POLITICS & POLICY

Boris Johnson, leader of Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves a private reception in central London, England, July 23, 2019. (Toby Melville/Reuters) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced ten days ago that he tested positive for the coronavirus, was moved Monday to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his symptoms worsened. The prime
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic at an event in Wilmington, Del., March 12, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Former vice president Joe Biden suggested on Sunday that the Democratic National Committee may need to hold a virtual presidential convention later this year, saying “we may not be able
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A paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, in 2013. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) The Chinese Communist Party’s Long March through the Institutions has been proceeding right under our noses, and it’s high time we applied serious and penetrating scrutiny to the Party’s practices as they relate to our own institutions. A case in
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There has been a lot of talk about FISA reform, but what should that look like? In the latest episode of The McCarthy Report podcast, Rich and I broached that subject (as I did with more elaboration in my column this weekend). The future of the U.S. foreign counterintelligence mission is crucial. The latest hair-raising
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Boxes of N95 protective masks for use by medical field personnel in New Rochelle, New York, March 17, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) A federal agency reportedly shipped face masks overseas from a Miami warehouse even as a nearby Veterans Affairs hospital was rationing them due to the coronavirus outbreak. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
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MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell, a self-made former crack addict, is going to transform 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity to make 10,000 cotton face masks per day by the end of the week, ramping up production to 50,000 a day in a month. That sounds like a patriotic act to me, especially given that Lindell
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) talks to reporters following a classified national security briefing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 8, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) He never said China intentionally released the coronavirus, and his suggestion that the disease originated in a Wuhan laboratory looks increasingly plausible. One of the biggest issues people have with
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Rich, the United States is the world’s No. 3 exporter of pharmaceuticals, behind Germany and Switzerland. It seems to me that shortages in our emergency supplies of critical drugs are a planning problem, not a trade problem. I am not sure what “We are going to need to make more of our own stuff” would
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MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell, a self-made former crack addict, is going to transform 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity to make 10,000 cotton face masks per day by the end of the week, ramping up production to 50,000 a day in a month. That sounds like a patriotic act to me, especially given that Lindell
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens as President Donald Trump addresses members of his cabinet during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The Trump reelection campaign on Tuesday sent a letter to former attorney general Jeff Sessions warning him not to portray the president as an ally in
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Chevrolet Camaros at a car dealership in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2014. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) The Trump administration has revised automobile emissions rules, lowering fuel-economy standards from what they would have been under Obama-era regulations. That this change has been met with hysteria goes without saying. The administration argues that the changes will save consumers money
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MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell waits to be introduced by President Donald Trump to address the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House, March 30, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Why is a grandstanding journalist seen as more virtuous than a self-sacrificing business owner? MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell, a self-made former crack addict, is going to transform
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President Donald Trump takes questions as Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen during the coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House, March 25, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Yes, he can restrict travel — between states, not within states — of people reasonably expected to have COVID-19. On Saturday, President Trump
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The worst is yet to come in the struggle against COVID-19 in America, unfortunately. And yet, it’s also not too soon to be thinking about the next phase of the national response to the virus. How will we know when it is safe to begin returning to work, school, travel, and commerce? And how should
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President Donald Trump at the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House, March 27, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) If President Trump is right that the fight against the coronavirus is the equivalent of a war, we need to focus first and foremost on defeating the enemy. That means, as an urgent priority, getting hospitals the
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Dear Weekend Jolter, Whatsoever you do, read Jim Geraghty’s chronicle of Red China’s Coronavirus mendacity. A slice from the calendar: January 1: The Wuhan Public Security Bureau issued summons to Dr. Li Wenliang, accusing him of “spreading rumors.” Two days later, at a police station, Dr. Li signed a statement acknowledging his “misdemeanor” and promising
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In the book of Genesis, Pharaoh, besieged by ominous dreams, called in the experts early. Joseph, whose reputation preceded him, explained that the seven fat cows followed by seven skinny cows emerging from the Nile in Pharaoh’s dream foreshadowed the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine coming to … Read More
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In the book of Genesis, Pharaoh, besieged by ominous dreams, called in the experts early. Joseph, whose reputation preceded him, explained that the seven fat cows followed by seven skinny cows emerging from the Nile in Pharaoh’s dream foreshadowed the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine coming to … Read More
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