POLITICS & POLICY

A man wearing a protective face mask walks as snow begins to fall in Times Square in New York City, December 16, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) The sheer endlessness of this is mind-numbing. Imagine that a new religion emerged on earth in the last year, universally adopted and vaguely compulsory. Everyone on earth was obliged to
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., December 16, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Congressional Democrats have agreed to take direct aid for state and local governments out of a new coronavirus relief package in exchange for Republicans dropping their demand for liability protections for businesses. The idea
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks during a news conference in N.Y., October 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Last week, Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard introduced not one but two substantial pieces of pro-life legislation. One measure from the Democratic congresswoman is intended “to protect pain-capable unborn children.” The legislative text is not yet available, but it is likely along
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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated prior to testifying before House Committees in Washington, D.C., July, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) In newly declassified messages, ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok, who oversaw the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, touted the Steele dossier’s ability to “influence” media. Senate Republicans on Thursday released
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Researchers work in a lab run by Moderna Inc. (Moderna Inc./Handout via Reuters) A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted Thursday to endorse Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine and recommended that the agency move forward with emergency authorization. In a 20-0 vote, with one abstention, the panel found that the safety and efficacy of the vaccine
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Rep. Deb Haaland, D., N.M., attends a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 3, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Joe Biden will nominate Representative Deb Haaland (D., N.M.) to be Secretary of Interior, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The appointment of Haaland to Biden’s cabinet would further thin the Democrats’ majority in the
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks from Biden’s transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., December 14, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Fans of ESG might be in for a rude awakening as their rhetorical dream becomes a mandatory reality. Politicized investing, especially of the “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG) variety, has experienced some regulatory pushback during the last year, but
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A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in N.Y., November 28, 2015. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Newsweek reports that executives from Planned Parenthood are expecting to see the incoming presidential administration immediately enact all of the abortion organization’s policy preferences. And why shouldn’t they? Planned Parenthood Action, the group’s political-action
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Paul McCartney explains how he put together a new album on which, for the third time, he plays all of the instruments. After McCartney (1970) and McCartney II (1980), Paul’s lockdown album, out this week, is McCartney III, made alone in a studio except for two tech aides. “I’m actually quite good at playing …
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Welcome to “The Tuesday,” a weekly newsletter about politics, language, culture, and the enduring relevance of John Adams. If you would like to subscribe to “The Tuesday” — and I would be grateful to you if you would — please follow this link. Different Clowns, Same Circus Republicans stung by … Read More
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Attorney General William Barr arrives to testify on Capitol Hill, April 9, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) ‘I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.” That was Attorney General Bill Barr ten months ago, bemoaning President Trump’s penchant for spouting off about ongoing Justice Department investigations and
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Sometimes it is difficult to explain why freedom of speech is so important. Why should someone say something that might cause offense or upset? Surely it is better to restrict dangerous words in the same way you would restrict dangerous behavior? The problem with this stance is severalfold. Once you start proscribing objectionable words or
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse the immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration. His campaign site’s immigration page says he will “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage and reclaim America’s values.” As Rich Lowry has written, “Biden will move on all fronts to loosen immigration controls.” Despite what
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Former CIA director John Brennan was once hailed as “Obama’s conscience,” because Brennan personally made the solemn judgments about who lived or died in the expansion of our drone-warfare program. In the years since, Brennan has revealed himself as a voluble lunatic personality on Twitter. I try not to think about men such as Brennan
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President Donald Trump listens with Vice President Mike Pence as Attorney General William Barr addresses the coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House, March 23, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Attorney General William Barr will leave his post shortly before Christmas, President Donald Trump announced Monday. “Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General
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Dr. Michelle Chester from Northwell Health prepares to administer a Pfizer coronavirus disease vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., December 14, 2020. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) Mainstream journalists celebrated news of the country’s first COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday after claiming for months that the Trump administration’s push to deliver a vaccine
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If there is one lesson conservatives claim to have learned from the last few election cycles, it is that the Democrats are the party of elites. In both 2016 and 2020, President Trump performed well among voters, especially non-Hispanic white voters, without a college degree. This has led to some speculation that … Read More
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