POLITICS & POLICY

Darrell Brooks appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis., November 23, 2021. (Mark Hoffman/Pool via Reuters) The Milwaukee County, Wis., district attorney said an assistant prosecutor set $1,000 bail for Darrell Brooks Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six and injuring over 60, because she didn’t have
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An anti-abortion demonstrator holds an issue of National Review, End Roe, ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Anthony Bolognese, Capitol Hill Photo) I’ve been talking to some colleagues about how maybe it would be less consequential politically than we think, and
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In oral argument in Dobbs, Justice Breyer seemed to revere the deservedly ridiculed discussion of stare decisis in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Further, in a remarkable exchange with Justice Alito (transcript, pp. 91-95), U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar resisted the notion that the Court could have overturned its notorious decision in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
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Pro-life activists protest outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Today, we run the gamut: three observations about yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court and the future of abortion in the U.S.; why the Omicron variant may have been hanging around here much longer than we thought; why
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference following the passage of the Build Back Better Act at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. November 19, 2021. (Al Drago/Reuters) As the Supreme Court convened Wednesday to hear oral arguments for a landmark case concerning a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of
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Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Courts Building for the start of jury selection in his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 29, 2021. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Chicago, Ill. — Abimbola Osundairo, one of two brothers accused of conspiring with former Empire star Jussie Smollett to stage a racist and homophobic attack against him in 2019,
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Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. (jjgervasi/iStock/Getty Images) One of the features of the first year of the Biden administration has been the way that regulators are increasingly trespassing into territory more properly reserved for legislatures. If it is true that Richard Cordray is going to be nominated to the Federal Reserve as vice chair for
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Anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court building ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case will decide
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Anti-abortion rights activists protest outside the Supreme Court building, ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) If the justices follow the Constitution and do their jobs, Roe will soon take its rightful place on the ash heap of history. But
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Jussie Smollett arrives with family members at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 30, 2021. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Chicago, Ill. – The defense attorney for former Empire star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday attempted to poke holes in the earlier testimony of the lead detective on the case and tried
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A nurse draws from a vial of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Los Angeles, Calif., March 25, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) The hyperactive CNBC host and financial analyst Jim Cramer offered an eye-opening and rather unconstitutional proposal on his program urging the federal government to require all citizens to get vaccinated or demonstrate their
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McMahon Hall at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., September 1, 2019. (The Catholic University of America/Wikimedia Commons) It is sacrilegious, not in accordance with Catholic University’s principles, and merely sows division. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J ohn Garvey is a fundamentally bright and decent man. I’ve had a number of run-ins with him
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Union supporters gather outside of the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer Ala., March 29, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H eads, I win — tails, I get another flip of the coin. Sound fair to you? When it comes to its contest with would-be union organizers, Amazon literally cannot win
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Blake Masters at the “Rally to Protect Our Elections” hosted by Turning Point Action in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 2021. (Gage Skidmore/The Star News Network/CC BY-SA 2.0) Yesterday, Nate Hochman published an interesting profile of Blake Masters, who is running for the Republican nomination in the 2022 Arizona Senate primary. I learned a lot from
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Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Courts Building for the start of jury selection in his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 29, 2021. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Chicago, Ill. — The prosecution and defense provided opening statements Monday night in the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the former star of the television show Empire who is
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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee during a hearing on the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report, February 11, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, recently nominated by President Biden to serve a second term, warned Monday that the Omicron variant of COVID recently discovered in
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the authorization of the coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 at the White House in Washington, D.C., November 3, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) A federal judge on Monday placed a temporary injunction on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers at Medicare- and Medicaid-affiliated facilities. Judge
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Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago, Ill., February 24, 2020. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Jussie Smollett, the actor who allegedly falsely claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. Smollett was indicted on 16
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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via Reuters) With his latest remarks, Fauci has given his game away. It’s a game we should stop playing. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A few people show up in Botswana with a new variant
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President Franklin Pierce and Nathaniel Hawthorne (Brady-Handy Photograph Collection/Library of Congress) First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, by Gary Ginsberg (Twelve, 416 pp., $30) NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F irst ladies, first children, first siblings, and even first dogs have served as frequent grist for the mill in the (often
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Campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I. (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) It hosted a professor promoting his book Decolonizing Palestine, which is academic-speak for “Denouncing Israel.” NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B rown University is working hard to become the most anti-Israel school in America. In its competition with Columbia University and New York
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Cast members of a new production of the musical Oklahoma! during rehearsals at the Royal National Theatre in 1998. (Rosie Hallam/PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images) It’s no coincidence that Oklahoma!, a musical of youthful heartiness, is anti-porn. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 1958, Oscar Hammerstein told Mike Wallace that Oklahoma!, the hit musical he
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Shoppers browsing Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. (Wayne Bronner) With a 120,000-square-foot store dedicated to everything Christmas, and catalog orders coming from around the globe, it takes a lot of manpower to operate Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. In a typical year, Bronner’s would have upward of 750 employees working at “the world’s largest Christmas store,” based in the
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