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January 27, 2023

Are Public Employee Unions Unconstitutional? By Michael Barone

How did it come to pass that public employee unions, which scarcely existed 60 years ago, have come to run public schools and myriad state and local government agencies?

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January 25, 2023

Population Panic By John Stossel

 Have you heard? The world is about to end!

   "60 Minutes" recently featured Paul Ehrlich, author of the bestseller, "The Population Bomb." "Humanity is not sustainable," he said.

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January 24, 2023

It's Official: Trump's Tax Cuts Paid for Themselves By Stephen Moore

 How many times have you heard President Joe Biden or Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) berate the Trump tax cuts as "a giveaway to the rich"?

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January 20, 2023

Time for Truth and Reconciliation on the Russia Collusion Hoax By Michael Barone

What are "the major problems this country faces"? Writing in The Atlantic, New York Times columnist David Brooks leads off his list with "inequality, political polarization, social mistrust" before concluding with the inevitable "climate change." Today's "inequality," he notes, is as "savage" as the inequality in the 1890s.

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January 19, 2023

2024 Governors Races: A First Look By J. Miles Coleman

And an updated word on Mississippi.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— North Carolina’s open-seat race is clearly the marquee contest of 2024’s gubernatorial races. It starts as a Toss-up.

— The other contests start with clear favorites despite several open seats.

— If popular Republican incumbents run for another term, the GOP should be in great shape to hold New Hampshire and Vermont. But they would be great Democratic opportunities as open seats.

— Mississippi moves to Likely Republican following the entry of a credible Democratic candidate after our initial 2023 rating release last week.

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January 18, 2023

The Recycling Religion By John Stossel

For decades, we've been told: recycle!
   "If we're not using recycled paper, we're cutting down more trees!" says Lynn Hoffman, co-president of Eureka Recycling.
   Recycling paper (or cardboard) does save trees. Recycling aluminum does save energy. But that's about it.

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January 17, 2023

Biden's ESG Investment Rules Threaten Your Retirement Savings By Stephen Moore

President Joe Biden's Labor Department recently announced a new rule that will permit money managers to play politics with trillions of dollars of people's retirement savings.

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January 13, 2023

What the Democratic Trifecta Hath Wrought By Michael Barone

America has just exited a biennium of Democratic trifecta -- control by the nation's and the world's oldest political party of the White House and majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. It is only the third such biennium in the last 40 years, since 1993-95 and 2009-11, the first two years of the Clinton and Obama administrations.

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January 12, 2023

The 2023 Governor Races By J. Miles Coleman

Democrats retain a slight edge in Kentucky, while Republicans favored in neighboring Deep South states.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— While it’s easy to begin looking towards the 2024 election cycle, 3 states will have gubernatorial contests this year.

— In Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear remains personally popular, but he will be running in a red state with a large GOP bench.

— Louisiana and Mississippi should be easier contests for Republicans. Term-limited Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) will be hard for Democrats to replace, while Mississippi, where Democrats have not won a gubernatorial contest this century, will also be an uphill fight for them.

— The initial ratings for these 3 races are Leans Democratic for Kentucky, Safe Republican for Mississippi, and Likely Republican for Louisiana.

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January 11, 2023

COVID: Who Was Right? By John Stossel

It's now been three years since COVID hit.

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January 10, 2023

US Big Three Auto Companies Commit to Making Cars That People Don't Want By Stephen Moore

   I grew up in a household with parents who were of the Greatest Generation. They lived and shouldered through the Great Depression, and then their lives and families were thrown into turmoil on Dec. 7, 1941. My grandfather worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C., and during World War II, my father served in the Pacific Theater.

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January 6, 2023

Let's Base Policy on Real Facts, Not Misleading Statistics By Michael Barone

  From all those lists of best books of 2022, here's one with the potential to change public policy debate and discourse for the better. 

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January 5, 2023

The Political Profile of McCarthy’s Detractors Most from uncompetitive districts By Kyle Kondik

Most from uncompetitive districts; recent primary results helped build the anti-McCarthy coalition

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

-- This article is being published following the adjournment of the House on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 4 after the body failed to elect a speaker on 6 roll call votes held Tuesday and Wednesday. The House was scheduled to return at 8 p.m. eastern on Wednesday.

-- The 21 Republicans who did not vote for Kevin McCarthy on every roll call generally, but not exclusively, come from uncompetitive districts. They almost all appear to have at least some connection to the House Freedom Caucus, the group of hardline conservatives.

-- Some recent choices by GOP electorates helped strengthen what would become this anti-McCarthy coalition.

-- The longer this goes on, the more need there may be for a creative solution, like we saw in Pennsylvania’s state House speaker election on Tuesday.

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January 4, 2023

NBA Versus Freedom By John Stossel

 Teenage basketball star Enes Kanter was shocked when his teammate criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook. 

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January 3, 2023

To the 118th Congress: Welcome Aboard. Now Get to Work -- Part I By Oliver North

   Today, the new U.S. Congress is sworn in. Welcome, especially to those new to Washington. 

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January 3, 2023

Yikes! Life Is Getting Shorter in America By Betsy McCaughey

  It's one thing when government raises your taxes, suffocates your business with regulations or censors your tweets. It's far worse when government is to blame for actually shortening your life.

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January 3, 2023

Public Opinion is More Important than Ever - By Rasmussen Reports

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December 30, 2022

Politics Without Principle Will Devolve Into Chaos By Patrick Buchanan

  George Santos, a newly elected congressman from Long Island, New York, has been caught in a string of embarrassing lies about his background. He claimed to have received a degree from Baruch College in 2010; he didn't. He claimed to have worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; he didn't. He claimed to own multiple properties; he doesn't. In fact, he lives with his sister and has previously been a "deadbeat tenant" who was sued for thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and bounced checks. (He says now that he never even paid the judgment. "I completely forgot about it.") 

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December 30, 2022

Are the FBI and Big Tech now the Fourth Branch of Government? By Brian C Joondeph

Recent revelations from the now weekly Twitter releases paint an ugly picture of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and other government agencies. It seems the so-called “deep state” does indeed exist, wielding power far exceeding their mission, scope, and Constitutional authority.

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December 28, 2022

Charity, Better Than Government By John Stossel

It's the season for giving.