POLITICS & POLICY

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting with the Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin at the State Department in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2021. (Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via Reuters) Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly deleted a tweet accusing Chinese leaders of weakening Hong Kong’s long-term political and social stability and affirming the
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(anyaberkut/Getty Images) One downside of the new media environment is that people with no journalistic — or apparently any other! — scruples can retail complete falsehoods as they please. Take this laughably conspiratorial and fictional post. It suggests that NR is killing anti-Google articles at the behest of Google. This is false. It says “sources
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A man grabs a gun displayed at Shore Shot Pistol Range gun shop in Lakewood Township, N.J., March 19, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Forgive me for revisiting that Gail Collins New York Times column I examined yesterday, but I think it is important to understand the extent to which this kind of ignorance and bigotry shapes
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(Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images) Making stuff free is an old tactic for politicians seeking popularity.  The ancient Romans gave people free bread and circuses. Now, Democrats in Congress want to make community college free. (I don’t think I need to add that any time scarce resources are used, the thing can’t really be “free” owing to
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Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions 2019 legislative conference in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) At Thursday night’s Virginia gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe was asked if he would sign legislation loosening Virginia’s statute on third-trimester abortions.  Specifically, moderator Susan Page asked McAuliffe if he
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Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Green Bay, Wisc., in August 2016. (Eric Thayer/Reuters) The special counsel’s final report on the Clinton campaign’s manufacturing of the Trump–Russia collusion narrative will be very interesting reading. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here is a long game and a short game going on in
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Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. rest near the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S. in Del Rio, Texas, September 16, 2021. (Go Nakamura/Reuters) Thousands of migrants have arrived at the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, over the past week, with Border Patrol agents struggling to process new arrivals. Around 9,300 migrants are
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A member of the Taliban forces points his gun at protesters, as Afghan demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-Pakistan protest, in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. (Stringer/Reuters) In response to The Moral Rot of the Texas-Taliban Debate The comparisons are, of course, grotesque. But they also are illiterate: Relative to Catholic social teaching and the
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Left: Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing in at the White House in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Right: ShutDownDC protesters assemble in Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s neighborhood, September 13, 2021 (Nic Rowan) If we are going to avoid perennial repeats of January 6, we need people on
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U.S. Attorney John Durham (United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut/Wikimedia) John Durham, the special counsel tapped by the Trump administration to audit the Russia investigation, is expected to direct a grand jury to indict a cybersecurity attorney for knowingly making a false statement to the FBI. Durham is reportedly investigating whether Michael Sussmann, a
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(jittawit.21/Getty Images) Teaching that math is ‘racist’ will taint the field for everyone, including those who need it most. Math proficiency is white supremacy, proclaims Deborah Lowenberg Ball, a mathematics professor and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. In the latest episode of the EdFix Podcast, Ball complains that math is
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021. (Tom Williams/Reuters) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) on Wednesday again raised questions about the legitimacy of the FBI’s 2018 background check into Brett Kavanaugh, saying it may have been “just as flawed” as its investigation into former U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asks a question during the nomination hearing of Ed Gonzalez for director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 15, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) sent a letter to Google on Wednesday demanding answers  about why it has “seemingly censored” ads by
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People gather at City Hall in Manhattan to protest the city’s vaccine mandate in New York, August 25, 2021. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) A Manhattan Supreme Court judge temporarily blocked the city government’s vaccine mandate for Department of Education (DOE) employees Tuesday evening, handing a victory to the major municipal unions who challenged Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom makes an appearance after the polls close on the recall election at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., September 14, 2021. (Fred Greaves/Reuters) California voters overwhelmingly chose to keep Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in office in a recall election on Tuesday. Newsom was spared after a projection by the
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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at St. Mary’s Center during a “Stop The Recall” rally ahead of the recall election in Oakland, Calif., September 11, 2021. (Brittany Hosea-Small/Reuters) Personally, I don’t find it hard to imagine a Democrat winning a political race in California. Even a Democrat like Gavin Newsom. I especially don’t find it
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A member of the Taliban force stands guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021. (Stringer/Reuters) A veteran desperately trying to get Afghan allies out of the country shares hellacious accounts. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n normal times, Jean Marie Thrower would be running Supplier Development Systems, her Birmingham, Ala.–based automotive consulting firm.
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the coronavirus response and vaccinations during a speech at the White House, August 23, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The administration’s vaccine mandate is likely yet another episode of legally unauthorized Biden overreach that could impair economic growth. The most far-reaching and questionable part of the Biden administration’s six-pronged COVID-19 Action
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Dec. 03, 2018 (Jabin Botsford/Reuters) A crowd of activists marched on the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday night in protest of his decision to reject a challenge to Texas’ new law allowing private citizens to sue providers
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Afghan refugees wait to board buses that will take them to a processing center after arriving at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., September 2, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) The CDC has reportedly recommended that Afghan evacuees being processed at U.S. military bases overseas be tested and vaccinated for measles — an undertaking that would delay
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Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, April 23, 2021 (Erin Schaff/Reuters) Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer brushed off progressives’ demands that he retire to make room for a new nominee while the Democratic Party still holds power in the White House and Senate. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, the 83-year-old justice said, “I didn’t retire
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D-VT) questions former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy on Capitol Hill, January 27, 2021. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via Reuters) After passing with bipartisan support in the Senate, the Biden-backed $1 trillion infrastructure package is in limbo, as Democrats in the House of
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