Real Clear Politics

Subscribe to Real Clear Politics feed
Updated: 8 hours 20 min ago

CNN Producer Caught on Tape Calling Russia Story BS

8 hours 41 min ago
James O'Keefe, Project Veritas
In a video released overnight by 'Project Veritas' founder James O'Keefe, CNN producer John Bonifield is caught on film admitting that the network's constant coverage of the Trump-Russia narrative is "mostly bullshit" and "the president is probably right to say [CNN] is witch-hunting [him]."

Replacing Obamacare a Make-or-Break Moment for GOP

9 hours 29 min ago
Hugh Hewitt, Wash Post
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) threw himself off a political cliff last week when he declared full-throated opposition to the Senate version of the Obamacare repeal bill, and it remains to be seen if Heller is hanging by a limb out of sight and can climb back to electoral sanity or has hit rock bottom in his public career.

The Senate's Health-Care Hour

9 hours 48 min ago

Russia Scandal & Watergate Look More Similar by the Day

9 hours 49 min ago
Michelle Goldberg, Slate
The implosion of a presidency isn't necessarily obvious as it's happening.

Fast & Furious Whistleblower Became an 'Enemy of the State'

9 hours 50 min ago
Sharyl Attkisson, TDS
The congressional probe into Fast and Furious is one of the longest in history.

Lessons for Democrats From the Georgia Election

9 hours 51 min ago
Jon Ossoff, Washington Post
On Nov. 9, Americans awakened to a startling reality: In the absence of broad, enduring citizen engagement, the door is left open for darkness to creep in and gain a foothold in our democracy.

Tom Cotton Playing Health-Care Cards Close to Vest

9 hours 51 min ago
James Arkin, RealClearPolitics
Sen. Tom Cotton is holding his health care cards close to his chest.

Fancy Names for Left-Wing Anti-Semitism

10 hours 45 min ago
Charles Lipson, RealClearPolitics
It was a Chicago weekend filled with gay pride events, with friends and families cheering on the marchers. But a dark cloud loomed over one event. When some lesbians showed up at the “Dyke March” with banners that included a Star of David, they were booted out.

Are Illinois & Puerto Rico Our Future?

10 hours 48 min ago
Pat Buchanan, The American Conservative
If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by Friday, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status.

Let Consumers Repeal Obamacare

10 hours 50 min ago
Robert Pollock, RealClearPolitics
Obamacare was sold on a lie (“you can keep your doctor”) and built on a regressive tax known as the individual mandate. It has created untold anxiety for some of the most vulnerable among us, who have watched premiums skyrocket and insurance plans canceled. Too many Americans now live in locations with only one Obamacare plan on offer. Soon there will be locations with none.

Planned Parenthood Still Believes It Can Win the Culture War

10 hours 54 min ago
Emma Green, Atlantic
The United States Congress is trying hard to defund Planned Parenthood, once and for all. For a period of one year, the proposed American Health Care Act would prohibit federal funds from going to non-profit organizations that provide family-planning services, including abortions, and get more than $350 million in reimbursements under Medicaid, which provides health insurance to the poor, the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. When the Congressional Budget Office evaluated this clause of the bill, it “identified only one organization that would be affected:...

Can't Any Democrat Find a Message That Works?

10 hours 55 min ago
Wesley Pruden, Washington Times
Some discerning Democrats are at last telling the party chiefs that the party has no message to take to the hustings next year. That may be a misreading of the stars, Nancy Pelosi's horoscope and Chuck Schumer's tea leaves.

A Vote of Conscience and Courage

10 hours 56 min ago
David Leonhardt, New York Times
Senators entered politics with high ideals. The health care vote presents them with a career-defining decision.

Free the Obamacare 15 Million

Mon, 2017-06-26 22:01
Doug Badger, National Review Online
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today warned lawmakers that 15 million people will lose medical coverage next year if the Senate GOP's health-care bill becomes law. That's not quite accurate. CBO doesn't believe that millions will lose their insurance in 2018. Instead, the agency thinks that millions will happily cancel their coverage — even those who get it for free. The reason: The Senate bill would repeal the Obamacare tax penalty on the uninsured, known as the individual mandate. Supporters of Obamacare proclaim that the law has reduced the number of people who lack coverage....

Seattle's Painful Lesson on Road to a $15 Minimum Wage

Mon, 2017-06-26 22:01
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg
The experiment has hurt low-wage workers, cutting their earnings by $125 a month.

The National Enquirer's Fervor for Trump

Mon, 2017-06-26 22:01
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker
Every Wednesday afternoon, in a windowless conference room in an office building at the tip of lower Manhattan, David Pecker decides what will be on the cover of the following week’s National Enquirer. Pecker is the longtime chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns most of the nation’s supermarket tabloids and gossip magazines, including the Star, the Globe, the Examiner, and OK!, as well as the flagship Enquirer. Pecker’s tabloids have few subscribers and minimal advertising. Virtually all their revenue comes from impulse purchases at the checkout counter. A...

Anthony Kennedy, Culture Warrior

Mon, 2017-06-26 22:01
William McGurn, Wall Street Journal