POLITICS & POLICY

‘I am a classically trained engineer,” says Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the … Read More
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What’s worse, Trump or the Deep State? Political observers across the spectrum read with considerable interest Rolling Stone Magazine Contributing Editor Matt Taibbi’s recent “Deep State scarier than Trump” piece, “We’re in a permanent coup.” Here’s Taibbi, no fan of the president, in his own words: My discomfort in the last few years, first with
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Skyline of Seattle, Wash., in 2017. (Chris Helgren/Reuters) Mathematics classes should be for mathematics lessons. Seattle’s public-school district has proposed a new math curriculum that would teach its students all about how math has been “appropriated” — and how it “continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities.” A draft of the
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The results of the October 21, 2019 election have served to confirm that Canada is a lost cause. Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, a very silly person who likes bobbing around in Indian costumes, praying in mosques robed in a white thawb, and uttering idiocies like “We don’t say mankind, we say peoplekind,” who pranced
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(Unsplash) If you drive an Uber, you’re considered a contractor, not an employee, and thus enjoy rather limited protections from labor laws. This is one way that Uber and similar companies have avoided regulations that either needlessly interfere in the free market or provide crucial protections for workers, depending on your perspective.  Advertisement Advertisement The
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(Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) “Animal rights” activists are determined to “break the species barrier” and create legal standing for animals to sue in court. Of course, the animals would be oblivious to these actions. “Animal standing,” as the issue is known, is really a Trojan Horse (pun intended) to allow animal rights extremists to seek court
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Air Canada announced last week that it will no longer use the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” on board its flights. The policy is part of a “commitment to respect sexual identity, diversity, and inclusion,” the company said in an internal memo. Instead of the gender-specific “ladies and gentlemen” (and “mesdames et messieurs” — all announcements
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Facebook announced Monday that it has removed four networks of accounts that originated in Russia and Iran and were attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections. The mammoth social-media platform took down 135 Facebook accounts, 26 pages, and seven Instagram accounts originating in Iran, some targeting the U.S. and some targeting countries in
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President Donald Trump has championed many conservative principles, but his presidency has unleashed a battle for the soul of American conservatism. Early this year, Fox News host Tucker Carlson set forth a populist vision. In June, Sohrab Ahmari attacked David French, calling for an aggressive and reactionary vision. Some conservatives have adopted a #NeverTrump stance
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(Jason Lee/Reuters) China is seeking $2.4 billion in sanctions against the U.S. for non-compliance with a World Trade Organization ruling dating to the Obama administration, according to court documents revealed Monday. WTO judges at the organization’s Dispute Settlements Body decided in mid-August that China could impose sanctions on the U.S. in response to the Trump
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Attendees walk past a Facebook logo at the company’s developers conference in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2019. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) The social-media giant’s immediate problem may be Elizabeth Warren, but its long-term problems are deeper and entirely internal. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, writing in the Wall Street Journal, insists that his company will not act
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Russian collusion has gone from being Hillary Clinton’s excuse for losing to Donald Trump and a misfired plan to remove him from office to being the failed candidate’s all-purpose explanation for everything. Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard charges that the Democratic National Committee is “trying to hijack the entire election process,” and Hillary fires back by
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill, October 15, 2019. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) It has consequences that threaten liberty. We have a serious governance problem. Our system is based on separation of powers, because liberty depends on preventing any component of the state from accumulating too much authority —
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Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton arrive for an event for their new book The Book of Gutsy Women in New York City, October 3, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) Look, one 2016 candidate being prone to wild and baseless accusations is enough. Appearing on Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s podcast, Hillary Clinton suggested that 2016 Green Party candidate
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(Leah Millis/Reuters) If we’ve learned anything from the last couple of weeks, it’s that the “perfect phone call” defense of Trump and Ukraine doesn’t work. As Andy and I discussed on his podcast this week, the “perfect” defense allows the Democrats to score easy points by establishing that people in the administration were freaked out
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As Canada approaches its October 21 federal election, it is obvious that it would take someone like Donald Trump to rescue this country from a crater of socialist lies, faddist memes, rampant welfarism, “social justice” debauchery, climate boondoggles, economic bankruptcy, unsustainable immigration, and, in short, a veritable Pandora’s Box of cultural and political ills. The
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(Reuters photo: Carlo Allegri) The Trump administration’s new tariffs on $7.5 billion in European Union products, including duties on wine, cheese and olive oil, took effect Friday as broader trade negotiations with the EU remain in limbo. The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the Trump administration, approving the tariffs on the grounds that
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The left is becoming more unapologetically totalitarian every day. Every freedom-loving American should be alarmed. From hounding conservatives out of restaurants to spitting on Trump supporters at rallies, from firing employees for politically incorrect statements to fining people for “misgendering” a person, the left is on a path toward absolutism. Even some former and current
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 7, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would like to see “something stronger” than the bipartisan resolution the House passed on Wednesday condemning President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. “I
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From left: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg onstage before the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters) Tuesday’s primary debate featured presidential candidates once again wielding euphemisms to gloss over their support for abortion on
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