POLITICS & POLICY

You might have seen this headline the last 24 hours or so: “Trump administration to send migrant children to Army base once used as Japanese internment camp” That sounds terrible. Then, you read the story, and you find this: The Health and Human Services Department (HHS), which operates the Office of Refugee Resettlement, said it was
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Attorney General William Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, May 1, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted largely along party lines Wednesday afternoon to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt over their refusal to comply with lawmakers’ subpoena-backed demands for documents
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The great economist Martin Feldstein died yesterday, at the age of 79. The Washington Post offers the highlights of his extraordinary career. Well before becoming something of a political figure as a Reagan adviser and chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, he was an innovator in a number of fields as a
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To anyone focused on real-world events and relationships, America is obviously the most tolerant and inclusive society that has ever existed. If you are looking for irrefutable evidence, watch an hour of TV commercials created by major U.S. companies. Racially integrated couples, gay couples and families, multi-racial professionals and creators are featured on virtually every
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Soon, some of you will try to make “better babies.” Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they’ve been limited to selecting genes that exist in the parents. They haven’t designed genes.
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Comedian Bill Maher (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) Bill Maher recently did the country a service by illustrating, in a way few other pundits have, the simple horror of abortion — what it does, and what becomes of its victims. Years from now, when abortion is outlawed and our culture has stopped glorifying the killing of the unborn,
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On Monday June 3, the Canadian federal government released a report on the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, which concluded that an ongoing “genocide” is taking place against “thousands of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people”. The report, which garnered worldwide media
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Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen speaks at a protest against anti-abortion legislation at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) As CEOs back abortion on demand, progressives are prepared to use corporate influence to enforce their twisted morality. In the wake of outrage over abortion restrictions, corporations can be
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The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants to solve … Read More
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President Bill Clinton speaks to the nation following his acquittal by the U.S. Senate on impeachment charges, February 12, 1999. (Blake Sell/Reuters) The anti-Clinton case then was stronger than the anti-Trump case is now. There’s been a cottage industry in accusing Republicans of impeachment hypocrisy. They happily impeached Bill Clinton and now vociferously oppose the
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Signs at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., in 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll on abortion has data that both pro-lifers and pro-choicers can take hope from. That’s because, as always, the public is ambivalent or incoherent, depending on how charitably you want to view it. Forty-seven percent of
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(Shutterstock) 2008—With opinions about to be issued concerning the en banc petition in Ricci v. DeStefano, Second Circuit judge Sonia Sotomayor and her panel colleagues—fellow Clinton appointees Rosemary Pooler and Robert Sack—evidently realize that they have failed in their bid to bury the claims by 19 white firefighters and one Hispanic firefighter that New Haven
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) I frequently disagree with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer, but late last year he wrote a piece that should resonate with any person who’s been in the crosshairs of the MAGA right. A fundamental aspect of truly Trumpist political
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Martin Longman hurls various forms of abuse at me that begin with a simple misunderstanding of a simple post of mine. I quoted Paul Waldman, who was arguing that a constitutional right is meaningless without the means to exercise it and so, if the Constitution protects a right to abortion, the government must provide funding
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As progressive states enact bills to legalize abortion up until birth, and pro-life states pass legislation to protect the unborn earlier in pregnancy, many observers think the Supreme Court may soon reconsider its holdings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Democratic politicians, abortion-rights advocates, and activist groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL insist that if Roe were
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The president makes the case for national spirit, sovereignty, and strength on the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings. President Trump gave one of the
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North Carolina governor Roy Cooper (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) The North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state’s “born alive” abortion bill that would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who refuse to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during an
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