POLITICS & POLICY

(Shutterstock) 2008—With opinions about to be issued concerning the en banc petition in Ricci v. DeStefano, Second Circuit judge Sonia Sotomayor and her panel colleagues—fellow Clinton appointees Rosemary Pooler and Robert Sack—evidently realize that they have failed in their bid to bury the claims by 19 white firefighters and one Hispanic firefighter that New Haven
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) I frequently disagree with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer, but late last year he wrote a piece that should resonate with any person who’s been in the crosshairs of the MAGA right. A fundamental aspect of truly Trumpist political
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Martin Longman hurls various forms of abuse at me that begin with a simple misunderstanding of a simple post of mine. I quoted Paul Waldman, who was arguing that a constitutional right is meaningless without the means to exercise it and so, if the Constitution protects a right to abortion, the government must provide funding
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As progressive states enact bills to legalize abortion up until birth, and pro-life states pass legislation to protect the unborn earlier in pregnancy, many observers think the Supreme Court may soon reconsider its holdings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Democratic politicians, abortion-rights advocates, and activist groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL insist that if Roe were
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The president makes the case for national spirit, sovereignty, and strength on the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings. President Trump gave one of the
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North Carolina governor Roy Cooper (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) The North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state’s “born alive” abortion bill that would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who refuse to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during an
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A man inspects a handgun during the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., April 28, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) The Pennsylvania supreme court rules that legal gun owners aren’t second-class constitutional citizens. SCOTUS, take note. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered a message that the United States Supreme Court desperately needs to
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President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference in London, England, June 4, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The run-up to Brexit is no time for political pettiness. As the U.K. moves toward breaking from the EU, the special relationship becomes increasingly critical. But Trumpian diplomacy, especially in the age of Twitter,
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The columnist uses various analogies to try to justify exposing unborn children to lethal violence. All of them are inapposite. We would not legally require a father to give up his liver to save his child, or force people to donate kidneys to others who need them, because we typically value bodily integrity and autonomy.
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The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pa. (Charles Mostoller/Reuters) Conservatives have long debated the conflict between liberty and tradition. Editor’s Note: The following piece first appeared in the May 11, 1979 issue of National Review. If you asked the average conservative, any time during the last few decades, to sketch a group portrait of his intellectual
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After eleven rounds of negotiations lasting almost one year, China and the U.S. were supposed to be reaching the finish line this month. Instead, the talks collapsed amid American charges of Chinese retrogression, tweets from President Trump, and an emergency trip to D.C. by Chinese negotiators. Having spent much of my professional life in Chinese
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Workers load blue agave hearts into an oven for distillation to make tequila at a factory in Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2017. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) American consumers of tequila and tech could pay more. President Trump effectively opened a new trade war last week by imposing a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports — and
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Pro-choice protesters in front of the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., May 14, 2019. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) It should come as no surprise that pro-life legislators are now standing behind an unlimited right to life. Advocates of laws permitting late-term abortion have pushed the boundaries too far by advocating for late-term abortion — essentially,
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren makes speaks in Fairfield, Iowa, May 26, 2019. (Rachel Mummey/Reuters) The Left has endorsed a new form of corporate paternalism. ‘Corporatism” is one of the most misunderstood words in the political vocabulary. American progressives use it to indicate the domination of the state by business interests, when in fact it means something
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Since she first stood alone in front of the Swedish parliament last August protesting insufficient action in fighting climate change, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has literally become the poster child for a worldwide student movement. Holding a “school strike for climate change” sign, the then 15-year-old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians
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As tensions intensify between the U.S. and Iran, shady behavior by a rogue member of the Kuwaiti royal family is threatening to endanger America’s relationship with one of our most important allies in the Middle East. In recent weeks, a pro-Iranian militia allegedly fired a rocket that landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and U.S. National Security
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