POLITICS & POLICY

Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain delivers the Tea Party Express response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., January 24, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Herman Cain, a former 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was hospitalized Wednesday and is being treated for the coronavirus. Cain, 74, was informed on Monday that he
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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call in Moscow, June 30, 2020. (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters) Amid a surge in domestic discontent with his regime, the Russian president is moving to tighten his grip on the country’s Web access. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE V ladimir Putin is stepping up his war on
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(Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty) Until our leaders stand up and speak out against our self-appointed speech police, no one will be safe. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ur Founders sought to protect federal judges from the whims of the mob by granting them life tenure, and making them removable only through impeachment by the House and conviction by the
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Ever since I was a little boy, the other boys never called me “John” or “Johnny” or even “Roberts.” It was always “John Roberts.” The words would always run together, so in essence my name, to one and all, was “JohnRoberts.” “JohnRoberts, did you hear wrestling practice was canceled?” … Read More
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(Getty Images) Study after study has demonstrated that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s Americans discuss black livelihood in the context of recent high-profile black deaths at the hands of police officers, a merciless villain is quietly snatching away thousands of black lives each year: infant mortality. To be sure, medicine
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Republican Senator Mike Braun, author of the “Reforming Qualified Immunity Act” speaks during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters) Republican members of Congress remain divided on the question of reforming qualified immunity for police officers, even as a GOP senator has proposed a bill that would curb the protections from
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(Pixabay) I read an article in the current New England Journal of Medicine that broke my heart. Chase T. M. Anderson, MD, a gay African-American psychiatry resident, bemoans being stifled and denigrated by racism, homophobia, macro aggressions and micro aggressions. But as I read the piece, the picture presented was of an obviously talented young doctor
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to set additional conditions to be met before President Trump can withdraw troops from Afghanistan. There are currently about 8,600 American soldiers in Afghanistan, down
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A man clears debris following the clashes between police and anti-government protesters after a two week campus siege of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China, November 16, 2019. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) History goes where we push it. And if we don’t push, someone else will. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y ou have to see Hong Kong
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) It took a century and a half, but the Supreme Court finally rejected the Blaine amendments. The Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a victory for religious believers, schoolchildren, poor and working-class parents, and the rule of law. It is a loss only for bigots, militant secularists, and the
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In addition to joining the Chief Justice’s majority opinion (summarized here) in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, Justices Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch each wrote concurring opinions. Here is a summary of their opinions. Justice Thomas: While this case involves the Free Exercise Clause, not the Establishment Clause, the Court’s mistaken interpretation of the Establishment
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Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy. (Max Rossi/Reuters) Only a culture soaked in a belief in original sin can honor men for the good they did, for the events at which they were present. This magazine’s former Washington editor, George Will, is displeased at the sight of his nation’s statues toppling all
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Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. February 5, 2019. (Doug Mills/Pool via Reuters) There will be much good and astringent commentary on today’s Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana’s modest attempts to regulate abortion clinics like any other medical provider. But one of the most bracing was
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (center) attends the State of the Union address, February 5, 2019. (Doug Mills/Pool via Reuters) The Constitution does not prohibit Louisiana from requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges in hospitals near where they operate. We know this fact from reading it; from the debates over the ratification of its
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Former President Barack Obama speaks during an Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 13, 2019. (Lim Huey Teng/Reuters) Former President Barack Obama told aides this month that the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd are “a tailor-made moment” to help his former vice president Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump in November.
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2020. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Today on the homepage, I have a brief essay called “The Curse of Identity Politics.” It was motivated by two events yesterday. Early in the morning, President Trump circulated a video in which a supporter of his
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President Donald Trump during a meeting in the East Room of the White House., Washington, D.C., June 26, 2020 (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The pandemic has robbed Trump of his ability to control events. On March 18, at a press conference flanked by high-ranking officials, President Trump described himself as a “wartime president” fighting an “invisible enemy”
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