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April 28, 2022

How Minority Parties (Might) Compete in One-Party States By Louis Jacobson

Playing in other party’s primary or backing an independent candidate are two possible options.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— In an increasingly polarized nation, one party often dominates in a state while the other is seemingly consigned to permanent irrelevance. In such states, primary voters for the dominant party are able to flex their muscles to nominate a comparatively extreme candidate, who is all but assured a victory in the general election.

— One creative way that minority parties in at least some of these states could fight back is to stop running candidates for major offices like senator and governor, and instead encourage their voters to vote for the more moderate candidate in the dominant party’s primary. This is at least theoretically possible in states where primaries are “open” to all voters, rather than just those registered to the party in question.

— Another is to back an independent candidate instead of nominating their own candidate, as Democrats recently chose to do in Utah.

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April 27, 2022

Wikipedia Bias By John Stossel

I love Wikipedia. I donated thousands of dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation.

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April 26, 2022

Another High-tech Titan Falters by Stephen Moore

You've probably heard of the high-flying Big Tech FAANG stocks -- Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google. Among the five of them, their market cap reached $6 trillion last year, which is more than the GDP of all but a small handful of entire countries. Moreover, their net worth is larger than the entire annual output of India, with more than 1 billion people.

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April 26, 2022

The French Center Holds -- In a World Coming Apart By Patrick J. Buchanan

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold."

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April 22, 2022

The Yankee Reform Impulse Gets Some Issues Right, Some Wrong by Michael Barone

People talk about culture war politics as if it were a recent development -- a novelty, an exception to a historic rule that American politics is mostly about economics (who gets how much) and only occasionally gets sidetracked into culture (what people should or shouldn't be allowed to do).

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April 22, 2022

First Priority -- Avoid US War With Russia By Patrick J. Buchanan

Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come.

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April 21, 2022

Notes on the State of the Senate By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

The overall picture for November, and the looming primaries in May.

The small stuff versus the big stuff

There is a push and pull in the race for control of the U.S. Senate between the big picture electoral environment, which clearly benefits Republicans, and the day-to-day developments on the campaign trail, which do not always clearly benefit Republicans.

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April 20, 2022

Uber Clueless By John Stossel

The media's ignorance about basic economics is galling.

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April 19, 2022

'Open Borders' Biden Is Remaking America By Patrick J. Buchanan

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion."

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April 15, 2022

The Verdict on Lockdowns: High Cost, Minimal Benefits by Michael Barone

What were the benefits and costs of the COVID-19 restrictions implemented over the last two years? It's a good time to ask that question, especially now that the masks are coming off and the lockdowns are canceled.

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April 15, 2022

Should We Commit to Fight Russia -- for Finland? By Patrick J. Buchanan

The prime ministers of Sweden and Finland, Magdalena Andersson and Sanna Marin, both signaled Wednesday that they will likely be applying for membership in NATO.

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April 14, 2022

Trump-District House Democrats Could Become Extinct This November By Kyle Kondik

How redistricting has altered the number of “crossover” districts.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— The number of “crossover” districts — those won by different parties for president and House — has generally been declining over time.

— Under the current congressional district lines, there were only 16 crossover districts in 2020, with Republicans winning 9 Biden-won seats and Democrats winning 7 Trump-won seats.

— Based on the new district lines, and with a few states still outstanding, there are currently 16 incumbents running in districts that their party did not win for president: 11 Republicans in Biden seats and 5 Democrats in Trump seats.

— The Democrats may not hold a single Trump district next year, and the Republicans very well could hold many more Biden-won seats.

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April 13, 2022

Kids' Books By John Stossel

Bookstores now sell only certain kinds of children's books.

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April 12, 2022

Biden Wants to Regulate Everything -- Even Your Air Conditioning by Stephen Moore

Once upon a time, the mantra of the libertarian Left was "keep the government out of the bedroom."

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April 12, 2022

Message From Ukraine -- Nukes Do Deter By Patrick J. Buchanan

When he arrived at Christ the Savior Cathedral to pay his respects to the ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who had died of COVID-19, Russian President Vladimir Putin carried a clutch of red roses.

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April 8, 2022

Who Wins, Who Loses Gen. Milley's Long War? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Speaking of the seven-week war in Ukraine ignited by Vladimir Putin, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is warning us to expect a war that lasts for years.

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April 7, 2022

Sarah Palin’s Surprising and Possibly Historic Run for the House By Kyle Kondik

How a victory would set her apart from other unsuccessful postwar VP candidates.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin surprised the political world when she announced a run to replace the late Don Young in Alaska’s at-large U.S. House seat.

— It’s not unusual for VP losers to subsequently win elected office, although in recent decades that has meant simply winning reelection to the job they held prior to being named to a presidential ticket.

— If Palin wins, she will set an obscure historical marker for unsuccessful postwar VP nominees.

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April 6, 2022

Never Admit Anything By John Stossel

President Joe Biden says he never talked business with his son.

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April 5, 2022

Technology and Growth Are the Cures to Climate Doomsday by Stephen Moore

I guess you could mark me down as a "climate change skeptic." I'm not a climate scientist, so I have no expertise on what is happening with the planet's temperature or severe weather events that can wreak havoc on life and property.

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April 5, 2022

Is Global 'Democracy' America's Mission? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security," said President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address.