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March 31, 2022

Biden’s Wealth Tax – More Class Envy Rhetoric By Brain C. Joondeph

President Joe Biden, perhaps looking at the rising budget deficit along with his desire to spend far more money than the U.S. Treasury has in its coffers – not to mention his sinking poll numbers and dim prospects for his party in the November midterm elections – has proposed a wealth tax on the uber rich. The White House calls it the “billionaire minimum income tax” which is neither limited to billionaires nor a tax on income.

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March 31, 2022

The Politics of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Counties By Kyle Kondik

Trends help illuminate how their states have changed over the past decade, particularly in Florida and Texas.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported changes in population from 2020 to 2021.

— While the headline findings mainly dealt with population declines, a number of places (particularly in the Sun Belt) are still experiencing substantial growth.

— A little more than 5 dozen counties with at least 100,000 residents grew by 3% or more from April 2020 to July 2021. These counties are spread across 20 states.

— Almost all of these counties vote Republican for president, although GOP presidential performance has eroded in many of them.

— Nearly half of these counties are in Florida and Texas, and the differing presidential trends in these fast-growing counties help illustrate the changing political trajectory of each state.

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March 30, 2022

Let Them In By John Stossel

Millions flee Ukraine.

Where will they go?

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March 29, 2022

Asia's Autocrats Are Calling, Mr. Biden By Patrick J. Buchanan

While President Joe Biden was in Brussels and Warsaw showing U.S. solidarity with Ukraine, the 38-year-old autocrat who rules North Korea made a bold bid for the president's attention.

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March 25, 2022

Another Party Hack President by Michael Barone

"The language people speak in the corridors of power is not economics or politics. It is history." So says former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, quoted in a column on Ukraine by historian Niall Ferguson.

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March 25, 2022

Is Victory for Ukraine Worth Risking Nuclear War? By Patrick J. Buchanan

During the 70 years that the Soviet Union existed, Ukraine was an integral part of the nation.

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March 24, 2022

Are Latinos Deserting the Democratic Party? Evidence from the Exit Polls By Alan I. Abramowitz

Democratic share of the Latino vote has been highly variable from election to election.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— One key question in American politics is the trajectory of Latino voters. Donald Trump performed better in 2020 with Latino voters than he did in 2016, particularly in places like South Texas and South Florida.

— However, an analysis of the longer-term trend in Latino presidential voting shows that this growing voting bloc is not necessarily trending one way or the other.

— Presidential incumbency appears to have a stronger influence on Latino voters than on other demographic groups.

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March 23, 2022

Renewable Failure John Stossel

The "Greens" promise renewables, solar and wind power, will replace fossil fuels. After all, the wind and sun are free, and they don't pollute!

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March 22, 2022

The End of the Climate Change Legend by Stephen Moore

For many years now, there has been a spirited debate about whether climate change is science, religion or even perhaps a secret route to socialism. That question remains unanswered, but we've now discovered with certainty that climate change is a political albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party.

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March 22, 2022

Is Ukraine's Partition Zelenskyy's Fate? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"It's time to meet, time to talk ... time to restore territorial integrity ... for Ukraine," said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday.

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March 18, 2022

Ukraine Suggests Dangers of the Eurasian Heartland Axis by Michael Barone

"Who rules the Heartland rules the World Island. Who rules the World Island commands the world." So wrote the geography professor and occasional member of Parliament Halford Mackinder in his 1919 book "Democratic Ideals and Reality."

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March 18, 2022

US Vital Interests Dictate an End to This War By Patrick J. Buchanan

Speaking to Congress, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked for many things from the United States.

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March 17, 2022

Gas Prices and Presidential Approval By Kyle Kondik

There is some connection historically, but that connection is getting weaker.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— President Joe Biden and his party are struggling amidst myriad challenges, including high gas prices. Gas prices have spiked in recent weeks following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

— There is some association between higher gas prices and lower presidential approval, although the connection is not particularly strong.

— This association has been weaker over the past decade than it was previously.

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March 16, 2022

A Principled Politician By John Stossel

I dislike politicians. I don't trust people who are so desperately eager to run others' lives.

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March 15, 2022

And That's Why They Call It 'the Swamp' by Stephen Moore

With $30 trillion of debt -- which has grown by $5 trillion in just the last two years, with another $2 trillion of red ink expected to get spilled this year -- you might have expected Congress at least to pretend it will temper its reckless spending proclivities.

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March 15, 2022

Is There a Peace Deal Putin and Zelensky Can Accept? By Ptrick J. Buchanan

In an interview with Reuters, Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman for decades, made a startling offer. Moscow could end the Ukraine war immediately, said Peskov, if four conditions were met.

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March 11, 2022

Ukraine Shows We Live in a Nationalist World by Michael Barone

It turns out that we live in a nationalist world. That's one of the lessons people are learning from the surprise early results of the Russo-Ukrainian war.

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March 11, 2022

How Solid Are US War Guarantees? By Patrick J. Buchanan

When several NATO nations revealed that they had dozens of Russian-made MiG-29s, the idea arose to fly them to Ukraine and turn them over to Ukrainian pilots familiar with the MiGs.

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March 10, 2022

Abortion Battlefields in a Potentially Post-Roe Political World By Louis Jacobson

Watch these states in the event of a landmark Supreme Court decision later this year.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— If the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade later this year, it could hypothetically energize Democratic voters in the 2022 midterms. But it’s unclear whether abortion will become a big enough motivator for Democrats to overcome the historical pattern of unfavorable midterms for the party controlling the White House, particularly if concern about the coronavirus pandemic and inflation remains high.

— Our analysis suggests that 7 states are the likeliest to experience political tensions over abortion, because they have majorities or pluralities of voters who favor abortion rights but have GOP-led legislatures who may feel driven to restrict abortion access if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

— Each of these 7 states has a highly competitive gubernatorial or Senate race on tap for this fall, and several of them have 2 such races.

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March 9, 2022

Cowards and Leaders by John Stossel

Russia's invasion revealed big differences in how politicians deal with threats.