POLITICS & POLICY

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Ill. March 26, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) The two Nigerian brothers who claim to have helped Jussie Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime earlier this year said Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack” in a defamation suit filed Tuesday against
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Bernie Sanders supporters during an event introducing the “Medicare for All Act of 2017” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 13, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) House Democrats have scheduled the first ever hearing for Medicare for All legislation for next week, as the proposal is becoming a litmus test for Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. The “Medicare
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President Trump speaks during a meeting of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, April 4, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Many, many people have observed that the Mueller report offers example after example of Trump’s aides saving him from bad decisions by ignoring them. It’s an accurate generalization, and I’ve made it myself. But it seems
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(Tyrone Siu/REUTERS) 2006—In Harper v. Poway Unified School District, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit rules that the First Amendment permits schools to impose viewpoint-discriminatory restrictions on student speech. The case arose when Tyler Harper wore an anti-homosexuality T-shirt to his high school in response to the school’s sponsorship of a gay-rights event. The
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(Leah Millis/Reuters) If I may jump in, I take Charlie’s point and I think he’s largely correct. I also think David is correct. There’s not that much of a contradiction in that because I think to some extent they’re talking about different things. And this reflects a larger frustration I have with many of the Mueller/collusion arguments. Charlie
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Attorney General William Barr (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Barr has provided Congress with the full, at times gory details drawn from Mueller’s aggressive investigation. Democrats and their media partners owe Bill Barr an apology. He won’t get one, it goes without saying. Just to recap, the attorney general was accused of misrepresenting Mueller’s report; of providing a
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The Mueller report puts a spotlight on the composite nature of the Trump presidency, which is a constant negotiation between Trump and his aides about what decisions are. The question whether they are truly final and what they truly mean is always up for grabs, with Trump getting his way when his aides agree with
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Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice.
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House Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C., December 11, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS) The Democratic leaders in the House and Senate called Thursday for Attorney General William Barr to testify publicly before Congress about what they called his “regrettably partisan handling” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation. House
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The Bloedel Conservatory, a triodetic biodome located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the highest point in Vancouver, Canada, houses more than 120 free-flying birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers in a temperature-controlled environment. It was financed by a lavish gift from timber industrialist Prentice Bloedel in the mid-20th century and built by the ten
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President Donald Trump listens as he meets with Danny Burch, a former hostage in Yemen, Washington, D.C., March 6, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The president’s veto of a bipartisan resolution demanding the end of American involvement in the conflict further degrades our constitutional architecture. Yesterday, Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan congressional resolution demanding an end to
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(Pixabay) In the long run, Republicans will need to develop a health-care vision. In the meantime, baby-step efforts to fix flaws in the existing system are what’s needed. When congressional Republicans rebuffed President Trump’s renewed push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on April 2, Trump suggested a plan to pursue another
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In the wake of semi-famous actresses being indicted for bribing their children’s way into sometimes semi-prestigious universities, the LA Times ran an article with the headline “In college scandal, rowing was the ideal sport for stowaways, cheating.” And all over the nation, any coach who’s ever been involved with high-level high school athletes responded with
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including those of you about to be dropped off in a sanctuary city), Damn Jim Geraghty. Damn him straight to hell, or Newark airport, … Read More
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