POLITICS & POLICY

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., October 23, 2019 (Erin Scott/Reuters) Those attempting to cajole Facebook to censor political speech do not want these same standards applied to them. Misinformation, spin, and false claims have been part of politics since America’s founding. To secure the 1800 presidential
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While Trump-haters keep obsessing over his tweets and “manners,” we are witnessing the Democrats’ ongoing rejection of President Donald Trump’s constitutional right to govern and the people’s sovereign choice in electing him. Let’s check our priorities. You may regard Trump’s tweet “#StopTheCoup” as political theater, but it’s not, and we need to take notice. Ever
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President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., July 17, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) As evidence mounts, the GOP defense of Trump’s call is falling apart. During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s
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Cane Madden (Courtesy of Louisville Metro Corrections) Incompetent to stand trial, competent to offend In February of this year, Cane Madden of Kentucky was released after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. Per arrest records, Madden was accused of biting the victim and “removing a large chunk of [her] face.” Face-ripping is the sort of behavior
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(Michelle Marsan/Dreamstime) A senior Education Department official who oversees the U.S. student loan program will announce his resignation on Thursday and call for the cancellation of the nation’s student debt, according to the Wall Street Journal. A. Wayne Johnson was appointed chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid in 2017 by Education Secretary
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The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. Project Veritas, the investigative reporting outfit that uses undercover video,
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Members of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in southern Syria, November 22, 2017 (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Connor) It’s not troop presence, which serves aims that are in America’s interest. President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria should not have surprised anyone. He has consistently opposed U.S. military involvement
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (center) with other Republican congressmen outside the SCIF where Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill, October 23, 2019 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Bringing your phone into a secure facility is a violation, but not necessarily a major one. Today’s Republican excursion into protest theater in the Capitol,
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‘I am a classically trained engineer,” says Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the … Read More
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What’s worse, Trump or the Deep State? Political observers across the spectrum read with considerable interest Rolling Stone Magazine Contributing Editor Matt Taibbi’s recent “Deep State scarier than Trump” piece, “We’re in a permanent coup.” Here’s Taibbi, no fan of the president, in his own words: My discomfort in the last few years, first with
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Skyline of Seattle, Wash., in 2017. (Chris Helgren/Reuters) Mathematics classes should be for mathematics lessons. Seattle’s public-school district has proposed a new math curriculum that would teach its students all about how math has been “appropriated” — and how it “continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities.” A draft of the
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The results of the October 21, 2019 election have served to confirm that Canada is a lost cause. Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, a very silly person who likes bobbing around in Indian costumes, praying in mosques robed in a white thawb, and uttering idiocies like “We don’t say mankind, we say peoplekind,” who pranced
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(Unsplash) If you drive an Uber, you’re considered a contractor, not an employee, and thus enjoy rather limited protections from labor laws. This is one way that Uber and similar companies have avoided regulations that either needlessly interfere in the free market or provide crucial protections for workers, depending on your perspective.  Advertisement Advertisement The
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(Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) “Animal rights” activists are determined to “break the species barrier” and create legal standing for animals to sue in court. Of course, the animals would be oblivious to these actions. “Animal standing,” as the issue is known, is really a Trojan Horse (pun intended) to allow animal rights extremists to seek court
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Air Canada announced last week that it will no longer use the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” on board its flights. The policy is part of a “commitment to respect sexual identity, diversity, and inclusion,” the company said in an internal memo. Instead of the gender-specific “ladies and gentlemen” (and “mesdames et messieurs” — all announcements
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Facebook announced Monday that it has removed four networks of accounts that originated in Russia and Iran and were attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections. The mammoth social-media platform took down 135 Facebook accounts, 26 pages, and seven Instagram accounts originating in Iran, some targeting the U.S. and some targeting countries in
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President Donald Trump has championed many conservative principles, but his presidency has unleashed a battle for the soul of American conservatism. Early this year, Fox News host Tucker Carlson set forth a populist vision. In June, Sohrab Ahmari attacked David French, calling for an aggressive and reactionary vision. Some conservatives have adopted a #NeverTrump stance
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(Jason Lee/Reuters) China is seeking $2.4 billion in sanctions against the U.S. for non-compliance with a World Trade Organization ruling dating to the Obama administration, according to court documents revealed Monday. WTO judges at the organization’s Dispute Settlements Body decided in mid-August that China could impose sanctions on the U.S. in response to the Trump
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Attendees walk past a Facebook logo at the company’s developers conference in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2019. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) The social-media giant’s immediate problem may be Elizabeth Warren, but its long-term problems are deeper and entirely internal. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, writing in the Wall Street Journal, insists that his company will not act
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Russian collusion has gone from being Hillary Clinton’s excuse for losing to Donald Trump and a misfired plan to remove him from office to being the failed candidate’s all-purpose explanation for everything. Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard charges that the Democratic National Committee is “trying to hijack the entire election process,” and Hillary fires back by
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