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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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This report from Rachelle Hampton in Slate, about alt-right trolls who pose as black women on social media in order to spread racial stereotypes and sow racial discord, is a very interesting and useful look inside a phenomenon that seems to me emblematic of the strangeness of our times, including the blurry line between low-stakes
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Hillary Clinton speaks in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2016. (Steve Marcus/Reuters) Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that President Trump would have been indicted over the actions described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report had he not been a sitting president. “I think there’s enough there that any other person who had engaged
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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., June 11, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Reuters) In a watershed moment for LGBT-rights advocates, the Supreme Court has agreed to take up three cases involving LGBT individuals who claim they were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The court will decide whether Title VII
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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) Making the click-through worthwhile: Bill Barr delivers a press conference this morning in anticipation of the release of Robert Mueller’s report
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Watching the extreme reactions of reporters and journalists to Attorney General Bill Barr’s conference, including accusations of cover-up and citing his press conference as evidence of our nation’s descent into an authoritarian junta, my mind leapt back to an argument between Rich Lowry and David French on the proper forum for the kind of investigation
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Attorney General William Barr departs after speaking at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Updated 11:55 a.m. The Justice Department on Thursday morning delivered a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report to Congress. Attorney General William Barr presented the House
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Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Edward O’Callaghan 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) Understanding the disagreement between Barr and Mueller The most interesting new disclosure to come out of Attorney General William Barr’s press conference
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A view of the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 16, 2019 (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via Reuters) Telling people they’re bigots for taking pride in the civilization that brought them forth better than any other is like taking a sledgehammer to your own soapbox. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter,
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Michael Cohen testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report contradicts a high-profile Buzzfeed News story that indicated Mueller’s team had evidence President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Cohen pled guilty to lying to
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs from the White House in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Trump tried unsuccessfully to have the Justice Department fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the redacted version of Mueller’s final report released Thursday. White House Counsel Don McGahn told Mueller’s investigators that
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Robert Mueller (Larry Downing/Reuters) Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report details ten “incidents” in which President Trump sought to curtail or otherwise affect the direction of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s report outlines the president’s attempts to intervene in the special-counsel probe to bring it to a premature conclusion or to
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) questions Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) hosted an extremist anti-Israel activist who has openly and explicitly endorsed terrorism at her congressional office in mid-April to celebrate the American Muslims for Palestine Advocacy Day. The organization American Muslims
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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, N.H., April 6, 2019. (Mary Schwalm/Reuters) South Bend, Ind. mayor and Democratic 2020 presidential contender Pete Buttigieg expressed support Wednesday for a federal ban on what he called “weapons of war.” “As somebody who is very familiar from my
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The FBI’s headquarters building stands in Washington, D.C., December 7, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) A Florida woman said to be obsessed with the 1999 massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School has reportedly died after a massive FBI manhunt. Authorities said Sol Pais, 18, made disturbing remarks about Columbine as Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the shooting approached and
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Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a news conference to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2019” on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Bernie Sanders may currently be riding a wave of political momentum, but his new health-care plan remains untested. Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has officially unveiled
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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, N.H., April 6, 2019. (Mary Schwalm/Reuters) Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg offered an explanation Tuesday for why socialism has caught on lately among some lawmakers and voters. “I think the reason we’re having this argument over socialism and capitalism is that
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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington on June 24, 2015. (Carlos Barria/REUTERS) Nation of Islam founder and notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan defended Representative Ilhan Omar’s glib description of the September 11 attacks Monday by dismissing the attacks as nothing more than a false-flag
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) addresses the North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) House speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the progressive faction of her caucus led by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “like five people.” In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, Pelosi was asked whether she could unify the
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Former FBI director James Comey speaks about his book during an onstage interview with Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen at George Washington University, April 30, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Former FBI director James Comey took issue Thursday with Attorney General William Barr’s recent claim that U.S. intelligence agencies “spied” on the Trump campaign. Comey, addressing a
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech inside Parliament in Khartoum, Sudan, April 1, 2019. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters) One of the world’s most brutal dictators has just fallen. What comes next is key. Sudan’s long-time president, Omar al Bashir — among the world’s most ruthless rulers — was arrested yesterday in a military coup that
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(Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Several of President Trump’s nominees to the federal courts and the Justice Department have declined to say whether they believe Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided. One theory to explain their silence, which I’ve advanced before, is that the nominees do not want to open the door to a discussion of
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