POLITICS & POLICY

The Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C., June 19, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) President Biden on Thursday signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday just two days before the occasion. “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Biden said before signing the bill.  “They don’t ignore those moments in the past. They embrace
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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a meeting at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Reuters) On the menu today: a skeptical look at what, if anything, actually changed after President Biden met with Vladimir Putin in Geneva; Democrats might finally be making their peace with voter-identification
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona takes part in a briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 17, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The Education Department on Wednesday announced that it would expand the definition of the federal civil-rights statute banning sex discrimination in federally funded education programs to include gender identity amid a national debate
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Anthony Fauci discusses the coronavirus outbreak with the media outside the White House, March 12, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Dr. Anthony Fauci joined CBS This Morning on Wednesday for a segment in which he defended and misrepresented his record of public statements on the coronavirus’s origins. “If you go back then, even though you lean towards feeling this
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Yesterday I noted some analysis of the president’s budget from the center-left Tax Policy Center. Now we have some from the right-leaning Tax Foundation. By these estimates, if enacted, the budget — which includes the Biden family and infrastructure plans — would hike spending by $4 trillion over ten years while raising $1.3 trillion in
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A woman holds a sign during a pro-life march in Queens, New York, October 20, 2012. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Nearly three-quarters of church-going Catholics believe public officials who oppose Church teaching should not receive Communion, according to a new poll. CatholicVote poll results released Tuesday show 74 percent of Catholics who regularly attend Mass believe that
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Stephen Colbert inside the White House press-briefing room, July 27, 2007 (Larry Downing/Reuters) The recent interplay between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert regarding the possibility of a COVID lab leak was a fascinating example of where their recent career choices have taken them. As Kyle Smith wrote, Stewart showed that part of him is still
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Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford (f11photo/Getty Images) Herewith, a deserved shout-out to the liberty-loving think tank, Yankee Institute for Public Policy, overseen by the indefatigable Carol Platt Liebbau, for its diligent David role in stopping the Goliath of TCI during the Connecticut legislature’s just-ended 2021 session. (Warning: The nefarious undertaking might raise its ugly head
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Fla., October 23, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Florida SB 146, a bill on “civic literacy education” taught via “civic engagement activities” has been passed by the Florida legislature and sent to Governor DeSantis’s desk. Unfortunately, SB 146 contains no protections against
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Ships and shipping containers at the port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., January 30, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters) There’s an old joke about an economist and an engineer who fall into a deep hole together. As the engineer is devising ways to get out of the hole, the economist says, “Don’t worry, I’ll get
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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) and several fellow House Republicans hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2021. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters) House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a memo to his caucus on Sunday, detailing the crises, such as consumer commodity inflation and the unanswered questions surrounding the
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Harper College instructor Scott Nelson (left) shows students a welding technique on the community college campus in Palatine, Ill., in 2013. (John Gress/Reuters) Not so long ago, most Americans thought that “real” college meant a four-year school. Those who earned their bachelor’s degrees had a mark of distinction, whereas anyone who attended a community college
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Recently, renowned US Democratic Party strategist James Carville decided that, so far as Wokeness is concerned, silence is violence:[1] “Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it,” the mastermind behind Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election said. “It’s hard to talk to anybody today… who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out
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(higyou/Getty Images) Illegal leaks of classified information should be treated as a serious offense. But they would be easier to prevent if less information were classified. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A nd now Adam Schiff has his nose out of joint about politically charged surveillance. Welcome to the party, congressman. The New York Times has reported
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) holds her weekly news conference in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2021. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) denied that House leadership rebuked Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) following a tweet in which Omar compared the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, in comments on CNN’s State
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Salman Rushdie during an interview with Reuters in 2012. (Paul Hackett/Reuters) His new essay collection vies for attention through studied insults of sacred cows. Even all these years after Salman Rushdie dominated headlines following the fatwa declared against him for his alleged anti-Islam blasphemy in the 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, the name still evokes
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A Thick-billed longspur (formerly known as a McCown’s longspur) in Colorado. (kahj19/Getty Images) Those who think bird names reinforce prejudice have gone stork raven mad. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ancel culture is at it again, and this time, they’re coming after . . . birds? Look out, Bachman’s sparrow. Because you were named after a
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Ibram X. Kendi on CBS This Morning in 2019. (CBS This Morning/via YouTube) So are we doing the thing where we are pretending that curriculum, instruction, and materials can’t be determined by school boards and state legislatures and should be left to radical education consultants who are hired by bureaucrats? What is popularly known as
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Police clear the U.S. Capitol with tear gas in Washington, D.C. January 6, 2021. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) The rioters will be punished appropriately, but not punished as if they were terrorists who were trying to overthrow the United States government. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he office of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia
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