POLITICS & POLICY

Chart: Consumer price inflation in the United Kingdom since the year 1210. Note the wild swings between inflation and deflation until a century ago. pic.twitter.com/34cp8DH5hN — Michael R. Strain (@MichaelRStrain) May 23, 2019 The chart above shows the rate of consumer price inflation in the United Kingdom since the year 1210. These data were put
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Marchers rally outside the Supreme Court during the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) And we have Alexandra DeSanctis to prove it. When I want to know the truth about some abortion-related controversy in America, I read National Review. I know what you’re thinking: “Rich, you’re the editor
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Game of Thrones ends where it began: The mad monarch has been assassinated; the king-slayer, who had vowed to defend that mad monarch with his life, takes on the sins of the polity as a holy, royal scapegoat, simultaneously prince and pariah; a pair of siblings, whose main claim to power is that they already
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In his book Discrimination and Disparities, economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even
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Look at the dollar bills in your wallet. They say they are “legal tender for all debts.” But are they? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth anything Each bill says, “In God We Trust.” But God won’t guarantee their value. The $20 bill depicts the White House. Congress is on $50s. But neither
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Republican James G. Blaine (1830–1893) was a House speaker, senator, and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine / the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable than his involvement … Read More
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(Pixabay) Thrown in the slammer over a harmless, natural substance A  69-year-old great grandmother spent twelve hours in jail last month after she was arrested at Disney World because security officials found CBD oil (cannabidiol) in her purse that she had reportedly been using to alleviate her arthritis. Although CBD is derived from cannabis, it
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Rep. Justin Amash speaks at CPAC 2013 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Members of the House Freedom Caucus voted Monday evening to condemn one of the group’s co-founders, Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) in response to his impeachment stand against President Trump. Representative Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee and former chairman of the Freedom
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The Justice Department building stands in Washington, D.C., February 1, 2018. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) In an opinion released Monday, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel ruled that former White House counsel Donald McGahn is “not legally required” to testify to Congress on matters related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “The immunity of the President’s
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South Bend., Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a DNC forum in Baltimore, Md., February 11, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Southbend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday declined to endorse any state-imposed limits on abortion, including those that take place in the third-trimester, telling the audience at a Fox News town hall that the decision should
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his family after winning the 2019 election in Sydney, Australia, May 18, 2019. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image/via Reuters) Until the conservative Liberal–National Coalition won a surprise victory on Saturday, Australia’s federal election was universally held to be an “unlosable” one for the Australian Labor party. Ever since the voters handed
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James G. Blaine, c. 1870-1880 (Library of Congress) The Supreme Court should strike down these bigoted laws, which hinder parents’ ability to choose the best education for their kids. Republican James G. Blaine (1830–1893) was a House speaker, senator, and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine,
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(Jim Bourg/Reuters) Former officials are fighting over who deserves blame. Here’s what you need to know: In rushing out their assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Obama-administration officials chose not to include the risible Steele-dossier allegations that they had put in their “VERIFIED APPLICATION” for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)
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White House national security adviser John (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Iran echo chamber tries to save its nuclear deal. Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the immigration reform plan unveiled by President Trump on Thursday as an unrealistic restrictionist wish-list that will meet overwhelming opposition in the Democratically-controlled House. “This dead-on-arrival plan is not a remotely serious proposal,” Pelosi said in a statement released hours after Trump announced the plan
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In a speech on the topic of “radical fat liberation” jointly sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Center for Equity and Inclusion (what else?) at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, the prodigiously overweight Sonalee Rashatwar, a self-proclaimed Fat Sex Therapist, compared fitness trainers to Nazis, defined child dieting as sexual assault,
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