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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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Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Ill., March 26, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Covington, Smollett, Mueller, Avenatti, and other adventures in unreality. I  used to laugh every time I heard someone like Elon Musk say that we are living in a Matrix-like simulation. These days, not so much.
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Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS Movement for Palestinians, poses in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, January 20, 2019. (Mohamad Torokman/Reuters) Don’t be fooled by talk of ‘social justice’ and ‘human rights.’ The movement is anti-Semitic to its core. Outrage ensued on social media and university campuses across America this past week when it
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President Donald Trump at the State of the Union shakes hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Washington, D.C., February 5, 2019. (Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool via REUTERS) One of the reasons our politics is so contentious and angry is that we can’t agree on what the rules are. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is
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Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool via Reuters) Outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration filed suit Thursday against Empire actor Jussie Smollett to recoup the cost of the police overtime dedicated to solving the hoax hate crime that Smollett allegedly staged
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Sen. 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) Government programs often become more expensive over time. Medicare for All is growing without even having gotten into law. The version of the plan Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vt.)
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Several Virginia Democratic lawmakers feel like they rushed to judgment against governor Ralph Northam and state attorney general Mark Herring. “There were a lot of life lessons” learned from the wreckage in Richmond, said state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd). Chief among them? “Don’t rush to judgment.” “I’m sorry we did,” said Howell, who also pilloried
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The Justice Department building stands in Washington, D.C., February 1, 2018. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) The Justice Department announced charges on Tuesday against 24 individuals allegedly involved in a $1.2 billion Medicare scam. The scammers, who included doctors accused of writing fraudulent prescriptions, owners of call centers in the Philippines and Latin America, and medical-device companies, allegedly contacted
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Attorney General William Barr testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2019 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Attorney General William Barr testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday and identified to lawmakers the parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report that he will redact before releasing it. The Justice Department will redact grand-jury information, information
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Skyline of Seattle, Wash., in 2017. (Chris Helgren/Reuters) Last month, KOMO-TV broadcast reporter Eric Johnson ran an hour-long segment, Seattle Is Dying, and if you’ve heard tell that the Emerald City — along with San Francisco — seems to be deteriorating, you’ve heard tell right. I’ve had the increasing displeasure of visiting these places frequently
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Soldiers attached to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Iowa National Guard, and Tenth Mountain, 2-14 Infantry Battalion, load onto a Chinook helicopter to head out on a mission in Afghanistan, January 15, 2019. (First Lieutenant Verniccia Ford/US Army) Three U.S. troops and one U.S. contractor were killed in Afghanistan on Monday when an improvised explosive device
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Iran’s Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari in Tehran, September 6, 2011 (Morteza Nikoubaz/Reuters) In an unprecedented move, President Trump on Monday officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. “This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of
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Senator Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) in Washington, D.C., April 1, 2019 (Carlos Barria/ Reuters file photo) Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said Friday that if he is elected president in 2020 he would sign legislation that would create a commission to explore the payment of reparations to African Americans. Following his remarks at Al Sharpton’s
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(Pixabay) Most Americans would agree, I think, that America is exceptional, but nailing down exactly why can be a matter of contention. With his typical pellucid prose, George Will provides an exceptionally elegant explanation in his forthcoming book The Conservative Sensibility. Americans were born exceptionally free from a feudal past, and hence free from an established
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Line workers smooth out the metal along the door frames on the flex line at Nissan Motor Co’s automobile manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., August 23, 2018. (William DeShazer/Reuters) The job market rebounded in March, adding 196,000 new jobs and allaying fears that the ten-year expansion of the U.S. economy was nearing its end. According
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign stop at Consuelo’s Taqueria in Manchester, N.H., March 21, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke compared President Trump’s rhetoric to that of Nazi Germany Thursday, citing in particular Trump’s controversial comments about illegal immigrants. At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa, the former
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at the National Action Network National Convention in New York City, April 5, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) called on fellow Democrats to pursue an “agenda of reparations” through a dramatic expansion of the welfare state during her remarks at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Conference in New
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) When the desired aims are decisively achieved, it breaks, and a new form of politics emerges. Last week our fearless editor Rich Lowry and departing colleague Jonah Goldberg tried to settle the question of nationalism for the
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New York City Police officers stand guard in front of Trump Tower after a jury found officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile in Manhattan, N.Y., June 17, 2017. (Bria Webb/REUTERS) As the tragic death of Willie McCoy showed, what cops do in the moments before drawing their
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a media conference in Los Angeles, Calif., August 2, 2018. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) California attorney general Xavier Becerra called Thursday for unauthorized immigration to be decriminalized, saying those crossing the southern border are “not criminals.” “They haven’t committed a crime against someone, and they are not acting violently or in
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to reporters after a town hall event in Bronx, N.Y., March 29, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) To escape punishment, all of these players in the Russian collusion delusion may now begin to turn on one another. The Democratic party has lots of radical new ideas, and lots of radical presidential candidates and
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Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters in Atlanta, Ga., November 7, 2018. (Lawrence Bryant/REUTERS) Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams praised the “identity politics” of the progressive left as both electorally effective and morally right during a speech at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention in New York on Wednesday. “Identity politics is nothing more
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Former Vice President Joe Biden (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Former vice president Joe Biden made a promise Wednesday to respect people’s personal space in the future, amid recent allegations that he has acted inappropriately in his interactions with women over the years. In a two-minute video message posted to Twitter, Biden, a top prospective contender for the 2020 Democratic
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Jacob Aasland Ravndal has an interesting piece in the Washington Post laying out some serious obstacles to measuring trends: Media reporting often resorts to two of the most well-known terrorism databases — the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and Europol’s annual Terrorism Situation & Trend Report (TE-SAT) — both of which are poorly equipped to capture right-wing terrorism and violence.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) New York’s Democratic governor has given his blessing to a package laden with billions in new taxes and spending. The leaders of the state of New York just voted themselves a huge pay raise. Andrew Cuomo is about to become the highest-paid governor in the country, with a
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