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Mort Kondracke

Morton Kondracke is a retired Washington, DC, journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, The New Republic, McLaughlin Group, FoxNews Special Report, Roll Call, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal) now living on Bainbridge Island. He continues to write regularly for (besides PostAlley) RealClearpolitics.com, mainly to advance the cause of political reform.

How to sell Infrastructure to Republicans: We need to Beat China

In terms of spending on scientific research and development, the US led China $553 billion to $463 billion in 2018, but China’s investment has been growing at more than 15 percent a year, while the US has increased by less than 5 percent annually, meaning that by this year, China likely is ahead.

Biden’s Brilliant Start (But Landmines Await)

Biden and Congressional Democrats are facing challenges that could put Republicans back in power after the 2022 midterms—scotching chances for progress on the ambitious Biden agenda.

Biden’s Success Depends on Making People Believe in Government Again

To get his program adopted—and have a chance for Democrats to keep their majorities—I think Biden needs to organize a massive public campaign of persuasion along with his quieter attempts at bipartisan diplomacy.

Why Rushing to Impeach Trump Is a Gift to Trumpers

“To borrow a phrase, Democrats should stand back and stand by; but alas, the idea of a sequel is making the rounds in Washington. In their righteous and proper anger over the Trump Riot and all that led up to it, many Democrats are talking themselves into one more go-round."

Time for Trump to Go

Invoking the 25th Amendment or Impeachment would be appropriate. Trump has ceased (for weeks) to perform the duties of his office. He’s incapable of doing so, fixated as he...

This Year in Democracy Reform: Progress is Being Made

Reformers are aware they cannot claim sole credit for 2020’s record voter turnout or the record numbers of early and mail-in votes, since Donald Trump and the COVID pandemic were contributing factors. But reform groups did promote mail voting, defend it against Trump assertions it is rife with fraud, and advise voters not to expect full results on Election Day.

Georgia Senate Runoff Key to Biden Presidency

It’s essential, if Joe Biden is to have any chance of being a successful president, that Democrats win Georgia’s two runoff Senate races Jan. 5—and it’s just possible they...

The Election: Some Complications with your Joy?

Early indications—such as stock market surges—indicate the country approves of his election and is overjoyed at the prospect that an effective COVID vaccine will be available soon. But Biden faces a deeply divided country. His election was based on narrow margins in every battleground state.

Blueprint for the Death of a Democracy: Where Are We?

A big new poll just out from the Knight Foundation shows that over 60 percent of people in both parties think that the other party is a threat to the United States and its people.

Interruptions by any other Name

Mike Pence was not as obnoxious and disruptive as his boss was in the first presidential debate, but relied on similar tactics

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