First Principles

Clinton began her campaign by denouncing the big money flowing into politics. That just got a lot harder for her to talk about.

April 24 2015 3:26 PMBill Clinton’s High PriceThe former president would be an enormous asset to a Hillary Clinton administration. But it comes at a cost.
April 22 2015 4:21 PMThe Fight Against 15Increasing the minimum wage so dramatically will damage the economic prospects of millions of vulnerable people.
April 22 2015 2:45 PMThe Bloomberg Poll on GOP Support for Israel Isn’t Anti-SemiticIt just tells the uncomfortable truth. 
April 20 2015 8:23 PMSenators Need Not ApplyDo Republicans really think governors make better presidents?
April 17 2015 12:45 PMHail to the ChiefRepublicans haven’t just rejected President Obama. They have adopted Benjamin Netanyahu as their leader.
April 15 2015 7:20 PMThe Irony Is Rich Hillary Clinton might be progressives’ best hope at campaign finance reform.  
April 14 2015 7:55 PMManufacturing AuthenticityWhat Hillary Clinton has going for her that other candidates don’t.
April 14 2015 9:29 AMBig TalkerMarco Rubio’s candidacy—much like Obama’s—will rest on the power of words.
April 13 2015 4:53 PMWhat the GOP Doesn’t Get About Latino VotersThey care more about economics than immigration.
April 12 2015 7:22 PMHillary Clinton’s Opening PitchHer presidential announcement offered warmth, hope, and a champion for “everyday Americans.”
April 8 2015 2:53 PMBroken Taillight PolicingWhen cops stop black drivers for minor traffic violations, it’s often a pretext for something more sinister.
April 8 2015 3:45 AMMichigan’s Missile DefenseThe state’s politicians want it to be home to the next site in our nation’s anti-missile shield. They’ll say anything for a $3.6 billion boondoggle.
April 7 2015 5:09 PMFired UpRand Paul is running Obama’s presidential campaign all over again.
April 7 2015 3:21 AMRahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for ChicagoThe hassles and dangers of living in the new global city.
April 2 2015 7:04 PMStages of DenialThe various ways GOP presidential hopefuls do not believe in climate change.
April 22 2015 5:09 PMScott Walker’s Anti-Immigration EpiphanyThe Wisconsin governor’s new position against legal immigration could have huge implications for the GOP race.
April 22 2015 3:01 PMJeb the DestroyerJeb Bush is tearing down what little campaign finance law we have left.
April 21 2015 5:02 PMBurying BillWhy Hillary Clinton must turn her back on parts of her husband’s political legacy to win in 2016.
April 20 2015 8:23 PMPopping the QuestionAdvice to Republican presidential candidates on how to answer the question, “Would you attend a gay wedding?”
April 16 2015 2:51 PMHillary Clinton’s Bad Campaign Finance IdeasShe’s right that money in politics is a problem. But suggesting a constitutional amendment is foolish.
April 15 2015 7:00 PMObama’s Gift to Hillary ClintonNo modern-day president has left his potential successor a less scandal-plagued legacy than Barack Obama. 
April 14 2015 6:54 PMForeign SaboteursWhen it comes to a Democratic president’s foreign policy, Republicans often side with America’s enemies.
April 13 2015 6:10 PMMr. Runner-UpIt’s not that Sen. Marco Rubio can’t win. It’s that he’s almost no one’s first choice for the top job.
April 12 2015 8:25 PMThe Indispensable Hillary ClintonWhy she is more vital to the future of the Democratic Party than even Democrats realize.
April 10 2015 7:05 PMRand Paul’s First TestIf he can’t beat his father’s numbers in the Iowa caucus, he’s toast.
April 8 2015 8:15 AMParty With PaulRand Paul says he’s the Republican best suited to win over young voters. There’s no evidence he’s right.
April 7 2015 6:55 PMA Rand for All SeasonsThe Kentucky senator thinks he can appeal to every kind of Republican. It won’t work.
April 7 2015 1:46 PMRand Paul Will Not Be the GOP NomineeRepublicans aren’t nearly as libertarian as his supporters wish they were.
April 6 2015 6:01 PMSocial Security Is Having a MomentUntil recently, Democrats were willing to bargain on entitlements. Here’s how Social Security expansion became a liberal cause again.
April 2 2015 1:16 PMThe Presidential Job ApplicationSeven questions we should ask anyone who wants to be president.