POLITICS & POLICY

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) gives an interview in Laredo, Texas, October 9, 2019. (Veronica Cardenas/Reuters) Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) is urging President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the southern border as conditions there continue to deteriorate. Prominent Democrats, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), have stressed that “we’re on
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Matt Feeney: Setting up a years long, quasi-therapeutic process in which admissions goads young people into laying bare their vulnerable selves — a process that conceals a high-value transaction in which colleges use their massive leverage to mold those selves to their liking — is reprehensible. It is a terrible thing to do. It renders
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My Bloomberg Opinion column is about President Biden’s new “Supreme Court reform” commission. One of the topics I take up is whether FDR’s attempt to pack the Court succeeded in intimidating the justices. The story goes that in 1937 Justice Owen Roberts stopped blocking New Deal legislation because he feared court-packing. He had voted to
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(Pixabay) The Alabama and North Dakota Legislatures approved bills to ban transgender girls from playing on female sports teams on Thursday. Alabama governor Kay Ivey and North Dakota governor Doug Burgum have not indicated if they will sign their states’ respective bills. The Alabama Senate approved the state’s bill 25-5, while the House approved some
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The bill doesn’t have the votes to pass Congress now, but will Democrats successfully pressure the Supreme Court to avoid rulings that enrage progressives? In October 2020, shortly before the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, a Siena/New York Times survey asked likely voters: “If Amy Coney Barrett
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U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest in Bost Kalay, Afghanistan, March 17, 2018. (Sergeant Sean J. Berry/USMC) Well, well, well. Just hours after Joe Biden finally announced his big decision on Afghanistan, and minutes before sanctions on Russia were updated, news outlets are reporting that U.S. intel has low confidence in the story that Russia
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Vanita Gupta speaks during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability in Washington, DC, June 10, 2020. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via Reuters) Five Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Senators Cornyn, Grassley, Tillis, Cruz, and Hawley — sent a letter today to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting SEC
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President Joe Biden announces executive actions on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 8, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The misguided campaign to clamp down on homemade firearms presents a slippery slope. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ince before the United States existed as an independent nation, Americans have been making firearms
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President Biden delivers remarks in Atlanta, Ga., March 19, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) President Biden will say it is “time to end America’s longest war” in a speech on the Afghanistan War to be delivered later on Wednesday. The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon “cannot explain” why U.S. forces
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sits in front of a picture of George Floyd displayed during Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis on March 29 in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) The Chauvin defense called its big witness Tuesday afternoon, retired federal and state law-enforcement officer Barry Brodd, an expert in police training and the use
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A U.S Army soldier walks behind an Afghan policeman during a joint patrol with Afghan police and Canadian soldiers west of Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) Two decades of the conflict have shown us what American foreign-policy failure looks like. What success looks like remains unclear. Joe Biden has announced that the last U.S.
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World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (Denis Balibouse/Reuters) The World Health Organization has failed miserably in the COVID crisis — covering for China’s blatant misfeasance and badly muddling public-health communication. So, of course, it wants more power. The WHO wants us to prepare for future pandemics with a “One Health” international treaty that would
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A family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo River to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 30, 2021. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) There seems to be disagreement about the nature of the problem at our southern border. Much of the commentary has
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Florida Supreme Court Building (Wikimedia Commons) 1990—In Cross v. State, Florida chief justice Rosemary Barkett dissents from the Florida supreme court’s ruling that probable cause existed for an arrest. After Cross consented to a search of her tote bag, police found a hard baseball-shaped object wrapped in brown tape inside a woman’s slip. Having seen
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Repudiating the need to set priorities for international human-rights policy, he does a grave disservice to millions who are persecuted for their faith. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aims to make his mark on international human-rights policy by downplaying the importance of religious freedom. He is bowing to trends in domestic partisan political fashions, not
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