Category: Real Clear Politics

When Normality Became Abnormal

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Donald Trump is many things. But one thing he is not is a defender of the 2009-2016 status quo and accepted progressive convention. Since 2017, everything has been in flux. Lots of past conventional assumptions of the…

Russiagate Is No Watergate

X Story Stream recent articles “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump. But what strikes this…

Tariff Man Has Opened a Pandora’s Box

By threatening Mexico with punitive tariffs unless it halts the flow of migrants traveling to the United States from Central America, President Donald Trump has done more than inject more absurdity into the news cycle. He has jeopardized the entire…

The Deficit in Media Questioning

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Trade secret: We in the news media often hate the media, too. I had such a moment Tuesday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s annual summit when CNN senior congressional respondent Manu Raju…

Taking On Tehran

Forty years after the revolution that ousted the Shah, Iran’s unique political-religious system and government appears strong enough to withstand US pressure and to ride out the country’s current economic difficulties. So how should the US minimize the risks to…

Why Did Democrats Pay for the Steele Dossier?

X Story Stream recent articles The selective outrage from the left surrounding foreign interference in U.S. elections is beyond hypocritical — it’s absurd. Take President Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday. When asked by the TV anchor if…

Is the Iran-U.S. Tinderbox About to Ignite?

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from the two tankers that were struck Thursday. It was the dramatic imagery that sometimes…