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OPINION: David Shribman

David Shribman's weekly National Perspective column takes a decidedly apolitical view of American politics. Mixing historical analysis with his keen journalistic insight, Shribman makes sense of the chaotic world of Washington, D.C. Covering everything from health care to presidential history, Shribman's National Perspective is a must-read for anyone who wants an unvarnished take on the state of the U.S. government.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The mysteries of American political philosophy

    SHRIBMAN | The mysteries of American political philosophy

    Monday, May 22 2017 9:12 AM EDT2017-05-22 13:12:59 GMT

    In no country in the civilized world is less attention paid to philosophy than in the United States.

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    In no country in the civilized world is less attention paid to philosophy than in the United States.

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  • SHRIBMAN | When history is set in stone

    SHRIBMAN | When history is set in stone

    Monday, May 15 2017 7:22 AM EDT2017-05-15 11:22:54 GMT

    Fights over the past have always been part of the present.

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    Fights over the past have always been part of the present.

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  • SHRIBMAN | It's the end of politics as we know it

    SHRIBMAN | It's the end of politics as we know it

    Monday, May 8 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-05-08 13:49:04 GMT

    The prize for the most important book with the most misleading title might go to "The End of Liberalism," published in 1969 by Theodore J. Lowi, who died less than three months ago. In the second edition of that book, published 10 years after it first was released, the Cornell political scientist sets forth in 11 enigmatic words why he once was named by his peers as the most influential political scientist in the country:

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    The prize for the most important book with the most misleading title might go to "The End of Liberalism," published in 1969 by Theodore J. Lowi, who died less than three months ago. In the second edition of that book, published 10 years after it first was released, the Cornell political scientist sets forth in 11 enigmatic words why he once was named by his peers as the most influential political scientist in the country:

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  • SHRIBMAN | In our era of despair, history offers counsel

    SHRIBMAN | In our era of despair, history offers counsel

    Monday, May 1 2017 8:58 AM EDT2017-05-01 12:58:41 GMT

    A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions

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    A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions

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  • SHRIBMAN | Expo 67's lasting impact

    SHRIBMAN | Expo 67's lasting impact

    Saturday, April 22 2017 12:01 AM EDT2017-04-22 04:01:10 GMT

    If you were looking for a place to explore how the world has changed in the past half-century, you could do worse than venture here and contemplate the glory that was Expo 67, perhaps the greatest World's Fair of the 20th century and certainly the most popular.

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    If you were looking for a place to explore how the world has changed in the past half-century, you could do worse than venture here and contemplate the glory that was Expo 67, perhaps the greatest World's Fair of the 20th century and certainly the most popular.

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  • SHRIBMAN | When the new frontier burned bright

    SHRIBMAN | When the new frontier burned bright

    Monday, April 10 2017 7:02 AM EDT2017-04-10 11:02:34 GMT

    Thursday morning they trooped to a Virginia hillside, speckled with white monuments standing out against the gray April skies, to reflect on, to salute, and then, with a bugler's sad tattoo, to bury the New Frontier.

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    Thursday morning they trooped to a Virginia hillside, speckled with white monuments standing out against the gray April skies, to reflect on, to salute, and then, with a bugler's sad tattoo, to bury the New Frontier.

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  • SHRIBMAN | What Woodrow Wilson set in motion

    SHRIBMAN | What Woodrow Wilson set in motion

    Monday, April 3 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-04-03 11:40:55 GMT

    The American president was a romantic, a visionary, even a Utopian. He was not without flaws; his racial views were offensive for his time, repugnant for ours. But he believed in human rights and the sanctity of human life.

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    The American president was a romantic, a visionary, even a Utopian. He was not without flaws; his racial views were offensive for his time, repugnant for ours. But he believed in human rights and the sanctity of human life.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Enduring divisions are the price of power

    SHRIBMAN | Enduring divisions are the price of power

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:22 AM EDT2017-03-28 14:22:14 GMT

    Republicans spent much of last week struggling with one another over details of the measure to overturn and replace Obamacare. House members looked warily across the Capitol to their Senate Republican colleagues, knowing that the handiwork in one chamber will be unacceptable in the other.

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    Republicans spent much of last week struggling with one another over details of the measure to overturn and replace Obamacare. House members looked warily across the Capitol to their Senate Republican colleagues, knowing that the handiwork in one chamber will be unacceptable in the other.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Another great upheaval

    SHRIBMAN | Another great upheaval

    Monday, March 20 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-03-20 12:06:18 GMT

    We are in a historic period not only of transformation but also of national introspection. We think this is an era of invective and insult, and there is some truth to that. But underneath the anger -- beyond the shouts -- are serious questions about the way our society and culture are structured, and about the nature and use of power.

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    We are in a historic period not only of transformation but also of national introspection. We think this is an era of invective and insult, and there is some truth to that. But underneath the anger -- beyond the shouts -- are serious questions about the way our society and culture are structured, and about the nature and use of power.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The transferable skill of military service

    SHRIBMAN | The transferable skill of military service

    Saturday, March 11 2017 12:01 AM EST2017-03-11 05:01:11 GMT

    When Johnny comes marching home again, he sometimes runs for Congress. Jeannie, too.

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    When Johnny comes marching home again, he sometimes runs for Congress. Jeannie, too.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Russian Revolution, still turning

    SHRIBMAN | The Russian Revolution, still turning

    Monday, March 6 2017 8:49 AM EST2017-03-06 13:49:32 GMT

    The Russian Revolution was a significant event, but not in the way its founders expected or wanted.

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    The Russian Revolution was a significant event, but not in the way its founders expected or wanted.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Great Disrupter

    SHRIBMAN | The Great Disrupter

    Saturday, February 25 2017 12:01 AM EST2017-02-25 05:01:42 GMT

    If the early controversies of the Reagan administration are any indication -- the contretemps over whether the Agriculture Department should count ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches and whether Interior Secretary James Watt's view that Americans should "occupy the land until Jesus returns" was national policy -- the current furors swirling around the Trump administration are mere distractions. 

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    If the early controversies of the Reagan administration are any indication -- the contretemps over whether the Agriculture Department should count ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches and whether Interior Secretary James Watt's view that Americans should "occupy the land until Jesus returns" was national policy -- the current furors swirling around the Trump administration are mere distractions. 

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  • SHRIBMAN | Metaphors gone wild

    SHRIBMAN | Metaphors gone wild

    Monday, February 20 2017 8:21 AM EST2017-02-20 13:21:58 GMT

    The truth is that Trump -- so formidable a figure in the United States today that he makes mixed metaphors unavoidable -- is a giant celestial body in the political universe, warping the orbits of the other planets.

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    The truth is that Trump -- so formidable a figure in the United States today that he makes mixed metaphors unavoidable -- is a giant celestial body in the political universe, warping the orbits of the other planets.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Advice and Consent -- or Combat?

    SHRIBMAN | Advice and Consent -- or Combat?

