Michael Barone

October 2006

Who's in the Military?

Here's an interesting report from the Heritage Foundation on who is enlisting in the military. It uses census and other data to identify the origins of recruits in addition to statistics the military provides. Here's the conclusion:

Overall, the wartime recruits are more similar than dissimilar to ...

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A Dose of Policy

I was off the campaign trail for an interview late last week with Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman on the budget. He has good news and bad news. The good news is that the budget deficit has gone down far more than any model has predicted and seems headed to go down even further.

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An Interview With President Bush

This afternoon I had the privilege of being one of eight columnists interviewing George W. Bush in the Oval Office. The others were Tony Blankley of the Washington Times, Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, Lawrence Kudlow of CNBC, Kathleen ...

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The House Elections

People are always asking me, Which party is going to win the House elections? The answer is, I don't know. We have very many more publicly released polls than we used to have, and therefore more basis for making estimates. But they're still just estimates, subject to error. I've had a pretty good,

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300 Million

Today the Census Bureau reported that there are now 300 million people in the United States. The number now, as I clicked onto the Census website, is 300,000,492. That is, by the way, 4.58 percent of estimated world population. We're more like 5 percent than 4 percent of the world now. One out of ...

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Monday Musings

Start with the brilliant blog post on our most underestimated president, Ulysses S. Grant, from chicagoboyz's Lexington Green.

Here's some more discussion of the Iraqi oil trust proposal, which I (and, apparently, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton) have been pushing for three years. Here is a list of ...

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Mark Warner Bows Out

Mark Warner announced this morning that he's not running for president. As Prince Metternich asked when informed that the Russian ambassador had suddenly dropped dead, "What can have been his motive?" I suppose it was a calculation that he was just not going to overtake Hillary Rodham Clinton. And ...

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Bush = Acheson?

If you want to read a piece of first-rate writing, take a look at Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis's review of Robert Beisner's biography of Dean Acheson in the New Republic. Gaddis agrees with Beisner's argument that Acheson was the real architect of Harry Truman's Cold War policy. But he also ...

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Good Economic News

Which you won't find on the front pages of mainstream media:

The Labor Department Friday announced that the number of jobs increased between April 2005 and March 2006 not by 5.8 million but by 6.6 million. As an editorial in the Wall Street Journal notes, "That's a lot more than a rounding error,

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The Foley Investigation

I've been traveling sans laptop but have finally gotten a chance to set down some of my thoughts on the Foley scandal.

The first thing to say is that there is no evidence that Speaker Dennis Hastert or anyone else in the Republican leadership knew anything about the sexually explicit instant ...

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The Mark Foley Scandal

I haven't commented on this blog yet on the Mark Foley scandal but did speak to it yesterday on Special Report With Brit Hume on Fox News Channel. I went through the chronology and concluded that Speaker Dennis Hastert acted as soon as he saw the graphic instant messages and that the E-mails he had ...

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Brazil votes

Sunday night. I've been following the election returns for Brazil's October 1 election with the help of this website and its frequent updates. You can click on the various states to get the results in each one.

For some time it's been expected that the incumbent president, Luis Inacío da ...

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