Michael Barone


August 2006


Multicultural folly; Income inequality

If you want to understand what's wrong with the multicultural policies Britain has been following for decades now, read this Sunday Telegraph story about Ray Honeyford, the headmaster of an English school with mostly Pakistani students who was sacked 22 years ago for writing an article attacking ...

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For God's sake

Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski has been denied renomination in this week's primary. He won only 19 percent of the votes cast for Republican candidates; Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin won 51 percent and John Binkley 30 percent.

Murkowski was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, 1986, 1992, and 1998; he was ...

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The path to 9/11

Last night I attended a screening of the first half of The Path to 9/11 a film that will be broadcast by ABC in two three-hour segments on September 10 and 11. Two and one-half hours is a long time to sit still watching a film, but this one was gripping and tension-filled and visually dazzling.

It ...

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The educational marketplace

Fascinating article in yesterday's Washington Post by Lori Montgomery and my longtime friend Jay Mathews, headlined "The Future of D.C. Public Schools: Traditional or Charter Education?" Charter schools are public schools that are run autonomously by private groups, free from the bureaucratic rules ...

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A Bush uptick?

The first arrests and disclosure of the London bomb plot were news in this country on the morning of August 10, two days after Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont. I speculated on Fox News that the London plot may have reminded voters that we are really threatened by ...

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Missing news from Mexico

I missed the apprehension of Mexican drug lord Javier Arellano-Felix by the U.S. Coast Guard last week. (August 16 item) A Mexican political scientist asked me a reasonable question when I confessed I had not heard of this important development: Why does the American news media devote so much more ...

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Judge Silberman's response to David Brock's book

Judge Laurence Silberman, whom I admired long before I met him, has told me that he was perturbed to find, as a latecomer to Google, that charges against him made in certain passages of David Brock's book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative had wide circulation in the search ...

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Is Iran retreating?; The evil of multiculturalism

Is Iran retreating?

It is widely held that Hezbollah's survival after the monthlong Israeli military action is a triumph for Iran. That's certainly plausible, and I don't want to entirely reject that interpretation. But there's another way oflooking at where we stand in the Middle East now.

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Mexico's next government

A few days ago, I sat down with Arturo Sarukhan, coordinator of international affairs for Felipe Calderón, the PAN candidate for president of Mexico in the July 2 election.

As has been widely reported, Calderón won by a 36-to-35 percent margin over the leftist PRD candidate ...

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Thoughts on the course of the war

I have neglected to make mention of the scandal of London-based news agency Reuters circulating retouched photos designed to discredit Israel.

The fakery was documented by blogger Charles Johnson, and Reuters fired the photographer involved and removed all his photos from its website. Johnson, you ...

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Republicans more pro-Israel than Democrats

Here's an interesting poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News. Its main finding: Republicans are much more likely to back Israel over its attackers than Democrats are.

Should the United States continue to align itself with Israel, adopt a more neutral posture, or align more ...

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Who ended the slave trade?

As I think I have mentioned before in the blog, I don't read American book reviews. The New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and Washington Post Book World seem to be dominated totally by the mindless fashionable left, and I find that the reviews on things I know something ...

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Happy birthday; The new media

Happy birthday

This is the first anniversary of baroneblog. Thanks to my editors, present and past, at U.S. News, who have made this possible, and to my readers, who have made it worthwhile. This week I'm busy promoting the paperback edition of The New Americans. Anyone who would like to ...

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Doom and gloom; In for the long haul

Doom and gloom

That's what I find from the political right on the progress--or lack of progress--of Israel's campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon. On National Review Online, Michael Ledeen proclaims: "It is the 1930s again."

I think, as I recently wrote, that we have been given an extraordinary ...

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