POLITICS & POLICY

Environmentalists demonstration near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during the World Climate Change Conference in 2015. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters) The bioethics movement is nothing if not hubristic. Philosophy majors think they should be the “experts” to whom we hearken for virtually all of society’s problems, not just medical ethics or health-care policy. Thus, in my
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It comes as no surprise that Trump is constantly assaulted by the media, the Democrats, desultory members of his own party, the churches, the “Deep State,” late-night comics, the entertainment industry and by those euphemistically known as the “coastal elites.” After all, he is a member of that rare breed of political personage who put
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Environmentalists demonstration near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during the World Climate Change Conference in 2015. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters) The bioethics movement is nothing if not hubristic. Philosophy majors think they should be the “experts” to whom we hearken for virtually all of society’s problems, not just medical ethics or health-care policy. Thus, in my
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2000—In sharp defiance of precedent governing facial challenges, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, rules in Stenberg v. Carhart that Nebraska’s ban on partial-birth abortion is unconstitutional. (As discussed here, the Court’s 2007 ruling on the federal partial-birth abortion ban in Gonzales v. Carhart corrects Stenberg’s error on the standard for
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I know I’m not the only Trump supporter who is tired of progressives maliciously accusing President Trump and his supporters of racism. They’ve used the slander against conservatives for years, and it has only intensified in the Trump era. Of all their other nasty smears, they get the most mileage with the race card, so
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(Leah Millis/Reuters) John Roberts took a starring role in two major decisions today: He wrote a correct opinion on partisan gerrymandering, and a troubling one on President Trump’s effort to ask a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. The gerrymandering issue, as far as the courts should be concerned, is simple. Under the Constitution,
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The Trump administration’s two-day “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Manama, Bahrain, came to a close on Wednesday. To paraphrase Shakespeare, it was an event full of pomp and splendor, signifying little to nothing. The conference was supposed to be based on the administration’s “economic plan”—apparently dreamed up primarily by Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Facebook is not the first to develop a private currency with the hopes of superseding the cartel that is consumer banking. They had to call it “Libra” of course — like something off the cover of a Robert Ludlum novel: The Bourne Ultimatum, The Ares Decision, the Libra Shenanigan. “Libra” is the name
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Julian Castro speaks at the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Fla., June 26, 2019. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Julian Castro, who served as secretary of housing and urban development under President Obama, offered a vigorous defense of abortion rights for transgender Americans during the first Democratic primary debate on Wednesday night. Asked if his health-care platform
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Slave shackles on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The animating sentiment behind reparations should not be dismissed out of hand, but implementing them would only exacerbate racial tension. With America’s contentious racial history serving as subtext for the 2020 presidential campaign, it
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So many people want to be president. Unfortunately, many have terrible ideas. Sen. Kamala Harris wants companies to prove they pay men and women equally. “Penalties if they don’t!” she shouts. But there are lots of reasons, other than sexism, why companies pay some men more than women. Harris also wants government to “hold social
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Presidential Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., June 21, 2019. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate and is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is ready to show those Wall Street meanies a thing or two: He’s going to write them a check for
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Eduardo, a three-year-old boy from Honduras, looks at his father after migrants illegally crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, November 7, 2018. (Adrees Latif/Reuters) The U.S. is lousy at excluding illegal immigrants — and at treating them humanely once they’re here. If this is the way President Trump treats his prisoners, he
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PITTSBURGH — Richard Trumka needed to come home. Walking into the union hall at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building along the Monongahela River, the AFL-CIO president shed the twisted expression on his face as he shook hands with his rank-and-file organizers. With the older union hands, there were no handshakes but instead familiar hugs.
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Migrants from Central America cross the Rio Bravo river to enter illegally into the United States at El Paso, Texas, June 11, 2019. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters) This is a similar border crisis to the one Obama faced in his second term, with similar challenges. News flash: There’s a crisis at the border.   This was
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In order to make arguments for nationalism, we have to define it. The first definition in Merriam-Webster is “loyalty and devotion to a nation.” But in a second paragraph, it adds, “especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as
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(Pixabay) The city’s education chief elevates racial politics over serving students. Earlier this month, the New York Post obtained a copy of a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio signed by a bipartisan group of seven New York City councilmembers and two state-assembly members, accusing Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza of antagonizing students and parents who
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(File photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) A new law strengthening First Amendment protections at state universities is among the first to tackle this growing problem. This Wednesday, June 26, the South Dakota Board of Regents will meet to discuss the implementation of one of the nation’s more forceful efforts to protect intellectual diversity and free inquiry on
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President Franklin Roosevelt delivers a fireside chat from the White House, 1933 (National Archives) I am second to none in my admiration for William F. Buckley Jr., but on matters of electoral politics his judgment was not exactly infallible. For example, he floated the idea of having former president Dwight Eisenhower join Barry Goldwater’s ticket
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