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Executive editor of National Review Reihan Salam is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the executive editor of National Review.
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Ron DeSantis Is Showing the GOP a Different Path Forward

January 24, 2019 At every stage of his short career in Republican politics, Ron DeSantis, the newly inaugurated governor of Florida, has been exceptionally shrewd. It is therefore telling that as President Donald Trump’s approval rating drifts downward, he has spent his first weeks in office pivoting from unadulterated Trumpist bombast to dulcet...

Democrats Are Wrong About Defense Spending

January 6, 2019 The Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination will surely disagree about a great many things, such as the wisdom of Medicare for all, whether to embrace a Green New Deal, and how far to go when raising taxes. One emerging consensus, though, is that, as Senator Elizabeth Warren recently...

Analysis: Democrats Are Wrong About Defense Spending

January 4, 2019 The Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination will surely disagree about a great many things, such as the wisdom of Medicare-for-all, whether to embrace a Green New Deal, and how far to go when it comes to raising taxes. One emerging consensus, though, is that, as Senator Elizabeth Warren...

Will America Shape Its Grand Strategy Around China or Russia?

October 10, 2018 Late last week, as most of America’s political class was transfixed by the denouement of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, Vice President Mike Pence gave a wide-ranging address on the U.S. relationship with China, and why the Trump administration is committed to opposing its expansionist designs. For the most part, it...

Analysis: How Trump Can Strike Back at the Deep State

September 12, 2018 Who exactly is in charge in the Trump White House? That the question is being raised at all is reportedly very vexing to President Donald Trump, and understandably so. If it really is true that an internal “resistance” within his administration is undermining his authority, as many have convincingly claimed,...

Analysis: ‘Medicare for All’ Is a Fantasy

August 30, 2018 “Medicare for All” is an enormously popular slogan, as evidenced by a slew of recent surveys. Its widespread appeal has emboldened the growing ranks of America’s democratic socialists, the more ambitious of whom see it as the entering wedge of a larger transformation of the country’s economic life. It’s also...

The Coming Split in NATO

July 12, 2018 One of President Donald Trump’s chief complaints about America’s European allies is that they don’t spend nearly enough on defense; he has again raised the issue on Wednesday at the nato summit. Granted, Trump is hardly the first American president to point to miserly military spending on the part of...

John Bolton Is Misunderstood

March 26, 2018 Over the past few days, many have tried to distill John Bolton’s worldview, to get a sense of how he might shape the foreign policy of the Trump administration as he takes up the post of national-security adviser. His detractors have paid particularly close attention to his bellicose statements about...