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THE BLUE WALL

By EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
National Review

Donald Trump is president because he broke the “blue wall” in the Rust Belt. But Democrats performed very well in most of those states in the midterms, raising expectations that they can retake the region and thereby deny President Trump reelection. A close read of the returns gives reason for hope and concern on both sides. 
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HOW THE GOP MIGHT WIN IN 2020

By EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
The Washington Post

The GOP’s massive midterm losses in traditionally Republican suburbs have set it irretrievably on a new path. Either it re-creates a William McKinley-style coalition based on the working-class voter or it dies. Read More

See also Mr. Olsen’s piece explaining why “Arizona’s Senate race was perhaps the most surprising, and disturbing, midterm result for Republicans and Trump fans,” as well as his piece explaining how “the election actually contains very positive news for Trump’s re-election hopes.” 

THE MIDTERM CONFIDENCE SPIRAL

By EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin
National Review Online

The results of the midterms were hardly signs of a coming political revolution, and they don’t even put this election on the level of the 2010 recoil from the Obama Administration’s first two years. But within the important swing block of suburban voters, which both parties need to attract if they are to build and sustain durable coalitions, the Democrats did significantly better than they first appeared to on election night. Read More

NEW RECORDINGS FROM THE
FAITH ANGLE FORUM

 
Earlier this month, EPPC’s Faith Angle Forum again convened leading journalists and scholars in Miami for conversations around key topics in religion and public life. Audio and video recordings of the sessions are now available at FaithAngle.org, including Alan Cooperman and EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen on the voting patterns of religious Americans; Dr. Kathryn Edin and Joseph T. Jones Jr. on the ways that antipoverty policy affects those it aims to serve; and John L. Allen Jr. and Fr. Raymond J. de Souza on the crisis in the Catholic Church.

VATICAN AUTOCRACY AND THE U.S. BISHOPS

By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
Syndicated Column

What conceivable meaning of “synodality” or “collegiality” includes an autocratic Roman intervention in the affairs of a national bishops’ conference that knows its own situation far better than the Roman authorities do? Read More

See also Mr. Weigel’s piece on the beginning of “a new liturgical year in this season of Catholic grief and anger.”

RECKONING WITH THE BALTIMORE FIASCO

By EPPC Fellow Stephen P. White
The Catholic Thing

If Rome thinks delaying action by American bishops or weakening conference leadership is in the best interests of American Catholics, then they are gravely mistaken. The last thing American Catholics need right now is to be treated as pawns in an ecclesiastical power struggle. Read More
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TRIBES OF THE LONELY

By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
National Review

Senator Ben Sasse’s new book Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal is not so much a lament for a bygone era as an attempt to diagnose and repair what has led us to this moment of spittle-flecked rage. Read More

GROWTH AND WORK

By EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin
National Review Online

Over the past few days, a very interesting and worthwhile debate has arisen among several thoughtful conservatives about growth, work, and prosperity. Read More

THE PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER’S SON

By EPPC Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow Lance Morrow
City Journal

Woodrow Wilson’s myth remains vexed and unsettled. He persists, in American memory, as a sort of botched paragon—a man who remains almost irritatingly alive and imperfect and somehow touching. The respect that he deserves is complicated—and so is the contempt. Read More

WHO VOTES REPUBLICAN?

By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
Syndicated Column

Some of the data about this year’s crop of voters is similar to what we’ve seen in past contests, but there are some trends that should give Republicans and Democrats alike cause for reflection. Read More

POLICY CHANGE ALONE CAN NEVER FIX OUR IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS

By EPPC Fellow Luma Simms
Law and Liberty

Melting Pot or Civil War? offers what we might call economic solutions to what is fundamentally a human and cultural problem. Read More

See also Mrs. Simms’s piece on the need for “a fundamental—and cultural—shift not just in how we view immigrants, but especially in how we view ourselves.” 

WE NEED AN ANSWER TO IDOLATROUS NATIONALISM. BUT DON’T LOOK TO EMMANUEL MACRON.

By EPPC Fellow Stephen P. White
The Catholic Herald

The way to head off the worst strains of nationalism is to pre-empt them with more humane appeals to legitimate concerns for national identity. Read More

THE JUDICIAL DIVIDE BETWEEN CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS

Interview with EPPC President Ed Whelan
The Yale Politic

EPPC President Ed Whelan was interviewed by The Politic, an undergraduate journal at Yale, about right vs. left on the Supreme Court and more. Read More

TRUMP’S CHAOS THEORY

By EPPC Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow Lance Morrow
The Wall Street Journal

President Trump does not yet grasp that his compulsion to create chaos—sometimes an asset—may ultimately prove to be the greatest threat to his presidency. Read More

MAKING ACOSTA A FEDERAL CASE

By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
Syndicated Column

The White House handled Mr. Showboat in about the worst possible way. Read More

GLORY DAYS

By EPPC Fellow Algis Valiunas
The Weekly Standard

Napoleon’s latest biographer manages to do justice both to Napoleon’s achievements without flattery and to his grave flaws without invocations of totalitarian oppression or genocidal mania. Read More

A CENTURY AFTER THE ARMISTICE

By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
Syndicated Column

As a military matter, World War I may have ended a century ago. The devastating cultural effects of the Great War are still being felt today, though. Read More

REMEMBERING A CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN

By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
National Review Online

No Librarian of Congress had a greater impact on the Library or did more to make it an integral part of the nation’s cultural life than James H. Billington. Read More

GIVING THANKS IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES

By EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen
Syndicated Column

There is good evidence that gratitude increases happiness. Read More
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