POLITICS & POLICY

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration’s plans to respond to the economic crisis at the White House, January 22, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) President Biden’s argument that racial animus is an omnipresent force in American life only sows discord and makes positive reforms harder to achieve. ‘The fact is systemic racism touches every facet of
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, Calif., June 1, 2019. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) San Francisco mayor London Breed has criticized the city school board’s decision to change the names of schools christened after historical figures who “oppressed” people while the board has not formulated a plan for in-person
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Senator Mitt Romney in Washington, D.C., January 31, 2020 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Senator Mitt Romney (R., Utah) criticized Republicans who argue that impeaching former President Trump would be divisive, in comments during an online event on Tuesday. “Five people died with the attack on the Capitol. Five human beings died. There’s no question but that the
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The new episode (No. 52, which marks our first year) of the Victor Davis Hanson Podcast is ready for your lent ears. Discussed by VDH: his thoughts on cultural reprogramming and political forgetting, attacks on the 1776 Commission, Joe Biden’s executive-order attack on girls’ sports, and California governor Gavin Newsom’s lockdown loosening (coincidental to his
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questions David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Calibra, during testimony before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 16, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Over the weekend, Newsweek changed a 2015 article on two women widely hailed as America’s first female Army Rangers in order to conform to
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he foreign minister of Iran has a message for President Joe Biden: If you lift all of your sanctions and shut up about Tehran’s support for terrorist groups and its development of ballistic-missile technology, we’ll let you back into the 2015 nuclear agreement . . . maybe. Tehran’s cosmopolitan, English-speaking, sometimes openly anti-Semitic
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Officially, neither Chief Justice John Roberts nor the Supreme Court has commented on the fact that the chief justice will not preside over former president Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial, set to begin in two weeks. Roberts, of course, sat on Trump’s first impeachment trial a year ago, while the latter was president. Advertisement
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An attendee uses a Nintendo Switch game console at the Paris Games Week trade fair in Paris, France, October 29, 2019. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters) Okay, I can’t stop laughing. GameStop is a brick-and-mortar retailer that sells video games, video-game consoles, and junk. These are low-margin items, and the category is dying. Until recently, GameStop’s stock price
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.@NeumarkDN & Shirley plot the distribution of preferred estimates from every minimum wage paper published since 1992. 79.3% of these estimates are negative. Read their paper here: https://t.co/rh3A6qJ7OR pic.twitter.com/gYciF3P3z2 — Michael R. Strain (@MichaelRStrain) January 25, 2021 One of the most striking features of the academic debate on minimum wages is that the scope of
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Outside the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. headquarters in Manhattan in 2015. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Our ongoing festival of cancellation now brings calls that your local cable company should no longer carry Fox News Channel — and should kick off One America News Network, Fox Business Network, and Newsmax TV, as well. Nicholas Kristof of the New
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Detail of portrait of Harriet Tubman, c. 1871-76. (Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress) The Biden administration is hoping to “speed up” efforts to place Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill after the Obama-era initiative came to a standstill under the Trump administration. “The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriett
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Elizabeth Dias’s New York Times article on President Biden’s faith calls him “perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century.” I’d like to know the criteria that have him beat, for starters, Jimmy Carter, who taught Sunday school for forty years. I’ll let others address the main topic Dias takes up,
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he media almost instantly labeled the Capitol riot “an insurrection,” a description that has become practically mandatory in much of the press.  On CNN during Joe Biden’s inauguration, it seemed an anchor or commentator referred to “the insurrection” every couple of minutes.  There is no doubt that, in aiming to disrupt
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Then–president-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters in New Castle, Del., December 15, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) President Biden will sign a fresh round of executive orders during his first full week in office, including actions loosening restrictions around abortion and immigration. Biden will issue and order to rescind the Mexico City policy, which prohibits U.S. funding
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The problem with impeachment was that it seemed inevitable that it would either be so rushed that it would dispense with every traditional process and therefore lack legitimacy or that it would stretch beyond Trump’s time in office with no chance to convict and therefore lack legitimacy. And Congress being what it is, it’s actually
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A year ago, Bernie Sanders was powering toward a victory in the New Hampshire primary and confident he would take the nomination that Hillary Clinton had denied him in 2016. Then establishment Democrats decided that if Sanders were the nominee, his radical reputation would cost him the election to Donald Trump. In
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Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) during the presidential-inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021 (Greg Nash/Reuters) Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday that Democrats will use budget reconciliation, a process requiring only a simple majority in the Senate, to pass President Biden‘s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package if Republicans refuse to get on board. “We
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Justice David Souter at Harvard Law School. (Wikimedia Commons) 1990—President George H.W. Bush nominates New Hampshire supreme court justice David Hackett Souter to a seat on the First Circuit. In a tragic blunder, less than three months after Souter accepts his First Circuit appointment, President Bush nominates him to the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from
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Rosemary Barkett and President Bill Clinton. 1983—After telling his girlfriend that “we’re going to kill Charles,” William Wayne Thompson, age 15, and three older friends brutally murder his former brother-in-law, Charles Keene. After they beat Keene, Thompson shoots him in the head, cuts his throat and chest, attaches a chain and blocks to his body,
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) in Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) said he has “concerns” over Representative Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Trump, though he supports the Wyoming congresswoman remaining in her role as the No. 3 House Republican. “Look, I support
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President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Joe Biden largely campaigned on restoring the status quo ante in Washington, so naturally one of his first proposals is for the sort of “comprehensive immigration reform” that was a staple of the
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2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks during a news conference at the The 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York City, October 29, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Tulsi Gabbard, the former Democratic representative from Hawaii, on Friday expressed concern that a proposed measure to combat domestic terrorism could be used to undermine
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or much of the turbulent 60-year reign of George III — including the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars — the monarchy was an important branch of the British government. By the reign of Queen Victoria, who took the throne 17 years after George
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