POLITICS & POLICY

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman arrives to testify on Capitol Hill, October 29, 2019. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry, was the subject of attacks ahead of his Tuesday testimony. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council staffer and key witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, was accused by former Republican
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On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of its constitution. This article had been in place for decades, and granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian union. India’s Parliament then passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, dissolving the state and reorganizing it into separate territories: Jammu and Kashmir in the west and Ladakh in the east. Pakistan has
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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 of Wisconsin slammed fellow Republicans on Tuesday for questioning the patriotism of witnesses for House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump. “Questioning the patriotism, questioning the dedication to country
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the weeks, then months and now years after losing the presidential election in 2016, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly demonstrated in speeches and television interviews that she has no idea why she lost. She has blamed everything from racism to Russia, from the media to sexism, from deplorables to stubborn, backward-looking nostalgia.
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(Roza/Dreamstime) Decades of misgovernance and misplaced priorities have left the state fighting fire with … blackouts. California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation — it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people are going
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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) at a weekly news conference in the U.S. Capitol, September 25, 2019 (Al Drago/Reuters) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday that a decision by Democrats to hold a vote on the impeachment inquiry against President Trump later this week shows the process was “botched from the start.” “It’s
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According to the media, Bill Taylor, the acting chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, delivered the coup de grâce to the Trump presidency earlier this week. Taylor testified before members of the House committees leading the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry behind closed doors, but his opening … Read More
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Federal government health-coverage forms (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters) The ‘center lane’ 2020 Democrats want a problematic policy that we barely avoided ten years ago. A  lot of the Democratic presidential candidates are rushing as far to the left on health care as they can. But some in the “center lane” are advocating what they claim is a more
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Ellen DeGeneres, October 2019 (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports/ Reuters) The practitioners of the politics of cooties seem not to realize that we’re all in this together. When the Founders designed the basic architecture of the American system, they bore in mind among other antecedents the Roman republic. Their heirs are fascinated by a rather different
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Republicans and Democrats, partisans of Donald Trump and those looking to impeach him, should speak with one voice about at least one thing: It is time for Nancy Pelosi to bring the impeachment process out of the shadows, out from behind closed doors, and into the light and air, such as it is, of the
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President Lyndon B. Johnson in an undated photo (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum/Reuters ) Lyndon Johnson’s 1960s spending initiatives have not paid off with any improvement in education. In 1964, most people would have been excited to receive a signed picture from the president. But a woman known to history as “Mrs. Marlow” did
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren visits a picket line of striking teachers in Chicago, October 22, 2019. (Joshua Lott/Reuters) The political contradictions of progressivism ‘The fact is there is no more money. Period,” says Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot. She’s talking about the teachers’ strike that has paralyzed her city’s public schools — enrollment 360,000
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., October 23, 2019 (Erin Scott/Reuters) Those attempting to cajole Facebook to censor political speech do not want these same standards applied to them. Misinformation, spin, and false claims have been part of politics since America’s founding. To secure the 1800 presidential
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While Trump-haters keep obsessing over his tweets and “manners,” we are witnessing the Democrats’ ongoing rejection of President Donald Trump’s constitutional right to govern and the people’s sovereign choice in electing him. Let’s check our priorities. You may regard Trump’s tweet “#StopTheCoup” as political theater, but it’s not, and we need to take notice. Ever
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President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., July 17, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) As evidence mounts, the GOP defense of Trump’s call is falling apart. During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s
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Cane Madden (Courtesy of Louisville Metro Corrections) Incompetent to stand trial, competent to offend In February of this year, Cane Madden of Kentucky was released after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. Per arrest records, Madden was accused of biting the victim and “removing a large chunk of [her] face.” Face-ripping is the sort of behavior
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(Michelle Marsan/Dreamstime) A senior Education Department official who oversees the U.S. student loan program will announce his resignation on Thursday and call for the cancellation of the nation’s student debt, according to the Wall Street Journal. A. Wayne Johnson was appointed chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid in 2017 by Education Secretary
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The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. Project Veritas, the investigative reporting outfit that uses undercover video,
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Members of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in southern Syria, November 22, 2017 (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Connor) It’s not troop presence, which serves aims that are in America’s interest. President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria should not have surprised anyone. He has consistently opposed U.S. military involvement
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (center) with other Republican congressmen outside the SCIF where Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill, October 23, 2019 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Bringing your phone into a secure facility is a violation, but not necessarily a major one. Today’s Republican excursion into protest theater in the Capitol,
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