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December 10, 2021

Redistricting Helps Republicans but Doesn't Guarantee Control By Michael Barone

Here's a suggestion for those who think that partisan redistricting -- or, as is often the case with these plaints, partisan redistricting by Republicans -- threatens to destroy American democracy. Take a look at "The Long Red Thread," the recent history by Sabato's Crystal Ball analyst Kyle Kondik of House of Representatives elections from 1964 to the present decade.

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December 10, 2021

Biden's Full Plate -- Ukraine, Taiwan, Tehran By Patrick Buchanan

One day after warning Russian President Vladimir Putin he would face "severe" economic sanctions, "like ones he's never seen," should Russia invade Ukraine, President Joe Biden assured Americans that sending U.S. combat troops to Ukraine is "not on the table."

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December 9, 2021

Incumbency vs. Environment in 2022’s Gubernatorial Races Rating changes in four races by Kyle Kindik and J. Miles Coleman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

-- Amid a promising national environment for Republicans, we are changing ratings in 4 gubernatorial contests -- 3 of which are in the GOP’s favor.

-- The power of gubernatorial incumbency will be tested in 2022, both by a plethora of Republican primary challengers to sitting GOP governors and, for Democrats, by the national political climate in next year’s general election.

-- This election will feature a relatively high number of incumbents running for reelection compared to many previous midterm years (midterms are when the bulk of the gubernatorial elections are held).

-- Despite playing defense in many vulnerable races across the country, Democrats have the 2 clearest gubernatorial pickup opportunities.

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December 8, 2021

A Different Park By John Stossel

People want "public" rather than "private."

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December 7, 2021

Will Congress Take Away Your Credit Card? by Stephen Moore

How would you feel about Congress snatching away your credit card or preventing you from participating in credit card reward programs?

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December 7, 2021

Putin to Biden: Finlandize Ukraine, or We Will By Patrick J. Buchanan

Either the U.S. and NATO provide us with "legal guarantees" that Ukraine will never join NATO or become a base for weapons that can threaten Russia -- or we will go in and guarantee it ourselves.

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December 3, 2021

A Post-Roe Abortion Political 'Revolution' Is Unlikely By Michael Barone

The Supreme Court, as this is written, is hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, challenging Mississippi's law banning, with a few exceptions, abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There's a powerful argument that the Court can't logically uphold this statute, which is less restrictive than most other nations' abortion laws, without overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that overturned all 50 states' abortion laws.

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December 3, 2021

The West's Fear That Dare Not Speak Its Name by Patrick J. Buchanan

With the drowning deaths of 27 migrants crossing the Channel from France to England, illegal migration from the Third World is front and center anew in European politics.

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December 2, 2021

A Tale of Two Midwestern Gerrymanders: Illinois and Ohio by Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

-- Gerrymanders by Democrats in Illinois and Republicans in Ohio seek to build upon their dominance of their respective states.

-- The Ohio Supreme Court could intervene against the GOP gerrymander there, which perhaps helps explain why Republicans were not as aggressive as they could have been, even though Republicans can reasonably hope that the map they drew will perform for them as intended.

-- Massachusetts Democrats and Oklahoma Republicans also recently finalized maps that should allow both to maintain their monopolies on House seats in their respective states.

-- Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R-MA) retirement pushes the Massachusetts gubernatorial race from Likely Republican all the way to Likely Democratic.

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December 1, 2021

Fact-Blockers By John Stossel

I've reported how Facebook censors me.

November 30, 2021

Remember When Travel Bans Were Xenophobic? by Brian C. Joondeph

In the early days of COVID-19, health officials knew little other than that this virus was contagious, lethal for some, and originated in China. In late January 2020, President Donald Trump banned U.S. entry to foreign nationals who recently visited China, a common sense measure of turning off the faucet to avoid an overflowing sink of illness in America.

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November 30, 2021

Joe Biden's Dirty Little Secret: He Wants Higher Gasoline Prices By Stephen Moore

When he announced last week that he would release more oil from the American Strategic Petroleum Reserve, President Joe Biden told the American people he is doing everything possible to bring down gas prices at the pump. 

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November 30, 2021

Return of the 'Law and Order' Issue By Patrick J. Buchanan

According to Gallup, on the issue of crime, President Joe Biden is 18 points underwater. While 57% of Americans disapprove of how he is handling crime, only 39% approve.

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November 24, 2021

Thank Private Property By John Stossel

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 23, 2021

We Need a Little More Milton Friedman Right About Now by Stephen Moore

Not long ago, President Joe Biden made an offhanded comment that "Milton Friedman isn't running the show anymore."

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November 23, 2021

Playing With Fire on Russia's Borders By Patrick J. Buchanan

Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko has cleared out the encampment at his border crossing into Poland, where thousands of Middle Eastern migrants had been living in squalor.

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November 19, 2021

Biden Stimulus Failures Could Produce 1920s-Style Republican Victories

What's wrong with the economy? Nobody seems quite sure, but it's clear that the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March, on top of the $900 billion approved in December, the last full month of the Trump administration, has not had the intended results.

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November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, Both Right and Righteous by Patrick J. Buchanan

In judging the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, set aside for the moment Wisconsin law under which he is being tried, and consider the natural law, the moral law, the higher law written on the human heart.

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November 18, 2021

Six Decades of Regional Change in House Elections By Kyle Kondik

The GOP edge in the South, already large, could grow in 2022.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— The Greater South used to be the key cog in Democratic House majorities; now it is the region that allows Republicans to win majorities.

— Democrats’ dominance on the West Coast and Northeast have allowed them to win majorities even as they have fallen further behind in the Greater South.

— The Republican edge in the Greater South should only grow in 2022.

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November 17, 2021

Prove You're Needed! By John Stossel

"Why does Louisiana have the right to stop me from doing what I love to do?" asks Ursula Newell-Davis in my new video.