    Monday, February 13 2017 7:33 AM EST2017-02-13 12:33:20 GMT

    Without issuing an opinion -- no ruling on school desegregation, no decision on abortion rights -- the Supreme Court is at the center of perhaps its gravest constitutional crisis in eight decades.

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    Without issuing an opinion -- no ruling on school desegregation, no decision on abortion rights -- the Supreme Court is at the center of perhaps its gravest constitutional crisis in eight decades.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Governing in fraught times

    SHRIBMAN | Governing in fraught times

    Monday, February 6 2017 7:25 AM EST2017-02-06 12:25:32 GMT

    Donald J. Trump is the fifth person to lose the popular vote but win the presidency.

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    Donald J. Trump is the fifth person to lose the popular vote but win the presidency.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Donald Trump, Party of One

    SHRIBMAN | Donald Trump, Party of One

    Monday, January 30 2017 7:14 AM EST2017-01-30 12:14:37 GMT

    Trump may be a member of the Republican Party, but he doesn't really belong there. He is surely not a Johnson Democrat. In the end, he may deserve the label of America's first Independent president.

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    Trump may be a member of the Republican Party, but he doesn't really belong there. He is surely not a Johnson Democrat. In the end, he may deserve the label of America's first Independent president.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Presidential images, a work in progress

    SHRIBMAN | Presidential images, a work in progress

    Monday, January 16 2017 7:39 AM EST2017-01-16 12:39:15 GMT

    No one doubts that Trump intends to be himself as president of the United States. But the question remains whether Trump will conform to public expectations of the presidency or whether his supporters expect that he will alter expectations of the office.

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    No one doubts that Trump intends to be himself as president of the United States. But the question remains whether Trump will conform to public expectations of the presidency or whether his supporters expect that he will alter expectations of the office.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Presidents end up with just one label

    SHRIBMAN | Presidents end up with just one label

    Monday, January 9 2017 8:28 AM EST2017-01-09 13:28:31 GMT

    We tend to distill presidencies into easily digestible notions, one per president, almost as if administrations were bumper stickers.

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    We tend to distill presidencies into easily digestible notions, one per president, almost as if administrations were bumper stickers.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The 2017 Fresh-Start Guidebook

    SHRIBMAN | The 2017 Fresh-Start Guidebook

    Monday, January 2 2017 9:52 AM EST2017-01-02 14:52:34 GMT

    New year, new president, new administration, new challenges.

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    New year, new president, new administration, new challenges.

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  • SHRIBMAN | A Revealing Election

    SHRIBMAN | A Revealing Election

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 7:50 AM EST2016-12-27 12:50:16 GMT

    More Americans voted for conservative-oriented candidates than for liberal-oriented candidates.

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    More Americans voted for conservative-oriented candidates than for liberal-oriented candidates.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Complexities and Contradictions

    SHRIBMAN | Complexities and Contradictions

    Monday, December 19 2016 8:14 AM EST2016-12-19 13:14:38 GMT

    America has seldom seen a president so full of contradictions as the one who takes office a month from now.

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    America has seldom seen a president so full of contradictions as the one who takes office a month from now.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Outposts of Transformation

    SHRIBMAN | Outposts of Transformation

    Monday, December 12 2016 7:27 AM EST2016-12-12 12:27:14 GMT

    Of all the landmarks of high tech -- the Menlo Park lab where Thomas Edison perfected a marketable incandescent light bulb, the Palo Alto garage where Hewlett-Packard's audio oscillator was developed, the Harvard dormitory where Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook -- none is as unlikely as the ragged shoreline of the remote fishing village of Hearts Content, where 150 years ago the Old World and the New were connected by an underwater trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

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    Of all the landmarks of high tech -- the Menlo Park lab where Thomas Edison perfected a marketable incandescent light bulb, the Palo Alto garage where Hewlett-Packard's audio oscillator was developed, the Harvard dormitory where Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook -- none is as unlikely as the ragged shoreline of the remote fishing village of Hearts Content, where 150 years ago the Old World and the New were connected by an underwater trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history

    SHRIBMAN | Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history

    Monday, December 5 2016 9:22 AM EST2016-12-05 14:22:02 GMT

    More than a half-century ago, in the dark November days after the Kennedy assassination, White House officials set the date for members of Lyndon B. Johnson's family to move from their home in Washington's Spring Valley into the executive mansion: Dec. 7, 1963. Lady Bird Johnson was aghast

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    More than a half-century ago, in the dark November days after the Kennedy assassination, White House officials set the date for members of Lyndon B. Johnson's family to move from their home in Washington's Spring Valley into the executive mansion: Dec. 7, 1963. Lady Bird Johnson was aghast

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  • SHRIBMAN | Scaling the Presidentials

    SHRIBMAN | Scaling the Presidentials

    Monday, November 28 2016 9:04 AM EST2016-11-28 14:04:36 GMT

    What does it mean to be presidential? To be as unassailable as George Washington? As philosophical as Thomas Jefferson? As firm yet as gentle as Lincoln? As joyful as Theodore Roosevelt, or as wily as his distant cousin Franklin? As intellectual as Woodrow Wilson, or as earthy as Harry Truman? As quietly wise as Dwight Eisenhower? As inspirational as John F. Kennedy? Or Ronald Reagan?

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    What does it mean to be presidential? To be as unassailable as George Washington? As philosophical as Thomas Jefferson? As firm yet as gentle as Lincoln? As joyful as Theodore Roosevelt, or as wily as his distant cousin Franklin? As intellectual as Woodrow Wilson, or as earthy as Harry Truman? As quietly wise as Dwight Eisenhower? As inspirational as John F. Kennedy? Or Ronald Reagan?

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  • SHRIBMAN | How Canada Will Get Along With the Trump Reality

    SHRIBMAN | How Canada Will Get Along With the Trump Reality

    Monday, November 21 2016 7:38 AM EST2016-11-21 12:38:51 GMT

    Put aside your preconceptions about NAFTA for just a moment. And your assumptions about Canada, too. Look across the border and you'll find that the Canadians want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement also.

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    Put aside your preconceptions about NAFTA for just a moment. And your assumptions about Canada, too. Look across the border and you'll find that the Canadians want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement also.

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  • SHRIBMAN | President Donald Trump

    SHRIBMAN | President Donald Trump

    Monday, November 14 2016 7:53 AM EST2016-11-14 12:53:51 GMT

    An American original -- a casino and real estate magnate with an uncanny ability to read the public mood and an unerring ability to discern his rivals' vulnerabilities -- Trump now takes on his biggest task

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    An American original -- a casino and real estate magnate with an uncanny ability to read the public mood and an unerring ability to discern his rivals' vulnerabilities -- Trump now takes on his biggest task

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Rebellion of 2016

    SHRIBMAN | The Rebellion of 2016

    Monday, November 7 2016 8:24 AM EST2016-11-07 13:24:02 GMT

    This has been the year of living rebelliously.

