POLITICS & POLICY

(Elena Mitskevich/Getty Images) Be skeptical of the ‘Neo’ conservatives who believe in the false supremacy of their digital worlds. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E arlier this week, we got a trailer for this December’s The Matrix: Resurrections, a sequel in the franchise started by 1999’s The Matrix. The first movie’s basic premise — reality is an
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Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021. (Scott Applewhite/Reuters) Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested on Friday that President Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandate for private businesses is a “moderate” measure. Critics are calling it unconstitutional and strategically ill-advised. During an appearance on CNN, Fauci
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A view of Manhattan, N.Y., near sunset on September 11, 2001. (Brad Rickerby/Reuters) Recently, while sorting through the accumulated detritus of my life, I discovered a notebook I had used as a third-grader, in the fall of 2001. It included an assignment that took the form of a weekend journal. “On Saturday, I had my
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The entrance to the New York Times Building in New York, June 29, 2021 (Brent Buterbaugh) 2017—In a New York Times interview just days after his retirement from the Seventh Circuit, Reagan appointee Richard A. Posner provides a candid description of his lawless “pragmatism”: “I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions,”
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Environmentalists demonstration near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, during the 2015 World Climate Change Conference. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters) When COVID finally fades, how will the new authoritarianism that the public-health emergency enabled, be retained? By turning global warming/climate change into the next major public-health emergency. And the good news from our would-be overlords’ perspective, is
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Students wearing protective masks arrive for classes on the first day of school in Miami-Dade County amid the coronavirus pandemic at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami, Fla., August 23, 2021. (Marco Bello/Reuters) Following the cues of President Joe Biden, the civil-rights arm of the Department of Education has launched a probe into Florida’s
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In considering President Biden’s proposed OSHA vaccine mandate, it should be possible to distinguish intention from mode of action. I think it’s very important that more people get vaccinated against Covid-19. And while it seems to me that offering people some financial or other enticement for getting vaccinated would be a better way to help
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China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, December 10, 2018. (Fred Dufour/Reuters) Biden wanted competition and cooperation, but he can’t get both. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast night’s call between President Biden and Xi Jinping, their second conversation since Biden took office, might foreshadow an easing of the still-hawkish
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s efforts to increase vaccinations from the White House in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) On the menu today: In the aftermath of President Biden’s fuming speech drafting America’s employers into becoming the enforcers of vaccine mandates, it is worth pointing out that SARS-CoV-2 is extremely
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Delta variant and his administration’s efforts to increase vaccinations from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Biden is so rigorous about sticking to (slowly) reading off his prompter and ducking reporters’ questions that everything in his messaging
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Delta variant and his administration’s efforts to increase vaccinations from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Biden has a dilemma. He was elected on a promise to “shut down the virus,” but eight months into his presidency,
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A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier pushes his cart in the rain on Manhattan’s Upper West Side during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 13, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) U.S. Postal Service employees are exempt from the Biden administration’s new coronavirus-vaccine requirements for federal workers and large companies, White House officials told the Washington
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attends a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 30, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the Department of Labor may compel large employers to enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates on their employees. During a press briefing, a reporter asked how
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President Biden departs after delivering remarks on the August Jobs Report at the White House in Washington, September 3, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Biden’s “new strategy” for dealing with COVID-19 apparently consists of requiring all federal workers to get vaccinated. Earlier, federal workers could opt out and submit to regular testing for the virus. But
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House Republicans who oppose mask mandates wait to enter the Senate chamber after marching as a group to highlight different coronavirus disease mask rules between the House and Senate sides of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) and Chip Roy (R., Texas) have been
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U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, August 16, 2021. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) U.N. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield diminishes America’s moral authority. That’s good news for China. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident Biden has pledged to compete vigorously against authoritarian regimes
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Fla., October 23, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) The latest skirmish in the blue media vs. red state wars started when Florida governor Ron DeSantis had the temerity to suggest that vaccination against COVID-19 should be a personal choice. As I wrote
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) takes questions as he discusses the Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the budget resolution during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021. (Gabrielle Crockett/Reuters) Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said today that he’s going “full speed ahead” on Democrats’ proposed
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Sonia Vasquez, 39, and her daughter Angelique Sepulveda, 4, leave a back-to-school clinic for coronavirus testing, vaccines, and free backpacks, in Los Angeles, Calif., August 12, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Thankfully, a pair of statewide ballot initiatives would allow parents to fight back. When they show you who they are, believe them. Teachers’ unions have shown
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President Joe Biden (right) meets with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the Oval Office at the White House, September 1, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst
/Reuters) They discussed a Russian pipeline, Javelin missiles, and an innovative argument for Ukrainian membership in NATO. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he hasty Afghanistan withdrawal, and President Biden’s trashing and abandonment of Afghan
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks at the North Carolina GOP convention in Greenville, North Carolina, June 5, 2021. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) South Dakota governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday to prevent abortions from being performed via telemedicine in her state. The order prohibits dispensation of abortion-inducing medication via telemedicine, delivery, or mail
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer takes questions as he discusses the Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the budget resolution during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021. (Gabrielle Crockett/Reuters) Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) claimed that all Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan had
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses former U.S. President Donald Trump at a border security briefing in Weslaco, Texas, June 30, 2021. (Brandon Bell/Reuters) Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the S.B. 1 voting law on Tuesday, after state Democrats blocked previous attempts to approve the legislation. “One thing that all Texans can agree [on] and that
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Police officers speak with a woman during a law enforcement operation to prevent anti-lockdown protesters from gathering in Sydney, Australia, July 31, 2021. (Loren Elliott/Reuters) The political class that has dreamed up and enforced restrictions has been largely insulated from the consequences. When you think about all the twisted, horrible ideas that so-called progressives have
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