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March 5, 2021

Who Really Imperils the Republic? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"That attack, that siege" of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, "was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism."

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March 4, 2021

Virginia and New Jersey Governors 2021: A First Look By J. Miles Coleman

In blue states, Democrats could match milestones and break curses.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Virginia Democrats are trying to win three consecutive gubernatorial races, a feat the party has not accomplished since the 1980s.

— Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is the favorite for his state’s Democratic nomination, though he faces a diverse field.

— In a move that’s ruffled some feathers on their side, Virginia Republicans will select their nominee at a May convention.

— In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) is poised to become the state’s first Democratic governor to secure reelection since 1977.

— Virginia’s open-seat race starts as Leans Democratic in the Crystal Ball ratings. New Jersey starts as Likely Democratic.

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March 3, 2021

Everyone Is Essential By John Stossel

Politicians have too much power over our lives.

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March 3, 2021

Climate Change Alarmism Takes Another Big Hit By Stephen Moore

Throughout the midsection of the United States in February, record frigid temperatures were inconvenient for those politicians who call global warming an "existential threat."

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March 2, 2021

Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Thursday, in its first military action, the Biden Pentagon sent two U.S. F-15Es to strike targets of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia just inside the eastern border of Syria.

February 26, 2021

Mask Pollution – Where are the Environmentalists? By Brian C. Joondeph

Masks are now a seemingly permanent staple of American life with no end in sight. Mask recommendations change like spring weather, from none to one to two or more, all based on flimsy evidence from the “follow the science” crowd.

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February 26, 2021

Partisan Strife Produces High Voter Turnout -- and No Big Boost for Either Party by Michael Barone

The last decade has seen a boom in voter turnout -- for both parties. Between the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections, total voter turnout rose 23%, with Democratic turnout up 23% and Republican turnout up 22%.

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February 26, 2021

Trump -- Once and Future King? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination."

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February 25, 2021

Assessing the Impact of Absentee Voting on Turnout and Democratic Vote Margin in 2020 By Alan I. Abramowitz

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— While the 2020 presidential election saw a record volume of absentee votes cast, not all states made it equally accessible.

— Eased absentee voting rules contributed to higher voter participation rates.

— With higher turnout, President Joe Biden’s performance still tracked closely with Hillary Clinton’s state-by-state results in 2016 — he just performed slightly better across the board.

— All told, the sharp increase in absentee voting in 2020 wasn’t disproportionately beneficial to either presidential candidate.

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February 24, 2021

Save the Rhino! By John Stossel

Today's environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

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February 23, 2021

The Blue States Are Now the Beggar States by Stephen Moore

Last week, I visited South Florida for four days, and what a shock: Everything was open. The beaches, the hotels, the restaurants (with some sensible safety and social distancing restrictions). The classrooms are full.

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February 23, 2021

Biden: No New Cold Wars or Democracy Crusades By Patrick J. Buchanan

"What is America's mission?" is a question that has been debated since George Washington's Farewell Address in 1797.

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February 19, 2021

Will Biden Payoff to Teachers Unions Repeal Suburban Parents? By Michael Barone

You expect a certain number of stumbles from a new administration. President Joe Biden's incoming team professed dismay at having to create a coronavirus vaccine distribution program "from scratch," due to its predecessor's handling of the situation, and this week, Biden complained that "we didn't have" a vaccine when he "came into office." He promised to deliver over 1 million a day.

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February 19, 2021

Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975?

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February 18, 2021

Moving Past Impeachment: Trump Acquitted (Again) By J. Miles Coleman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— In the second impeachment trial of his presidency, former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate. Seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump.

— The sole Republican running for reelection in 2022 who voted to convict Trump was Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — she has a reputation as a political maverick.

— Democrats will be targeting a few open-seat contests next year in the Senate, specifically North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where retiring Republicans have been censured by their local parties.

— For now, Senate Democrats probably won’t see much electoral backlash from their votes, though Democrats representing Trump states may feel heat in 2024.

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February 17, 2021

Privacy By John Stossel

I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy.

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February 16, 2021

Why Aren't School Districts Giving Taxpayers Their Money Back? By Stephen Moore

In Naperville, Illinois, the school board announced it would distribute $10 million back to taxpayers this year. Yes, a tax refund.

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February 16, 2021

Will the Radical Left Reunite the GOP? By Patrick J. Buchanan

"Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun." So said Citizen Trump Saturday on his acquittal by the Senate of the impeachment article of "incitement of insurrection" in the Jan 6 invasion of the Capitol.

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February 12, 2021

The Republican Party Won't Fall Apart This Time Either by Michael Barone

When you've been consuming and producing political commentary for many years, you get used to certain recurring themes. One is the imminent disappearance or relegation to permanent minority status of the Republican Party.

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February 12, 2021

Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party By Patrick J. Buchanan

It has been a dreadful three months for the Grand Old Party.