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    This has been the year of living rebelliously.

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  • SHRIBMAN | A year of disruption and dismay

    SHRIBMAN | A year of disruption and dismay

    Monday, October 24 2016 8:29 AM EDT2016-10-24 12:29:50 GMT

    Now, finally, there is a logic -- a strategic and even ideological rationale -- for a presidential campaign that has shattered all the assumptions of logic, all the strategic and ideological precedents, of our politics. 

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    Now, finally, there is a logic -- a strategic and even ideological rationale -- for a presidential campaign that has shattered all the assumptions of logic, all the strategic and ideological precedents, of our politics. 

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  • SHRIBMAN | Trump's 'October Surprise'

    SHRIBMAN | Trump's 'October Surprise'

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 7:19 AM EDT2016-10-11 11:19:42 GMT

    No one expected the "October Surprise" of the 2016 campaign to be a video with a member of the Bush family recorded on his way to a cameo in a soap opera. Nor did anyone expect the second presidential debate to take on the air of pro wrestling.

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    No one expected the "October Surprise" of the 2016 campaign to be a video with a member of the Bush family recorded on his way to a cameo in a soap opera. Nor did anyone expect the second presidential debate to take on the air of pro wrestling.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Fighting for one vote in small-town Maine

    SHRIBMAN | Fighting for one vote in small-town Maine

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 7:14 AM EDT2016-10-11 11:14:43 GMT

    Far-flung Maine communities, ordinarily not even afterthoughts in a presidential election, are at the center of the battle for the White House because of a peculiar wrinkle in a 1972 Maine law that awards a single electoral vote to the candidate who wins this congressional district, which is nearly as large as the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

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    Far-flung Maine communities, ordinarily not even afterthoughts in a presidential election, are at the center of the battle for the White House because of a peculiar wrinkle in a 1972 Maine law that awards a single electoral vote to the candidate who wins this congressional district, which is nearly as large as the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Turmoil in New Hampshire

    SHRIBMAN | Turmoil in New Hampshire

    Monday, October 3 2016 7:31 AM EDT2016-10-03 11:31:54 GMT

    All indicators show that New Hampshire is absolutely critical to Mr. Trump winning the White House. Without the Granite State's 4 electoral votes, things don't look good.

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    All indicators show that New Hampshire is absolutely critical to Mr. Trump winning the White House. Without the Granite State's 4 electoral votes, things don't look good.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Expect hardball Monday night

    SHRIBMAN | Expect hardball Monday night

    Monday, September 26 2016 8:14 AM EDT2016-09-26 12:14:23 GMT

    Throw away your images of presidential debates -- the earnest exchanges over foreign policy and the economy, the canned laugh lines and scripted expressions of scorn, even the choreographed bonhomie at the beginning and end of these televised sessions. Monday night's confrontation will reflect the disruptive forces in politics that each nominee personifies.

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    Throw away your images of presidential debates -- the earnest exchanges over foreign policy and the economy, the canned laugh lines and scripted expressions of scorn, even the choreographed bonhomie at the beginning and end of these televised sessions. Monday night's confrontation will reflect the disruptive forces in politics that each nominee personifies.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Voters Demand Change (Just Not Too Much)

    SHRIBMAN | Voters Demand Change (Just Not Too Much)

    Monday, September 19 2016 7:19 AM EDT2016-09-19 11:19:00 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA -- In an era of virulently contrary characters, in an election of eerie contradictions, one contradiction involving contrary characters not only stands out but also defines our time and our November choice. This is it: The 2016 campaign is a struggle for the hearts of voters who are at once desperate for change -- and satisfied with their well-being. It is an electorate that is impatient with America's leadership -- even as it is highly supportive of America's leader. I...

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    PHILADELPHIA -- In an era of virulently contrary characters, in an election of eerie contradictions, one contradiction involving contrary characters not only stands out but also defines our time and our November choice. This is it: The 2016 campaign is a struggle for the hearts of voters who are at once desperate for change -- and satisfied with their well-being. It is an electorate that is impatient with America's leadership -- even as it is highly supportive of America's leader. I...

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  • SHRIBMAN | This Year I Wrote You a Letter

    SHRIBMAN | This Year I Wrote You a Letter

    Monday, September 12 2016 8:16 AM EDT2016-09-12 12:16:24 GMT

    Since you've been gone, we've had a black president and same-sex marriages, both unimaginable when last we spoke.

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    Since you've been gone, we've had a black president and same-sex marriages, both unimaginable when last we spoke.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Experience vs. Vision: The Presidential Paradox

    SHRIBMAN | Experience vs. Vision: The Presidential Paradox

    Monday, August 29 2016 8:20 AM EDT2016-08-29 12:20:13 GMT

    The analysis you hear everywhere is that this is an extraordinary election, a departure from the ordinary, staking out new ground in American political history.

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    The analysis you hear everywhere is that this is an extraordinary election, a departure from the ordinary, staking out new ground in American political history.

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  • SHRIBMAN | At the GOP, a wardrobe change

    SHRIBMAN | At the GOP, a wardrobe change

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 7:30 AM EDT2016-08-23 11:30:48 GMT

    Now that the Republican Party is in an important transition, how well does its new identity fit?

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    Now that the Republican Party is in an important transition, how well does its new identity fit?

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  • SHRIBMAN | The old-school, pragmatic politics of millennials

    SHRIBMAN | The old-school, pragmatic politics of millennials

    Monday, August 15 2016 7:30 AM EDT2016-08-15 11:30:30 GMT

    There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when everything about the baby boomers -- their cultural identity, their sex lives, their voting patterns -- was chewed over in the public prints and on television.

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    There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when everything about the baby boomers -- their cultural identity, their sex lives, their voting patterns -- was chewed over in the public prints and on television.

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  • SHRIBMAN | An election that moves U.S. off all its moorings

    SHRIBMAN | An election that moves U.S. off all its moorings

    Monday, August 8 2016 10:14 AM EDT2016-08-08 14:14:49 GMT

    Every American election since 1932, with the exception of 1960, has provided a choice between a liberal candidate and a conservative opponent.

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    Every American election since 1932, with the exception of 1960, has provided a choice between a liberal candidate and a conservative opponent.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Tectonic plates are on the move

    SHRIBMAN | Tectonic plates are on the move

    Tuesday, August 2 2016 7:45 AM EDT2016-08-02 11:45:45 GMT

    Trump and Sanders have transformed their parties and American politics

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    Trump and Sanders have transformed their parties and American politics

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  • SHRIBMAN | Will Trump be Trump?

    SHRIBMAN | Will Trump be Trump?

    Thursday, July 21 2016 7:23 AM EDT2016-07-21 11:23:44 GMT

    He is a candidate more comfortable with talking points than with a written text. He has more diagnoses than prescriptions. He wanders from topics to tropes, from parries to thrusts, from analyses to anecdotes. He is the master of the slogan -- and, his critics are swift to point out, the slippery fact.

