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June 18, 2021

Who Is Really Killing American Democracy? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, Juneteenth, June 19, which commemorates the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, has been declared a federal holiday

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June 17, 2021

The New York City Mayoral Primary By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

Breaking down the political geography of the nation’s largest city as voters digest a crowded and sometimes crazy campaign.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— New York City’s mayors have struggled in their recent efforts to win higher office, but they often become national figures anyway on account of their high-profile position.

— Ranked-choice voting as well as the many twists and turns of the race makes it difficult to predict a winner in next week’s Democratic primary.

— Republicans can win mayoral elections in New York, but the Democratic primary may very well end up being tantamount to election.

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June 16, 2021

The Poor Get Richer by John Stossel

Everywhere, people trash capitalism.

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June 15, 2021

The Insurrection in Chicago by Stephen Moore

Almost exactly a year ago, race riots paralyzed more than a dozen of America's great cities, from New York to Seattle. The smoke hasn't gone away.

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June 15, 2021

All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit By Patrick J. Buchanan

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

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June 14, 2021

Adolescents Need Constraints, Not Indulgence by Michael Barone

Letting adolescents have their way." That's one way to describe two public policies, advocated vociferously by woke liberals, opposed surely by most. One primarily affects young men, the other primarily young women.

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June 11, 2021

Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage By Patrick J. Buchanan

In 1859, Abraham Lincoln related the tale of an Eastern monarch who charged his wise men with discovering words that would everywhere and always be true.

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June 10, 2021

Forecasting the 2022 Midterm Election with the Generic Ballot By Alan I. Abramowitz

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— National House generic ballot polling can be a useful tool in projecting the overall results of House and Senate elections.

— The president’s party often loses ground in midterms, but the magnitude of those losses varies greatly depending on the national political environment and the seats held by each party prior to the election.

— A model using the generic ballot and seat exposure shows that a single digit lead on the generic ballot would give Democrats a good chance to keep control of the Senate. Given the expected impact of redistricting, however, Democrats probably need a larger lead to keep control of the House.

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June 9, 2021

The Climate Censors by John Stossel

Whom does Facebook trust to censor?

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June 8, 2021

Sorry, Joe: Fixing Roads and Bridges Doesn't Cost $2 Trillion By Stephen Moore

The Biden White House is furiously trying to cajole congressional Republicans into signing off on his $2 trillion "infrastructure bill." So far, they've held firm in saying not just no but "hell, no" to new taxes and spending to pay for all this.

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June 8, 2021

What Is America's Cause in the World? by Patrick J. Buchanan

"Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him.

June 7, 2021

Doctor Fauci’s Fabulous Fall from Fame By Brian C. Joondeph

Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been the face of the United States COVID-19 response. He has achieved godlike status within the media and celebrity smart set. His words are treated as gospel, to be accepted without question regarding all things COVID-19.

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June 4, 2021

Facebook's Speech Suppression Argues for Repeal of Section 230 and a Facebook Stock Price of Zero by Michael Barone

"A lot of people have egg on their face" for dismissing the COVID-19 lab leak theory, tweeted ABC News ' Jonathan Karl this week. "Some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them."

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June 4, 2021

Democratic Showdown: Kamala vs. Manchin By Patrick J. Buchanan

Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there, Joe Biden belatedly turned to the issue of voting rights, to explain why he is having such difficulty winning passage of the party's priority legislation.

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June 3, 2021

Differential Privacy and the Upcoming Process of Redistricting By Teresa A. Sullivan and Qian Cai

New method of protecting privacy in census may cause problems for drawing districts.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— The U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to protect the confidentiality of census respondents.

— The bureau is using a new method called “differential privacy” as part of the 2020 census to fuzz up the data in order to prevent individual respondents from being potentially identified.

— However, the use of differential privacy may cause problems in the upcoming redistricting process by injecting inaccurate information into the granular census data required to draw districts of equal sizes and to ensure fair racial representation.

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June 2, 2021

Roundabouts Are Better by John Stossel

I hate waiting at traffic lights.

There's a solution: traffic circles, or roundabouts. 

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June 2, 2021

Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be unmoved by it: Story after story after story of the fallen, of those who had given the "last full measure of devotion" to their country.

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June 1, 2021

Suddenly, 'The Population Bomb' Is a Population Bust by Stephen Moore

Paul Ehrlich wrote one of the most famous and bestselling books of the 20th century. It was called "The Population Bomb." It was 300 pages of doom and gloom. The planet was being destroyed because human beings were reproducing like Norwegian field mice. It was a Darwinian nightmare leading the species inexorably back to a Neanderthal subsistence level existence.

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May 28, 2021

Does Our Diversity Portend Disintegration? by Patrick J. Buchanan

After nine people were shot to death by a public transit worker, who then killed himself in San Jose, the latest mass murder in America, California Governor Gavin Newsom spoke for many on the eve of this Memorial Day weekend.

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May 27, 2021

The Senate: Sununu’s Vital Choice By Kyle Kondik

The New Hampshire governor’s decision looms large over the 2022 map.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Even as Senate elections become more and more about a state’s presidential partisanship, the individual decisions of candidates matter a lot. There are a number of important candidate choices that helped define recent Senate cycles.

— Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R-NH) decision as to whether he will challenge Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) could be the most important candidate choice of the 2022 cycle.

— While Republicans will target vulnerable Democrats in states that are more competitive at the presidential level than New Hampshire, they very well may struggle to produce a candidate in those states as proven as Sununu.