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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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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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