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    He is a candidate more comfortable with talking points than with a written text. He has more diagnoses than prescriptions. He wanders from topics to tropes, from parries to thrusts, from analyses to anecdotes. He is the master of the slogan -- and, his critics are swift to point out, the slippery fact.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Trump Transformation

    SHRIBMAN | The Trump Transformation

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 7:24 AM EDT2016-07-20 11:24:59 GMT

    Donald Trump has the potential to change everything -- the presidency, the way aspiring nominees campaign for the job, and the Republican Party itself, which this year is celebrating its 160th birthday and is older than both the Canadian Liberal Party and the British Labor Party. 

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    Donald Trump has the potential to change everything -- the presidency, the way aspiring nominees campaign for the job, and the Republican Party itself, which this year is celebrating its 160th birthday and is older than both the Canadian Liberal Party and the British Labor Party. 

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  • SHRIBMAN | Cleveland Conundrums

    SHRIBMAN | Cleveland Conundrums

    Monday, July 18 2016 10:36 AM EDT2016-07-18 14:36:24 GMT

    Cleveland provides the stage for large questions that the GOP convention presents. 

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    Cleveland provides the stage for large questions that the GOP convention presents. 

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  • SHRIBMAN | Experiments in Republicanism

    SHRIBMAN | Experiments in Republicanism

    Monday, July 11 2016 7:25 AM EDT2016-07-11 11:25:14 GMT

    For nearly a quarter-century on Capitol Hill, eight months in the vice presidency and two and a half years in the White House, Ford personified a certain strain of Republicanism, wary of big government but willing to use it to assure the rights of minorities, stingy at home but generous abroad, willing to play the partisan but also willing to play 18 holes with his party rivals.

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    For nearly a quarter-century on Capitol Hill, eight months in the vice presidency and two and a half years in the White House, Ford personified a certain strain of Republicanism, wary of big government but willing to use it to assure the rights of minorities, stingy at home but generous abroad, willing to play the partisan but also willing to play 18 holes with his party rivals.

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  • SHRIBMAN | United States Inc.

    SHRIBMAN | United States Inc.

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 8:00 AM EDT2016-07-05 12:00:23 GMT

    The United States began as a political movement, but won global power as a result of business acumen and accomplishment.

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    The United States began as a political movement, but won global power as a result of business acumen and accomplishment.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Trump voters hold firm

    SHRIBMAN | Trump voters hold firm

    Monday, June 27 2016 8:08 AM EDT2016-06-27 12:08:46 GMT

    What happens when the veteran pollster Peter D. Hart invites 11 blue-collar and service-industry voters into a downtown office suite here and bids them to talk politics?

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    What happens when the veteran pollster Peter D. Hart invites 11 blue-collar and service-industry voters into a downtown office suite here and bids them to talk politics?

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  • SHRIBMAN | Vitriol and Rebellion

    SHRIBMAN | Vitriol and Rebellion

    Monday, June 20 2016 7:42 AM EDT2016-06-20 11:42:14 GMT

    The race for the White House is entering a new, vital phase.

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    The race for the White House is entering a new, vital phase.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The three questions that still nag

    SHRIBMAN | The three questions that still nag

    Tuesday, June 14 2016 7:37 AM EDT2016-06-14 11:37:51 GMT

    Last week's presidential primaries from New Jersey to California seemed to settle the big questions in this phase of the race to the White House.

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    Last week's presidential primaries from New Jersey to California seemed to settle the big questions in this phase of the race to the White House.

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  • SHRIBMAN | This election might realign parties, ideologies and customs

    SHRIBMAN | This election might realign parties, ideologies and customs

    Monday, May 23 2016 7:34 AM EDT2016-05-23 11:34:40 GMT

    For months the American election was about personal advantage. Could insults drive political rivals out of the race?

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    For months the American election was about personal advantage. Could insults drive political rivals out of the race?

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  • SHRIBMAN | Finding divinity in empty spaces

    SHRIBMAN | Finding divinity in empty spaces

    Monday, May 16 2016 8:15 AM EDT2016-05-16 12:15:19 GMT

    We sometimes roll our eyes at the mention of Canada, thinking of it as a bleak, cold and empty place, and the vast territory that sits above the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton mostly is. But step inside a gallery of the much-ignored paintings of Lawren Harris, and your eyes won't roll so much as they will open -- open to a place bleak, cold and empty.

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    We sometimes roll our eyes at the mention of Canada, thinking of it as a bleak, cold and empty place, and the vast territory that sits above the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton mostly is. But step inside a gallery of the much-ignored paintings of Lawren Harris, and your eyes won't roll so much as they will open -- open to a place bleak, cold and empty.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Battle of Opposites

    SHRIBMAN | Battle of Opposites

    Monday, May 9 2016 7:18 AM EDT2016-05-09 11:18:23 GMT

    Seldom have Americans faced an autumn decision between two candidates so different in background, outlook, personality, instinct and character as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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    Seldom have Americans faced an autumn decision between two candidates so different in background, outlook, personality, instinct and character as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Commanding victories set up the end game

    SHRIBMAN | Commanding victories set up the end game

    Monday, May 2 2016 7:23 AM EDT2016-05-02 11:23:42 GMT

    With victories in a string of Eastern states, including the industrial-and-agrarian empire of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took giant steps toward their respective presidential nominations Tuesday night.

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    With victories in a string of Eastern states, including the industrial-and-agrarian empire of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took giant steps toward their respective presidential nominations Tuesday night.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Winners with high negatives

    SHRIBMAN | Winners with high negatives

    Monday, April 25 2016 10:02 AM EDT2016-04-25 14:02:37 GMT

    The presidential campaign now moves to Pennsylvania and four other Eastern states, with the two front-runners lengthening their leads over challengers whose White House prospects seem to be dimming by the day.

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    The presidential campaign now moves to Pennsylvania and four other Eastern states, with the two front-runners lengthening their leads over challengers whose White House prospects seem to be dimming by the day.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    SHRIBMAN | Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    Apr 16, 2016 07:43 AM2016-04-18 11:44:45 GMT

    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment -- if only the next primary weren't in New York

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    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment -- if only the next primary weren't in New York

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Wisconsin Effect

    SHRIBMAN | The Wisconsin Effect

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 7:49 AM EDT2016-04-12 11:49:35 GMT

    So where are we now? Short answer: With less clarity than we had as April began, only days ago.

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    So where are we now? Short answer: With less clarity than we had as April began, only days ago.

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  • SHRIBMAN | A brokered convention would be perilous for the GOP

    SHRIBMAN | A brokered convention would be perilous for the GOP

    Monday, March 28 2016 7:17 AM EDT2016-03-28 11:17:30 GMT

    A specter is haunting the Republicans as the march toward their midsummer nominating convention continues.

