Trump is back. Did anyone miss him?

Six weeks after leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump re-emerged Sunday onstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, to once again dispute the results of the last presidential election and to not-so-coyly hint he might run for another term in 2024. “Do you miss me yet?” he asked the crowd. The “we love you!” chants from attendees suggested that, yes, Trump’s supporters still support Trump. No surprise there. But it is fair to suspect that the broader American electorate has welcomed the former president’s absence. His national approval rating hit its low-point of 34 percent in the final week before he left office, after averaging just 41 percent… Read More

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What is opinion journalism?

Two years ago one of my oldest daughter’s friends asked what her father did for a living. “He listens to records in his office,” she confidently replied. This was not quite an exhaustive description of my duties. From her vantage point as a toddler, she could not distinguish between the physical space and the job usually performed in it. She might just as easily have gotten the impression that I am a professional viewer of Skip and Shannon Undisputed. How do I make my living, though? If I were asked to give a succinct description of my work (for that, believe it or not, is what writing four or five… Read More

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Trump still has the Republican Party by the throat

At least since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, Donald Trump has been extremely effective at dashing naïve hopes and expectations. Of course he’d be repudiated by Republican voters for his unorthodox message. Of course he’d fail to win his party’s nomination. Of course he’d lose his battle with Hillary Clinton for the presidency. Until, of course, he prevailed every time. On Sunday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump did it again — this time disabusing those who have hoped that early in the Biden administration the GOP would find itself embroiled in a civil war from which an anti-Trump faction might emerge,… Read More

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Democrats should take the Romney-Cotton proposal seriously

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah is making a credible bid to be the most significant policy entrepreneur of the Biden era. His first endeavor was a far-reaching plan to overhaul how America supports families with children, replacing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit with a much more generous, simpler, and more comprehensive monthly per-child allowance. While there has been some criticism over details of the plan (such as how it is paid for), the overwhelming tone of the response from the left has been extremely positive. And while fellow Republican senators like Marco Rubio and some conservative think-tankers have… Read More

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