With his presidency off course, what will Trump learn from the health-care debacle?

Sixty-five days do not ultimately define a presidency, especially the first 65 of a new president’s first term. That’s as true for President Trump as for other presidents who suffered early setbacks. But without some serious stocktaking inside the White House after the failed effort to replace the Affordable Care […] Read more »

Why Wasn’t Obamacare Repealed? The Answer Is the Party, Not the President

… While it’s certainly true that both the president and the speaker made mistakes in handling the health care issue, it’s inaccurate to portray the demise of the AHCA as primarily a consequence of individual failures of leadership or strategy. … The real obstacle to the passage of health care […] Read more »

Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

President Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him. A precedent-flouting president who believes that Washington’s usual rules and consequences […] Read more »

The Perverse Thrill of Chaotic Times

For all the rational appeal of peace and stability, Americans have a powerful attraction to calamity and disruption. … Now, as Donald J. Trump helms arguably the most turbulent presidency since Richard M. Nixon’s, the nation is entering an era of volatility unseen for decades (post-9/11 excepted). And for some […] Read more »

Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century

In “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century,” Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non-Hispanic Americans, exploring patterns and contributing factors to the troubling trend. Case and Deaton find that while midlife […] Read more »

Here are 3 things we learned from Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare

The Republican campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ended abruptly Friday afternoon. Speaker Paul D. Ryan declared, after aborting a vote on the GOP plan, that “Obamacare is the law of the land.” The failure of the GOP campaign offers several lessons for understanding the first two […] Read more »

President Trump’s new American optimism needs an economic boost

At the White House on the day before St. Patrick’s Day, President Trump hailed a “new optimism” across America. However, the results of our latest national survey of likely November 2018 voters show that political turbulence is stalling President Trump’s momentum. Specifically, the following trends which compare our February 20th […] Read more »