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    A specter is haunting the Republicans as the march toward their midsummer nominating convention continues.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Yes, this is something new

    SHRIBMAN | Yes, this is something new

    Thursday, March 17 2016 7:15 AM EDT2016-03-17 11:15:10 GMT

    The day dawned after the Florida and Midwestern political contests with an astonishing, perhaps unprecedented, realization and revelation. In a mature democracy with the experience of more than 50 presidential elections, there now actually was something new under the March sun.

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    The day dawned after the Florida and Midwestern political contests with an astonishing, perhaps unprecedented, realization and revelation. In a mature democracy with the experience of more than 50 presidential elections, there now actually was something new under the March sun.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Looking ahead to Trump v. Clinton

    SHRIBMAN | Looking ahead to Trump v. Clinton

    Monday, March 14 2016 8:23 AM EDT2016-03-14 12:23:57 GMT

    The two -- perhaps testing applause lines -- blasted each other after their Super Tuesday triumphs, with Clinton, in a clear reference to Trump, saying that "trying to divide America between us and them is wrong, and we're not going to let it work." And Trump saying her potential nomination would be "a sad day for this country.

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    The two -- perhaps testing applause lines -- blasted each other after their Super Tuesday triumphs, with Clinton, in a clear reference to Trump, saying that "trying to divide America between us and them is wrong, and we're not going to let it work." And Trump saying her potential nomination would be "a sad day for this country.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Republican Storm

    SHRIBMAN | The Republican Storm

    Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:12 AM EST2016-02-23 12:12:04 GMT
    The character of the Republican Party is in the throes of a difficult, dramatic overhaul. More >>

    The character of the Republican Party is in the throes of a difficult, dramatic overhaul.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The art of the sneaker

    SHRIBMAN | The art of the sneaker

    Sunday, February 21 2016 1:05 PM EST2016-02-21 18:05:59 GMT

    Let us now praise the modest American art form, fashion trendsetter and cultural icon known as the sneaker. 

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    Let us now praise the modest American art form, fashion trendsetter and cultural icon known as the sneaker. 

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  • SHRIBMAN | Voters put both parties on trial

    SHRIBMAN | Voters put both parties on trial

    Friday, February 12 2016 12:15 PM EST2016-02-12 17:15:29 GMT
    In a North Country snowstorm, when the winds howl down from the notches, the people of New Hampshire know how to communicate. They don't whisper. They shout. More >>

    In a North Country snowstorm, when the winds howl down from the notches, the people of New Hampshire know how to communicate. They don't whisper. They shout.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Rubio slingshots into New Hampshire

    SHRIBMAN | Rubio slingshots into New Hampshire

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 7:37 AM EST2016-02-03 12:37:34 GMT

    What Iowa said Monday night was: Enough.

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    What Iowa said Monday night was: Enough.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The gloves come off in Iowa

    SHRIBMAN | The gloves come off in Iowa

    Monday, February 1 2016 7:22 AM EST2016-02-01 12:22:35 GMT
    In these last hours before the Iowa caucuses, we are walking along what Hamlin Garland, perhaps the most prominent of the regional novelists of the pioneer prairies called, in the title of his 1891 book, "Main-Travelled Roads." More >>

    In these last hours before the Iowa caucuses, we are walking along what Hamlin Garland, perhaps the most prominent of the regional novelists of the pioneer prairies called, in the title of his 1891 book, "Main-Travelled Roads."

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  • SHRIBMAN | Not what you expected

    SHRIBMAN | Not what you expected

    Monday, January 25 2016 7:26 AM EST2016-01-25 12:26:01 GMT

    This is the campaign that is defying expectations. In fact, this is the campaign where expectations died.

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    This is the campaign that is defying expectations. In fact, this is the campaign where expectations died.

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  • SHRIBMAN | This rebellion is different

    SHRIBMAN | This rebellion is different

    Monday, January 18 2016 7:20 AM EST2016-01-18 12:20:23 GMT

    Throughout most of the 20th century the Republican Party was a peaceable kingdom. Its roots were in farms and finance, its adherents the managerial class, small-business owners and members of Rotary and country clubs, its power centers the Eastern colleges, the Farm Bureau, Madison Avenue, Wall Street and Main Street, plus much of the prairie Midwest and Mountain West.

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    Throughout most of the 20th century the Republican Party was a peaceable kingdom. Its roots were in farms and finance, its adherents the managerial class, small-business owners and members of Rotary and country clubs, its power centers the Eastern colleges, the Farm Bureau, Madison Avenue, Wall Street and Main Street, plus much of the prairie Midwest and Mountain West.

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  • SHRIBMAN | It's a whole new campaign

    SHRIBMAN | It's a whole new campaign

    Monday, January 11 2016 7:46 AM EST2016-01-11 12:46:05 GMT
    It's a new year, and suddenly it's a new Republican campaign. More >>

    It's a new year, and suddenly it's a new Republican campaign.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Santorum's Field of Dreams

    SHRIBMAN | Santorum's Field of Dreams

    Monday, December 28 2015 7:21 AM EST2015-12-28 12:21:51 GMT

    No one with poll ratings in the very low single digits -- he was at 1 percent in the Monmouth University poll this month -- ever campaigned so hard.

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    No one with poll ratings in the very low single digits -- he was at 1 percent in the Monmouth University poll this month -- ever campaigned so hard.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Cruz is no nice guy and he may finish first

    SHRIBMAN | Cruz is no nice guy and he may finish first

    Monday, December 21 2015 7:57 AM EST2015-12-21 12:57:43 GMT

    This is the Ted Cruz moment.

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    This is the Ted Cruz moment.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The other populist leader

    SHRIBMAN | The other populist leader

    Monday, December 14 2015 10:38 AM EST2015-12-14 15:38:14 GMT
    This is a presidential campaign where it is never possible to say you have seen or heard everything, which is why Carly Fiorina's drive for the Republican nomination is stereotype-breaking and perhaps even groundbreaking. She's nowhere in the polls, but somehow at the center of what the 2016 race is all about.More >>

    This is a presidential campaign where it is never possible to say you have seen or heard everything, which is why Carly Fiorina's drive for the Republican nomination is stereotype-breaking and perhaps even groundbreaking. She's nowhere in the polls, but somehow at the center of what the 2016 race is all about.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Holding a finger to the wind

    SHRIBMAN | Holding a finger to the wind

    Monday, December 7 2015 7:37 AM EST2015-12-07 12:37:43 GMT
    What are the winds telling us? That Donald J. Trump holds a lead of more than 2-to-1 over Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas following closely in the Republican presidential race. That former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are in a virtual tie on the Democratic side.More >>

    What are the winds telling us? That Donald J. Trump holds a lead of more than 2-to-1 over Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas following closely in the Republican presidential race. That former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are in a virtual tie on the Democratic side.

