POLITICS & POLICY

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses a special session of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Hague, Netherlands June 26, 2018. (Yves Herman/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: Boris Johnson takes the helm over in the United Kingdom, our friends across the pond are attempting to face a dangerous world with a
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Last week, at the invitation of Sen. Ted Cruz, I spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Google’s having placed more than 60 Prager University videos on its restricted list. Any family that filters out pornography and violence cannot see those particular videos on YouTube (which is owned by Google); nor can any school or
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I am pleased and a little amused that my new book, The Smallest Minority, which will be published tomorrow, is currently the No. 1 new release in the “Democracy” category at Amazon. And it is a book that is about democracy—but it is not a celebration of it. A snippet: Democracy, properly understood and properly
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Sather Tower rises above the University of California at Berkeley campus. (Noah Berger / Reuters) I’d like to quote from a New York Times report on Friday, and then from an essay I have on the homepage today. I’m interested in the words “liberal” and “conservative,” particularly. Here’s the Times: BERKELEY, Calif. — The city
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Former Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters/File Photo) Does Leana Wen’s Planned Parenthood departure signal new hope for real choices for women? This past week saw the news that Planned Parenthood’s first medical-doctor president, Leana Wen, was out of a job, less than nine months in, shortly after suffering a miscarriage. The
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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the American flag on the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969. (NASA) It was a Cold War victory at a moment when the country needed one. In an Oval Office meeting a few days after Soviet Russia launched Sputnik in October 1957, two points emerged. Eisenhower’s deputy defense
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Fifty years ago today, more than half a billion people watched Neil Armstrong become the first human to set foot on another celestial body. Necessary and impressive though they are, no robotic explorer could ever generate so much attention. We want to go. People yearn to explore space, if not ourselves personally, then at least vicariously through our astronaut
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An American flag flies at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2019. (Al Drago/Reuters) Large majorities of Democrats and Republicans agree that inflammatory political rhetoric could inspire acts of violence, according to a new poll published by the Pew Research Center. 91 percent of Democrats and voters who lean Democratic say that aggressive or
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Detail of an 18th-century engraving of the Bill of Rights being presented to William III and Mary II following the Glorious Revolution. (via Wikimedia) The complexity and bloodiness of liberalism’s roots don’t make it quite so condemnable as its critics imagine. My colleague Declan Leary raises some interesting points in his attempt to cast the
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Senator Kamala Harris (D, Calif.) at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris made a familiar promise Wednesday about Medicare for All, assuring voters that “you can keep your doctor” under her plan. “People think, ‘Well, maybe is this
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De mortuis nil nisi bonum. Do not speak ill of the dead. While that proposition surely must expire at some point, it strikes me as good advice to follow in the immediate aftermath of someone’s death. So with that in mind, I’d like to praise Justice John Paul Stevens’s opinion in 1978 in Regents of
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Needles used for shooting heroin and other opioids and other drug paraphernalia in a park in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Pa., in 2017. (Charles Mostoller/Reuters) Fatal drug overdoses declined last year for the first time in decades, the Trump administration announced Wednesday. Overdoses resulting in death dropped 5.1 percent from 2017 to 2018, according
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, June 20, 2019. (Al Drago/Reuters) They mostly stick to what’s plausible, and that’s vital in polarized times Until Donald Trump’s Sunday tweets demanding that certain “progressive congresswomen” — almost certainly including Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – go back
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