POLITICS & POLICY

Universally, treason is regarded as a despicable “high crime.” In many countries, it is punishable by life imprisonment or execution and is likely to make a traitor a social pariah. Why, then, would anyone commit such a crime? This list suggests a few motives for such a deed. These accused, which includes some well-known individuals,
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Whether a leader is elected, appointed, or ascends to power through monarchical rule, they are expected to serve diligently and leave a legacy over time. They are envied, respected, and sometimes criticized in equal measure. While the time limit can vary depending on a country’s constitution or a region’s rule, we can all agree that
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Supreme Court Police officers guard a barrier between anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights protesters outside the 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) It remains highly unlikely. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t this week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji
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Texas swimmers Erica Sullivan and Evie Pfeifer embrace as 500 freestyle winner Lia Thomas walks past during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga., March 17, 2022. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) A Washington Post columnist ridiculously argues that we shouldn’t care about Lia Thomas competing
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during the third day of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 23, 2022. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) If only Lindsey Graham were in a job where he had the power to propose a law requiring judges to sentence
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Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. (JTGrafix/iStock/Getty Images) The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed the Save Women’s Sports Act in a party-line vote on Wednesday, a bill that would keep biological men from competing on female sports teams at public schools or universities. The bill, which says athletic teams “designated for ‘females,’ ‘women’ or ‘girls’
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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting about ARPA-H at the White House complex in Washington, D.C., March 18, 2022. (Al Drago/Reuters) Given a new wave of bipartisan hesitancy, the Biden administration has changed its tone on these negotiations. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or those following the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, the Biden administration’s
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MacKenzie Scott at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills, Calif., April 3, 2018. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $275 million to Planned Parenthood’s national office and 21 regional affiliates, the organization announced Wednesday. The donation, which is the largest gift from a single donor in the organization’s history, is part of
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President Joe Biden speaks next to Vice President Kamala Harris before signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Some of President Joe Biden’s advisers accused Kamala Harris of being too focused on “first-world problems” as the vice president and her team continually
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2022. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters) I’m very surprised that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answered Senator Lindsey Graham’s question about whether we are still at war — yes, she said
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Jon Hartley of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity writes about the Fed’s over-reliance on inflation forecasts: When originally Powell came into the Fed in 2017, he described his approach to monetary policy as “risk management.” While that may sound nice, there’s something deeper to it. It assumes you actually know the risks and
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson delivers an opening statement at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley could not have been more civil and engaging in his opening statement at Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s
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(Anthony Bolante/Reuters) The medical-marijuana movement touts cannabis as almost a cure-all. It supposedly relieves pain, depression, and anxiety, improves appetites for people in chemotherapy, etc. Well, not so fast. It turns out that there isn’t all that much science behind some of these claims. To the contrary, a just-published study in JAMA Open Network concluded
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Sen. Josh Hawley (left) and Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (Tom Williams/Pool, Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) He distorts her record on ‘sex offenders.’ NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I would oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson because of her judicial philosophy, for the reasons outlined by Ed Whelan last week. I address that in a separate post. For
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Ketanji Brown Jackson is seated to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Reuters) As I’ve separately contended, some of the arguments being made against President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson are unworthy. Nevertheless, though it seems
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Then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts at the final election rally in Munich, Germany, September 22, 2017. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) Even as his country remains dangerously dependent on Russian oil and, even more so, natural gas (a vulnerability that is not going away any time soon), Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has signaled his intention to take
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A branch of HSBC bank is seen in central London, August 3, 2009 (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) Bloomberg: HSBC Holdings Plc promised to “phase down” its financing of the fossil fuel industry, sending a warning to oil and gas clients as the bank works toward its target of net-zero emissions. The step is in line with “what is
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1957—President Eisenhower’s nomination of William J. Brennan, Jr. to serve on the Supreme Court is confirmed by the Senate. Brennan, a former New Jersey supreme court justice, is already serving on the Court by virtue of Eisenhower’s October 1956 recess appointment of him. Eisenhower’s selection of Brennan—which Eisenhower later identifies as one of his two
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