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  • SHRIBMAN | More Reagan than Reagan

    SHRIBMAN | More Reagan than Reagan

    Nov 28, 2015 12:01 AM2015-12-02 12:50:14 GMT
    Republican Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr. of New Hampshire served up his devoutly conservative view of the world along with his own pancakes, smothered in his own maple syrup tapped each spring from his own sugar bushes.More >>

    Republican Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr. of New Hampshire served up his devoutly conservative view of the world along with his own pancakes, smothered in his own maple syrup tapped each spring from his own sugar bushes.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Clinton in commanding position, but most overcome obstacles

    SHRIBMAN | Clinton in commanding position, but most overcome obstacles

    Monday, November 23 2015 7:47 AM EST2015-11-23 12:47:34 GMT
    No candidate in decades has been in as strong a position to win a major-party nomination as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.More >>

    No candidate in decades has been in as strong a position to win a major-party nomination as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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  • SHRIBMAN | Not too Swift

    SHRIBMAN | Not too Swift

    Monday, November 16 2015 7:08 AM EST2015-11-16 12:08:01 GMT
    The writer Jonathan Swift died 270 years ago this fall and thus is not around to comment on the 2016 election. More's the pity.More >>
    The writer Jonathan Swift died 270 years ago this fall and thus is not around to comment on the 2016 election. More's the pity.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Superior never gives up her dead

    SHRIBMAN | Superior never gives up her dead

    Monday, November 9 2015 7:28 AM EST2015-11-09 12:28:28 GMT
    The Great Lakes freighter known as the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago Tuesday, launching one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time and inspiring the greatest shipping song of the modern age.More >>
    The Great Lakes freighter known as the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago Tuesday, launching one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time and inspiring the greatest shipping song of the modern age.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Democrats and Republicans switch places

    SHRIBMAN | Democrats and Republicans switch places

    Nov 02, 2015 07:20 AM2015-11-09 12:21:18 GMT
    This autumn, everybody's talking about the drones and flat-screen televisions that were predicted in the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II" -- and the hoverboards and flying cars that haven't yet materialized. Together those predictions tell us a lot about the peril of imagining the future. But if we engage in a brief back-to-the-future exercise involving American politics, we might better understand the present.More >>
    This autumn, everybody's talking about the drones and flat-screen televisions that were predicted in the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II" -- and the hoverboards and flying cars that haven't yet materialized. Together those predictions tell us a lot about the peril of imagining the future. But if we engage in a brief back-to-the-future exercise involving American politics, we might better understand the present.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | How best to do the people's business

    SHRIBMAN | How best to do the people's business

    Monday, October 26 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-10-26 11:20:20 GMT
    The greatest drama in American politics isn't unfolding in Iowa and New Hampshire, and it doesn't involve Donald J. Trump. It isn't the presidential race, and it isn't being televised on prime time.More >>
    The greatest drama in American politics isn't unfolding in Iowa and New Hampshire, and it doesn't involve Donald J. Trump. It isn't the presidential race, and it isn't being televised on prime time.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Congressional rebellions are nothing new

    SHRIBMAN | Congressional rebellions are nothing new

    Monday, October 19 2015 7:08 AM EDT2015-10-19 11:08:08 GMT
    Memo to Democrats apoplectic about the sort of demands the Republican rebels are making in the House: Calm down. Take a deep breath. We've been here before. In fact, you've been here before.More >>
    Memo to Democrats apoplectic about the sort of demands the Republican rebels are making in the House: Calm down. Take a deep breath. We've been here before. In fact, you've been here before.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | It's time to talk of governing

    SHRIBMAN | It's time to talk of governing

    Monday, October 12 2015 7:36 AM EDT2015-10-12 11:36:45 GMT
    This month brings a discernable turn in the struggle for the White House.More >>
    This month brings a discernable turn in the struggle for the White House.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | It's amateur hour, again

    SHRIBMAN | It's amateur hour, again

    Monday, October 5 2015 7:39 AM EDT2015-10-05 11:39:59 GMT
    Political parties out of power almost always campaign on change. But the party that in the 1946 midterm congressional elections campaigned on the slogan "Had enough?" this year is seeking not only to change the political persuasion of the person in the White House, but also is flirting with transforming the kind of people nominated for national officeMore >>
    Political parties out of power almost always campaign on change. But the party that in the 1946 midterm congressional elections campaigned on the slogan "Had enough?" this year is seeking not only to change the political persuasion of the person in the White House, but also is flirting with transforming the kind of people nominated for national officeMore >>
  • SHRIBMAN | All in the family

    SHRIBMAN | All in the family

    Monday, September 28 2015 8:14 AM EDT2015-09-28 12:14:34 GMT
    Is this the decade of the dynasties?More >>
    Is this the decade of the dynasties?More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Iowa Rebels

    SHRIBMAN | Iowa Rebels

    Monday, September 21 2015 7:19 AM EDT2015-09-21 11:19:30 GMT
    Iowans are not two-faced -- they are famous for their forthrightness -- but nonetheless their outlook has two faces.More >>
    Iowans are not two-faced -- they are famous for their forthrightness -- but nonetheless their outlook has two faces.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | O'Malley drops in for some brownies

    SHRIBMAN | O'Malley drops in for some brownies

    Monday, September 14 2015 7:43 AM EDT2015-09-14 11:43:18 GMT
    Martin O'Malley is trying to get elected president one living room at a time.More >>
    Martin O'Malley is trying to get elected president one living room at a time.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The perils of New Hampshire

    SHRIBMAN | The perils of New Hampshire

    Monday, August 31 2015 7:12 AM EDT2015-08-31 11:12:01 GMT
    The Clinton and Bush families have suffered defeats in New Hampshire and have enjoyed victories as well, their fortunes changing as fast as the weather. More >>
    The Clinton and Bush families have suffered defeats in New Hampshire and have enjoyed victories as well, their fortunes changing as fast as the weather. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | A man on fire

    SHRIBMAN | A man on fire

    Monday, August 24 2015 7:13 AM EDT2015-08-24 11:13:07 GMT
    There was a man with a "Stop Puppy Mills" T-shirt and another whose shirt read "National Sarcasm Society." There was a woman, dressed entirely in white, holding a banner reading "Lead Us to Clean Energy." There was a man with an Apache haircut. There was even a little old lady in tennis shoes. This could only be a Bernie Sanders rally.More >>
    There was a man with a "Stop Puppy Mills" T-shirt and another whose shirt read "National Sarcasm Society." There was a woman, dressed entirely in white, holding a banner reading "Lead Us to Clean Energy." There was a man with an Apache haircut. There was even a little old lady in tennis shoes. This could only be a Bernie Sanders rally.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Kasich's Moment

