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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Democrats shoot themselves in the foot to make their displeasure with Joe Manchin clear. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Democrats love the poor. The Democrats hate the poor. And the poor in West Virginia? They’re at
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Nikole Hannah-Jones (Alice Vergueiro/Abraji via Wikimedia Commons) Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator and curator of the New York Times’s 1619 Project, said she did not “understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught” in schools, during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday. “I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social
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2018—“What nonsense!” protests Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain in his withering critique of the Ninth Circuit panel decision in Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Chino Valley Unified School District. In ruling that a school board’s practice of allowing an invocation to be offered at its meetings violates the Establishment Clause, the panel concluded that school-board meetings are not legislative
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Travelers are seen under a PSA advising social distancing in a concourse during the holiday season at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga., December 22, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Several thousand flights have been canceled around the world — with hundreds canceled in the U.S. — amid holiday-weekend disruption caused by the Omicron coronavirus variant,
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1987—As a result of a Seventh Circuit ruling (in American Jewish Congress v. City of Chicago), the city of Chicago no longer displays a nativity scene in the lobby of the Chicago City-County building. In dissent, Judge Easterbrook laments the multi-factored balancing test established in Lynch v. Donnelly, where the Supreme Court permitted a nativity
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Brielle Peare, 6, uses a microphone to talk to a man in a Santa Claus costume, who sits inside a store display window behind glass as a measure against the spread of the coronavirus at the Primark store in Boston, Mass., December 18, 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Dear Weekend Jolter, Christmas is here, and here we
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A traveler walks through the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, Penn., December, 23 2021. (Hannah Beier/Reuters) The Biden administration on December 31 will lift travel restrictions initially imposed on eight southern African nations following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the White House announced Thursday. “According to our health and medical experts at
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San Fransisco Mayor London Breed speaks about drug use in the Tenderloin district, December 18, 2021. (NBC Bay Area/via YouTube) The San Francisco board of supervisors voted 8-2 early Friday morning to codify Mayor London Breed’s state of emergency declaration, which will allow the city to take aggressive action to clear homeless camps populated by
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Earlier today, NR published a piece I wrote about the relationship between the American Enterprise Institute’s storied foreign-policy shop and Congressional Republican offices. I cited multiple GOP national-security staffers working across both houses of Congress pointing to a potential rift between the conservative think tank and some hawkish Republicans. This dynamic, they said, has been
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Joan Didion attends The American Theatre Wing’s 2012 Annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, September 24, 2012. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Her credo was that real Americans can only fall from grace, and any journey in the other direction is simply wrong. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen I wandered into a bookstore
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President Joe Biden after giving remarks on the administration’s coronavirus response at the White House, July 6, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) The Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments regarding the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for large employers and health-care workers at Medicaid- and Medicare-affiliated facilities. The Court said it will hear arguments in the
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U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (tupungato/Getty Images) The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, who meticulously follows congressional redistricting, says the process is shaping up to create more districts that Joe Biden carried in 2020: That said, there are going to be dozens of narrowly Biden-won seats that are very tenuous for Dems in a
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a military exhibition in Moscow, Russia, December 21, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik via Reuters) On the menu today: two bits of really bad news and then some serious hope. The evidence is piling up that Vladimir Putin really does intend to invade Ukraine later this winter.
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Charles Lieber leaves federal court after he and two Chinese nationals were charged with lying about their alleged links to the Chinese government in Boston, Mass., January 30, 2020. (Katherine Taylor/Reuters) A jury found prominent Harvard chemistry and engineering professor Charles Lieber guilty of lying to federal investigators regarding his reception of Chinese funding for
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President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, D.C., December 21, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) On Tuesday afternoon, President Biden claimed that West Virginia senator Joe Manchin privately admitted to misleading his Democratic colleagues about his position on the multi-trillion-dollar “Build Back Better” bill.  “I’m told [Manchin] was speaking to the liberal caucus in
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) takes questions as he speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he would “certainly welcome” Senator Joe Manchin to join the Republican Party, one day after the West Virginia Democrat announced he will
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Ghislaine Maxwell attends her trial for sex trafficking next to defense attorney Christian Everdell in a courtroom sketch in New York City, December 20, 2021. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters) The jury in the trial of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell began deliberations on Monday, following six hours of closing arguments in the sex-trafficking case. Maxwell is charged
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Left: Sen. Joe Manchin at a Capitol Hill press conference, November 1, 2021. Right: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a House Oversight and Reform Committe hearing, August 24, 2020. (Jonathn Ernst/Reuters, Tom Williams/Pool via Reuters) Build Back Better’s failure was predicated on Biden’s ill-conceived decision to cast his lot with the hard Left. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE
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Students walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) For decades, politicians and higher-education leaders have pushed college as a great investment for students as well as a means of turbo-charging the economy. Obama said that it had to be a national goal for the U.S. to lead the world
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European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. (Ralph Orlowski/Reuters) The week of December 13: Climate policy, ‘socially responsible’ investment, China, taxation, and much, much more. Awise person told me recently that the Capital Letter tended to be on the bleak side, and, oh yes, was rather long. He wasn’t wrong, but does that mean it
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(OcusFocus/iStock/Getty Images) As public schools and universities shamelessly discipline educators for exercising their rights of free speech, some are beginning to resist. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T wo weeks ago, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of Kari MacRae, a Massachusetts high-school teacher recently fired in retaliation for social-media posts objecting to critical race theory
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An anti-critical race theory sign is held at a Loudon County School board meeting in Ashburn, Va., June 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) As Hans Bader points out in this Liberty Unyielding piece, the Biden administration is injecting racial considerations into the practice of medicine. He writes, “But the Biden administration is now giving doctors a
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Then-Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stand after reading the final certification of Electoral College votes cast in November’s presidential election during a joint session of Congress, January 7, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via Reuters) The 2020 presidential election concluded with a political and constitutional crisis unmatched in the United
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