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Donald Trump’s Nuclear Test

He wins by defying the GOP establishment at every turn. But will he fall into line on Iran?

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Nothing “Happened” to Walker, He’s Just a Weak Candidate

Walker’s decline isn’t really all that puzzling.

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Why America Isn’t Socialist

Jeffersonian populism and Bolshevik statism fractured a movement that could not overcome the two-party system.

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Can the Party Still Decide?

Every election, the anti-establishment anger gets louder – and less-coherent.

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Why the Right Doesn’t Win

How blue states and Christian factionalism keep conservatives at bay.

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America’s Racial Wounds Reopen

Why rising rates of violent crime and viral media guarantee more conflicts between black and blue.

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Beware the Crusaders

Simplistic sound bites should deter the savvy voter—and the conscientious Christian.

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Police Spying Meets Bipartisan Opposition

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The Democratic Party’s Hillary Trap

Finding an emergency alternate too soon could provoke Clinton’s fans. Too late, and Bernie wins by default.