POLITICS & POLICY

President Donald Trump talks with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott as he tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Luis, Ariz., June 23, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident Trump’s combative and defiant brand of nationalism enraged his critics — some within his own administration — as much as it buoyed his base. The narrative, which calcified to a stubborn degree these past four years, was that he coddled adversaries and cold-shouldered allies, leaving America isolated. Setting aside that
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ith controversy over the 2020 election still stirring, a notable development has escaped much attention. Not only has the national trend toward legalizing marijuana continued, a Rubicon has been crossed: Oregon adopted a ballot initiative that decriminalizes the possession of hard narcotics, including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines. No, it is not
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I have no known Polish or Hungarian blood or relations, though I have traveled in both countries, but the recent and continuing European Union criticism of Poland and Hungary for alleged human-rights or judicial-procedure deficiencies strikes me as a classic example of amnesia and present-mindedness inflicted on peoples and nations whose vast sufferings in the
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The exterior of The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 30, 2020. (Katherine Taylor/Reuters.) Those who like power and privilege see crises as opportunities to get more of what they want. That includes politicians and bureaucrats, of course, but also college administrators. In today’s Martin Center article, Neetu
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A patron holds an iced beverage at a Starbucks coffee store in Pasadena, Calif., July 25, 2013. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) This holiday season, ignore the ‘buy-small/buy-local’ nonsense. It’s the boss-bossiest time of the year, when Americans getting ready to open up their wallets to buy Christmas presents are lectured by illiterate halfwits about where and how
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A customer shops for a turkey at a Walmart store in Los Angeles in 2013. (Kevork Djansezian/Reuters) It’s not as bad as you might think. The cost of living in the United States is an increasingly salient topic in public-policy circles today. As Mark J. Perry from the American Enterprise Institute documents, child care, education,
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On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were …
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The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, by Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914) (Wikimedia Commons) 2020—Happy Thanksgiving! Be grateful that the secular activists in the judiciary weren’t dominant when George Washington was president, or we’d never have this great, and deeply religious, American feast. In the words of Washington: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ccording to Title IX of the 1972 Federal Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial
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Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With … Read More
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Then-national security adviser General Michael Flynn delivers a statement at a daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 1, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) President Trump’s pardon not only ends any injustice to Flynn, but it restores the proper balance to the separation of powers. President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., December 18, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) President Trump announced Wednesday he has pardoned his former national-security adviser, Michael Flynn, ending a years-long legal battle with the government that began with the Russia investigation. “It is my Great Honor
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Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks during an Election Night event in Atlanta, Ga., November 3, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Reuters) The two cases contrast in important ways. Senator Dianne Feinstein infamously sneered that “the dogma lives loudly in” Amy Coney Barrett during the hearings on the latter’s confirmation to an appeals court, and added, “and
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Welcome to “The Tuesday,” a weekly newsletter about language, culture, politics, and, lately, relentless book-hawking. To subscribe to “The Tuesday” and receive it in your inbox, please follow this link. From Hatred to Heroism Daniel Cordier, when he was young and getting started in life, did not seem … Read More
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Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) speaks at a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., June 10, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) criticized Joe Biden’s cabinet picks on Tuesday as “corporatists and war enthusiasts.” Biden has nominated a host of Obama-administration veterans to posts in the executive branch. Notable choices include Antony Blinken, who
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A kindergartner in Las Vegas learns online, August 24. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Fairfax County Public Schools — the education system that includes two Geraghty boys — is coming under withering criticism after the release of a new study that shows online learning is causing a serious drop in academic achievement. The Washington Post, this morning:
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Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, gives a presentation during a gathering of state bishops and catechetical leaders at the Immaculate Conception Center in the Douglaston neighborhood of the Queens, N.Y., September 27, 2012. (Gregory A. Shemitz/Reuters) New York attorney general Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) arrives at the Senate GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., November 10, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Two top Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee have asked the Justice Department to declassify notes from an FBI interview of Miles Taylor, who authored the anonymous New York Times op-ed about
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J oe Biden is putting the band back together. As a Washington Post reporter tweets, the president-elect is “emphatically embracing the foreign policy establishment spurned” by Donald Trump. “Biden foreign policy begins with telling the world: ‘America’s back,’” explains what purports to be a straight-news piece, by another Washington Post writer. Biden,
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Rush Limbaugh is honored by President Trump with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday criticized President Trump’s legal team over their chaotic press conference last week that failed to provide any evidence to back up
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A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the coronavirus at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) AstraZeneca and Oxford University said Monday that their coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 percent effective in late-stage trials
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