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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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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) speaks after announcing that she is forming an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race, in Sioux City, Iowa, January 18, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters) Campaigning for president Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promised to only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court precedent that established a constitutional
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(James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) Federalism isn’t just a fluffy theory. Trump got you down? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving you the willies? Try federalism — now with 70 percent less authoritarianism. To the uninitiated, conservatives sometimes sound — to put it plainly — bonkers. Your lefty friends are going on and on about free health care and making
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Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Edward O’Callaghan (left) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Department of Justice said Monday that it was “disappointed” with House Democrats’ decision to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General William
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Students mourn during a candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., February 15, 2018. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Disgraced former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to act to stop the shooter who killed 17 at Parkland, Fla.’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last year,
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Demonstrators react in front of a burning military vehicle during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2019. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) While Republicans were largely united in their support for the opposition to Nicolás Maduro’s regime, Democrats offered a wide range of messages on the issue. When Ilhan Omar was asked about Venezuela on
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(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) The Trump administration on Thursday adopted protections for medical professionals who have moral objections to performing certain controversial procedures. The new rule, instituted by the Department of Health and Human Services, will prohibit regulations designed to punish doctors who decline to perform abortions, assisted suicides, and sterilizations, among other procedures. The rule requires that
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Attorney General William Barr returns to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, May 1, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Attorney General William Barr will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as previously planned, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday evening. Citing the
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Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) members face off with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2019. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that U.S. military action in Venezuela is on the table as the opposition to the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro, led by self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó, takes to the
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President Jimmy Carter signs an extension of the Equal Rights Amendment at the White House, Oct. 20, 1978. (White House/National Archives) It is long past time to bury the proposed amendment. Is the federal Equal Rights Amendment still before the states? This week, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the
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Grand Central Terminal in New York, N.Y., November 20, 2018 (Carlo Allegri/Reuters ) Americans need to keep in mind the aphorism, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This past weekend, Grand Central Terminal rolled out new digital departure and arrival boards, replacing the nostalgia of its split-flap Solari boards with a ubiquitous blue glow.
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A candlelight vigil is held at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of the shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, San Diego, Calif., April 27, 2019. (John Gastaldo/Reuters) Why are heinous acts like this weekend’s Poway synagogue massacre so seductive to their perpetrators? Some will look at this weekend’s Poway synagogue shooting and
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during the town hall meeting in Queens, New York, April 27, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) doubled down over the weekend on her previous defense of the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system, arguing that its critics are out to destroy it and the veterans who depend on
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a kickoff rally in El Paso, Texas, March 30, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) The progressive environmentalist group Sunrise Movement criticized Beto O’Rourke’s climate-change-policy proposal on Monday as insufficiently ambitious relative to the Green New Deal proposal that has captivated many of his fellow Democratic presidential contenders. O’Rourke on Monday
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The Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) flutters during a protest the day after a banned independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain, October 2, 2017. (Enrique Calvo/Reuters) The term is too evocative, and its connotations too various, to function as shorthand for political ideas that need to be unambiguous. Israel figures prominently in the latest segment of the
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Two eminent public intellectuals — Jordan B. Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher — sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto with their debate “Happiness, Capitalism vs. Marxism.” What followed had little to do with happiness and less to do with capitalism and Marxism, … Read More
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Vice President Mike Pence walks outside in Munich, Germany, February 16, 2019. (Michael Dalder/Reuters) Vice President Mike Pence on Friday condemned beleaguered FBI agent Peter Strzok and Justice Department lawyer Lisa Page for discussing the possibility of “infiltrating” his transition team in a series of text messages reviewed by Republican lawmakers. Pence is demanding further
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Former Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, April 25, 2019. (Biden Campaign Handout via Reuters) Incorporating nonpartisan national symbols into partisan endeavors — a presidential campaign, for instance — only deepens the nation’s division. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get
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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, Ill., February 23, 2019 (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) A Cook County judge recently castigated State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding a double standard by prosecuting an anonymous woman for filing a false police report after dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was indicted for the same offense. Smollett
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President Trump listens to Franklin Graham during a ceremony for the late Rev. Billy Graham in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., February 28, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Graham’s willingness to abandon Christian principles when it’s politically expedient has cost the church dearly. It’s hard to think of a single prominent American Christian who better
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Beto O’Rourke speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York City, April 3, 2019. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Asked whether he would abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the She the People 2020 forum in Houston Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that ICE would exist under his administration but would end some hardline
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President Trump talks to reporters before departing to Atlanta, Ga., from the White House in Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Trump said Wednesday that he plans to fight all subpoenas issued by congressional Democrats in their investigation of his administration, including requests for his financial records and for the full, unredacted Mueller
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