National Perspective

National Perspective by David Shribman

April 19, 2014

Races to Watch in 2014

It happens every four years. The political party on the defensive tries to portray the gubernatorial, House and Senate races in off-year elections as individual races without a unifying theme. The party with the whip hand tries to portray these races as a national referendum on an important issue or on an... continue

April 12, 2014

Will Jeb Bush Run?

The presidential nomination race is frozen. The big money and the gritty organizers won't make 2016 election commitments until the putative front-runner makes a move, in or out of the campaign. The deep freeze frustrates politicos, though the vast majority of Americans is happy not to talk about a fight for... continue

April 03, 2014

Let Loose the Purse Strings

With its members holding lifetime tenure and sheltered from elections and polls, the Supreme Court has the capacity to structure the politics of the other two branches. It did so in 2000, when it settled the electoral standoff between Al Gore Jr. and George W. Bush. It did so in 2010, when it permitted... continue

March 29, 2014

Learning From Obamacare

A historic deadline beckons Monday. Most Americans without health insurance must have started to apply for coverage by that deadline or face a financial penalty. It's the first time that health insurance has been extended to virtually all Americans, and it marks a landmark in American cultural and economic... continue

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