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An oil tank truck fills the pumps at a Shell petrol station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 31, 2019. (Nacho Doce/Reuters) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about business, finance, and economics. On the menu today: Shell’s legal defeat, Biden and Arctic oil, Putin and Arctic oil, Putin and coal, and the ransomware negotiator.
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Capitol Hill, July 16, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) again defended the filibuster during a joint press conference with Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) on Wednesday. “Some people are saying that you have a choice between the filibuster and democracy,” a reporter said during the press conference.
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A child holds a sign during a protest to the closing of Public School 130 following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 8, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) The academic year just ended for public and private schools across the nation, but for many, school never really started. Before simply moving on to the
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A sign promotes mask-wearing at a bar in Houston, Texas, March 9, 2021. (Callaghan O’Hare/Reuters) What did our society get right, and wrong, in responding to the pandemic? What to make of the regional disparities that “many statisticians, virologists, and public-health experts” call “the greatest conundrum of the pandemic”? Was there ever any good reason
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Employees at the Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA in the city of Lapa, Parana state, Brazil, March 21, 2017 (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Bloomberg: A cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer globally, has forced the shutdown of some of world’s largest slaughterhouses, and there are signs that the closures are spreading. JBS’s five biggest beef plants in
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(Pixabay) To date, Congress has passed four COVID-relief bills: the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Response and Relief Act, and the American Rescue Plan. President Trump signed the first three, President Biden the last. Combined, these bills sent about $900 billion to lower-level governments, primarily states and localities. A new study
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Workers transport soil containing rare-earth elements for export at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2010. (Stringer/Reuters) A new report sounds the alarm on the mismatch between policies forcing an energy transition and the availability of the critical minerals that would make it feasible. While Joe Biden was out for a spin in
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Judge Rosemary Barkett. 1990—In an otherwise insignificant case (Shriners Hospitals v. Zrillic), Florida chief justice Rosemary Barkett, completely botching case law governing the federal Equal Protection Clause, asserts that “underinclusive or overinclusive classifications fail to meet even the minimal standards of the rational basis test” and, on that misunderstanding, invalidates a six-month statutory time period.
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Duke Chapel at Duke University (Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia/GFDL) Leftist groupthink has invaded all of American higher education — English, music, chemistry; you name it, and you’ll find its practitioners working to transform disciplines into training camps for true believers. What about divinity schools? You might think that “wokeness” has saturated them, but in today’s Martin Center article,
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Students walk past Princeton University’s Nassau Hall in Princeton, N.J. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters) Classics majors at Princeton University will no longer be required to learn Greek or Latin in a push to create a more inclusive and equitable program, an effort that was given “new urgency” by the “events around race that occurred last summer.” Last
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Secretary of transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg listens during a confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/Reuters Pool) Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday claimed President Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal is “responsible” despite criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Buttigieg’s defense came during an appearance on Fox News Sunday when he was
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2018. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) During a press briefing Thursday, Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott stated that the Biden administration’s relaxed immigration policies are contributing to the influx of fentanyl pouring across the border into the United States. “It is clear
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School buses remain parked in a lot due to the pandemic in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2020. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) A Virginia physical education teacher was placed on administrative leave after he disputed his district’s transgender policies, the Loudoun (County) Times-Mirror reported Friday. Byron “Tanner” Cross, a Leesburg Elementary School teacher in Virginia’s Loudoun County Public
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Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, testifies before a Senate committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 11, 2021. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Reuters) The COVID era shows we don’t always know what facts are right. Let’s not suppress reasonable dissents from what happens to be the consensus at any given time. Recent guidance from
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Senator Ben Sasse speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters) Nebraska senator Ben Sasse, one of the six Senate Republicans who supported creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on Congress, comments on his vote: “Nebraskans know where I stand on this: For the first
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Supporters of President Trump face off with police during a “Stop the Steal” protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., January 6, 2021. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Senate Republicans today blocked an independent, bipartisan commission to inquire into the January 6 Capitol riot. This will not prevent Congress from conducting its own investigation, but it
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Nikki Fried in a Facebook video from April. (Nikki Fried/Screengrab via Facebook) Peddling in every available strand of nonsense and conspiracy theory is not helping the Florida Democrat’s brand. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the only Democrat to have won a statewide election in Florida since 2012, Nikki Fried was in possession of a solid
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Election workers count ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Ariz., November 6, 2020. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) The election results in Arizona’s largest county have been certified and authenticated multiple times. This audit effort has been pure folly. I’m a libertarian-minded Republican. I hate taxes. Especially the income tax. But I pay
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. (Alexander Natruskin/Reuters) Last May, when President Trump announced a decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, candidate Joe Biden blasted the decision, claiming Trump had, “doubled down on his short-sighted policy of going it
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Anti-lockdown protesters gather outside the Tinhorn Flats Saloon in Burbank, Calif. (Baret Lepejian) On a Monday night in early December, Baret Lepejian called his son Lucas: He wanted to know what he thought about California governor Gavin Newsom’s newest order re-shuttering the state’s beleaguered bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed across the country. Lucas
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Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) EXCLUSIVE: The former secretary of state fires back amid reports that the Biden State Department cut short a coronavirus-origin investigation he once led. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F ormer secretary of state Mike Pompeo blasted
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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing, in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters) Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is impossible to guarantee that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology did not use American funds to perform gain-of-function research on coronaviruses, in testimony to a
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Georgia Govenor Brian Kemp (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Tuesday banning the state government from requiring COVID vaccine passports or assisting private establishments that seek to mandate them, the governor’s office said. “Today’s executive order makes clear that vaccine passports will not be utilized in state government,” the Republican governor
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Outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, February 3, 2021 (Thomas Peter/Reuters) The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would prohibit taxpayer funding for state-run labs in China, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as federal money for gain-of-function experimentation in China. The restrictions were approved in a bipartisan voice
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President Joe Biden announces executive actions on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 8, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Moderate Republicans are finding it hard to compromise with big-spending Democrats. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M oderate Republicans keep trying to rein in the Democrats’ spending, and they are having
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, N.Y., May 24, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) New York governor Andrew Cuomo sparked backlash Monday when he suggested using Memorial Day, a federal holiday for honoring fallen military-service members, to also honor COVID-19 essential workers. “It’s Memorial Day, and
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