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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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(Photo: Syda Productions/Dreamstime) The College Board plans to introduce an “adversity score” that will accompany an applicant’s SAT score in order to give college-admissions officers greater insight into how the applicant’s social and economic privilege may have contributed to their academic performance. The adversity score, which will be made available to colleges but not the
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The Palestinian rage and victimhood machine has been running in high gear this week. First, there were Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s semi-coherent, counterfactual words basically crediting Palestinians for saving Jews from the Holocaust while portraying Palestinians as its ultimate victims. And on Wednesday, on the ground in Gaza and the West Bank, there was another Nakba—or
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At Slate, Lili Loofbourow has a long indignant cry about those terrible pro-lifers and how they’ve trampled on democracy by . . . passing legislation through democratically elected legislative bodies: “cheating . . . a simple procedural violation . . . disenfranchising half the country . . . denatured process that got us here .
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My previous column objected to President Donald Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., proposed $2 trillion “infrastructure” spending. As with President Barack Obama’s “stimulus,” the Trump-Schumer plan violates the concept of federalism and bails out states that spend irresponsibly, guaranteeing a future of continued irresponsible behavior by state and local governments. But several of my
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks behind President Trump and Attorney General William Barr at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill May 15, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly made a sardonic quip Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referencing his differences with House Democrats, asking her if she had “brought
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The Liberal government of Canada has formulated a new program to which all universities are expected to commit. It is called “Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” A “Charter” for “Dimensions” has been distributed to all university presidents, who are urged to sign, endorsing the program for their universities. Minister for Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan
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Senator Josh Hawley (R, Mo.) in Springfield, Mo., September 21, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning for his first floor speech, decrying the Republican party’s sclerotic reliance on Reagan-era free-market orthodoxy and advocating a populist move toward the “great American middle.” Channeling the anti-elitist current that
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I wrote about the Georgia heartbeat bill today: Lysistrata, the character from the Aristophanes play of the same name, declared a sex strike to try to stop a devastating war in ancient Greece. Alyssa Milano, the actress and political activist, declared a sex strike to try to stop Georgia from protecting unborn children in the
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