POLITICS & POLICY

Jen Psaki is ridiculous, of course. And I couldn’t help noticing something weird about the partisan nature of President Biden’s speech, in which he compared Republican critics to George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis — couldn’t he have picked some villains who weren’t, you know, actually and literally Democrats? He may as well have
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks on Capitol Hill, December 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Despite the resistance he’s faced from his party over his opposition to reforming the legislative filibuster through unconventional avenues, moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he won’t be surrendering his long-held position. Ahead of a Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday evening, Manchin
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I see that the latest brilliant idea from the comments section of the Daily Kos has met with the same reaction from Joe Manchin as did all the others: Manchin says he doesn’t support a talking filibuster that goes around 60-vote threshold and won’t support the nuclear option to change rules. Says he’s fine with
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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team at the White House complex in Washington, D.C., January 4, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Biden stands by the speech he delivered in Atlanta last week comparing opponents of Democrats’ voting
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Soldiers endure a six-mile ruck march back to garrison during the Utah National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Williams, Utah, March 23, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard/Specialist Bryton Bluth/Handout via Reuters) Over the weekend, the editors of Utah’s Salt Lake Tribune penned a fairly standard urban liberal cri de coeur about the supposedly backward
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen answers questions during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the FY22 budget request for the Treasury Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via Reuters) On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen declared that the U.S. economy has
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President Donald Trump gestures after addressing the first day of the Republican National Convention after delegates voted to confirm him as the presidential nominee for re-election, in Charlotte, N.C., August 24, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) As Joe Biden’s struggles mount day by day, it’s looking more and more like the GOP may have dodged a bullet
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Unfortunately, the powers that be in North Carolina’s community colleges have decreed that the hideous diversity, equity, and inclusion triumvirate will be “embedded” in the curriculum. In today’s Martin Center article, Ashlynn Warta reports on the bad news. Enrollments and funding are down. She writes, “With such obvious financial stress, one would think the community
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Half of respondents in a new CBS News poll released Sunday said they were “frustrated” and “disappointed” with President Biden’s presidency. The poll, which comes days before Biden marks his first full
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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Gutting the filibuster, with an eye toward expanding and controlling SCOTUS, is becoming a litmus test for Democratic candidates. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M any political observers were mystified by President Biden’s incendiary remarks in Atlanta on voting rights. The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of
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Gas pump at a Shell gas station in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2021. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) The week of January 10: inflation, chicken wings, scapegoats, price controls, and much, much more. Well, I suppose I have to say a bit more about inflation. For now, I’ll stick with Wednesday’s guess prediction, which is that inflation will start easing off
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(maroke/iStock/Getty Images) Rebecca Bodenheimer, in Politico, on how school closures in Oakland during Covid exposed the gap between her progressive politics and the reality of progressives: There was no recognition of the fact that we were advocating for our kids, who were floundering in remote learning, or that public schools across the country (in red states)
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A gun owner wears a handgun as members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League hold a gun-rights rally in Richmond, Va., July 9, 2019. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters) It’s not recent NRA propaganda that has made gun owners enthusiastic defenders of their right to bear arms. They’ve been that way for a while. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE
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Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during his election-night party in Chantilly, Va., November 3, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in today as the 73rd governor of Virginia, joined by incoming lieutenant governor Winsome Sears and incoming attorney general Jason Miyares, both Republicans. Youngkin defeated Democratic former governor Terry McAuliffe by
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Writing for AIER, Robert Wright explores “The Government Scientific Agency Oxymoron.” Wright’s key observation: “Government bureaucracies cannot ‘do’ science because their incentives are all wrong. Science flourishes only in a competitive environment.” Correct. Government can, however, subvert science. That’s an ugly history, from Lysenko to Fauci. Read the whole thing.
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Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with then-president Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Prosecutors are needlessly risking acquittal by filing inappropriate charges. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T wo elements are indispensable to the crime of seditious conspiracy. First, there must be an agreement to use force, as
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Vice-President Kamala Harris speaks to American and French reporters during a press conference at the InterContinental Le Grande Hotel in Paris, France, November 12, 2021. (Sarahbeth Maney/Pool via Reuters) Vice President Harris, on the heels of her Today interview, addressed the nation about the administration’s Covid-19 strategy. The following is a rush transcript: My fellow Americans, Today is
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on voting rights during a speech on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday claimed President Biden was not comparing opponents of Democrats’ voting bill to racists and segregationists as “humans,” explaining
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An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping displayed at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China, November 11, 2021. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Dear Weekend Jolter, The Olympics are drawing closer, and China is preparing for the occasion by doing what meticulous and well-adjusted hosts of global gatherings are wont to do
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Democratic congressman Jamaal Bowman of New York calls Arizona Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema a “traitor” to “our democracy” for refusing to vote to override the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for legislation: Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Traitor: a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.
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