Politicians respond to money, poll numbers, electoral strategy, and constant pressure from demanding supporters who care about results.
Thomas Friedman is worried that different classes seldom encounter one another in America. But he's got the causes all wrong.
A new book by Jim Manzi argues that more randomized control trials of government programs could measurably improve public policy outcomes.
A story about the candidate's high-school bullying antics tells us something about him, but we'll never know enough to make a full judgment.
There is plenty to criticize in President Obama's record, but it never comes up because so much time is spent on unhinged analysis.
Formulating a list is an interesting exercise. And it makes one thing clear: same sex marriage is nowhere near the top of the list.
The congresswoman released a statement saying, "I am proud of my allegiance to the greatest nation the world has ever known."
Without the ability to conceive of anything that is both plausible and dangerous, it's best to wish them well.
Senator Richard Lugar's steadiness is an asset in today's world. It's a lesson the Tea Party needs to learn.
Gay couples aren't going back in the closet. They're going to live together and raise families. If they wed, it strengthens conservative norms.
As new details emerge, the flaws in the earliest news stories are impossible to ignore.
There won't be any appeals to guys with confederate flags on their pickup trucks - just plenty of barbecue sauce and an official stock car.
Fighting the GOP establishment for influence is the only chance they have of drawing attention to their issues at convention time.
Over and over, the president tricks interest groups into thinking he's an ally, only to yank away the thing they desire.
His GOP critics often engage in bellicose rhetoric and harbor hawkish illusions. That doesn't make him a restrained realist.
When the government makes vague assertions anonymously, it serves political -- and not national security -- ends, so it's worth reserving judgment.
What if most of the effort put into winning news cycles is pointless or even counterproductive?
He has the most executive experience and the potential to win votes from conservatives and liberals.
Several conservative writers are heavily invested in arguing otherwise, but they don't have the facts on their side.
It's easy to imagine a hypothetical Muslim who doesn't fare well under either an Obama or a Romney presidency.