Article Archive

Will Congress Give Obama the War He Wants?

Republicans who resist the president’s other policies are apt to give him a blank check against ISIS.

January 19, 2015

Will Romney Go for Ron Paul’s Vote?

Courting realists and libertarians could give him an edge against other establishment types—if he’s willing to try.

January 12, 2015

Mike Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives

The former Arkansas governor subtracts evangelicals from the coalition for an anti-establishment GOP nominee.

January 5, 2015

‘Isolationism’ Has Lost All Meaning

It’s time to banish the term from our foreign policy debate.

December 29, 2014

Rand Paul’s Cuba Risk

The Kentucky senator takes on Marco Rubio and the GOP’s dated orthodoxy—will he lose ground with primary voters?

December 22, 2014

How Far Can Elizabeth Warren Go?

The Democratic Party’s favorite populist now basks in media and netroots favor, but would face real 2016 obstacles.

December 16, 2014

Torture Is Also Big Government

Conservatives must be as committed to exposing the CIA’s abuses as Obamacare’s.

December 10, 2014

Iran: We Need to Talk

To deter Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, Senate Republicans face a choice between international law and the law of unintended consequences.

December 1, 2014

Why Jim Webb Matters

His economic populism and foreign-policy restraint may be a more formidable challenge than the Clinton camp realizes.

November 24, 2014

The Conservative Case for Pot Legalization in D.C.

Our national drug policy is a failure—Republicans should support gradual experimentation a local level.

November 17, 2014

Mark Udall’s Lame-Duck Opportunity

Here’s why the outgoing Colorado senator should leak the Senate report on CIA torture.

November 10, 2014

What to Watch for on Tuesday

Here are four ways this election could reshape Republican politics over the next two years.

November 3, 2014

Here’s How Rand Paul’s Conservative Realism Could Change the GOP

A real alternative to the hyper-hawkishness that has dominated foreign policy thinking for decades.

October 27, 2014

Bush Derangement Syndrome

What’s behind the right’s embarrassing reaction to a Times report on chemical weapons in Iraq?

October 20, 2014

Here’s Why GOP Interventionism Is Back

Republican hawks are getting reinforcements and gaining ground—and not just because of ISIS.

October 13, 2014

Why Rand Paul Is Different

Can the Kentucky senator go beyond his libertarian father’s achievement—or is he doomed to sell out?

October 6, 2014

Seven Awful Reasons for Bypassing Congress on ISIS

The Constitution is clear on war powers, and yet Congress may not weigh in until next year.

September 29, 2014

The War on ISIS Has No Legal Basis

How open-ended authorizations of force undermine congressional war powers.

September 22, 2014

Ted Cruz’s Islamist Threat

The Texas senator’s crude view of the Mideast unites extremists against America’s interests.

September 15, 2014

Rand Paul and “Isolationist” Name-Calling

A response to Commentary‘s Seth Mandel

September 10, 2014