POLITICS & POLICY

Then-White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in 2014. (Larry Downing/Reuters) Before many details were known about the shooting of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, many journalists, activists, and politicians raced to fit the story into the broader narrative about police misconduct toward black Americans. The fact that a cop shot a black teenager just as
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The remnants of buildings destroyed during riots that erupted after the death of George Floyd stand near downtown Minneapolis, Minn., June 1, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Like many downtown Minneapolis business owners, David Fhima was concerned about the potential for violence after the jury’s verdict in the George Floyd murder trial. Last summer, looters and vandals
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Chemdawg marijuana plants in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, October 29, 2019 (Blair Gable/Reuters) Today is 4/20, which has become, for complicated reasons, a “holiday” of sorts for enthusiasts of weed. Every year, it seems they have more to celebrate: Legalization is spreading, the legal marijuana industry is booming, and more and more people are open
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A medical team performs surgery in an operating room onboard USNS Comfort, off the coast of Riohacha, Colombia, November 27, 2018. (Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters) Good for Canada — a sentiment I haven’t been able to make very often lately. But a Senate committee has unanimously passed a bill that would outlaw Canadians from entering the black
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Charles Manson talks during an interview, August 25, 1989. (Calvin Hom CP/Reuters) “Innocent until proven guilty” is the central tenet of the American criminal justice system. Public opinion is a different matter. While judges and juries must grant the accused the presumption of innocence until proven in a court of law, ordinary citizens are free
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Pro-choice activists assemble in downtown Memphis, Tenn., May 21, 2019. (Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters) The Tennessee state house has passed a bill requiring that the fetal remains of aborted babies be buried or cremated after abortion. The Republican Party controls both the state house and state senate, and Tennessee’s GOP governor Bill Lee has historically been
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to reporters about the 2020 presidential election results during a news conference at the U.S.Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 12, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) will introduce a resolution to formally censure Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) for allegedly inciting violence during the
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin waives his right to testify to the jury, next to his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., April 15, 2021, in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) CNN “Senior Legal Analyst” Laura Coates took to Twitter Monday to express shock at the fact that Eric Nelson, the defense attorney
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Migrants cross a river next to an construction crew working on a section of the new U.S.-Mexico wall between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 5, 2019. (Jose Luis Gonzalezz/Reuters) According to the Washington Post: SCOOP: ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order https://t.co/FUM2po4LRG — Maria
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rises to greet jury members on the twefth day of his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., April 13, 2021, in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) It all comes down to intent. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n
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People walk past Soviet-era statues, mostly of Vladimir Lenin, in Aksu, Kazakhstan, February 21, 2018. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters) Scenes from an almost-debate NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P rofessor Richard Wolff of UMass–Amherst seems to be a courteous man, so I will put this question as courteously as I can: Rounded off to the nearest 100 million, how
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A barber shop in Encinitas, Calif., closed as new stay-at-home orders begin in Southern California during the coronavirus outbreak, December 7, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters) For most of the last year, we have been inundated with stories in the media about the utter horror of COVID-19. Those stories have engendered in a great many Americans the
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) during a national day of action to protest the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy in Los Angeles, Calif., June 30, 2018. (Monica Almeida/Reuters) Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) told demonstrators to “stay in the street” and become “more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted of killing
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a Trump campaign rally in Sanford, Fla., October 12, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Florida governor Ron DeSantis warned corporations against trying to “genuflect” to “wokeness” in comments on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures. When asked what he thought about Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game
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AR-15 rifles for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Penn., October 6, 2017 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The former FedEx employee who fatally shot eight workers at a company facility in Indianapolis on Thursday legally purchased two semiautomatic rifles months after police confiscated his shotgun, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said on Saturday. The Bureau
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(alfexe/iStock/Getty Images) Many charitable foundations have been captured by the Left. For generations, American philanthropists have devoted their lives to empowering their fellow citizens. I chose philanthropy as a career because it gave me the opportunity to pass on the ideals of hard work, personal responsibility, education, and faith — ideals that allowed my family
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Then-Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks during the school’s commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Va., May 11, 2019. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) Liberty University is suing its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., for $10 million, alleging he hid misconduct from the university board. The complaint says Falwell “fashioned a deceitful scheme to manipulate the Executive Committee of
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Flag at a protest against Trump administration transgender policies in New York City, 2018. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) There are war crimes, and there are ‘culture war’ crimes. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ven in wars, there are standards. The United Nations defines “war crimes” as “violations of international humanitarian law (treaty or customary law) that incur individual
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Protesters rally outside Brooklyn Center Police Department a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn., April 12, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters) A federal judge in Minnesota issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting or using physical force against journalists covering the Daunte
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2018 (Jim Young/Reuters) 2009—Canon 2 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges provides that a judge “should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” But then-Second
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