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(Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images Plus) ‘It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” So wrote John Adams of July 2nd, 1776, the day on which the Continental Congress agreed that the thirteen
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(Jenna Hidinger/iStock/Getty) As the nation celebrates its 244th birthday, those of us who still love it must redouble our efforts to convert those who don’t to our side. Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country, but with patriotic sentiment at perhaps an all-time low, this year’s holiday is also an opportunity for us
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(Screenshot via Twitter) A protest in Los Angeles on July 1 drew thousands of people hours after California governor Gavin Newsom discouraged residents from holding Independence Day gatherings with anyone outside an immediate household. A photo published by the LAPD showed protesters standing shoulder to shoulder, with many wearing masks. Los Angeles has seen a
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Flags of U.S. and China in Beijing, June 30, 2017. (Jason Lee/Reuters) What the U.S. can — and can’t — actually do about China. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D onald Trump on the campaign trail was a big man when it came to China. Beijing, he promised, would quickly be brought to heel under a Trump
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of ‘Hamilton,’ arrives at the 71st PrimeTime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, September 22, 2019. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Tomorrow, Disney+ subscribers will tune in to watch the movie version of the Broadway musical Hamilton — a June 2016 performance of the celebrated cast of almost entirely minority actors playing, as far as
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker A southern Illinois judge on Thursday voided Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Coronavirus lockdown orders. The Illinois Attorney General’s office is expected to appeal. Pritzker first declared a statewide disaster because of Coronavirus back in early March and continued to issue 30 day extensions — he has used the disaster proclamations in
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President Woodrow Wilson throws out the first pitch on opening day, 1916. (Library of Congress) Ross Douthat criticizes Princeton’s decision to change the name of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The school, he writes, “wasn’t named for Wilson to honor him for being a segregationist. It was named for him because
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Texas governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday requiring Texans in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases to wear a face covering in public, reversing an executive order from early
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The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, told an audience this week that “Black Lives Matter” is racist. Zeman added, “The slogan Black Lives Matter is racist because all lives count.”Of course, he has a point. #Czech President Milos Zeman while visiting the US Ambassador’s residence in #Prague, said the slogan #BlackLivesMattters is racisthttps://t.co/16vppaL5HO
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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk celebrates after the launch of his spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 30, 2020. (Steve Nesius / Reuters) The world needs more Musk, not less. You know that friend you have who just says whatever comes to mind, does things on a whim, and lives more care-freely than
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People line up outside Kentucky Career Center before it opens to find assistance with their unemployment claims in Frankfort, Ky., June 18, 2020. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters) This is the last Morning Jolt until July 6. Be safe, and enjoy Independence Day Saturday as much as you can. On the menu today: some insanely good numbers on
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Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement. Father Ted made the mistake of comparing Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion to “serpents in the garden” whose “poison is more
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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow leads a service consecrating the new Resurrection of Christ Cathedral, the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces, outside Moscow, Russia, June 14, 2020. (Sergei Vlasov/Patriarchal Press Service/Handout/Reuters) China and Russia see themselves as civilization-states. But America has a civilizational reserves of its own as well. Earlier this month, the
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It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump, by Stuart Stevens (Knopf, 256 pages, $26.95) No matter how we regard the influence of President Donald Trump — as prime source of things gone wrong in politics or as deeply resented corrective — November 6, 2012, holds as good a claim as
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