    SHRIBMAN | Kasich's Moment

    Monday, August 17 2015 7:15 AM EDT2015-08-17 11:15:49 GMT
    At the heart of the candidate's appeal is the role Ohio plays; no president has been elected without taking the state since 1960, when Sen. John Kennedy polled 46.7 percent against Vice President Richard Nixon, and no Republican ever has become chief executive without taking Ohio, a streak Abraham Lincoln began when he won 52.3 percent in 1860.More >>
    At the heart of the candidate's appeal is the role Ohio plays; no president has been elected without taking the state since 1960, when Sen. John Kennedy polled 46.7 percent against Vice President Richard Nixon, and no Republican ever has become chief executive without taking Ohio, a streak Abraham Lincoln began when he won 52.3 percent in 1860.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | And now for something different

    SHRIBMAN | And now for something different

    Monday, August 10 2015 7:41 AM EDT2015-08-10 11:41:00 GMT
    In Thursday night's debate Donald Trump broke every rule of rectitude, ridiculed a senator with bad hearing, made politically incorrect statements about political correctness, flouted his wealth and the power it and his political contributions have brought him -- a performance at once entertaining, extemporaneous, enervating and, for his competitors, infuriating.More >>
    In Thursday night's debate Donald Trump broke every rule of rectitude, ridiculed a senator with bad hearing, made politically incorrect statements about political correctness, flouted his wealth and the power it and his political contributions have brought him -- a performance at once entertaining, extemporaneous, enervating and, for his competitors, infuriating.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The mollification of Donald Trump

    SHRIBMAN | The mollification of Donald Trump

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-08-04 18:25:13 GMT
    Republicans have a Donald Trump problem, and it is worse than they think.More >>
    Republicans have a Donald Trump problem, and it is worse than they think.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Ozzie-and-Harriet Revolution

    SHRIBMAN | The Ozzie-and-Harriet Revolution

    Monday, July 27 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-07-27 11:20:27 GMT
    The movement of same-sex marriage from a fringe notion to accepted law was one of the swiftest progressions in American social history.More >>
    The movement of same-sex marriage from a fringe notion to accepted law was one of the swiftest progressions in American social history.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The power of 'and'

    SHRIBMAN | The power of 'and'

    Monday, July 20 2015 7:09 AM EDT2015-07-20 11:09:41 GMT
    Last week Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an important economic address, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin formally announced his candidacy for the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont explained how he hopes to win the allegiance of blue-collar voters, and Gov. Chris Christie made nice to Donald Trump even as he criticized his remarks on immigration.More >>
    Last week Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an important economic address, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin formally announced his candidacy for the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont explained how he hopes to win the allegiance of blue-collar voters, and Gov. Chris Christie made nice to Donald Trump even as he criticized his remarks on immigration.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Barack Obama: A good man

    SHRIBMAN | Barack Obama: A good man

    Monday, July 13 2015 7:51 AM EDT2015-07-13 11:51:32 GMT
    Presidents under siege, and all of them are under siege at least part of the time, often take comfort in the notion that history will redeem them, perhaps not for their policy choices but surely for their character.More >>
    Presidents under siege, and all of them are under siege at least part of the time, often take comfort in the notion that history will redeem them, perhaps not for their policy choices but surely for their character.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Joe Biden (Mini) Boom

    SHRIBMAN | The Joe Biden (Mini) Boom

    Monday, July 6 2015 7:30 AM EDT2015-07-06 11:30:44 GMT
    Suddenly everybody's talking about Joe Biden.More >>
    Suddenly everybody's talking about Joe Biden.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Democrats swoon for Sanders

    SHRIBMAN | Democrats swoon for Sanders

    Monday, June 29 2015 8:22 AM EDT2015-06-29 12:22:50 GMT
    By David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteHere are the elements of a presidential candidacy bound to go nowhere: 1960s radical leftist. Lived on a kibbutz. Moved to Vermont in the tumult of 1968. Became a carpenter. Ran for governor twice and for Senate twice as a candidate for the socialist Liberty Union Party. Jewish -- not an advantage in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina. Would be 79 at the end of his first term. Bernie Sanders is not going to be president o...More >>
    By David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteHere are the elements of a presidential candidacy bound to go nowhere: 1960s radical leftist. Lived on a kibbutz. Moved to Vermont in the tumult of 1968. Became a carpenter. Ran for governor twice and for Senate twice as a candidate for the socialist Liberty Union Party. Jewish -- not an advantage in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina. Would be 79 at the end of his first term. Bernie Sanders is not going to be president o...More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | There were many 1960s

    SHRIBMAN | There were many 1960s

    Monday, June 22 2015 9:04 AM EDT2015-06-22 13:04:39 GMT
    Entire books and full-credit courses at leading colleges have been devoted to the 1960s, perhaps because it was such a compelling collage of images, rendered unforgettable by color television to those who lived in the period and often examined in pitiless black-and-white by those who followed.More >>
    Entire books and full-credit courses at leading colleges have been devoted to the 1960s, perhaps because it was such a compelling collage of images, rendered unforgettable by color television to those who lived in the period and often examined in pitiless black-and-white by those who followed.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Bush vs. Rubio, Perry vs. Cruz

    SHRIBMAN | Bush vs. Rubio, Perry vs. Cruz

    Monday, June 15 2015 8:38 AM EDT2015-06-15 12:38:24 GMT
    In Florida, it is almost like a family trauma, a protege and his ardent patron competing for the same prize. In Texas, it is more like a family feud, an upstart and an established figure struggling for advantage.More >>
    In Florida, it is almost like a family trauma, a protege and his ardent patron competing for the same prize. In Texas, it is more like a family feud, an upstart and an established figure struggling for advantage.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Surprises so far in Campaign 2016

    SHRIBMAN | Surprises so far in Campaign 2016

    Monday, June 8 2015 7:28 AM EDT2015-06-08 11:28:45 GMT
    There's no such thing as a predictable political season.More >>
    There's no such thing as a predictable political season. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Trade debate underlines shift in national politics

    SHRIBMAN | Trade debate underlines shift in national politics

    Monday, May 18 2015 8:29 AM EDT2015-05-18 12:29:35 GMT
    The White House is at war with its allies and depending on its critics to win negotiating authority for a trade agreement it desperately wants.More >>
    The White House is at war with its allies and depending on its critics to win negotiating authority for a trade agreement it desperately wants. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | America's knowledge crisis

    SHRIBMAN | America's knowledge crisis

    Monday, May 11 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-11 12:00:12 GMT
    America has many educational challenges, but one of the most serious is the decline in general knowledge, especially history and geography, among students.More >>
    America has many educational challenges, but one of the most serious is the decline in general knowledge, especially history and geography, among students. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | A modern day Moses

    SHRIBMAN | A modern day Moses

    Monday, May 4 2015 8:52 AM EDT2015-05-04 12:52:36 GMT
    Amid the news of the cruel month of April -- an earthquake in Nepal, upheaval in Baltimore -- an important political landmark went virtually unnoticed. It was the death of Vladimir Slepak, one of the principal "refuseniks" who battled Kremlin officials for nearly two decades to win the right to leave the Soviet state that repressed them and reviled them even as it held them captive.More >>
    Amid the news of the cruel month of April -- an earthquake in Nepal, upheaval in Baltimore -- an important political landmark went virtually unnoticed. It was the death of Vladimir Slepak, one of the principal "refuseniks" who battled Kremlin officials for nearly two decades to win the right to leave the Soviet state that repressed them and reviled them even as it held them captive.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Clinton and the special interests

    SHRIBMAN | Clinton and the special interests

    Monday, April 27 2015 11:20 AM EDT2015-04-27 15:20:02 GMT
    The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may be without competition, but it is not without interest.More >>
    The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may be without competition, but it is not without interest.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Clinton v. Rubio et. al.

