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February 26, 2021

Mask Pollution – Where are the Environmentalists? By Brian C. Joondeph

Masks are now a seemingly permanent staple of American life with no end in sight. Mask recommendations change like spring weather, from none to one to two or more, all based on flimsy evidence from the “follow the science” crowd.

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February 26, 2021

Partisan Strife Produces High Voter Turnout -- and No Big Boost for Either Party by Michael Barone

The last decade has seen a boom in voter turnout -- for both parties. Between the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections, total voter turnout rose 23%, with Democratic turnout up 23% and Republican turnout up 22%.

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February 26, 2021

Trump -- Once and Future King? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination."

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February 25, 2021

Assessing the Impact of Absentee Voting on Turnout and Democratic Vote Margin in 2020 By Alan I. Abramowitz

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— While the 2020 presidential election saw a record volume of absentee votes cast, not all states made it equally accessible.

— Eased absentee voting rules contributed to higher voter participation rates.

— With higher turnout, President Joe Biden’s performance still tracked closely with Hillary Clinton’s state-by-state results in 2016 — he just performed slightly better across the board.

— All told, the sharp increase in absentee voting in 2020 wasn’t disproportionately beneficial to either presidential candidate.

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February 24, 2021

Save the Rhino! By John Stossel

Today's environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

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February 23, 2021

The Blue States Are Now the Beggar States by Stephen Moore

Last week, I visited South Florida for four days, and what a shock: Everything was open. The beaches, the hotels, the restaurants (with some sensible safety and social distancing restrictions). The classrooms are full.

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February 23, 2021

Biden: No New Cold Wars or Democracy Crusades By Patrick J. Buchanan

"What is America's mission?" is a question that has been debated since George Washington's Farewell Address in 1797.

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February 19, 2021

Will Biden Payoff to Teachers Unions Repeal Suburban Parents? By Michael Barone

You expect a certain number of stumbles from a new administration. President Joe Biden's incoming team professed dismay at having to create a coronavirus vaccine distribution program "from scratch," due to its predecessor's handling of the situation, and this week, Biden complained that "we didn't have" a vaccine when he "came into office." He promised to deliver over 1 million a day.

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February 19, 2021

Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975?

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February 18, 2021

Moving Past Impeachment: Trump Acquitted (Again) By J. Miles Coleman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— In the second impeachment trial of his presidency, former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate. Seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump.

— The sole Republican running for reelection in 2022 who voted to convict Trump was Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — she has a reputation as a political maverick.

— Democrats will be targeting a few open-seat contests next year in the Senate, specifically North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where retiring Republicans have been censured by their local parties.

— For now, Senate Democrats probably won’t see much electoral backlash from their votes, though Democrats representing Trump states may feel heat in 2024.

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February 17, 2021

Privacy By John Stossel

I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy.

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February 16, 2021

Why Aren't School Districts Giving Taxpayers Their Money Back? By Stephen Moore

In Naperville, Illinois, the school board announced it would distribute $10 million back to taxpayers this year. Yes, a tax refund.

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February 16, 2021

Will the Radical Left Reunite the GOP? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun." So said Citizen Trump Saturday on his acquittal by the Senate of the impeachment article of "incitement of insurrection" in the Jan 6 invasion of the Capitol.

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February 12, 2021

The Republican Party Won't Fall Apart This Time Either by Michael Barone

When you've been consuming and producing political commentary for many years, you get used to certain recurring themes. One is the imminent disappearance or relegation to permanent minority status of the Republican Party.

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February 12, 2021

Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party By Patrick J. Buchanan

It has been a dreadful three months for the Grand Old Party.

February 11, 2021

With Trump Gone, So Are the Old COVID Rules By Brian C. Joondeph

What a difference an election makes, one president leaves and a new one takes over, with COVID rules changing on a dime.

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February 11, 2021

The House: As 2020’s Final Contests Settle, Vacancies Arise By J. Miles Coleman

Look for House seat openings in Ohio, New Mexico to come up soon.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— With the race for NY-22 settled, 2020’s House elections may finally be fully in the rearview mirror, though IA-2’s results will be reviewed by Congress.

— Before this week, we rated two special elections in Louisiana as safe for either party; with a new vacancy in TX-6, we see an imminent special election there as Likely Republican.

— Two more districts, NM-1 and OH-11, seem likely to host special elections soon, as their incumbents have been designated for positions in the Biden administration.

— Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-AL) retirement doesn’t impact our Safe Republican rating for the Alabama Senate race.

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February 10, 2021

Socialism Never Works by John Stossel

Last week, I reported on two myths about socialism. My new video covers three more.

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February 9, 2021

The Worst Budget in American History By Stephen Moore

Is there even one half-sane Democrat that will stand up and denounce the fiscal atrocity of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion spending bill? Is there not one single patriotic Democrat in the entire country who will speak out? The silence is deafening.

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February 9, 2021

Of Rioters, Protesters & Patriots by Patrick J. Buchanan

To Parliament, in the London of George III, the Boston Massacre of 1770 and the Tea Party of 1773 were not seen in the same light as they were by the Sons of Liberty in the Massachusetts colony.