POLITICS & POLICY

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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The bill doesn’t have the votes to pass Congress now, but will Democrats successfully pressure the Supreme Court to avoid rulings that enrage progressives? In October 2020, shortly before the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, a Siena/New York Times survey asked likely voters: “If Amy Coney Barrett
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U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest in Bost Kalay, Afghanistan, March 17, 2018. (Sergeant Sean J. Berry/USMC) Well, well, well. Just hours after Joe Biden finally announced his big decision on Afghanistan, and minutes before sanctions on Russia were updated, news outlets are reporting that U.S. intel has low confidence in the story that Russia
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President Biden speaks at the White House, Washington, D.C., April 14, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters) In a slap in the face to the minority voters who were crucial to his election, the president has held fast to the failed, punitive drug policies of the past. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S cience fiction and comedy work in similar
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Vanita Gupta speaks during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability in Washington, DC, June 10, 2020. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via Reuters) Five Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Senators Cornyn, Grassley, Tillis, Cruz, and Hawley — sent a letter today to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting SEC
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President Joe Biden announces executive actions on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 8, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The misguided campaign to clamp down on homemade firearms presents a slippery slope. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ince before the United States existed as an independent nation, Americans have been making firearms
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his defense attorney Eric Nelson rise to greet jury members in Minneapolis, Minn., April 13, 2021 in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) So far, the Chauvin defense case is doing more to shore up the prosecution’s evidence than knock it down. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he presentation of
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President Franklin Roosevelt delivers a fireside chat from the White House, 1933 (National Archives) FDR’s Court-packing scheme, wrote the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 1937, “is a measure which should be so emphatically rejected that its parallel will never again be presented to the free representatives of the free people of America.” Today, modern progressives,
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A U.S Army soldier walks behind an Afghan policeman during a joint patrol with Afghan police and Canadian soldiers west of Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) Two decades of the conflict have shown us what American foreign-policy failure looks like. What success looks like remains unclear. Joe Biden has announced that the last U.S.
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Vice President Kamala Harris holds a roundtable on Black maternal health at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday said Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police during a traffic stop, “should be alive today” and said people “will
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A family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo River to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 30, 2021. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) There seems to be disagreement about the nature of the problem at our southern border. Much of the commentary has
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A demonstrator holds up a “Black Lives Matter” sign in Rochester, N.Y., September 6, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) The demonstrations may reduce police violence — while leading to an even greater increase in murders overall. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, Vox spotlighted some results from an important new study by Travis Campbell. The study looks
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Repudiating the need to set priorities for international human-rights policy, he does a grave disservice to millions who are persecuted for their faith. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aims to make his mark on international human-rights policy by downplaying the importance of religious freedom. He is bowing to trends in domestic partisan political fashions, not
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Yale University’s Sterling Library, with Maya Lin’s Women’s Table fountain in the foreground. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Yale has a chance to lead the way in developing true diversity, with an upcoming trustee election. Yale’s having an election, and this one won’t be rigged. For the first time since 1965, there’s an independent candidate running for the
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Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., February 28, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters) Former President Donald Trump on Saturday took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Anthony Fauci, and former Vice President Mike Pence in an expletive-laced, off-script speech at a major Republican National Committee donor gathering.
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