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Containers at a Chick-fil-A branch in midtown Manhattan (Rashid Umar Abbasi/Reuters) The Texas House’s newly-formed LGBTQ caucus on Friday successfully blocked legislation introduced by Republicans to prevent religious discrimination by local governments. The so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, which was introduced in response to the San Antonio City Council’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the city’s
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Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside Uber’s office in Saugus, Mass., May 8, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Modern boycotts are less like “social excommunication” and more like publicity campaigns. In ten cities across the country, the drivers who contract for rideshare services Uber and Lyft are supposed to be on strike, and activists have asked that
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Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters) The attorney general has gone above and beyond legal requirements in his release of the Mueller report. He deserves Congress’s gratitude, not its contempt. The Democratic party’s current war on Attorney General William Barr is one
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(Joe Skipper/Reuters) Once taboo, the word has become an unfortunate national habit in need of breaking. One of my favorite 1960s anecdotes comes from legendary broadcaster Larry King, who tells of attending his first roast at New York City’s Friars Club. There, French actor Maurice Chevalier dared to utter the F-word live on stage. King
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Jeremy Corbyn (Andrew Yates/Reuters) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday expressed outrage at British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s support of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s regime. “It is disgusting to see leaders, in not only the United Kingdom, but the United States as well, who continue to support the murderous dictator Maduro,” Pompeo said at a
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Sen. Cory Booker speaks during an Iowa Democrats Black Caucus town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, April 16, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Party leaders and 2020 rivals were largely non-committal when asked to comment on the New Jersey senator’s expansive plan. On Monday, New Jersey senator Cory Booker introduced a gun-control plan that’s much more restrictive
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Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me (Joan Marcus) A Broadway show presents legal analysis crude enough to dazzle progressives. We’ll stipulate that should the end of the American experiment as defined by its current Constitution be imminent, it will probably not be habitués of Broadway theater who do the overthrowing. Nor are
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Twitter, Facebook, et al. need transparent, viewpoint-neutral, First Amendment-based content policies. Yesterday, my colleague and podcast co-host Alexandra DeSanctis wrote a piece describing a confrontation between Pennsylvania state representative Brian Sims and an elderly woman who was apparently praying quietly outside a Planned Parenthood office in Pennsylvania. Sims’s actions toward the woman were
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) speaks after announcing that she is forming an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race, in Sioux City, Iowa, January 18, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters) Campaigning for president Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promised to only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court precedent that established a constitutional
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(James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) Federalism isn’t just a fluffy theory. Trump got you down? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving you the willies? Try federalism — now with 70 percent less authoritarianism. To the uninitiated, conservatives sometimes sound — to put it plainly — bonkers. Your lefty friends are going on and on about free health care and making
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Attorney General William Barr, flanked by Edward O’Callaghan (left) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at a news conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Department of Justice said Monday that it was “disappointed” with House Democrats’ decision to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General William
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Students mourn during a candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., February 15, 2018. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Disgraced former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to act to stop the shooter who killed 17 at Parkland, Fla.’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last year,
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Demonstrators react in front of a burning military vehicle during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2019. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) While Republicans were largely united in their support for the opposition to Nicolás Maduro’s regime, Democrats offered a wide range of messages on the issue. When Ilhan Omar was asked about Venezuela on
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(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) The Trump administration on Thursday adopted protections for medical professionals who have moral objections to performing certain controversial procedures. The new rule, instituted by the Department of Health and Human Services, will prohibit regulations designed to punish doctors who decline to perform abortions, assisted suicides, and sterilizations, among other procedures. The rule requires that
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Attorney General William Barr returns to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, May 1, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Attorney General William Barr will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as previously planned, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday evening. Citing the
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Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) members face off with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2019. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that U.S. military action in Venezuela is on the table as the opposition to the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro, led by self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó, takes to the
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President Jimmy Carter signs an extension of the Equal Rights Amendment at the White House, Oct. 20, 1978. (White House/National Archives) It is long past time to bury the proposed amendment. Is the federal Equal Rights Amendment still before the states? This week, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the
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Grand Central Terminal in New York, N.Y., November 20, 2018 (Carlo Allegri/Reuters ) Americans need to keep in mind the aphorism, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This past weekend, Grand Central Terminal rolled out new digital departure and arrival boards, replacing the nostalgia of its split-flap Solari boards with a ubiquitous blue glow.
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A candlelight vigil is held at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of the shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, San Diego, Calif., April 27, 2019. (John Gastaldo/Reuters) Why are heinous acts like this weekend’s Poway synagogue massacre so seductive to their perpetrators? Some will look at this weekend’s Poway synagogue shooting and
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during the town hall meeting in Queens, New York, April 27, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) doubled down over the weekend on her previous defense of the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system, arguing that its critics are out to destroy it and the veterans who depend on
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