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November 22, 2023

You Can't Say That By John Stossel

My first Stossel TV Fellow, Trevor Kraus, initiated this column.

November 21, 2023

When Inequality Is Fatal for Men By Daniel McCarthy

Equality has always been an American preoccupation, right from the words "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence.

November 21, 2023

Will New York Politicians Tax Wall Street Out of Existence? By Stephen Moore

Let's face it. Anyone who works in, or just visits, the Wall Street area of Manhattan can't deny the aura of power and money isn't what it was 20, 30 or 50 years ago.

November 17, 2023

Memo to Hamas: Settler Societies Aren't Evil By Michael Barone

In the nauseating demonstrations celebrating Hamas' slaughter of Israelis, one hears repeated, again and again, the refrain that Israelis are "settlers" and "colonists" -- and therefore, in the catechism inculcated in universities in recent decades,

oppressors not deserving of mercy or sympathy when tortured and murdered by those who deemed themselves the oppressed.

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November 16, 2023

Notes on the State of the 2023 Elections By Kyle Kondik

VA 2023 looks a lot like 2019; ads might help explain a PA oddity; Beshear and disaster relief.

Virginia result looked a lot like four years ago

Vote counts in Virginia are nearly final but not yet certified. There were no late changes to the topline result that seemed likeliest the morning after the election: Democrats won their barest possible majorities in both chambers: 51-49 in the state House of Delegates and 21-19 in the state Senate.

November 16, 2023

Republicans Need to Figure Out the Abortion Issue By Brian Joondeph

Abortion continues to be a political hot potato 50 years after the controversial Roe v. Wade decision where the U.S. Supreme Court “legislated” a Constitutional “right” to abortion.

November 15, 2023

Government Deceit By John Stossel

"Experts" were confident that they knew what America should do about Covid. They were wrong about so much.

November 14, 2023

By the Time Abortion Makes the Ballot, the Battle's Over By Daniel McCarthy

The fight over abortion in America is as much a religious contest as a political one.

November 14, 2023

The Nat Cons Are Dead Wrong: Middle-Class America Is Much Better Off Today Than in the Past By Stephen Moore

In the last several months, I have debated some of the intellectual leaders of a group called the "national conservatives."

November 10, 2023

Young Voters Spring (Contradictory) Political Surprises By Michael Barone

What's with young voters? It's a question prompted by two surprising and perhaps contradictory developments that are out of line with conventional wisdom and prevailing expectations among political observers.

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November 9, 2023

Elections 2023: Democrats Enjoy a Strong Night By Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

They score victories in five of the six key races we were watching, although off-year elections do not necessarily predict the following year.


— Democrats won five of the six key races we were watching in Tuesday night’s elections, turning in a strong showing just a couple of days after a series of bad polls for President Joe Biden left some Democrats shook as the presidential race looms next year.

— The 2023 elections have limited predictive value, in large part because of the key differences between the Tuesday night results and what we should expect next year in the states we were watching.

November 8, 2023

Canceling Cancel Culture By John Stossel

"I was not genuine in my own beliefs," says 23-year-old Rikki Schlott in my new video. "I self-censored."

November 7, 2023

War in the Democratic Party -- and at the Opera By Daniel McCarthy

Joe Biden's party is at war with itself.

Scenes last weekend of protesters scaling the White House fence and shouting down Sen. Cory Booker at a Democratic rally in New Jersey are only outward manifestations of a deeper inner turmoil.

November 7, 2023

When Will Politicians Learn Banning Cigarettes Will Never Work? by Stephen Moore

One of the most enduring lessons of American history is that the banning of liquor sales and consumption ("the noble experiment") was a colossal failure. Drinking didn't go down much, but the profits ended up going not to legitimate businesses but bootleggers and the mob, while the murder rate soared to all-time highs in American history. It was the policy that made America's most famous gangster, Al Capone, famous -- and rich.

November 3, 2023

Is a Trump Renomination Really Inevitable? By Michael Barone

Is it inevitable that Donald Trump will be the second person in history -- Richard Nixon was the first -- to win the Republican Party's nomination for president three times? Many thoughtful observers, and others as well, think so.

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November 2, 2023

A 2023 Election Mega-Preview By J. Miles Coleman and Kyle Kondik

Places to watch in Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.


— The key races we’re watching next week are gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Mississippi, the state legislative contests in Virginia, an abortion-related ballot issue in Ohio, and a state Supreme Court race in Pennsylvania.

— We continue to favor incumbent Govs. Andy Beshear (D-KY) and Tate Reeves (R-MS) in next week’s gubernatorial elections, even as upsets are possible in either.

— If the abortion rights vote in Ohio is close, some key Obama-to-Trump counties may tell the tale of the election, while partisan loyalties in Pennsylvania may be a bit weaker in the court race than in a federal race.

November 1, 2023

The Food Insecurity Lie By John Stossel

President Joe Biden says 24 million Americans "suffer from food insecurity!"

October 31, 2023

Don't Let Refugees Be Used as a Weapon By Daniel McCarthy

It's been called the population weapon, and it's an effective way to blackmail Europe.

October 31, 2023

The Great 'Green Energy Transition' That Wasn't by Stephen Moore

One of the textbook marketing flops of all time was the Ford Edsel sedan, which was heralded as the hot new car in the late 1950s.

All the automotive experts and Ford executives said it was a can't-miss. Henry Ford (the car was named after his son) guaranteed hundreds of thousands of sales.

October 27, 2023

Can a New Speaker Reinstate an Old Norm? By Michael Barone

After a little more than three weeks, House Republicans have finally elected a speaker. He's Mike Johnson, first elected to the House in 2016 from a district in northwest Louisiana. He's almost unknown to the public, has a right-wing voting record, and has been a supporter of Donald Trump. He grills witnesses effectively but calmly, with no visible anger.