POLITICS & POLICY

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, April 23, 2021 (Erin Schaff/Reuters) I wrote the other day about how surprising it was to see Justice Breyer lead off his questioning at the Dobbs oral argument by regurgitating some lines from the Souter-Kennedy-O’Connor opinion in Casey. The gist of the Breyer/Casey argument is that it’s very important to not
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Power lines near the Golfech nuclear plant on the border of the Garonne River between Agen and Toulouse, France, in 2018. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters) Parts of the Left are shifting to pro-nuclear NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he past few weeks have seen a radical change in the outlook for nuclear energy. Coincident with the global COP26
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Stephen Colbert inside the White House press-briefing room, July 27, 2007 (Larry Downing/Reuters) On Thursday, The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert launched a diatribe against Roe v. Wade’s potentially imminent demise at the hands of the Supreme Court. Pointing to statistics showing that Americans oppose overturning Roe, Colbert said: “So if it is this unpopular, why
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Photographs of James and Jennifer Crumbley that were released by police on December 3, 2021. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters) Oakland County, Mich., prosecutor Karen McDonald announced involuntary manslaughter charges on Friday for the parents of the high school sophomore who allegedly killed four students and wounded seven other people in a shooting at
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(renaschild/Getty Images) Term limits for Supreme Court justices would require a constitutional amendment. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘M ore Democratic senators are willing to weigh changes to Supreme Court,” according to the headline of a Washington Post story. But if you read the article closely, it seems more accurate to say that Democrats are trying to
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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Doug Mills/Reuters Pool) Congressional Democrats are claiming that originalist Supreme Court justices made comments at their confirmation hearings indicating they would vote to uphold Roe v. Wade. The Washington Post reports that congressional Democrats believe Justice Kavanaugh’s praise of Brown v. Board at Wednesday’s oral arguments in the Dobbs case
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Darrell Brooks appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis., November 23, 2021. (Mark Hoffman/Pool via Reuters) The Milwaukee County, Wis., district attorney said an assistant prosecutor set $1,000 bail for Darrell Brooks Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six and injuring over 60, because she didn’t have
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An anti-abortion demonstrator holds an issue of National Review, End Roe, ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Anthony Bolognese, Capitol Hill Photo) I’ve been talking to some colleagues about how maybe it would be less consequential politically than we think, and
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Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, Ill., July 14, 2021. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Chicago, Ill. — The man who testified that in 2019 former Empire star Jussie Smollett conspired with him to stage a racist and anti-gay attack against the actor actually roughed Smollett
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Pro-life activists protest outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Today, we run the gamut: three observations about yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court and the future of abortion in the U.S.; why the Omicron variant may have been hanging around here much longer than we thought; why
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Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. (jjgervasi/iStock/Getty Images) One of the features of the first year of the Biden administration has been the way that regulators are increasingly trespassing into territory more properly reserved for legislatures. If it is true that Richard Cordray is going to be nominated to the Federal Reserve as vice chair for
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Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Courts Building for the start of jury selection in his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 29, 2021. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Chicago, Ill. — Abimbola Osundairo, one of two brothers accused of conspiring with former Empire star Jussie Smollett to stage a racist and homophobic attack against him in 2019,
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference following the passage of the Build Back Better Act at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. November 19, 2021. (Al Drago/Reuters) As the Supreme Court convened Wednesday to hear oral arguments for a landmark case concerning a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of
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A sign advertises COVID-19 testing at Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass., November 22, 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) The Biden administration is expected to announce stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers entering the U.S. on Thursday, including returning Americans, according to a new report. Three federal health officials reportedly told the Washington Post the administration
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Jussie Smollett arrives with family members at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 30, 2021. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Chicago, Ill. – The defense attorney for former Empire star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday attempted to poke holes in the earlier testimony of the lead detective on the case and tried
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A nurse draws from a vial of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Los Angeles, Calif., March 25, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) The hyperactive CNBC host and financial analyst Jim Cramer offered an eye-opening and rather unconstitutional proposal on his program urging the federal government to require all citizens to get vaccinated or demonstrate their
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McMahon Hall at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., September 1, 2019. (The Catholic University of America/Wikimedia Commons) It is sacrilegious, not in accordance with Catholic University’s principles, and merely sows division. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J ohn Garvey is a fundamentally bright and decent man. I’ve had a number of run-ins with him
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Union supporters gather outside of the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer Ala., March 29, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H eads, I win — tails, I get another flip of the coin. Sound fair to you? When it comes to its contest with would-be union organizers, Amazon literally cannot win
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Blake Masters at the “Rally to Protect Our Elections” hosted by Turning Point Action in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 2021. (Gage Skidmore/The Star News Network/CC BY-SA 2.0) Yesterday, Nate Hochman published an interesting profile of Blake Masters, who is running for the Republican nomination in the 2022 Arizona Senate primary. I learned a lot from
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Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Courts Building for the start of jury selection in his trial in Chicago, Ill., November 29, 2021. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Chicago, Ill. — The prosecution and defense provided opening statements Monday night in the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the former star of the television show Empire who is
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A displaced Afghan woman walks with her child after receiving money and aid supply from UNHCR agency outside a distribution center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, October 28, 2021. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters) Reports of a growing humanitarian crisis are emerging from Afghanistan, as tens of millions face death by starvation. Some parents are selling their
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