    SHRIBMAN | Clinton v. Rubio et. al.

    Monday, April 20 2015 8:08 AM EDT2015-04-20 12:08:24 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marco Rubio stand as more than candidates for the White House. They stand as symbols of the pathways to power in American life.More >>
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marco Rubio stand as more than candidates for the White House. They stand as symbols of the pathways to power in American life.
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  • SHRIBMAN | The Canadian health care revolution

    SHRIBMAN | The Canadian health care revolution

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 7:23 AM EDT2015-04-14 11:23:01 GMT
    It is the story of universally accessible public medical insurance, and the irony is that its beginning in this peaceable kingdom was marked by anger, resentment, protests, and a 23-day doctors' strike that affected 79 hospitals and imperiled the health of hundreds of thousands of people.More >>
    It is the story of universally accessible public medical insurance, and the irony is that its beginning in this peaceable kingdom was marked by anger, resentment, protests, and a 23-day doctors' strike that affected 79 hospitals and imperiled the health of hundreds of thousands of people. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Defining the past to determine the future

    SHRIBMAN | Defining the past to determine the future

    Monday, April 6 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-04-06 13:16:09 GMT
    The 2016 presidential election will be a struggle between competing visions of the future -- as have been all American elections since 1796 -- but it may not be just a battle over the direction of the country.More >>
    The 2016 presidential election will be a struggle between competing visions of the future -- as have been all American elections since 1796 -- but it may not be just a battle over the direction of the country. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The pre-primaries are well under way

    SHRIBMAN | The pre-primaries are well under way

    Monday, March 30 2015 11:07 AM EDT2015-03-30 15:07:55 GMT
    Ordinarily the jockeying for the White House begins slowly, with whispered conversations and closed-door meetings.More >>
    Ordinarily the jockeying for the White House begins slowly, with whispered conversations and closed-door meetings. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The New Year in Politics

    SHRIBMAN | The New Year in Politics

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 7:28 AM EDT2015-03-24 11:28:41 GMT
    So the seventh year of the Barack Obama administration, the first year of the new Republican Congress and the year before the 2016 presidential election now begins.More >>
    So the seventh year of the Barack Obama administration, the first year of the new Republican Congress and the year before the 2016 presidential election now begins.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | A great speech turns 50

    SHRIBMAN | A great speech turns 50

    Monday, March 16 2015 7:47 AM EDT2015-03-16 11:47:59 GMT
    The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed: the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the tense meeting between Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama and President Lyndon B. Johnson. And then, a half-century ago today: the greatest speech in Johnson's life, perhaps the greatest presidential speech since Franklin Delano RooseveltMore >>
    The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed: the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the tense meeting between Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama and President Lyndon B. Johnson. And then, a half-century ago today: the greatest speech in Johnson's life, perhaps the greatest presidential speech since Franklin Delano RooseveltMore >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Making it Official

    SHRIBMAN | Making it Official

    Monday, March 9 2015 8:10 AM EDT2015-03-09 12:10:53 GMT
    So Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to say next month that she's officially a presidential candidate. What does that mean?More >>
    So Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to say next month that she's officially a presidential candidate. What does that mean?More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls

    SHRIBMAN | Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls

    Monday, February 23 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-02-23 19:22:35 GMT
    This is not his father's Republican Party, nor even his brother's.More >>
    This is not his father's Republican Party, nor even his brother's.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | What isn't being said

    SHRIBMAN | What isn't being said

    Monday, February 2 2015 7:45 AM EST2015-02-02 12:45:05 GMT
    There's a lot being spoken about the 2016 presidential election. What isn't being said is far more interesting.More >>
    There's a lot being spoken about the 2016 presidential election. What isn't being said is far more interesting.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Bushes vs. Romneys

    SHRIBMAN | Bushes vs. Romneys

    Monday, January 19 2015 11:29 AM EST2015-01-19 16:29:36 GMT
    This may be the toughest decision of the age for the Republican establishment.More >>
    This may be the toughest decision of the age for the Republican establishment. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The new year in politics

    SHRIBMAN | The new year in politics

    Monday, January 5 2015 7:40 AM EST2015-01-05 12:40:35 GMT
    So the seventh year of the Barack Obama administration, the first year of the new Republican Congress and the year before the 2016 presidential election now begins.More >>
    So the seventh year of the Barack Obama administration, the first year of the new Republican Congress and the year before the 2016 presidential election now begins.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | With brand-name candidate GOP race is coming into focus

    SHRIBMAN | With brand-name candidate GOP race is coming into focus

    Monday, December 22 2014 11:11 AM EST2014-12-22 16:11:50 GMT
    The Republican race now is the mirror image of the Democratic race, with one brand-name candidate and a clutch of relative unknowns maneuvering for position and attention.More >>
    The Republican race now is the mirror image of the Democratic race, with one brand-name candidate and a clutch of relative unknowns maneuvering for position and attention. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Not all is calm

    SHRIBMAN | Not all is calm

    Monday, December 15 2014 8:42 AM EST2014-12-15 13:42:02 GMT
    The election was only six weeks ago, and New Year's Day is less than three weeks away. This is supposed to be a quiet time, filled with holiday gatherings, family meals, festive songs and a carol with the word "silent" in its title. Not this year.More >>
    The election was only six weeks ago, and New Year's Day is less than three weeks away. This is supposed to be a quiet time, filled with holiday gatherings, family meals, festive songs and a carol with the word "silent" in its title. Not this year. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The colors of politics

    SHRIBMAN | The colors of politics

    Monday, December 1 2014 3:51 PM EST2014-12-01 20:51:50 GMT
    For the Republicans it is still autumn -- so many colors, so many candidates, that there is no discernible pattern, no dominant pigment. For the Democrats it is deep winter -- forbiddingly cold, and black and white, no grays.More >>
    For the Republicans it is still autumn -- so many colors, so many candidates, that there is no discernible pattern, no dominant pigment. For the Democrats it is deep winter -- forbiddingly cold, and black and white, no grays.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | We're in a war, but not at war

    SHRIBMAN | We're in a war, but not at war

    Sunday, September 21 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-09-21 19:15:30 GMT
    This is the paradox of our time: The United States is in a war, but Americans aren't at war.More >>
    This is the paradox of our time: The United States is in a war, but Americans aren't at war.More >>
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