Legislators feel caught in a primaries trap

What is next for Donald Trump? There are reports that the former president is intending to play a role in the 2022 election. One report says his hit list includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Gov. ....

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Ortega is busy completing Nicaragua’s authoritarian architecture

Nicaragua’s National Coalition (Coalicón Nacional), comprised of disparate opposition parties, is splintering under the duress of Daniel Ortega’s police state and the weight of its own internal contradictions. Smelling blood in the water, Ortega is ....

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5 questions for Ronald Bailey on how the world is improving over time

When one looks at the data, it becomes clear that the world is dramatically improving over the long term. So why are people so pessimistic about the future? Ronald Bailey recently joined the Political Economy ....

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Why global trends are a cause for optimism: My long-read Q&A with Ronald Bailey

Why are Americans so pessimistic about the future, in spite of all the good news occurring on a global scale? From a massive decline in extreme poverty to a reduction in worldwide violence, there are ....

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We need to talk about liberalism and foreign policy

Over at Wisdom of Crowds, the Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid puts his finger on the tension between promoting democracy and promoting liberalism in US foreign policy. Building up on his earlier case for ‘democratic minimalism,’ ....

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State of the nation on July 4: And how it has changed over time

Coronavirus, a shattered economy, racial tensions, deep partisan polarization. Is it any surprise that Americans are down in the dumps? How could it be otherwise? Putting today’s sentiments in historical perspective using polls conducted over ....

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