POLITICS & POLICY

After eleven rounds of negotiations lasting almost one year, China and the U.S. were supposed to be reaching the finish line this month. Instead, the talks collapsed amid American charges of Chinese retrogression, tweets from President Trump, and an emergency trip to D.C. by Chinese negotiators. Having spent much of my professional life in Chinese
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Workers load blue agave hearts into an oven for distillation to make tequila at a factory in Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2017. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) American consumers of tequila and tech could pay more. President Trump effectively opened a new trade war last week by imposing a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports — and
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Pro-choice protesters in front of the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., May 14, 2019. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) It should come as no surprise that pro-life legislators are now standing behind an unlimited right to life. Advocates of laws permitting late-term abortion have pushed the boundaries too far by advocating for late-term abortion — essentially,
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren makes speaks in Fairfield, Iowa, May 26, 2019. (Rachel Mummey/Reuters) The Left has endorsed a new form of corporate paternalism. ‘Corporatism” is one of the most misunderstood words in the political vocabulary. American progressives use it to indicate the domination of the state by business interests, when in fact it means something
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Since she first stood alone in front of the Swedish parliament last August protesting insufficient action in fighting climate change, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has literally become the poster child for a worldwide student movement. Holding a “school strike for climate change” sign, the then 15-year-old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians
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As tensions intensify between the U.S. and Iran, shady behavior by a rogue member of the Kuwaiti royal family is threatening to endanger America’s relationship with one of our most important allies in the Middle East. In recent weeks, a pro-Iranian militia allegedly fired a rocket that landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and U.S. National Security
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President Trump speaks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, Calif., April 5, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Trump believes, not without good reason, that the Mexican government is not doing its utmost to stop the illegal flow of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border. And so he has responded with . . .
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(Shutterstock) 1992—In Davis v. Davis, the Tennessee supreme court decides a battle between a divorcing couple over rights to their frozen embryos stored in a fertility clinic. Writing for the court, Justice Martha Craig Daughtrey undertakes a lengthy excursus that culminates in an ad hoc balancing test weighted strongly in favor of destruction of the
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Jonah Goldberg The last G-File under the National Review flag. 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 (No, really), This is my last G-File under the National Review flag. It will soon fly under a new banner,
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From left: Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, N.J.; Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala.; Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif.; Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Md.; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas; Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas; and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, celebrate their
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In her latest video for National Review, staff writer Alexandra DeSanctis explains how, in Missouri, Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic is set to lose its license to perform abortion procedures, after failing to comply with an audit to determine whether the group is following state abortion regulations. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit to try
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Abortion activists outside the Supreme Court in 2002. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) The Supreme Court invented a constitutional ‘right to privacy’ out of thin air — and an epidemic of abortion came not long after. Justice Thomas’s May 28th concurring opinion in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood, expressing concern about the eugenic roots and implications
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With his latest blockbuster, “Unfreedom of the Press,” Mark Levin presents a unique indictment of the liberal media today — something I doubted could be done, given the plethora of material already written on this subject. It is sweepingly comprehensive, covering the history of the American press from before the nation’s founding through modern times,
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(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) No political ‘emergency’ justifies abandoning classical liberalism, and no temporal emergency could ever justify rejecting the eternal truth. Yesterday, New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari published a lengthy essay with the rather eye-catching title, “Against David French-ism.” While the essay takes rather direct aim at me personally, it also uses me as
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In a brace of scathing articles for the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS), former Native Studies professor at Brandon University in Manitoba, Jeff Muehlbauer, recounts the doctrinal travesty and ideological perversity that has overtaken the modern academy. Muehlbauer is a Canadian linguist fluent in German, Icelandic, Latin and Greek, with a specialty in
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At the time of the Roe v. Wade decision, I was a college student — an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student. That particular January I was taking a semester off, living in the D.C. area and volunteering at the feminist “underground newspaper” Off Our Backs. As you’d guess, I was … Read More
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Describing the Democratic Party as one built on “identity politics” used to be a pejorative. But Georgia’s failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, recently defended this description of her party. “I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are,” said Abrams, “and it’s exactly how we won. … When we refuse to
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 7, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Democrats blasted Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday for promising that the GOP would confirm President Trump’s third nominee to the Supreme Court should a vacancy arise in 2020. “Oh, we’d
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The television series “The Enemy Within” begins by informing the viewer that there are 100,000 foreign spies in the United States working to undermine and destabilize America. China has sent hundreds of thousands of students to America to gain maximum access to the West’s advanced knowledge and technology, some through education alone, some through espionage.
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(Pixabay) Last week I lamented that the College Board’s new practice of assigning applicants an “adversity score” will perpetuate a widespread myth — that the SAT is biased against students from poor or minority backgrounds. SAT scores predict college performance for underprivileged students about as well as they do for everyone else. To the extent there is
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“I don’t feel safe,” says a Harvard student in a video. What threatens her? The dean of her Harvard dormitory, law professor Ronald Sullivan, agreed to be part of accused sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team. Sullivan and his wife were deans of the dormitory for years, but no matter. Now the professor is
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Rep. Justin Amash speaks at CPAC 2013 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) lashed out against Representative Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) during a Tuesday town hall, arguing that the House minority leader’s intolerance for dissent within his caucus on the question of Trump’s impeachment betrayed a lack of character. Speaking to a packed auditorium
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Despite North Carolina’s new law requiring public universities to remain politically neutral, the speaker chosen for this year’s commencement address at Chapel Hill, a woman who is currently running for Congress in the state, delivered a talk laced with leftist bromides. One of those in attendance, Magdelene Horzempa, writes about this unpleasant experience in Monday’s
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