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Past articles by Carl:

New Poll Shows Health Care Is Voter's Top Concern

Health care has emerged as the top policy issue for American voters, according to a new poll containing detailed data suggesting → Read More

Special Prosecutorial Abuse

We’re supposed to be reassured that the FBI agents who raided the offices and home of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael A. Cohen, were, in Cohen’s words, “courteous” and “respectful.” The president’s attorney was understandably grateful that the agents didn’t replicate the FBI’s tactics at the home of Paul Manafort, Trump’s onetime campaign manager. Busting in before dawn, guns drawn, with… → Read More

High Tech and Government: A Culture Clash

In this series of articles running through July, RealClearPolitics and RealClearDefense take an in-depth look at the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, and warfare in the 21st century. Below... → Read More

Tiny Tent Political Parties

After narrowly losing Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to Chicago-area Congressman Dan Lipinski, challenger Marie Newman indulged herself with a concession speech perhaps unique in... → Read More

Cyberthreats: The Vexing New Front in Modern Warfare

In this series of articles running from mid-March to July, RealClearPolitics and RealClearDefense take an in-depth look at the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, and warfare in the 21st... → Read More

Florida's Barney Fife Brigade

Even when it aired in the 1960s, “The Andy Griffith Show” was an anachronism. Today, it’s hardly watchable. Griffith is still likeable as Andy Taylor, sheriff of the mythical North... → Read More

Breaking Through Barriers: Glenn, Lincoln and Douglass

John Glenn passed away since I last wrote about him. He died last winter at age 95, and was buried in the spring of 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery. On this date in 1962, he was given an... → Read More

Memo to Comey: The Cost of Secrecy

The next time a crazy uncle or that old high school buddy who became a right-wing nut rants on social media about black helicopters or “Deep State” conspiracies, take a moment before... → Read More

Poland, Jews, and the Cost of Hatred

Poland and Israel should not still be arguing over the Holocaust. But they are, and in recent days tensions have escalated to the point of a looming diplomatic crisis. The subject of their heated... → Read More

The Heartening Souls at the Center of Trump's Speech

A year ago, Democratic women in Congress made a point of wearing white, the color of turn-of-the-century suffragists, as President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.... → Read More

From Detroit to Selma: Viola Liuzzo's Sacrifice

On this date in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. convened the series of protests that would become known collectively as the Selma to Montgomery March. “Today marks the beginning of a determined,... → Read More

Alabama Special Election: Winners and Losers

WINNERS: Doug Jones: Little-known inside Alabama and utterly unknown outside the state, the Democratic candidate finally found his voice in the waning days of the campaign. “I’ll never... → Read More

An Indispensable Man

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage: “The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.” It’s intended as irony, of course: It means that nobody is irreplaceable, a notion considered... → Read More

Immigrants are who we are, not a tool for political parties to divide us

When America has really needed something, an immigrant has often been there to provide it. A welcoming attitude would still enrich our country. → Read More

Should We Hate Cops, or Hug Them?

The long-delayed release of the Philando Castile video, along with a Minnesota jury’s inexplicable decision to acquit the policeman who killed him, raises basic questions of self-governance in... → Read More

Democrats and Republicans: Play Ball!

Five weeks after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Franklin Roosevelt received a handwritten letter from Kennesaw Mountain Landis, the former Tennessee judge who had been appointed by baseball owners in the... → Read More

Trump and the Paris Accord

They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracksThe foreman says these jobs are going, boys, and they ain't coming back... --Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown” The bard of... → Read More

Trump's First 683 Days

Blame Franklin D. Roosevelt, or the Great Depression, or the herd mentality of media elites still hostile to Donald Trump. But assessing the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency has become a... → Read More

Rise of the Independents?

Angus King Jr., senator from the great state of Maine, is a sensible fellow who walks around the nation’s capital with a perpetually perplexed look. One assumes he’s deciding which of... → Read More

The Hitler Rule

Comparing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad unfavorably to Adolf Hitler, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did Tuesday, was an unforced error for which Spicer was forced to apologize.... → Read More