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Charles J. Reid, Jr.
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Charles J. Reid, Jr., has degrees in canon law and civil law from the Catholic University of America; and a Ph.D. in medieval history from Cornell University. He was raised in a union household in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Milwaukee with degrees in classical languages and history.

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A Time for Graciousness: Memo to Senator Sanders' Campaign

(20) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:35 PM

I have supported Senator Bernie Sanders throughout this campaign. I caucused for him in Minnesota where I live and I have commented favorably on his campaign to friends, to family, and in these pages. I am proud of my support for his candidacy and for what he has achieved. And...

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Elephant Graveyard: Republicans and a Third Party Candidacy

(25) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 11:04 PM

The story is circulating this weekend that high-level operatives in the Republican Party are preparing a third-party candidacy to challenge Donald Trump and the winner of the Democratic nomination in the general elections this fall. Such a candidacy would be a mistake for two major reasons: First, the political figures...

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Charles Koch Likes Hillary Clinton: What Does It Mean?

(398) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 9:58 PM

On Sunday, April 24, billionaire Charles Koch -- by some estimates the ninth-wealthiest person in the world -- gave an interview to ABC News. It was, I must confess my grudging respect, brilliant political theater. Koch struck a high-minded pose where Donald Trump was concerned. He was profoundly disillusioned with...

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When Bernie Met Francis

(20) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took time off from the campaign trail on April 15 to address the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a kind of think tank located at the Vatican.

How to describe the address? It will likely have little direct impact on this year's presidential cycle. From a...

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Why Is Bernie Sanders Polling So Well? (Hint: It's His Policies)

(379) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 10:12 PM

Bernie Sanders has better poll numbers than any candidate for president, from either party. Consider his latest numbers (March 31) from Huff Post Pollster. Bernie bests Donald Trump by 52 to 41. Against Ted Cruz, Bernie leads 51 to 41; and vs. John Kasich it is Bernie 46 to Kasich's...

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A Supreme Court Justice for the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 9:49 PM

Memo to President Obama: We need a Supreme Court Justice and we need one now. That justice should be prepared to fight the great the legal battles of the twenty-first century. And those battles concern primarily wealth and race.

Let's talk first about wealth. That discussion must begin with the...

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It's Still Trump Vs. Cruz: Do We Laugh or Cry?

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 9:17 PM

There's an old saying: "Never wrestle with a pig. You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it."

The Republican debate of February 13 broke that rule. The candidates mud-wrestled all evening long, and the results were grim. Indeed, the debate only confirmed my belief that the nominating contest...

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GOP Establishment Field Scrambled: What Happens Next?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 3:06 PM

The New Hampshire Republican debate of February 6 likely accomplished something that few debates manage: It has probably shifted the dynamic of the GOP primary contest.

There are, at this moment, three lanes to the GOP nomination. There is the lane occupied by Donald Trump. Let's call it the populist/nativist...

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Does Ted Cruz Have a Path to the GOP Nomination?

(21) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:38 PM

I have been following Ted Cruz' political career closely ever since he orchestrated the government shutdown in the fall of 2013. His theatrical efforts were calculated to secure the support of bedrock conservatives for a future presidential bid. Yes, his ambitions were transparent even then. I condemned him at the...

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Michael Bloomberg for President?

(11) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:43 PM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must know that this is his last rodeo. If he does not run for President in 2016, the year in which he turns 74, there will be no opportunity for him in four years. News reports suggest that he is giving serious thought...

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Bernie Sanders and the New American Social Contract

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 3:52 PM

The United States once enjoyed a governing policy focused and framed by a strong conception of the common good. From the 1930's to the close of the 1960's, there existed a bipartisan consensus that supported the proposition that American prosperity depended crucially on a government that ensured the prerequisites for...

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Predicting the GOP Presidential Primary

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:10 PM

Ten weeks -- ten weeks from today puts us in mid-March. And by the time we reach mid-March, we shall have a good sense of the outcome of the GOP presidential primary. Predictions are always a hazardous undertaking yet their allure may be irresistible. So, here is my best judgment...

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Forecasting the Big Trends of 2016: Politics Edition

(14) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:02 PM

Most election cycles occur within well-understood parameters. Indeed, these parameters are so generally accepted by the experts that they assume the character of revealed truth. And so they appear to be, until their foundations are shifted and we are suddenly confronted by new arrangements.

When I look forward to 2016,...

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GOP Establishment Candidates: The State Of the Field

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 3:19 PM

As we enter the final week of 2015, it is fair to say that the Republican Party Establishment is in crisis. The crisis has many causes. The Establishment's favored issues -- large tax breaks for the wealthy, the further deregulation of the American economy, the privatization of vital public services...

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Stand Against Religious and Ethnic Hatred, Stand Against Trump

(11) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:57 PM

There is no longer any doubt that Donald Trump has crossed the bridge from right-wing demagogue to the leader of an American fascist movement. And it is time for all Americans to reject the toxic brew of religious and ethnic hatred he is selling.

His statement of December 7, 2015,...

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Will Chris Christie Be the Next to Rise?

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 3:08 PM

As the GOP contest unfolds, it is becoming increasingly clear that the party is divided into three parts. There is the insurgent, insurrectionist right, personified by Donald Trump. He is a demagogue. His pledge to rely on mass deportations as his response to undocumented immigration is hideous and inhumane. His...

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Philosophical Divisions Emerge

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 8:27 PM

One of these days it will happen, Donald Trump will chew the head off of a bat and Ben Carson will reattach it.

I am joking of course. The Republican debate of November 10 represents an important turning point in this season's campaign trajectory. For it was on Tuesday night...

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Ross Douthat and the Meaning of History

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 6:11 PM

In a series of columns and blog entries at the New York Times website and in his recent Erasmus lecture, Ross Douthat has written of his desire to defend the Catholic Church from what he genuinely fears to be a papacy introducing unwarranted novelties into doctrine and practice. Although Douthat...

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Anti-Governmentalism: The Third Republican Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:29 PM

"Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and heart disease." Cure these chronic illnesses, Governor Mike Huckabee informed his audience at the third Republican debate, held October 28, 2015, and "we" can solve our issues with Medicare.

What a missed opportunity for leadership! In presidential campaigns from an older, more confident era, the candidate...

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Seriously. Is the GOP Establishment Failing?

(130) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 5:17 PM

This is an important question. Indeed, the dominant news story of the 2015/2016 election cylcle might well prove to be the steady implosion of the Republican Party establishment.

At the risk of painting with a very broad brush, we should begin by defining the difference between establishment and insurgent Republicans....

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