POLITICS & POLICY

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks as President-elect Joe Biden listens during a news conference where Biden named retired General Lloyd Austin as his nominee to be defense secretary in Wilmington, Del., December 9, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Vice President–elect Kamala Harris will reportedly resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she is set to
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Members of the National Guard arrive at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 12, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) A rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed due to security concerns in the nation’s capital, according to reports. The rehearsal will be held Monday instead, Politico reported. Security has been boosted
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A fillet of lab-grown cultured chicken developed by Eat Just. (Eat Just, Inc./Handout via Reuters) Here’s a technology designed to rehumanize us, putting mankind’s brilliance and ingenuity in service to our gentler side. Last month, from Singapore, came news of the world’s first commercial sale of cell-cultured meat, the product of a bioreactor instead of
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President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., January 12, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) (Three questions of “ought” — the nature of Trump’s high crimes and guilt — present harms, future harms — the expected cost of Trump’s arrow — act consequentialism, rule consequentialism — political division
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Working until the last minute, the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule that would protect babies born prematurely from death — including those who survive abortion — and disabled people generally from discrimination in the health-care context. From the OCR press release: The proposed
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) walks from Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 6, 2018. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts) Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned Friday that one third of Republican voters could leave the party if GOP senators vote in impeachment proceedings to convict President Trump. Paul made the comments in
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Steve Bannon at a news conference. December 8, 2018. (Eric Vidal/Reuters) President Trump is considering a pardon for former adviser Steve Bannon during his final days in office, two people with knowledge of the matter told Politico on Friday. Bannon, formerly the CEO of Breitbart News, was the architect of Trump’s 2016 campaign and chief White
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The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a bipartisan panel directed by Congress to monitor the human-rights situation in China, released its annual report this week. Among other commendable ideas, this one stands out. The CECC calls for: Protecting any U.S. citizen fired for expressing opinions critical of Chinese
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It’s the worst part of Biden’s proposal. Michael Strain wrote about it in October, after it came up in a presidential debate: It’s a slam-dunk case that a $15 minimum wage would be devastating to low-wage workers in much of the country, even after the economy has fully recovered from the Pandemic Recession. According to
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Well, job news. I’m delighted to report that after 17 years at the helm of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, I have successfully recruited the extraordinarily talented Ryan T. Anderson as my successor as EPPC’s president. Don’t worry (or, for some of you, don’t hope), I’m not going away. On the contrary: I intend
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A volunteer is injected with a vaccine as he participates in a coronavirus vaccination study at the Research Centers of America, in Hollywood, Fla., September 24, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters) President-elect Joe Biden unveiled an emergency plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday evening, focusing on economic aid and boosting vaccine production and distribution. The
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Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney President Donald Trump, holds what he identified as a replica mail-in ballot as he speaks about the 2020 election results in Washington, D.C., November 19, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Loyalty, to Donald Trump, has always been a one-way street. But even so it’s gobsmacking to read a report (in the Washington Post)
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Jaime Harrison speaks during a DNC forum in Baltimore, Md., February 11, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) President-elect Joe Biden will nominate South Carolina senate candidate Jaime Harrison to lead the Democratic National Committee, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. Harrison polled neck-and-neck with opponent Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) for much of the race, and raised $57
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His self-defense sticks with the strategy that he was following before and on January 6 (and which I’ve criticized here). He doesn’t say that Biden stole the election; he doesn’t say that Biden won the election fairly. He doesn’t spread baseless conspiracy theories about voting machines, or deny them, or acknowledge their existence. He talks
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Rep. John Katko (R-NY) questions FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor as he testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on the national response to the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, July 22, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters) Ten Republicans crossed party lines on Wednesday to vote in favor of impeaching President Trump over his rhetoric
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Wind-turbine generators in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., 2011. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Writing from the U.K. in an article for CapX, Bill Blain (who “absolutely believe[s] climate change is the biggest challenge humanity faces”), takes a look at wind power and other renewables and is not impressed:  The brutal reality is offshore wind is far less efficient
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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett attends her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, October 12, 2020. (Alex Edelman/Pool via Reuters) The Supreme Court has decided that the Food & Drug Administration may reinstate its safety policy for chemical-abortion drugs. Since the drug was first approved in 2000, the FDA has
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T his sounds dumb and almost conspiratorial, but I just want to say it: I suspect that the general sense of unease and panic in our politics is partly a physical and hormonal reaction to a novel substance introduced into the human environment by giant and somewhat nefarious corporations. Let me preface
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House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Representative Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking House Republican, came out Tuesday in favor of Democratic efforts to impeach the president for a second time, making her the first member of House GOP
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I write here, of course, from the magazine that invented “Never Trump,” with our cover during the primaries. One of the chief reasons I couldn’t vote for Donald Trump is the ugly way he talks about human beings. That said, I underestimated how many people may have voted for him because of his rough, threatening,
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) conducts a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, December 1, 2020. (Tom Williams/Pool via Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly pleased about efforts by Democrats to impeach President Trump a second time, saying he believes the move will make it easier for Republicans to purge Trump from
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