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James Poulos

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James Poulos is a contributing editor at National Affairs and the author of The Art of Being Free, out January 17 from St. Martin's Press. He has written on freedom and the politics of the future for publications ranging from The Federalist to Foreign Policy and from Good to Vice. He fronts the band Night Years in Los Angeles, where he lives with his son.

Why the GOP should fear a moderate Donald Trump
When the Republican candidate runs to the left of the Democrat.
Opinion

Why the GOP should fear a moderate Donald Trump

The unbearable sameness of Hillary
More of the same.
Opinion

The unbearable sameness of Hillary

Hillary Clinton has a Wall Street problem. So does America.
What if the big banks are a moral issue?
Opinion

Hillary Clinton has a Wall Street problem. So does America.

Why I'm rooting for a Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders general election
Cruz vs. Sanders.
Opinion

Why I'm rooting for a Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders general election

Why Karl Rove is rooting for a brokered convention
Karl Rove may prefer a brokered convention.
Opinion

Why Karl Rove is rooting for a brokered convention

What would it take to keep the West safe from terrorism?
U.S. Swat police in New York City.
Opinion

What would it take to keep the West safe from terrorism?

This is what Obama should have said about Brussels
President Obama pauses as he delivers a speech on the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, which occurred during his trip to Cuba.
Opinion

This is what Obama should have said about Brussels

Will Marco Rubio team up with Ted Cruz now?
The winning ticket?
Opinion

Will Marco Rubio team up with Ted Cruz now?

How the GOP debate rammed home Republicans' terrible choice
A gentler GOP?
Opinion

How the GOP debate rammed home Republicans' terrible choice

How the Democratic debate revealed some deep truths about the politics of revolution
What if the people don't want a revolution?
Opinion

How the Democratic debate revealed some deep truths about the politics of revolution

Can the big political parties harness the energy of their populist insurgencies?
Feeling the Bern.
Opinion

Can the big political parties harness the energy of their populist insurgencies?

The real lesson of Ted Cruz's Super Saturday? Marco Rubio is a horrible failure.
As Rubio falls, Cruz rises
Opinion

The real lesson of Ted Cruz's Super Saturday? Marco Rubio is a horrible failure.

The latest GOP debate was a nasty, bawdy affair. But things could be worse.
It wasn't pretty.
Opinion

The latest GOP debate was a nasty, bawdy affair. But things could be worse.

Will the GOP establishment line up behind Ted Cruz now?
THe last hope for Republicans wanting to beat Trump?
Opinion

Will the GOP establishment line up behind Ted Cruz now?

Why Chris Christie could turn Donald Trump into an orange-haired George W. Bush
Trump's establishment endorsement
Opinion

Why Chris Christie could turn Donald Trump into an orange-haired George W. Bush

Don't be fooled by Hillary Clinton's dominant South Carolina win. She's still eminently beatable.
Getting closer
Opinion

Don't be fooled by Hillary Clinton's dominant South Carolina win. She's still eminently beatable.

How the GOP's unhinged debate diminished both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio
The major candidates have some big decisions ahead.
Opinion

How the GOP's unhinged debate diminished both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio

Would a President Trump ruin America's foreign policy — or save it?
We're all ruined.
Opinion

Would a President Trump ruin America's foreign policy — or save it?

Jeb Bush is out. But Marco Rubio is the real Bush in the 2016 race.
The Bush protege
Opinion

Jeb Bush is out. But Marco Rubio is the real Bush in the 2016 race.

How Hillary Clinton awkwardly exploited the limits of Bernie Sanders' political imagination
Hillary obscured.
Opinion

How Hillary Clinton awkwardly exploited the limits of Bernie Sanders' political imagination

Why Donald Trump's vicious attack on George W. Bush was so brutally effective — and brilliant
Donald Trump
Opinion

Why Donald Trump's vicious attack on George W. Bush was so brutally effective — and brilliant

The Democrats are in disarray... again
Can they put the puzzle back together again?
Opinion

The Democrats are in disarray... again

How John Kasich! stole Jeb!'s exclamation mark
John Kasich coming up from behind.
Opinion

How John Kasich! stole Jeb!'s exclamation mark

How Chris Christie exposed Marco Rubio as an untrustworthy pretender
A dent in that political sheen.
Opinion

How Chris Christie exposed Marco Rubio as an untrustworthy pretender

The pseudo-intellectualism of President Obama's mosque visit
Obama visits a Maryland mosque.
Opinion

The pseudo-intellectualism of President Obama's mosque visit

Why Hillary Clinton's razor-thin Iowa win is really a crushing defeat
Iowa was no win for Hillary.
Opinion

Why Hillary Clinton's razor-thin Iowa win is really a crushing defeat

Rand Paul was the only Republican to have a good debate
Rand Paul's night
Opinion

Rand Paul was the only Republican to have a good debate

Why I'm not afraid of Donald Trump
The thought of Donald Trump becoming president has caused fear in many.
Opinion

Why I'm not afraid of Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton's hatchet job
Hillary brings down the axe.
Opinion

Hillary Clinton's hatchet job

What Socrates could teach us about the Republicans' angry debate
The GOP needs some anger management.
Opinion

What Socrates could teach us about the Republicans' angry debate

The easy historicism of President Obama
Already slipping himself into the pages of history.
Opinion

The easy historicism of President Obama

China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous.
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army
Opinion

China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous.

Why 2016 is a turning point in American politics
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's campaign button from the 1936 United States presidential election seems like it's from the much more distant past.
Opinion

Why 2016 is a turning point in American politics

The bad news about ISIS's defeat in Ramadi
The recapture of the city of Ramadi is just a small victory in taking back the entire country of Iraq.
Analysis

The bad news about ISIS's defeat in Ramadi

The missing middle in the GOP's foreign policy debate
Donald Trump shares his strong foreign policy while other candidates fail to do so.
Opinion

The missing middle in the GOP's foreign policy debate

The deep, perverse relationship between Middle Eastern despots and Islamist fanaticism
A defaced mural of Saddam Hussein.
Opinion

The deep, perverse relationship between Middle Eastern despots and Islamist fanaticism