the point of Barack Obama's second term?A president who has been pondering that question for a while might find the best answers by consulting what just...

The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they're in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of...

Four More Years

The cheering supporters at his victory rally may still be hoarse, and his inauguration is three frosty months away. But Barack Obama has already secured the most...

Now for the Hard Part

With a narrow edge in the popular vote and a decisive victory in the Electoral College, President Barack Obama has secured a second term. His 2008 coalition of...

Obama Win Should Settle Argument

President Obama's re-election was at once a deeply personal triumph and a victory for the younger, highly diverse and broadly progressive America that rallied to...

How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing...

Bad Influence

Rep. Paul Ryan has long enjoyed a reputation as a wonk’s wonk. Here was a Republican politician happy to engage in substantive conversation about tax policy, debt,...
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