Michael Barone

Michael Barone

Opinion: Plague-Year Immigrants Headed to Trump Country – Michael Barone

I want to add a few notes to my Christmas weekend column on the Census Bureau’s July 2021 state population estimates and what stories they tell about growth and decline in the first 15 months of the coronavirus pandemic. THE IMMIGRATION BUST The big news is about immigration. In the years from 2010 to 2019,

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Opinion: A (Statistical) Journal of the Plague Year – Michael Barone

As a Christmas present to statistics lovers, the Census Bureau has released its estimates of the population of the nation and the 50 states as of July 1, 2021. The Bureau admits up front that, due to COVID, its numbers are subject to more uncertainty than usual. But overall, they provide important clues as to

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Opinion: Against the Religion of ‘Woke Anti-Racism’ – Michael Barone

“If you pull the camera back and think about 1965, and think about last week, there’s been massive improvement. The question is why so many people pretend that that’s not true.” That bracing dose of wisdom comes from John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor and author of several books on other subjects, going back to

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Opinion: Redistricting Helps Republicans but Doesn’t Guarantee Control

Here’s a suggestion for those who think that partisan redistricting — or, as is often the case with these plaints, partisan redistricting by Republicans — threatens to destroy American democracy. Take a look at “The Long Red Thread,” the recent history by Sabato’s Crystal Ball analyst Kyle Kondik of House of Representatives elections from 1964

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Opinion: A Post-Roe Abortion Political ‘Revolution’ Is Unlikely

The Supreme Court, as this is written, is hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, challenging Mississippi’s law banning, with a few exceptions, abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There’s a powerful argument that the Court can’t logically uphold this statute, which is less restrictive than most other nations’

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Opinion – Kyle Rittenhouse’s Offense: Insufficiently Respecting Rioters

Why the hatred of Kyle Rittenhouse? Why was there such widespread dishonest news coverage of the case against him that his acquittal by the Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury came as an unwelcome surprise to so many? For example, so-called comedian Stephen Colbert’s recent comment (“If he didn’t break the law, we should change the law”) shows

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