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A man works on a laptop below a painting featuring Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, founder of the Soviet state Vladimir Lenin, and dictator Joseph Stalin in Bulgaria, 2011. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) The increasing popularity of this authoritarian ideology demands a strong, serious, sustained response from all who cherish our experiment in self-government. Socialism is having a
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Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Weeks into an investigation of the origins of the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Attorney General William Barr said Friday that the probe has provided more questions
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Ford cars roll off the assembly line in Flat Rock, Mich., in 2015. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters) The Trump administration has announced that it will delay new tariffs on cars and auto parts for up to six months to allow more time to reach trade deals with the European Union and Japan. In a proclamation issued Friday, President
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A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote that we were in a submerged constitutional crisis. President Donald Trump could announce one change in American foreign policy, but the White House would implement a different one. Trump, for example, proclaimed that all American troops would leave Syria, only for “White … Read More
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Clouds pass over a farm outside Dubuque, Iowa, July 26, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The Heartland: An American History, by Kristin L. Hoganson (Penguin Press, 432 pp., $30) ‘Everything you know about x is wrong” has always been a hit with the reading public. Take Columbus. On Columbus Day, the righteous will complain that students aren’t
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A Christopher Columbus statue stands in Madrid, Spain, March 7, 2016. (Paul Hanna/Reuters) Vermont on Friday became the sixth state to eliminate Columbus Day, replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day. Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a bill designating the second Monday in October a day honoring Native Americans rather than the 15th-century Italian explorer. “Vermont was
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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Instead of praising Barr for releasing to the public what amounts to an off-the-shelf roadmap for impeachment, Democrats are cavalierly talking about throwing Barr in jail. Ever since
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Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a campaign event for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Elizabeth Township, Pa., March 12, 2018. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) After weeks of contentious negotiation, Donald Trump Jr. agreed on Tuesday to comply with the Republican Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr’s (R., N.C.) subpoena-backed demand that he sit for a private interview
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) listens during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) CNN’s John King corrected Representative Rashida Tlaib’s (D., Mich.) revisionist history of the Holocaust on Monday, pointing out that Palestinian leaders supported the German extermination of Jews and violently resisted the creation of
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“East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail, 1869” shows the celebration of the completion of the intercontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869. (Courtesy Andrew J. Russell/Oakland Museum of California/Handout via Reuters) An unimaginable feat that connected America to the Pacific Amidst all the talk of the country splitting apart, we
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George Papadopoulos leaves after his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., September 7, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) During a Thursday interview on Sky News, former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer explained his decision to turn over to the FBI information about George Papadopoulos that eventually prompted an investigation into the Trump campaign. Two month
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Containers at a Chick-fil-A branch in midtown Manhattan (Rashid Umar Abbasi/Reuters) The Texas House’s newly-formed LGBTQ caucus on Friday successfully blocked legislation introduced by Republicans to prevent religious discrimination by local governments. The so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, which was introduced in response to the San Antonio City Council’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the city’s
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Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside Uber’s office in Saugus, Mass., May 8, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Modern boycotts are less like “social excommunication” and more like publicity campaigns. In ten cities across the country, the drivers who contract for rideshare services Uber and Lyft are supposed to be on strike, and activists have asked that
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Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters) The attorney general has gone above and beyond legal requirements in his release of the Mueller report. He deserves Congress’s gratitude, not its contempt. The Democratic party’s current war on Attorney General William Barr is one
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(Joe Skipper/Reuters) Once taboo, the word has become an unfortunate national habit in need of breaking. One of my favorite 1960s anecdotes comes from legendary broadcaster Larry King, who tells of attending his first roast at New York City’s Friars Club. There, French actor Maurice Chevalier dared to utter the F-word live on stage. King
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Jeremy Corbyn (Andrew Yates/Reuters) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday expressed outrage at British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s support of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s regime. “It is disgusting to see leaders, in not only the United Kingdom, but the United States as well, who continue to support the murderous dictator Maduro,” Pompeo said at a
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Sen. Cory Booker speaks during an Iowa Democrats Black Caucus town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, April 16, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Party leaders and 2020 rivals were largely non-committal when asked to comment on the New Jersey senator’s expansive plan. On Monday, New Jersey senator Cory Booker introduced a gun-control plan that’s much more restrictive
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Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me (Joan Marcus) A Broadway show presents legal analysis crude enough to dazzle progressives. We’ll stipulate that should the end of the American experiment as defined by its current Constitution be imminent, it will probably not be habitués of Broadway theater who do the overthrowing. Nor are
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Twitter, Facebook, et al. need transparent, viewpoint-neutral, First Amendment-based content policies. Yesterday, my colleague and podcast co-host Alexandra DeSanctis wrote a piece describing a confrontation between Pennsylvania state representative Brian Sims and an elderly woman who was apparently praying quietly outside a Planned Parenthood office in Pennsylvania. Sims’s actions toward the woman were
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