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July 27, 2021

What happens when ‘follow the science’ makes no sense? By Brian C. Joondeph

With all things COVID-19, we are told to “follow the science.” Yet the “science” is what Dr Anthony Fauci and the medical establishment says it is, and when other science is used to question official dogma, social media fact checkers are quick to pounce and censor.

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July 27, 2021

How the Left Has Used COVID-19 to Bankrupt the United States by Stephen Moore

I have never bought the conspiracy theories that COVID-19 was a diabolical political plot to undermine the country. But what is apparent with each passing week is that the virus has been the springboard for the left's agenda to transform America in a way that Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore or Rachel Maddow could have never imagined.

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July 27, 2021

Why the Left Can't Let Go of Jan. 6 By Patrick J. Buchanan

To understand what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee investigation of the Capitol Hill events of Jan. 6 is all about, a good place to begin is with the sentencing hearing last week of Paul Hodgkins.

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July 23, 2021

Speech Suppression is Habit-Forming by Michael Barone

Speech suppression is a habit that the Biden administration and its liberal supporters can't seem to break. Many staffers may have picked up the habit in their student years: Colleges and universities have been routinely censoring "politically incorrect" speech for the last 30 years. As Thomas Sowell noted, "There are no institutions in America where free speech is more severely restricted than in our politically correct colleges and universities, dominated by liberals."

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July 23, 2021

JFK -- Accept Our Diverse World as It Is By Patrick J. Buchanan

Seven months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy, at American University, laid out his view on how the East-West struggle should be conducted to avoid a catastrophic war that could destroy us both.

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July 22, 2021

Redistricting in America, Part One: Gerrymandering Potency Raises the Stakes for the 2020s By Kyle Kondik

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— While partisan gerrymandering is nothing new in American politics, it has become easier to find examples of states where gerrymanders are consistently effective and harder to find examples of “dummymanders” — gerrymanders that fail.

— Republicans control the drawing of more districts in this round of decennial redistricting than Democrats do.

— Democrats arguably would be better off if no states had bipartisan/independent redistricting commissions.

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July 21, 2021

Woke Language By John Stossel

Have you noticed how our language is changing?

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July 20, 2021

In Biden's America, Everyone is Entitled to Everything by Stephen Moore

Despite its liberal tendencies, The Washington Post editorial board once acknowledged that in a democracy, "everyone can't be entitled to everyone else's money."

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July 20, 2021

Why Can't Biden Stop This Invasion? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.

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July 16, 2021

Joe Biden's Big Lie by Michael Barone

Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.

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July 16, 2021

Is Biden Really the Lincoln of Our Time? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday, President Joe Biden laid out in apocalyptic terms the gravity of the "threat" to American democracy from Republican efforts to reform and rewrite state election laws.

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July 15, 2021

Republican Governors Draw Primary Challengers, But History Suggests They Face Long Odds By J. Miles Coleman

Checking in on gubernatorial races in Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— With months to go until the 2022 gubernatorial primaries, several Republican governors have drawn notable primary challengers.

— Still, it is relatively rare for sitting governors to lose renomination, and all GOP incumbents appear to be favored in their primaries.

— Most, though not all, Republican primary challengers who have emerged are running to the right of their incumbents.

— While we’re holding off on making any ratings changes for now, any primary upsets may prompt us to reevaluate some races.

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July 14, 2021

Break Rules By John Stossel

America has so many regulations that today, often the only way to do something new, to create something great, to prosper is to ignore rules.

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July 13, 2021

OPEC and Big Oil's New Best Friend, Joe Biden By Stephen Moore

The price of oil surged to $75 a barrel the other day under President Joe Biden's green energy policies. The price was as low as $35 a barrel under former President Donald Trump because he believed in American energy dominance ("Drill, baby, drill"). So, more oil meant lower prices at the pump. It was effectively a massive, multibillion-dollar tax cut for lower- and middle-income earners of tens of billions of dollars a year.

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July 13, 2021

Are the Good Times Over for Biden? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Are the Democrats headed for their Little Bighorn, with President Joe Biden as Col. Custer? The wish, you suggest, is father to the thought. Yet, consider.

July 9, 2021

When Did COVID-19 Really Begin? By Brian C. Joondeph

COVID-19 had been a global scourge approaching two years now. Anything that could be politicized has been, from public health recommendations to therapeutics and vaccines.

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July 9, 2021

Both Parties Fail to Respond to Signals in the Political Marketplace by Michael Barone

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters' preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.

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July 9, 2021

Is Afghanistan a Failed Mission? By Patrick J. Buchanan

As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.

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July 8, 2021

Where Both Parties Overperform in the House By Louis Jacobson

Comparing how many seats they have versus how many the 2020 presidential results would have suggested.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— As we head into a once-a-decade redistricting cycle, we analyzed which states have one party that is currently overperforming in its House delegation compared to that party’s share of the 2020 presidential vote.

— Overall, the GOP has notched notable overperformances in 19 medium-to-large-sized states, compared to 11 for the Democrats. However, the total number of excess seats for each party from these states is roughly in balance, though Republicans have a slight edge: 32 for the GOP, 28 for the Democrats.

— The three biggest sources of excess seats for the GOP today — Texas, Ohio, and Florida — could provide additional excess seats in the coming redistricting round, given the fact that each state has unified Republican control of state government. The Democrats’ options for squeezing out additional seats are more limited because many of their biggest sources of excess seats have a commission system for redistricting.

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July 7, 2021

Big Business Loves Big Government By John Stossel

Politicians say they pass laws to "protect Americans from big business."