POLITICS & POLICY

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ndrew Cuomo forced vaccine doses to be thrown away. It can’t be stated often enough or loudly enough: After the miraculous and heroic efforts of great pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines before the first American had even been infected, and after the usual testing and regulatory hurdles consumed nearly eleven months,
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Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden greet supporters at an election rally, after news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, in Wilmington, Del., November 7, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters) Behold the hilarious enthusiasm among the nation’s biggest media outlets to hurl themselves at the feet of power
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C., January 24, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) The reaction to DeVos’s resignation underscores how her critics have taken a torch to the basic standards of public discourse and democratic civility. Last Wednesday, President Trump incited a mob to assault the
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Trump loyalists gather at the U.S. Capitol on the fateful day of January 6, 2021. (Jim Bourg / Reuters) There have always been coat-and-tie Marxists, who would never get their hands dirty — who would never smash heads themselves — but who encourage it in others, to one degree or another. Obviously, there are such
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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, September 23, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via Reuters) Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned on Monday, making him the third Cabinet-level official to quit the Trump administration since the violence at the
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Healthcare workers prepare Pfizer coronavirus vaccinations in Los Angeles, Calif., January 7, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) While government struggled mightily to steer us through the coronavirus pandemic, the free market got to work. Popular culture most often portrays businessmen and the corporations they head as greedy and ruthless. A lightly regulated free market and the profit
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This is not the most important observation that one might make after what happened last week, but it’s one that stands out to me: A lot of people seem very keen on litigating whether the attack on the Capitol was worse than last summer’s rioting. That says something depressing about political polarization in this country.
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I generally try to confine my Bench Memos posts to judicial topics, but in light of the severe gravity of the Capitol attack I think it important to make an exception here and to restate positions that I have vigorously stated on Twitter. Briefly put: 1. The MAGA attack on the Capitol was an outrage
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., Ga.) indicated that the House may not send articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate during the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency, in an interview on CNN. Congressional Democrats have called for removing Trump from office after the
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Senator Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) walks from Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 6, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senator Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said on Sunday that President Trump could face “criminal liability” after inciting a mob of supporters to head to the Capitol while Congress was in the process of
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(Jason Reed/Reuters) 2006—Less than eight years out of law school, Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu submits his written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Liu concludes his testimony with this demagogic rant: Judge Alito’s record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n August 7, 1974, a trio of Capitol Hill’s Republican eminences, led by Senator Barry Goldwater, called on a beleaguered President Richard Nixon at the Old Executive Office Building on the White House flank. The Watergate scandal was in its end stages. Consequently, the meeting was not about presidential decorum, evidence
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Jamaal Bowman speaks at a watch party in Yonkers, New York, June 23, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Representative Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.) celebrated the news that Twitter had permanently suspended President Trump’s account on Friday by posting video footage of a U.S. official announcing the detention of former dictator Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War.  Bowman
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Protesters tear down a barricade as they clash with Capitol police at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that there was “no indication” that members of Antifa had gone undercover as pro-Trump supporters to spark chaos during Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol
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The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari late Friday to hear Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra and its companion case, Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra. The two cases challenge significant First Amendment violations against conservative nonprofits by the California attorney general’s office, violations which started under Jerry Brown and flourished under his successors, Kamala
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) questions witnesses during committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Reuters) Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) on Thursday criticized fellow Republicans for “lying to millions” of people about the significance of Wednesday’s electoral vote count, which was delayed for hours after Trump supporters stormed the
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos participates in a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned from the Trump administration Thursday night, a day after pro-Trump protesters descended on the Capitol, breaking through security barriers and forcing lawmakers to evacuate the Senate floor. DeVos is the
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As for the chief instigator, the president of the United States, he should be removed from office by the 25th Amendment or impeachment, whichever is faster. This, with only a week and a half to go, would be a most extraordinary action, but this has been an extraordinary time. Mike Pence is a normal American
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As I’ve mentioned previously, Lisa Montgomery brutally murdered a pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett and stole her daughter (the baby amazingly survived and is 16). Lisa Montgomery was severely mentally ill and was abused her entire life in multiple diabolical ways. Her lawyers are asking for the president to commute her sentence to life in prison
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.y.) stands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) as they attend the Electoral College vote certification in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Reuters) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) called for President Trump’s removal on Thursday, saying that “this president should not hold office one
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