The First 100 Moderate Days

November 18, 2019

In my desperate search for a moderate Democratic candidate in whom I can have more confidence than the flailing former Joe Biden, I decided to look at what the various candidates are promising to d

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Why Aren’t the Democratic Presidential Candidates Pushing for Bold Change in the Middle East?

November 16, 2019

Even if the proposals of many Democratic candidates were implemented, little would change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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China Needs a New Ethos

November 14, 2019

For the last few decades the Chinese government has relied greatly on the legitimacy of affluence.

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There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra

November 12, 2019

Libra, Facebook’s proposed blockchain digital currency, is a horrible idea whose time should never come...

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What Should Donald Trump Really Be Impeached For?

November 10, 2019

Trump, like one of those defendants in a trial who arrogantly ignores the advice of his lawyers, is so sure that he has locked in a crucial part of the jury that he feels free to lash out at the process, and has so little self-control that he spills it all out.

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Does Israel Have Something to Fear from Donald Trump?

October 26, 2019

The Israelis are concerned that Trump will change his mind about supporting them in the same cavalier way that he switched his position with regard to the Kurds.

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Trump's Parting Gift: An Iran with Nuclear Weapons?

October 06, 2019

A nuclear-armed Iran is going to be one of Donald Trump’s going-away presents to the international community.

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‘Good’ vs ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Asia

September 23, 2019

Developments in India, Japan, and Hong Kong provide significant lessons for the intensive debate between those who view nationalism as inherently jingoistic and those who hold that nationalism can be civic.

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Facial Recognition Meets the Fourth Amendment Test

September 22, 2019

There may be no way to address the overarching fears all new surveillance technologies raise; however, major concerns can be addressed without slowing the use of facial recognition.

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Gun Control: Campaigning vs. Legislating

September 15, 2019

Much attention has been paid recently to the policy differences between moderate and progressive Democrats.

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How the European Union Lost Its Luster

September 14, 2019

Brexit is often depicted as driven by a wave of right-wing nationalism.

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America Should Debate Politics the Way Successful Couples Argue

September 10, 2019

A funny thing happened when I was road-testing the message of my new book, Reclaiming Patriotism, on a group of elected officials in a Washington, D.C. suburb.

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A Necessary Litmus Test Every Democratic Presidential Candidate Should Take

August 04, 2019

The Left has set several litmus tests for presidential candidates, to help sort the true progressives from the moderate liberals.

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Appeasing Iran Will Fail

August 02, 2019

On July 19, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran ordered a British oil tanker to change course and enter Iran’s territorial waters. The British tanker was escorted by a British frigate.

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Don't Ban Facial Recognition

July 25, 2019

At approximately 2:50 p.m. on April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding another 250.