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September 2, 2021

Redistricting in America, Part Seven: The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

Democrats seek more from a region they already dominate.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Democrats already control the vast majority of seats along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Maine.

— New York offers Democrats their greatest gerrymandering upside of any state, but it is not guaranteed that they will maximize their holdings there.

— Virginia’s unproven new commission system makes redistricting there a mystery, although Republicans could re-take control of the state’s congressional delegation through a combination of redistricting fortune and strong electoral performance.

— Republicans in New Hampshire and Democrats in Maryland face notable gerrymandering decisions.

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September 1, 2021

Mandate Vaccine? By John Stossel

Politicians love force.

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August 31, 2021

If We Soak the Rich, Will Everyone Get Wet? By Stephen Moore

President Joe Biden describes his $3.5 trillion spending scheme as a way to improve the economy and "build back better."

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August 31, 2021

Bad Moon Rising for Biden -- and Us by Patrick J. Buchanan

"April is the cruelest month," wrote T. S. Eliot in the opening line of what is regarded as his greatest poem, "The Waste Land."

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August 27, 2021

A Tale of Two Airlifts: A Commentary by Michael Barone

"This is now on track," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, "to be the largest airlift in U.S. history." On the process of bringing American citizens, Afghan partners and allies out, she continued, "I would not say that is anything but a success."

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August 27, 2021

In Afghanistan, the Worst Is Yet to Come By Patrick J. Buchanan

Say what you will about President Joe Biden, he has stuck to his guns on ending America's 20-year involvement in Afghanistan's forever war.

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August 26, 2021

Redistricting in America, Part Six: The Great Lakes By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

Democrats will try to wring a bit more out of Illinois, while divided government, judges, and new redistricting methods cloud the outlook elsewhere.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— This week, we’re looking at redistricting in seven Midwest/Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

— The highly competitive region was a collective nailbiter for president, and Republicans hold an overall House edge there, though not as large as earlier last decade.

— Illinois is really the only large state where Democrats clearly should have unfettered gerrymandering power, but with a 13-5 edge already and one seat needing to be eliminated, they don’t have a ton of room to grow. But Democrats also will try to solidify some of the seats they already have.

— Divided government in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin could very well mean courts have to get involved, while Michigan and Ohio are implementing new redistricting systems.

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August 25, 2021

Lessons from Georgia By John Stossel

Georgia (the ex-Soviet Republic, not the U.S. state) is now a remarkable success story.

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August 24, 2021

End the Real Estate Racket by Stephen Moore

The housing market is hot, hot, hot right now, and home prices continue to soar in many markets to their highest prices ever. Since it doesn't cost a real estate agent ten times as much to sell a million dollar home than a $100,000 home, one would expect that the percentage fees for real estate agents would be falling.

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August 24, 2021

The Bitter Fruits of Interventionism By Patrick J. Buchanan

As President Lyndon Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban's triumph in Afghanistan.

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August 20, 2021

Fiddling While Kabul Falls: A Commentary by Michael Barone

Historians aren't actually sure that Nero caused or neglected a fire that consumed much of ancient Rome. Historians, however much they'd like to, won't be able to deny that President Joe Biden bears full responsibility for America's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, and our neglect of the tens of thousands who aided us and now face torture and death from the Taliban.

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August 20, 2021

Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle by Patrick J. Buchanan

In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete.

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August 19, 2021

Redistricting in America, Part Five: The Interior West/Heartland By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

And a look at the overall political environment.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— For all of the focus on redistricting, the overall political environment matters for House elections too, and President Biden has shown some signs of weakness in recent weeks.

— As we continue our redistricting series, we analyze several small-to-medium-sized states in the Interior West and Heartland.

— One of the overall things to watch in the region is the degree to which Republicans are aggressive in redistricting, even in a state — Iowa — known for a nonpartisan system.

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August 18, 2021

Coronavirus Censorship By John Stossel

YouTube just froze Sen. Rand Paul's YouTube channel.

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August 17, 2021

Taxpayers Are Getting Ripped Off and Congress Does Nothing by Stephen Moore

Milton Friedman used to quip that, in Washington, if a government program is working, Congress says we need to spend more money on it. And if a government program is failing, Congress concludes we are not spending enough money on it.

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August 17, 2021

US Embraces a Diversity China Fears By Patrick J. Buchanan

The first returns from the delayed census of 2020 are in, and they have made for celebratory headlines in the mainstream media.

August 16, 2021

Mask For Thee, But Not For Me by Brian C. Joondeph

If the last year and a half of COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that hypocrisy is rife within government, media, entertainment, and the medical establishment. Those who, by virtue of their expertise or position, are considered knowledgeable, or even experts, are unable to follow their own recommendations or mandates.

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August 13, 2021

California Liberals Flunking First Test of Government by Michael Barone

Will Gov. Gavin Newsom be the second Democratic California governor to be recalled and removed from office in this (or the last) century? Polls suggest that's one possible result of next month's recall election.

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August 13, 2021

Who Lost America's Longest War? By Patrick J. Buchanan

In April, President Joe Biden told the nation he would have all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on the continental United States.

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August 12, 2021

Redistricting in America, Part Four: The West Coast and Southwest By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

What will commissions (and Democrats) draw out West?

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Independent redistricting commissions are most common out West.

— Democrats currently dominate the House delegations from the West Coast and Southwest, and that is likely to continue.

— However, Republicans may be able to make up a little ground, thanks in part to California losing a seat and Oregon gaining one.

— Democrats can gerrymander Nevada and New Mexico, but it will be difficult for them to squeeze an additional seat out of these small states.