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October 6, 2022

The 2022 Ad Wars By Kyle Kondik

What we learned watching more than 300 campaign ads released in the second half of September.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— To get a flavor of the 2022 ad messages from both sides, we watched nearly 350 campaign ads that came out in the second half of September.

— Abortion dominates Democratic messaging, while Republicans are much less likely to mention it. Crime has become a huge focus for Republicans, with Democrats trying to inoculate themselves by featuring law enforcement officers in their ads.

— Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are frequently cited in Republican attack ads, but other politicians make cameos in ads not directly related to their states/districts.

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October 5, 2022

Hurricane Myths By John Stossel

Hurricane Ian is gone, but the media's myths about hurricanes live on.

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October 4, 2022

Who Are the Neofascists? By Stephen Moore

In just the last few weeks, Liz Truss, Britain's new prime minister, has been denounced by critics as a "fascist." So has Giorgia Meloni, Italy's newly elected prime minister. Along with all Republicans in Congress, Texas and Florida GOP Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis and, of course, former President Donald Trump. Every one of the tens of thousands of "MAGA Republicans" who attend Trump rallies, too.

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October 4, 2022

Putin, Holding a Weak Hand, Raises the Stakes By Patrick J. Buchanan

In a Kremlin speech last week, President Vladimir Putin identified Russia's real "enemy" in Ukraine as "the ruling circles of the so-called West" whose "hegemony has a pronounced character of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid."

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September 30, 2022

Are Polls Understating Republicans' Support? By Michael Barone

Over the last three months, political journalists have been reporting a trend toward Democrats. The Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, they have reported, has provided increased motivation for Democrats to turn out and vote. The easing of gas prices from their springtime peak has reduced concern about out-of-control inflation. Biden administration legislative victories have raised Democrats' morale.

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September 30, 2022

Is 'Our Democracy' Failing Our Country? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Asked, "What is an American?" many would answer, "An American is a citizen of the United States."

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September 29, 2022

Following the Money: What Outside Spending Tells Us About the Race for the House By Kyle Kondik

Plus 6 rating changes.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— The spending decisions by big outside House groups can inform us about the most competitive House races.

— So far, outside groups have spent money in 57 House districts. The lion’s share of those districts that have seen spending are held by Democrats, indicating that Democrats are playing significantly more defense than Republicans.

— The vast majority of the districts we rate as the most competitive — those in the Toss-up or Leans categories — have seen at least some outside spending so far.

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September 28, 2022

School Choice Winning By John Stossel

Finally! Now more states will let parents use their tax money to educate their kids at a school they choose.

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September 27, 2022

America Needs Political Prediction Markets By Stephen Moore

Just in time for the heat of the election season, a federal agency called the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced it will no longer allow betting on political and election outcomes.

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September 23, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Showed Monarchy's Surprising Resilience By Michael Barone

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the praise pouring in from almost all quarters for her 70 years of service make a powerful case, even for small-r republican and small-d democratic Americans, for the institution of constitutional monarchy. There is much to be said for having a head of state who is politically neutral, culturally traditional but open to popular innovation, personally embodying the traditional strengths of a nation.

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September 23, 2022

Biden Commits US to War for Taiwan By Patrick J. Buchanan

If China invades Taiwan to unify it with the mainland, the United States will go to war to defend Taiwan and send U.S. troops to fight the invaders.

September 21, 2022

No Apologies by John Stossel

Performers censor themselves -- fearing they might offend. Those who offend Hollywood lose work. Some lose friends.

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September 20, 2022

Biden Is Losing the Race for the Cure By Stephen Moore

President Joe Biden recently announced, with great fanfare, his Cancer Moonshot initiative. Biden used soaring and promising rhetoric about, at last, finding a cure for one of the world's leading killers.

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September 16, 2022

On Ukraine and on Welfare, Morale Trumps Materiel By Michael Barone

Morale matters more than materiel.

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September 16, 2022

Putin's Narrowing Options By Patrick J. Buchanan

A desperate Vladimir Putin is a dangerous Vladimir Putin, and there are signs Putin's situation in Ukraine may be becoming desperate.

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September 13, 2022

Why Is the Left Always So Deathly Afraid? By Stephen Moore

What is it about those on the Left of the political spectrum that they seem to not just live in perpetual fear of apocalypse and doom but they actually embrace it? It is their raison d'etre.

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September 9, 2022

Political Careers Are Ending in Failure Because of Outdated 'Expert' Theories by Michael Barone

"All political lives, unless they are cut off at midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs." So said the British politician Enoch Powell, whose own once-stellar career ended in spectacular failure. 

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September 9, 2022

Welcome to the Green New Deal, California by David Harsanyi

If California, our most populous state, were its own nation, it would rank as the world's fifth largest economy and boast the highest average household income (outside a handful of "countries" like Monaco or Luxemburg). And, yet, the governor is begging its citizens to stop using their appliances, turn off their lights and keep their thermostats at a stifling 78, lest they suffer more rolling blackouts, like some junior mandarin in a Third World country.

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September 7, 2022

Going Hungry By John Stossel

Starvation. Poverty. People struggling to buy medicine and fuel.

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September 6, 2022

Now, They Are Coming for Your Car By Stephen Moore

The left has always hated cars -- or at least the idea that there should be a car in every driveway. Now, it is stepping up its assault.