POLITICS & POLICY

“Are You Good Enough at Paperwork to Be a Poor American?” asks the New York Times. The essay is an interesting and valuable read. Most programs that make up the American social safety net have become simpler to navigate over time, with more requirements automated, eliminated or moved online. Participation rates today vary depending in
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LEXINGTON, Virginia — Every Wednesday morning, James McDaniel sits along the South Main Street portion of U.S. Highway 11 with a healthy stack of The News-Gazette beside him. He wears a neat white apron with the newspaper’s moniker stitched across the top. He keeps a small, folded tarp tucked away to protect the paper in
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DACA supporters outside the White House, September 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The network of groups allied to Charles Koch thinks a pro-Dreamer agreement is close to fruition. Indian Wells, Calif. — There’s no way a Democratic House and a Republican Senate could pass legislation resolving the future of the Dreamers before Election Day. Or is there?
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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference, January 22, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Just one day after a leaked excerpt of John Bolton’s upcoming book revealed that he directly witnessed President Trump condition Ukrainian military aid on a politically beneficial investigation, Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow claimed during Monday’s impeachment trial that “not a single
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Indian Wells, Calif. — “The faculty thought the university existed for them, and it doesn’t,” declared Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University, stirring laughter and applause from the more than 600 members of Stand Together, the network of political and charitable groups headed up by Charles Koch. “The students were the reason for
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Barbers Hill High School senior DeAndre Arnold interviewed on KHOU. (KHOU/via YouTube) A public-school system beset by conformism, in Texas and across the country It seems almost inevitable that long hair is unwelcome at Barbers Hill High School. There’s a touch of aptronymic poetry in Texas public-school dress-code disputes. When I was in school in
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As conservative writers for online magazines are all too well aware, their leftist adversaries are not interested in serious debate or mannerly conversation. Civility is not the left’s strong suit. Tactics vary along a spectrum of readily predictable talking points, false assertions, vituperation and obscenity, the stock in trade of those who have come to
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Clayton Christensen at a TED Talks in 2012 (via YouTube) The guru of innovative technology leaves a legacy that extends well beyond the business world. Read through the marketing materials for a given startup and one adjective will inevitably appear: “disruptive.” The term “disruptive technology” might induce semantic satiation nowadays, but the man who coined
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Two weeks ago, the United States seemed on the brink of starting another war in the Middle East after a drone strike killed Iran’s most notorious spymaster, Qasem Soleimani, as he departed an international airport in Baghdad. The shadowy general, in charge of the Iranian equivalent of the CIA, was one of the … Read
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Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter attend an NCAA basketball game in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) They deny Trump the right to present a defense, then complain that he has produced no evidence. Imagine you get indicted in a swindle. The prosecutors represent that they can prove you and your
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address in Manhattan, New York City, January 7, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Former vice president Joe Biden said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that most undocumented immigrants benfitting from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are “more American
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of Rep. Adam Schiff and the Democratic horde’s portraying every charge against President Donald Trump as Trump’s effort to interfere with this or that election. In his opening statement at the Senate impeachment trial, Lead House Impeachment Manager Schiff, puffed up with false indignation, did
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President Donald Trump greets Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing phase one of the U.S.-China trade agreement in the East Room of the White House, January 15, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Trump’s obsession with the trade deficit is front and center. In confronting China, policymakers tend to prioritize one of two broad categories: economics or
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks before a Senate Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee hearing titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. (REUTERS/Jeenah Moon ) Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told reporters Wednesday that House impeachment manager’s Adam Schiff’s focus on the propriety of President Trump’s request
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