POLITICS & POLICY

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the virtual Washington Conference on the Americas in Washington, May 4, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) It really requires a heart of stone not to laugh uproariously at today’s report from CNN by Priscilla Alvarez and Natasha Bertrand entitled “Vice President Harris’ team tries to distance her from fraught situation at
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(Pixabay) During earlier rounds of the debate over research on human embryos — back in the days of the George W. Bush administration, when the issue was a major political controversy — the advocates of allowing and federally funding that research explained that carefully drawn ethical limits would be observed. Research would not be permitted
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Catherine Lhamon in MSNBC in 2018. (MSNBC/via YouTube) Senators should reject President Biden’s nomination of Catherine Lhamon to her old job in the Education Department. ‘One of the most sweeping bipartisan judicial rejections of an administration’s policy in decades,” commentator David French recently noted, involved the Obama administration using Title IX to undermine due process
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Detail of A French Ship and Barbary Pirates by Aert Anthoniszoon, c. 1615. (Public domain/via Wikimedia) A lesson on ransomware from the Founding Fathers. Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount recently admitted that Colonial paid a ransom of $4.4 million to the criminal hackers who caused the company to shut down the country’s largest transporter of
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Duke Chapel at Duke University (Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia/GFDL) Leftist groupthink has invaded all of American higher education — English, music, chemistry; you name it, and you’ll find its practitioners working to transform disciplines into training camps for true believers. What about divinity schools? You might think that “wokeness” has saturated them, but in today’s Martin Center article,
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(ronstik/Getty Images) The loosening of bond restrictions around the country has led to a wave of violence committed by criminals who otherwise wouldn’t have been released. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H arris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is not the stuff right-wing monsters are made of: She serves Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, and she is a
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Students walk past Princeton University’s Nassau Hall in Princeton, N.J. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters) Classics majors at Princeton University will no longer be required to learn Greek or Latin in a push to create a more inclusive and equitable program, an effort that was given “new urgency” by the “events around race that occurred last summer.” Last
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Secretary of transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg listens during a confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/Reuters Pool) Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday claimed President Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal is “responsible” despite criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Buttigieg’s defense came during an appearance on Fox News Sunday when he was
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(Pixabay) Have we been too successful at insulating ourselves from harm, and from one another? The purpose of government is to make it safe for human beings to deal with strangers. We don’t need the state to regulate our interactions with people we know and trust, but the same cannot be said about our interactions
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy during a visit to Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, May 27, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) A president’s budget is basically his wish list. The chief executive has no power to change tax rates or spending on his own; anything he wants to do must first be approved
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2018. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) During a press briefing Thursday, Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott stated that the Biden administration’s relaxed immigration policies are contributing to the influx of fentanyl pouring across the border into the United States. “It is clear
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School buses remain parked in a lot due to the pandemic in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2020. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) A Virginia physical education teacher was placed on administrative leave after he disputed his district’s transgender policies, the Loudoun (County) Times-Mirror reported Friday. Byron “Tanner” Cross, a Leesburg Elementary School teacher in Virginia’s Loudoun County Public
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Senator Ben Sasse speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters) Nebraska senator Ben Sasse, one of the six Senate Republicans who supported creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on Congress, comments on his vote: “Nebraskans know where I stand on this: For the first
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(Getty Images) Ohio is the latest state considering legislation to prohibit public schools from teaching critical race theory, which views racism as systemic in the nation’s institutions and promotes race-based reverse discrimination to achieve equity. On Tuesday, state representative Don Jones, introduced House Bill 322, which amends the state’s academic standards from kindergarten through 12th
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U.S. and Chinese flags outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China, January 21, 2021. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters) The Chinese regime is aggressive and domineering. It uses every tactic to increase its influence in the world. And that poses challenges for our colleges and universities. So argues Nicholas Romanow in today’s Martin Center article. 
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Adolf Hitler stands beside Heinrich Himmler while observing a parade of troops in 1940. (Reuters) As David Harsanyi notes, Democrats who profess to be shocked at the irresponsible Marjorie Taylor Greene being irresponsible with a Holocaust analogy are, themselves, chronically addicted to Nazi and Holocaust analogies. One of those is their use of the term
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President Biden delivers remarks on the economy in Cleveland, Ohio, May 27, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) During a television appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Biden administration COVID advisor Zeke Emanuel discounted the importance of investigating the root cause of the virus and its origin in China. “The real issue is not how did this happen, the real
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One notion out there is that there are no policy implications one way or the other if the virus emerged naturally or escaped from a lab. This might be true in the sense that it wouldn’t have changed how we responded to the pandemic in real time, but it still matters a lot. If the
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