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About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Trump a realist? Leon Hadar considers the evidence and concludes that …

Foreign Policy and the Democratic Debate

Clinton may be able to give a more fleshed-out debate answer, but we also know that she is more likely to get the U.S. involved in unnecessary wars than her rival.

Gerson’s Revisionism on the Gang of Eight Bill

Rubio rejected the thing that supposedly makes him broadly appealing, and abandoned the effort as soon as it became politically dangerous for him.

The Continuing Woes of the “Establishment”

We shouldn’t discount the effect of personal animus and bitterness when thinking about what these candidates may do.

Rubio’s Accomplishments in the Senate

Santorum couldn’t come up with anything because there aren’t any accomplishments to be named.

Santorum Endorses Rubio

Santorum is confident that Rubio is just as ideological and dangerous on foreign policy as he is.

Realists and the Trump Trap

Maybe realists think backing Trump is the sort of short-sighted and ill-considered course of action that they are warning other people against all the time.

Paul Drops Out

It matters more now for the causes Paul cares about that he be re-elected to the Senate.

Trump’s Foreign Policy

Trump isn’t a realist.

How Cruz Won

Cruz did very well in a caucus state that was very well-suited to a candidate with his background and profile.

The Woes of the GOP “Establishment”

The time for consolidating the “establishment” vote was weeks or months ago, not weeks or months from now.

The U.S. Should Halt Its Support for the War on Yemen

It is a serious mistake to “blindly back” the Saudis in their war.

The Limits of Rubiomania

The more that party leaders try to foist Rubio on a party that is sick of their leadership, the more he will be rejected.

Iowa Results

Cruz’s victory sets up the Trump-Cruz race that Republican elites don’t want.

Should Realists Support Trump?

There are many reasons why realists wouldn’t want to get behind Trump.

Rejecting the Elite Consensus

The leaders of the major parties now face a reckoning for their neglect of and poorly-hidden contempt for their voters.

The RNC Shoots Itself in the Foot (Again)

The rules for awarding delegates are rigged to favor Trump and Cruz.

Judging Cuba Normalization by an Unfair Standard

Normal relations with one of our closest neighbors should exist as a matter of course.

Spinning Failure in Iowa

We know that Rubio has a ready supply of boosters eager to turn a mediocre showing into proof that his “moment” has finally arrived.

Trump Leads in Iowa

Trump probably has enough of an edge to hold off Cruz.

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