POLITICS & POLICY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents call the names of asylum seekers that have a court hearing that day as a group of migrants, who returned to Mexico to await their U.S. asylum hearing, block the Puerta Mexico international border crossing bridge to demand a speedier asylum process, in Matamoros, Mexico, October 10, 2019. (Veronica
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Residents protest at a Loudon County, Va., school board meeting, June 22, 2021. (Gabriella Border/via Twitter) Police declared an unlawful assembly at a Loudoun County, Va., School Board meeting after residents clashed regarding the district’s proposed policies on transgender students. The proposal in question, known as policy proposal 8040, would require teachers to use a
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President Joe Biden departs after delivering an update on his administration’s coronavirus response at the White House, June 2, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The question pollsters keep asking about whether the country is heading in the right direction or on the wrong track has yielded mostly depressing numbers for most of this century, but this spring
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Then-President Donald Trump walks between lines of riot police in Lafayette Park at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) A federal judge dismissed lawsuits by Black Lives Matter and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union claiming that the Trump administration authorized an attack on demonstrators at
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) points at a poster board during the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 14, 2020. (Erin Schaff/Reuters) Occasionally, it really can be instructive to play “imagine if . . .” So let’s do so with Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks with Justice John Paul Stevens in Washington, D.C., September 29, 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters) 2002—In Atkins v. Virginia, the Court, in an opinion by Justice Stevens (for a majority of six justices), relies on the “direction of change” in state laws, the views of the supposed “world community” and
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Texas governor Greg Abbott (R.) vetoed funding for members of the state legislature on Friday, making good on his threat do so after state Democrats blocked a Republican-backed bill on election procedures. “Texans don’t run
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(Rick Wilking/Reuters) 2004—A mere audience member at an American Constitution Society panel discussion on the forthcoming presidential election, Second Circuit judge Guido Calabresi can’t restrain himself. Calabresi begins his comments from the floor by acknowledging that he is “not allowed to talk politics,” but he quickly descends into an extraordinary diatribe: “What the Supreme Court
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Official Photo of Nikki Fried (State of Florida/Wikimedia Commons) Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried said Friday that her “greatest weakness” in the race is her opponent’s access to a national audience. When Fried lamented Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s (R.) national platform during an appearance on CNN on Friday, anchor Poppy Harlow was quick to
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Protesters clash with Capitol police at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) A Tucker Carlson monologue misconstrues the facts of the case. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I finally watched Tucker Carlson’s monologue from Tuesday night, which has understandably caused a stir. Tucker speculates that the January 6 Capitol tumult was
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MacKenzie Bezos at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills, Calif., April 3, 2018. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) Charity is becoming just another low-risk method for people to engage in politics and virtue-signaling. After consistently being ranked the most-generous country in the world from 2010 to 2019, the United States has plummeted to 19th place, according
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My column today is on its Obamacare and religious-liberty rulings. In two major decisions, the Supreme Court expanded protections for religious liberty and narrowed the law of standing so that fewer federal lawsuits can be entertained. Six of the nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents, and a majority of those six agreed with each
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Patricia and Mark McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in St. Louis, Mo., June 28, 2020. (Lawrence Bryant/Reuters) Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey, the armed St. Louis couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters outside their mansion last year, pleaded guilty
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