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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 27, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) clashed over the weekend with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) after making dismissive remarks about the influence of Ocasio-Cortez and other young progressives in the caucus. “All these people
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From left: Seinfeld cast members Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander pose after the show won the Emmy Award for best comedy series in 1993. (Lee Celano/Reuters) Legions of imitators have tried to copy its formula, but the original ‘show about nothing’ remains the best. ‘Do you know what this is all
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Antifa protester yells at police during a rally in Portland. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) Conservative journalist Tom McArdle has a very worthwhile piece in the new outfit Issues & Insights analyzing possible legal responses to ongoing brutal Antifa attacks — such as this week’s hospitalizing assault on journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, Ore. — using the federal Racketeer Influenced
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An antique car drives down Main Street during a July Fourth parade in Barnstable, Mass., in 2014. (Mike Segar/Reuters) There’s no prescribed way to celebrate July 4th. And that’s the best part of it. Donald Trump is recruiting some Abrams tanks and obsessing about some of the choreography for an Independence Day parade in Washington
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(Pixabay) Last year, I wrote a piece explaining why, on July Fourth, Americans should thank the Scots. This year the piece is available in audio format, complete with a Scottish accent. “As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in
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Detail of Washington Delivering His Inaugural Address, April 1789 (Library of Congress) The aftermath of the revolutionary story, even in brief, is rich and exciting. Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in the July 23, 1976, issue of National Review. *   *   * O! Ye unborn Inhabitants of America! Should this Page escape its destin’d Conflagration at
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A woman receives an ultrasound (Ints Kalnins/Reuters) The American Medical Association has launched a lawsuit against North Dakota to halt the implementation of two state laws requiring abortion providers to provide additional information about the procedure to women considering it. One of the laws requires physicians to tell a mother that her abortion “will terminate the
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Detail of Birth of Old Glory by Percy Moran (Library of Congress) Ramesh notes the speed with which the Betsy Ross flag was deemed outré: Even so, the shift of the Betsy Ross flag, from worth showcasing for the Obama inaugural planners in 2013 to unacceptable for a big company in 2019, has been very
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Inside the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo: John Bilous/Dreamstime) The city of Charlottesville, Va. will replace an official holiday marking the birth of Thomas Jefferson with a day that instead celebrates the emancipation of slaves at the conclusion of the Civil War. The city council voted 4-1 Monday to do away with the
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(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) “As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001,” writes Megan Brenan. Forty-five percent of American adults say they are “extremely” proud of their country, Brenan continues, “marking the second consecutive year that this reading is
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(Mark Graves/The Oregonian/via AP) Making the click-through worthwhile: The Antifa thugs take over the streets of Portland again, a disturbing report that the Trump administration is considering accepting the North Korean nuclear program, and the lesser-known Democratic candidates start feeling the pressure. Thuggery Comes to Portland in the Form of Antifa How frightened are Portland
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Members of Antifa gather at the “Mother of All Rallies” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., September 16, 2017. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) I’d urge everyone to read my colleague Jim Geraghty’s post on the thuggery this weekend in Portland. It was appalling to watch masked Antifa thugs attack Andy Ngo, and it was also
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Members of Antifa gather to protest during the Mother of All Rallies demonstration on the National Mall, September 16, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Writing from Britain nearly two years ago (after the murder of Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville and the troubles that preceded it), Reaction’s Toby Guise noted how “[t]he narrative of
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend (via YouTube) On no subject is America touchier than race. And people like to pick at our wounds, so that no scab forms. After the recent Democratic presidential debates, Kamala Harris went through some grief for not being black enough (or something). Like many Americans — most? — she is
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There was a time when “anti-fascist” meant what it said. People who opposed fascism called themselves “anti-fascists.” But then the term slipped. The definition of “fascist” became hazy from over-use and so the term “anti-fascist” also began to move. This might seem to be a theoretical matter. But it is one that ends up encouraging
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Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) lashed out at fellow lawmakers during a Wednesday hearing, expressing frustration with the lack of substantive legislative responses to the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Hawley cited grisly reports of inhumane conditions that migrants, especially children, are being forced to endure,
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From Chris Arnade’s Dignity (Chris Arnade) Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, by Chris Arnade (Sentinel, 304 pp.) Flash powder, made from a composite of metallic fuel and an oxidizer, requires ignition to create a bright flash — one that film can capture, and one that allowed photographers to take photos anywhere without sunlight. Flash
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A Trump supporter holds an American flag at a rally in Madison, Ala., February 2016. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters) A politics stripped of the good might be unable to sustain the intellectual and cultural capital that makes a “liberal” regime possible in the first place. The disputes that erupted after the Sohrab Ahmari-David French exchange cover a
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Oregon’s state capitol (Reuters) Oregon’s state legislature imploded last week after eleven Republican state senators — the entire minority caucus in the state senate — disappeared just moments before a vote on a cap-and-trade climate bill put forward by the Democratic majority. The bill, called House Bill 2020, seems to have been effectively killed —
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News assistants run outside the Supreme Court to deliver the news of the latest rulings, in Washington, D.C., June 27, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state legislatures are entitled to draw Congressional districts in such a way as to benefit one political party over another. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing
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A Bank of America logo in New York City (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Bank of America will no longer do business with private-prison companies and companies that are contracted by the government to detain migrants near the southern border. “We have decided to exit the relationship’’ Bank of America vice chairman Anne Finucane told Bloomberg on Wednesday. “We’ve done
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) The Trump administration can sit back and monitor Iran’s international ostracism and economic isolation while remaining unpredictable and enigmatic. President Trump recently ordered and then called off a retaliatory strike against Iran for destroying a U.S. surveillance drone. The U.S. asserts that the drone was operating in international airspace.
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Students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, February 28, 2018. (Mary Beth Koeth/Reuters) Over a year after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., two more Broward County sheriff’s deputies have been fired for failing to act to stop the massacre. Deputies Edward Eason
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a march organized by the Women’s March Alliance in Manhattan, N.Y., January 19, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it would not be “pragmatic” for Democrats to choose former vice president Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee. “I think he’s not a pragmatic choice,” the Bronx progressive said in an
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) NATO said Tuesday that Russia must destroy a new missile system the U.S. claims to be in violation of a Cold War-era nuclear-arms treaty or face the consequences. The U.S. and its NATO allies have demanded Moscow give
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