POLITICS & POLICY

White House coordinator for the southern border Ambassador Roberta Jacobson takes a question during a White House press briefing in Washington, March 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Roberta Jacobson, the Biden administration’s coordinator at the southern border, announced on Friday that she would step down from her position at the end of April. Jacobson said she always
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People who have been vaccinated are less likely to consider it safe to travel than people who haven’t been vaccinated and don’t want to be. Philip Klein suggests that the perverse messaging from public-health officials helps to explain this pattern. I suspect, though, that part of the explanation is simply that people who have been
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White House coordinator for the southern border Ambassador Roberta Jacobson takes a question during a White House press briefing in Washington, March 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Really? Roberta S. Jacobson, the former ambassador to Mexico whom President Biden chose as his “border czar” on the National Security Council, will step down at the end of the
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Dan Crenshaw at Turning Point USA’s 2018 Student Action Summit. (Gage Skidmore) Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) announced that he received emergency surgery on his left eye on Friday, which will leave the congressman “effectively blind” for the next month. Crenshaw said he noticed blurry spots in his vision over the past few days, and
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Yesterday I wrote about the suppression by YouTube of a video with Governor DeSantis and a group of public-health experts. Allies of the mega-state would rather that criticism of its authoritarian COVID policies be suppressed. Today, I read that the Legal Insurrection Foundation is continuing its battle to get records from SUNY Upstate Medical School
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Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Reuters Pool) For months, public-health officials and the media have made the inexplicable decision to consistently downplay the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Everybody from Joe Biden to Anthony Fauci
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(Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) Headed for almost certain defeat in its attempt to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is accepting the result with all the grace, humility, introspection, sanity, and public-spiritedness that Donald Trump so markedly lacked last November. Oh, wait. Nope, it’s not: SEATTLE — The union trying
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(anyaberkut/iStock/Getty Images) Accounting identities don’t tell us how the economy actually works. Whenever the public discourse turns to economics, the results tend to be painful. Economists are forever pulling their hair out over the politicization of the discipline. But recently, things have gotten even worse than usual. It’s no exaggeration to say today’s economic deliberations
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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) speaks during CPAC in Orlando, Fla., February 26, 2021. (Joe Skipper/Reuters) Florida’s agricultural and consumer services commissioner, Nikki Fried, is the Democratic front-runner to challenge Governor Ron DeSantis next year. Fried was vaccinated yesterday: Ron DeSantis said if he vaxxed publicly it would be a “gun show.” He chose not
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The egregious decision by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game from Georgia over its disagreement with a piece of legislation passed by the state legislature has been a seminal moment in the development of woke capitalism. Conservatives have, for decades, complained about the liberal cultural influence
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(Igor Kutyaev/Getty Images) The CPI shows low inflation, but it doesn’t tell the full story. In the wake of unprecedented federal deficits and central-bank accommodation, market watchers are growing wary of inflation. The Fed projects no long-term inflationary pressure above its 2 percent target rate, but investors are split. While the consensus resides with the
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Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin in Yalta, February 1945 (National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons) Roosevelt today would prefer Trump to Biden. Allow me to explain. In the many years that I have known him, I have always liked and respected Larry Kudlow. I think he was an excellent chairman of the National Economic Council, and
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Courtroom sketch of James Reyerson, senior special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, answers questions as images of George Floyd’s arrest play on a screen, on the eighth day of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minn. April 7, 2021. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) Prosecutors at Derek Chauvin’s murder trial
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(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Responses to my piece on voter qualifications have come in a number of predictable varieties. Kevin Kruse-ism, as practiced in this case by Professor Kruse himself. That goes roughly: “Here is an article that you didn’t write and don’t agree with, that was written the better part of a century ago and published
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Vermont governor Phil Scott speaks to the press in Montpelier, Vt., March 13, 2018. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters) Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, has issued a statement responding to critics — including yours truly — of his state’s use of racial preferences in determining who is eligible for the life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Its title? “Statement by Governor
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sits in front of a picture of George Floyd displayed during Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 29, 2021 in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) If you’re watching the Chauvin trial on Court-TV, you are probably baffled by some of the commentators, who seem confused about when leading questions
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(MisterClips/Getty Images) The boycott is merely a tool, and its consequences are neither universally deleterious nor rewarding. American boycotts have only proliferated since the early 1770s. Every other week, it seems, brings a new pocketbook-protest of one sort or another. Neither party has a monopoly on these efforts. Goya. The National Basketball Association. Chick-fil-A. Major
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Former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks in Atlanta, Ga., November 2, 2020. (Brandon Bell/Reuters) Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Monday called Democrat Stacey Abrams the “biggest flip flop since John Kerry” over her recent statements asking people not to boycott the state over its new voter laws. Abrams has been critical
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