POLITICS & POLICY

“I think we stand at the threshold of an exciting moment in our republic. . . . This is really, I think, at least in recent memory, a newfound embrace of limited constitutional government in our country. I don’t think this has really happened since probably before the New Deal.” Advertisement Advertisement That’s what Leonard
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Attorney General William Barr testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2019 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) President Trump has given Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify information having to do with “intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters.” The late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (right) speak to the media after a meeting with President Trump at the White House, May 22, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) It’s now a permanent state of affairs. Somebody tried to play a dirty trick on Nancy Pelosi, slowing down and editing a video of her
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British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement in London, England, May 24, 2019. (Toby Melville/Reuters) Hooray and good riddance. On Friday, Theresa May, perhaps the worst Conservative prime minister in recent history, announced her resignation outside of number 10 Downing Street. She will step down effective June 7. “I have done my best,” she
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, January 7, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Certainty, like dogma, is one of those things that people hate only when they disagree with what people are certain (or dogmatic) about. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe
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Protest signs outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) 2017—By a vote of 10 to 3, the en banc Fourth Circuit affirms a district court’s nationwide injunction on President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bars immigration from six majority-Muslim countries. That order spells out that each of the six countries
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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles police commission ruled that two LAPD officers had violated department policy in an officer-involved shooting that occurred last June.  The ruling itself comes as no surprise, as the shooting resulted in the death not only of the suspect but also, sadly, of a hostage. On June 16, officers from the
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Psilocybin mushrooms (Wikimedia) If we can get past their undeserved cultural stigma, we’ll find that these drugs have the potential to greatly benefit society. Mention magic mushrooms to a social conservative and expect a patronizing stare. Magic is for wizards; fungi are for stews. Mixing the two leads teenagers to jump out of windows. Such
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When we started our careers, it was considered an honor to be a member of professional societies that helped practitioners keep up with the latest developments in their fields through relevant meetings and publications. Senior author Dr. Jay Lehr had the privilege of leading one of these societies long ago. But things are different now.
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(Marcos Brindicci/Reuters) Ed Conard, former business partner of Mitt Romney and author of Unintended Consequences and The Upside of Inequality, appears on the most recent episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol. The interview is worth your time. It arrives at a moment when conservatives are debating what economic policies are best for the middle class.
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Chart: Consumer price inflation in the United Kingdom since the year 1210. Note the wild swings between inflation and deflation until a century ago. pic.twitter.com/34cp8DH5hN — Michael R. Strain (@MichaelRStrain) May 23, 2019 The chart above shows the rate of consumer price inflation in the United Kingdom since the year 1210. These data were put
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Marchers rally outside the Supreme Court during the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) And we have Alexandra DeSanctis to prove it. When I want to know the truth about some abortion-related controversy in America, I read National Review. I know what you’re thinking: “Rich, you’re the editor
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Game of Thrones ends where it began: The mad monarch has been assassinated; the king-slayer, who had vowed to defend that mad monarch with his life, takes on the sins of the polity as a holy, royal scapegoat, simultaneously prince and pariah; a pair of siblings, whose main claim to power is that they already
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In his book Discrimination and Disparities, economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even
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Look at the dollar bills in your wallet. They say they are “legal tender for all debts.” But are they? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth anything Each bill says, “In God We Trust.” But God won’t guarantee their value. The $20 bill depicts the White House. Congress is on $50s. But neither
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Republican James G. Blaine (1830–1893) was a House speaker, senator, and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine / the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable than his involvement … Read More
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(Pixabay) Thrown in the slammer over a harmless, natural substance A  69-year-old great grandmother spent twelve hours in jail last month after she was arrested at Disney World because security officials found CBD oil (cannabidiol) in her purse that she had reportedly been using to alleviate her arthritis. Although CBD is derived from cannabis, it
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Rep. Justin Amash speaks at CPAC 2013 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Members of the House Freedom Caucus voted Monday evening to condemn one of the group’s co-founders, Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) in response to his impeachment stand against President Trump. Representative Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee and former chairman of the Freedom
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The Justice Department building stands in Washington, D.C., February 1, 2018. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) In an opinion released Monday, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel ruled that former White House counsel Donald McGahn is “not legally required” to testify to Congress on matters related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “The immunity of the President’s
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South Bend., Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a DNC forum in Baltimore, Md., February 11, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Southbend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday declined to endorse any state-imposed limits on abortion, including those that take place in the third-trimester, telling the audience at a Fox News town hall that the decision should
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