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Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy, a regular contributor to Commentary, is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His first book was Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians?

The passage of Barack Obama’s health-care legislation in the spring of 2010 proved profoundly injurious to the president and his party in the ...

The Land of Blood and Honey By Martin van Creveld St. Martin’s Press, 368 pages The veteran Washington hand Ben Wattenberg once said that for 500 years, “America...

In 1991 the political world was rocked by the unlikeliest of victories. Harris Wofford, a former aide for John F. Kennedy, upset two-term Republican Governor...

President Obama's long closing statement typified what we saw at the summit. As he mentioned earlier, he is the president, and so he got to...

Paul Ryan has just made three strong points: If there are going to be cuts to Medicare, the savings should go to shore up Medicare rather...

Congresswoman Blackburn just did a fine job laying out the need to allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. She was clear and concise,...

The president also seems pretty annoyed with Eric Cantor's explanation of Republican objections to the bill, but he held his tongue and let Cantor finish....

John McCain is listing all of the "unsavory" ways that the Democrats have put things together -- including the Cornhusker kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, and...

President Obama has just given us a list of "where we agree" on insurance. His list included the notion that insurance companies can't drop people,...

Congressman Clyburn's comments about promoting community health centers may have been the most off-point comment of the morning. Democrats and Republicans generally agree about the...

Paul Ryan has emerged as the star of the morning by explaining the philosophical difference Republicans have with the Democrats -- Republicans want to give...

Senator Baucus was being a little overly optimistic when he said that the two sides are extremely close to agreement.  There is certainly agreement when...