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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.

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March 8, 2022

Free Market Capitalism Is Under Siege -- From Capitalists by Stephen Moore

We live in a strange world. John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, helped provide the energy that powered the American century beginning in the early 1900s. Today, his grandchildren spend the billions of dollars that he donated to the Rockefeller Foundation to attack the same oil and gas industry that he almost single-handedly built. Likewise, Henry Ford's trust, the Ford Foundation, now spends millions of dollars on climate change -- as if the automobile was a sinister invention.

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March 8, 2022

US Policy: Cheer Ukrainians On -- and Keep Us Out! By Patrick J. Buchanan

After Friday's NATO summit refused to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the allies' failure to "close the skies" to Russian military aircraft gives "a green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities."

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March 4, 2022

Is a Russia-NATO Clash Over Ukraine Ahead? by Patrick J. Buchanan

When Hungarian rebels arose in 1956 to overthrow the Communist regime imposed by Joseph Stalin, President Dwight Eisenhower refused to send U.S. forces to aid the Hungarians.

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March 4, 2022

Volodymyr Zelensky Transforms Germany -- and Europe By Michael Barone

It's been a week since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Kyiv, and even Kharkiv, 20 miles from the Russian border, remain under Ukrainian control. Contrary to many predictions, Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces have fallen short of their goals so far, but there can be no certainty about the outcome in Ukraine -- or Russia.

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March 3, 2022

Breaking Down North Carolina and Pennsylvania’s New Maps By J. Miles Coleman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— North Carolina and Pennsylvania are 2 closely-divided states where the redistricting process this cycle ultimately fell to Democratic-controlled state courts.

— Democrats seem likely to gain at least 1 seat out of North Carolina, although the relatively favorable map that they got will only be in place for the 2022 election cycle.

— As we expected, a GOP-held seat was eliminated as Pennsylvania’s delegation was forced to downsize, but some of its Democratic members, particularly in the eastern part of the state, will have their work cut out for them.

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March 2, 2022

My Dream State of the Union By John Stossel

President Joe Biden just gave his State of the Union Address.

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March 1, 2022

The State of the Union Is ... Broke by Stephen moore

To quote a screaming John McEnroe: You cannot be serious!

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March 1, 2022

Is Putin Considering Using Nukes on NATO? By Patrick J. Buchanan

From his principal avenues of attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin began this war with three strategic goals.

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February 25, 2022

Ukraine's Fate Is Rooted in a Tragic History by Michael Barone

For those trying to keep up with the fast-moving events in Ukraine, it may be helpful to consider some lessons of history. Mistakes made in the past week, added onto developments covering the last two or three centuries, have left the United States and its European allies -- in particular the largest of them, Germany -- unable to prevent President Vladimir Putin's Russia from absorbing an as yet undetermined part of a theoretically independent Ukraine.

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February 25, 2022

Did We Provoke Putin's War in Ukraine? By Patrick J. Buchanan

When Russia's Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for membership and be admitted. We're not changing that.

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February 24, 2022

Redistricting and Competition in Congressional Elections Forces beyond gerrymandering explain rising number of districts that strongly favor one party by Alan I. Abramowitz

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

-- Based on presidential voting patterns, a much larger proportion of U.S. House districts strongly favor one party and a much smaller proportion are closely divided than 50 years ago.

-- However, gerrymandering is not the major reason for this trend. Partisan polarization has increased dramatically in U.S. states and counties, whose boundaries have not changed.

-- Moreover, despite the growing partisan divide evident in presidential voting, the competitiveness of House elections has changed very little over the past 5 decades because the personal advantage of incumbency has declined sharply during this period.

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February 23, 2022

The Woke AMA By John Stossel

The American Medical Association now tells doctors: Use woke language! It's issued a 54-page guide telling doctors things like, don't say "equality"; say "equity." Don't say "minority"; say "historically marginalized."