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October 5, 2021

Biden Becomes a Bernie Sanders Democrat? by Patrick J. Buchanan

"We've got the president of the United States on our side," said Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

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October 5, 2021

Support for Secession Linked to Conspiracy Belief By Larry Schack and Mick McWilliams

Drilling deeper into a noteworthy finding from last week’s UVA Center for Politics/Project Home Fire report.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Belief in conspiracy theories is most consistently correlated with Biden and Trump voters who favor secession.

— The majority of citizens who voted for Joe Biden or Donald Trump in the last election, when combined, believe in at least one of the conspiracy theories (43% of Biden voters and 90% of Trump voters).

— But while the percentage of Trump voters who ascribe to these conspiracies significantly outpaces that of Biden voters, conspiracy-believing Biden voters are more likely to say blue states should secede from the union than are conspiracy-believing Trump voters likely to say red states should secede.

— Additionally, several other authoritarian beliefs are significantly more prevalent among voters who support secession.

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October 1, 2021

Who Is Killing 10,000 Black Americans Every Year? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"Unfortunately, Jan. 6 was not an isolated event," warned FBI Director Christopher Wray last winter:

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October 1, 2021

Biden Policies Need Better Arguments Than 'Orange Man Bad' by Micahel Barone

"First you win the argument, then you win the vote." That advice from Margaret Thatcher has been ignored by President Joe Biden and Democratic Party leaders to their detriment.

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September 30, 2021

OR Finishes Redistricting, with CO, ME, and NE Close Behind; Many Other States Release Drafts by J. Miles Coleman

Last week, in the middle of what turned out to be a tumultuous special legislative session in Oregon, the Crystal Ball looked at the congressional map that Democrats were pushing for. After a COVID scare that prompted leadership to halt negotiations for several days, the Oregon legislature convened over the weekend. Facing the prospect of a walkout by Republican legislators, Democrats proposed a new map that was designed to be more palatable to the GOP. It worked. On Monday, enough Republicans showed up to allow Democrats to pass their plan.

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September 30, 2021

New Initiative Explores Deep, Persistent Divides Between Biden and Trump Voters By UVA Center for Politics

The University of Virginia Center for Politics has partnered with Project Home Fire, a new initiative dedicated to finding common ground in American politics, on an innovative new data analytics and polling project to explore the social, political, and psychological divides between those who voted for Donald Trump and those who voted for Joe Biden in 2020.

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September 29, 2021

Smeared by John Stossel

I just sued Facebook.

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September 28, 2021

Government of the Unions, by the Unions, for the Unions by Stephen Moore

President Joe Biden keeps boasting that all the new jobs his programs will supposedly create will be "good-paying union jobs." But, Joe, what about the 93% of private sector workers who are (SET ITAL)not(END ITAL) members of unions? Does he care about them?

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September 28, 2021

The Eclipse of Europe By Pat Buchanan

For centuries up to and including the 20th, Europe seemed the central pivot of world history.  

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September 24, 2021

Hillary Clinton Should Apologize for the Biggest Political Hoax Since Titus Oates by Michael Barone

It's the biggest political hoax since Titus Oates's allegations of a "Popish Plot" to assassinate King Charles II in 1678. Oates's charge of a Jesuit conspiracy swept through London and led to the execution of four innocent men before Oates was proved a fraud.

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September 23, 2021

Can Democrats Win Back the White Working Class? By Alan I. Abramowitz

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— One of the defining features of American politics is the realignment of white, college-educated voters toward Democrats and that of white voters without a degree toward Republicans.

— There are competing views on how or whether Democrats can perform better among white non-college voters.

— Appealing to the economic interests of white non-college voters may not be enough for Democrats to win back their support.

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September 22, 2021

Charity That Changes Lives By John Stossel

Government-run schools fail kids.

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September 21, 2021

Congress Is Back to Serving Pork by Stephen Moore

Pork is being served in Washington again. Big juicy slices to the lobbyists with the deepest wallets and the campaign contributors who write the biggest campaign reelection checks. It is the way of the swamp. It is the currency of the Washington Beltway. It explains how people get so rich in politics.

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September 21, 2021

Are the US and China Stumbling Toward an 'Islands War'? By Patrick Buchanan

In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia.

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September 17, 2021

California Voters Get What They Deserve By Michael Barone

The nation's largest state has just voted in an election triggered by one of the nation's weirdest recall processes, and the results have come out just about where they've been before.

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September 17, 2021

Americans Souring on Biden -- and Washington by Patrick J. Buchanan

The California recall election turned out well for the Democrats.

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September 16, 2021

How the Electorate Changes from Presidential to Midterm Years By Lakshya Jain

A higher share of white college graduates could help Democrats, but a decline in nonwhite voters could hurt them.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Midterm electorates are typically whiter and more educated than presidential electorates.

— At one time, this sort of change from the presidential to the midterm electorate might have made midterm electorates worse for Democrats. But given changes in the electorate, this midterm turnout pattern may actually aid Democrats, or at least not hurt them as much as it once did.

— Minority turnout has fluctuated and is a wild card that plays a big role in determining baseline partisan leans and advantages — presidential-level turnout means Democrats enjoy the advantage, whereas dips favor Republicans.

— The outcome in key swing states whiter than the national average, such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, may be influenced heavily by educational turnout differential. In states with large nonwhite cores, such as North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada, minority turnout will play a more critical role.

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September 15, 2021

Corporate Welfare by John Stossel

Today's politicians want to spend more on EVERYTHING: Amtrak subsidies, sports stadium subsidies, green energy subsidies, even fossil fuel subsidies ...

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September 14, 2021

Americans Should Be Working Hard, Not Hardly Working by Stephen Moore

The Labor Department reported this week that there are now a record 10.9 million jobs open in America. That's twice the size of the entire Ohio workforce.