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(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) “As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001,” writes Megan Brenan. Forty-five percent of American adults say they are “extremely” proud of their country, Brenan continues, “marking the second consecutive year that this reading is
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(Mark Graves/The Oregonian/via AP) Making the click-through worthwhile: The Antifa thugs take over the streets of Portland again, a disturbing report that the Trump administration is considering accepting the North Korean nuclear program, and the lesser-known Democratic candidates start feeling the pressure. Thuggery Comes to Portland in the Form of Antifa How frightened are Portland
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Members of Antifa gather at the “Mother of All Rallies” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., September 16, 2017. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) I’d urge everyone to read my colleague Jim Geraghty’s post on the thuggery this weekend in Portland. It was appalling to watch masked Antifa thugs attack Andy Ngo, and it was also
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Members of Antifa gather to protest during the Mother of All Rallies demonstration on the National Mall, September 16, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Writing from Britain nearly two years ago (after the murder of Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville and the troubles that preceded it), Reaction’s Toby Guise noted how “[t]he narrative of
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend (via YouTube) On no subject is America touchier than race. And people like to pick at our wounds, so that no scab forms. After the recent Democratic presidential debates, Kamala Harris went through some grief for not being black enough (or something). Like many Americans — most? — she is
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There was a time when “anti-fascist” meant what it said. People who opposed fascism called themselves “anti-fascists.” But then the term slipped. The definition of “fascist” became hazy from over-use and so the term “anti-fascist” also began to move. This might seem to be a theoretical matter. But it is one that ends up encouraging
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Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) lashed out at fellow lawmakers during a Wednesday hearing, expressing frustration with the lack of substantive legislative responses to the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Hawley cited grisly reports of inhumane conditions that migrants, especially children, are being forced to endure,
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From Chris Arnade’s Dignity (Chris Arnade) Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, by Chris Arnade (Sentinel, 304 pp.) Flash powder, made from a composite of metallic fuel and an oxidizer, requires ignition to create a bright flash — one that film can capture, and one that allowed photographers to take photos anywhere without sunlight. Flash
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A Trump supporter holds an American flag at a rally in Madison, Ala., February 2016. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters) A politics stripped of the good might be unable to sustain the intellectual and cultural capital that makes a “liberal” regime possible in the first place. The disputes that erupted after the Sohrab Ahmari-David French exchange cover a
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Oregon’s state capitol (Reuters) Oregon’s state legislature imploded last week after eleven Republican state senators — the entire minority caucus in the state senate — disappeared just moments before a vote on a cap-and-trade climate bill put forward by the Democratic majority. The bill, called House Bill 2020, seems to have been effectively killed —
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News assistants run outside the Supreme Court to deliver the news of the latest rulings, in Washington, D.C., June 27, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state legislatures are entitled to draw Congressional districts in such a way as to benefit one political party over another. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing
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A Bank of America logo in New York City (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Bank of America will no longer do business with private-prison companies and companies that are contracted by the government to detain migrants near the southern border. “We have decided to exit the relationship’’ Bank of America vice chairman Anne Finucane told Bloomberg on Wednesday. “We’ve done
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) The Trump administration can sit back and monitor Iran’s international ostracism and economic isolation while remaining unpredictable and enigmatic. President Trump recently ordered and then called off a retaliatory strike against Iran for destroying a U.S. surveillance drone. The U.S. asserts that the drone was operating in international airspace.
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Students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, February 28, 2018. (Mary Beth Koeth/Reuters) Over a year after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., two more Broward County sheriff’s deputies have been fired for failing to act to stop the massacre. Deputies Edward Eason
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a march organized by the Women’s March Alliance in Manhattan, N.Y., January 19, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it would not be “pragmatic” for Democrats to choose former vice president Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee. “I think he’s not a pragmatic choice,” the Bronx progressive said in an
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) NATO said Tuesday that Russia must destroy a new missile system the U.S. claims to be in violation of a Cold War-era nuclear-arms treaty or face the consequences. The U.S. and its NATO allies have demanded Moscow give
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(Robert Galbraith/Reuters) San Francisco became the first U.S. city to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes on Tuesday. The city’s board of supervisors passed an ordinance that bans the sale of e-cigarettes that have not yet received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval, a category that currently includes all e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The new ordinance
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting with health ministry officials in Tehran, Iran, June 25, 2019. (Handout via Reuters) Iranian officials said Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions mean “closing the doors of diplomacy” between the two countries amid increasingly acrimonious relations. The sanctions, which target the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other top Iranian
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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., November 13, 2018 (Al Drago/Reuters) The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court’s ruling that affirmed the constitutionality of President Trump’s decision to invoke national security in implementing tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported
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Bernie Sanders speaks during the SC Democratic Convention in Columbia, S.C., June 22, 2019. (Randall Hill/Reuters) Sanders’s socialism turns out to be a tweaked New Deal. Washington — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the
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Coleman Hughes on Capitol Hill (C-SPAN) Picture the scene: A young man walks into a congressional hearing to offer witness testimony. His grandfather was barbarically brutalized by people who are now long dead. The nation in which he resides built its wealth of his grandfather’s brutalization. The question: Should his fellow citizens pay the young
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Flag at a protest against Trump administration transgender policies in New York City in 2018. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Vermont is expanding its Medicaid coverage to cover gender affirmation surgery for transgender patients under 21 who wish to undergo the procedures. Vermont’s Medicaid insurance will now cover surgeries linked to gender dysphoria for minors who have obtained
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Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool via Reuters) A Chicago judge appointed a special prosecutor on Friday to investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax hate crime. Judge Michael
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A Missouri State flag waves outside of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region, Missouri’s sole abortion clinic, in St. Louis, Mo., May 28, 2019. (Lawrence Bryant/Reuters) Missouri’s lone abortion clinic has called a requirement that patients seeking an abortion undergo a pelvic exam days before the procedure “disrespectful and dehumanizing” and said it will refuse to abide
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Advisor to Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz receives Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran, in Islamabad, Pakistan, October 28, 2015. (T. Mughal/Pool/Reuters) A top Iranian official on Wednesday predicted that no military conflict with the U.S. was coming, despite the Trump administration’s decision to send more troops to the
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