POLITICS & POLICY

(Carlos Jasso/Reuters) 2004—In dissent in Williams v. Attorney General of Alabama, Eleventh Circuit judge Rosemary Barkett opines that an Alabama statute that prohibits the sale of sexual devices (which Barkett also refers to colloquially as “sex toys”) violates substantive due process. You might think that a case involving a challenge to the constitutionality of a
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questions David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Calibra, during testimony before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 16, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Tuesday pressed a Coca-Cola representative on the company’s decision to act as a sponsor to the 2022 Beijing Olympics
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Students raise their hands to answer a question at Kratzer Elementary School in Allentown, Pa., April 13, 2021. (Hannah Beier/Reuters) Less than an hour after the CDC released its guidelines, my local school district sent out a letter preparing parents for the probability that school — even school for very young children — would be
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People wearing masks walk in Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, Calif., March 29, 2021. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend that some Americans vaccinated against coronavirus wear masks indoors, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear which Americans would be recommended to wear masks while vaccinated. The
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A commuter receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Grand Central Station Terminal train station in New York City, May 12, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about many things. To subscribe to the Tuesday, which I hope you will do, please follow this link. On Vaccine, Between Persuasion and CoercionThe news seems
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Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) in Washington, D.C., July 11, 2019 (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Monday introduced the Love America Act, a measure to promote patriotism in public schools and ban federal funding from going to schools teaching that the nation’s foundational texts are rooted in racism. The legislation would require
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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA) removes his mask to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) I’ve repeatedly written about how ridiculous and counterproductive it is for a group of Republicans to be negotiating a bipartisan deal on infrastructure with a Democratic Party that is racing to spend $4.1 trillion. But one
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks from the One World Trade Center Tower in New York City, June 15, 2021. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Don’t hold your breath waiting for Biden appointees to charge the governor. Well, Friday news dumps are back. Last Friday, besides dropping cases on suspected Chinese spies, the Biden Justice Department quietly indicated,
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Students wait in line for a temperature check before their first day of in person school at I.S. 318, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 1, 2020. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) The middle section of today’s Morning Jolt makes the inconvenient point that despite the media’s preferred narrative, a significant portion of the remaining unvaccinated
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The Associated Press has a deeply disturbing report on Herschel Walker, the former NFL star who has Donald Trump’s backing in the 2022 Georgia Senate race: [I]n December 2005, Cindy Grossman, Walker’s ex-wife, secured a protective order against him, alleging violent and controlling behavior. Grossman has said she was long a victim of Walker’s impulses.
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Kodak screen in Times Square in 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Kodak bends the knee for the Chinese Communist Party, whose influence now stretches into America through our own storied companies. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D ammit, another one. This time Eastman Kodak, makers of film and other gear for photography. Another what? Another American company that has
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A man walks dogs across a nearly empty 5th Avenue during the coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan, May 11, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) In the greatest failure of public-health policy in history, the ‘experts’ have ignored the massive harms caused by their own lockdown measures. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ockdowns and masks have not been scientifically shown
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Opponents of Critical Race Theory attend a packed Loudoun County School board meeting in Ashburn, Va., June 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) National Association of Scholars president Peter Wood here likens today’s mania over critical race theory to the ancient belief in witchcraft. In Salem, people were convicted of witchcraft, then executed, based on “spectral evidence.”
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1990—Less than three months after appointing New Hampshire supreme court justice David Hackett Souter to the First Circuit, President George H.W. Bush nominates him to the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from Justice Brennan’s retirement. Displaying his usual perspicacity and deploying his full arsenal of clichés, Teddy Kennedy, one of nine Democrats to vote against Souter’s
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Today on The Editors, Rich, Charlie, Alexandra, and Michael discuss the battle over the January 6th committee appointees, pessimism over the impending infrastructure bill, and Mississippi’s powerful brief on Roe. Listen below, or follow this show on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or Spotify. Your browser does not support the HTML5 Audio element.
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President Joe Biden shakes hands White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm looks on at the White House in Washington, D.C. June 30, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Washington does well as the world falls apart. On August 8 the White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, turns 60 years old. It
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Tthe Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project logo on a pipe at the Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 26, 2020. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) President Biden promised to unite the world’s democracies against global authoritarianism, but the administration’s new Nord Stream 2 bargain placates the Kremlin’s Western cronies and German business interests at the
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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference after thirteen people, including seven men associated with the Wolverine Watchmen militia group, were arrested for alleged plots to take Whitmer hostage and attack the state capitol building, in Lansing, Mich., October 8, 2020. (Michigan Governor’s office/Handout via Reuters) But do the Wolverine Watchmen militia members
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The Capitol building at sunrise in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2021 (Erin Scott/Reuters) 2013—Senate Democrats expedite a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s controversial D.C. Circuit nominee, left-wing Georgetown law professor Cornelia Pillard, whom one former colleague describes as “Reinhardt in a skirt, but less moderate.” (The reference is to Ninth Circuit judge Stephen Reinhardt, who
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Demonstrators face police officers during a protest at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., August 27, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Washington, D.C., police chief Robert J. Contee III slammed what he described as a malfunctioning justice system on Friday morning following a shooting in the crowded 14th street commercial district Thursday night. Just hear what
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Win McNamee/Reuters) In an interview with National Review, a former senior official in the White House counsel’s office confirmed much of John McCormack’s reporting on Senate Democrats’ latest attempt to damage the reputation of Justice Brett
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The Kodak logo in a booth during the 2017 CES in Las Vegas, Nev., January 6, 2017 (Steve Marcus/Reuters) Kodak became the latest U.S. brand to censor itself and apologize to the Chinese government for speaking the truth this week. The ailing photography company deleted an Instagram post in which it had promoted the work
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing-in in the White House in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Democrats have renewed their criticism of the FBI’s handling of the 2017 investigation into Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after an FBI assistant director revealed that the most “relevant” tips in the investigation
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