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August 9, 2022

Biden Puts IRS Funding Ahead of Military and Border Security By Stephen Moore

Everyone should be deeply troubled by the recent report that the Army is on pace to miss its recruiting goal by dozens of thousands of troops and by the report that followed a few days later, alleging that the Border Patrol is running short of agents in Arizona and Texas. The border is so porous these days that even mayors of sanctuary cities are starting to complain about illegal immigration.

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August 9, 2022

Who Won the Taiwan War Games? By Patrick J. Buchanan

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied White House signals that she not stop in Taiwan on her valedictory tour of Asian capitals, she ignited the worst diplomatic U.S.-China row in decades.

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August 5, 2022

The West's Long-Lasting Enemies Cannot Be Cajoled b Michael Barone

Revisionist powers, nations whose leaders seek to undermine American leadership in the world, seem to be on the march.

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August 4, 2022

Reassessing the Race for the Senate By Kyle Kondik

GOP challengers mirror Trump in lack of experience; for Democrats, experience means a record.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— In an election where Republicans are banking on the environment while Democrats are banking on differences in candidate quality, Republicans are relying on a very inexperienced group of candidates.

— Compared to 2014, the last time Republicans flipped the Senate, the party’s non-incumbent candidates are incredibly green.

— Democrats, meanwhile, are running a number of incumbents and current officeholders in competitive races, although holding office, in many instances, comes with a voting record that opponents can exploit.

— The quality of candidates on the Republican side is such an issue that we think the race for the Senate majority is basically a Toss-up.

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August 3, 2022

Tax Freedom in Puerto Rico by John Stossel

Want to pay no federal income tax?

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August 2, 2022

The Dems' New Proposal Does Nothing To Lower Inflation by Stephen Moore

The first thing to remember about the reconciliation bill Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer agreed to Wednesday is that, despite its utterly preposterous name, it has absolutely zero to do with inflation. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is crammed with the very same spending, corporate welfare, price fixing and tax hikes that were part of Build Back Better -- long-desired progressive wish-list agenda items. Pumping hundreds of billions into the economy will do nothing to alleviate inflation. The opposite.

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August 2, 2022

Is Taiwan's Independence Worth War? By Patrick J. Buchanan

When a man knows he is about to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully, said Dr. Samuel Johnson.

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July 29, 2022

Sorry, Progressives, But America Isn't Intersectional By Michael Barone

America isn't intersectional. That's something the left-wingers who call themselves progressives have been learning, painfully, over the past 18 months.

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July 28, 2022

House Rating Changes: More Movement Toward Republicans By Kyle Kondik

10 changes, all but 1 in favor of GOP.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— We are making 10 House rating changes, 9 of which benefit Republicans.

— Our overall best guess at the net change in the House — a GOP gain somewhere in the 20s — remains unchanged.

— We don’t see a huge impact, so far, from the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion opinion.

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July 27, 2022

COVID's Good News By John Stossel

At least the pandemic had a silver lining.

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July 26, 2022

The Left Wants To Abolish Everything, Even This Column by Stephen Moore

Any aging baby boomer (like myself) knows that the anthem of the radicals of the 1960s and 1970s was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Let the good times roll. Back then, the joke was that a conservative was someone who lived in mortal fear that someone, somewhere, was having fun.

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July 26, 2022

China: Pelosi Trip to Taiwan a Provocation By Patrick J. Buchanan

When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi added to the itinerary of a valedictory trip through Asia the island of Taiwan, she could not have been oblivious to the reaction she would produce in a stunned Beijing.

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July 22, 2022

Sure, Ron DeSantis Could Beat Donald Trump in 2024 by Michael Barone

How inevitable is a third consecutive nomination of Donald Trump? Partisan commentators, when it suits their purposes, tend to assume it is so.

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July 22, 2022

What Makes Biden So Pugnacious? By Patrick J. Buchanan

That friendly fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman might not have been such a defining moment -- had Biden not first set himself up.

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July 21, 2022

The Republican Advance in the South — and Other Party Registration Trends By Rhodes Cook

How state-level registration has changed in recent years.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Party registration can be a lagging indicator of political change, but recent changes in some states are bringing registration more in line with actual voting.

— Republicans have taken the voter registration edge in states such as Florida and West Virginia somewhat recently, and Kentucky flipped to them just last week. Democrats have built bigger leads in several blue states.

— Democrats hold a substantial national lead in party registration, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that a number of states, many of which are Republican-leaning, do not register voters by party. A little less than two-thirds of the states register voters by party (31 states plus the District of Columbia).

— Overall, Republicans have made gains over Democrats in 19 states since summer 2018, when we last looked at these trends, while Democrats have made gains over Republicans in 12 states and the District of Columbia. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in 17 of these states plus DC, and more registered Republicans than Democrats in 14.

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July 20, 2022

Where's the Beef? by John Stossel

How can it be that with so much cattle in America, we sometimes can't buy meat?

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July 19, 2022

When Millionaires and Billionaires Leave, Everyone Loses by Stephen Moore

Liberals are very good at chasing rich people out of their states.

July 18, 2022

Jockeying for 2024: Who are the Early Contenders? by Brian C. Joondeph

The 2024 presidential election is more than two years away, but the jockeying has begun among those contending for the most powerful job in the world. An incumbent president typically is the odds-on favorite, although there have been recent exceptions named Carter, Bush, and Trump.

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July 15, 2022

James Madison, 21st Century Pundit by Michael Barone

Could America's Founding Fathers see far, some 234 years, into the future? In declaring independence and fashioning a constitution, they were certainly trying to do so. And, in some cases, they succeeded. Consider this 78-word sentence written by James Madison and published as part of "Federalist 63" on March 1, 1788:

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July 15, 2022

Is a US-Russia War Becoming Inevitable? By Patrick J. Buchanan

At the NATO summit in Madrid, Finland was invited to join the alliance. What does this mean for Finland?