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Today on The Editors, Rich, Charlie, and Michael discuss the Democrats’ impeachment case, the Lincoln Project’s collapse, and the firing of Gina Carano. Listen below, or subscribe to this show on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or Spotify. Your browser does not support the HTML5 Audio element. Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams
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John Weaver on a 60 Minutes interview in 2020. (60 Minutes/YouTube) The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations that Lincoln Project co-founder and veteran Republican consultant John Weaver sexually harassed minors. Two individuals have been contacted by FBI agents regarding Weaver. The agents asked whether Weaver ever touched them inappropriately or sent or requested sexually explicit
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Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to examine the expected nomination of Peter Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2021. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via Reuters) As John McCormack notes, Senator Ted Cruz thinks that late impeachment trials are constitutional but that the Senate’s jurisdiction
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Ezra Klein during an interview in the White House, January 6, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The Golden State is in such deep trouble that even Klein can dimly recognize the crisis. But he can’t or won’t recognize its causes. A newspaper editor once described journalists as people who have the bad taste to learn in public.
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1. Virginia House advances bill repealing protections for faith-based adoption agencies 2. Daniel Frost and Hal Boyd: The Moral Incoherence of “Family Privilege” Ideology The desire to foster greater social inclusion and advancement for all people is certainly noble. But marriage simply won’t survive in any recognizable form if “family privilege” ideology prevails. Marriage is
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the U.S. economy and the need to pass coronavirus aid legislation as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens in the State Dining Room at the White House, February 5, 2021 (Kevin Lamarque) The White House isn’t just walking back a promise; it’s completely erasing one. Six months
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Medical workers prepare Moderna’s coronavirus vaccines at a drive-through vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021. (Go Nakamura/Reuters) On the menu today: why the Biden administration’s recent use of the Defense Production Act for vaccines is less than meets the eye, the WHO investigation in Wuhan can’t tell us anything other than they trust
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The Senate votes on the rules to govern the trial as it begins the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on the floor of the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2021. (U.S. Senate TV/Handout via Reuters) The Senate voted  56-44 largely along party lines to declare the impeachment
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(File photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters) 2009—Three decades later, President Carter’s sorry judicial legacy lives on. A three-judge district court consisting of three Carter appointees—Ninth Circuit judge Stephen Reinhardt and senior district judges Lawrence K. Karlton and Thelton E. Henderson—issues a “tentative ruling” that finds that overcrowding in California’s prisons is the “primary cause” of the state’s
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The logo of the social audio app Clubhouse next to the Chinese flag in this illustration picture taken February 8, 2021. (Florence Lo/Reuters) China blocked the social-media app Clubhouse on Monday after a week in which users conversed on topics typically censored in Chinese media, including the treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang
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Rep. Maxine Waters speaks as Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies to the House Select Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2020. (J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters) Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is defending her 2018 comments in which she encouraged her supporters to “absolutely harass” Trump administration officials over their
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Writing for the Foundation for Economic Education, Professor Gary Galles argues against the idea that has been put forward by sundry left-wing zealots for the appointment of a “reality czar,” with powers to suppress what he or she finds to be lies and misinformation. That would be done, of course, only in the interests of
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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing. (Reuters photo: Jonathan Ernst) 2017—In his desperate effort to obstruct the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer continues to propagate the myth that a 60-vote standard exists for Supreme Court nominees. Never mind that even the Washington Post’s Fact
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President Joe Biden speaks about administration plans to strengthen American manufacturing as Vice President Kamala Harris listens at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 25, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Biden is trying to defend his $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal from the charge that it is too big. Last week, the president said: “The biggest
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the Senate launches its second impeachment trial of Donald Trump next week, its members must confront the deep unfairness of the proceedings. The Senate rashly claimed jurisdiction over a former president, fumbled on the selection of a presiding judge, and ignored the constitutional — not political — standards that should
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The Nebraska Republican party is likely to vote on a resolution censuring Senator Ben Sasse for criticizing Donald Trump and blaming the former president for the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Sasse responds to the censure resolution with a video in which he directly addresses members of the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee: “What
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Bret Stephens goes through a depressing list of defects in California’s blue-state model of governance. Another item that ought to be added: The state’s high poverty rate. The official poverty measure obscures the point. If you use it, California has a poverty rate that is just a tick below the national average. If you use
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n the eve of the EU’s first antigen-type vaccine clearance, its rollout of COVID shots already had the look of a train wreck. On January 29, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, a type known as “viral vector,” received a “conditional marketing authorization” for use in the EU on the recommendation of the Union’s European
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House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) The House GOP voted on Wednesday to keep Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) in her position as the third-highest ranking Republican in the caucus. GOP representatives voted 145-61 to retain Cheney as
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The campus of Yale University (Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters) As I noted yesterday, it’s expected that the Biden administration will reverse the Trump administration’s position supporting the appeal to the Supreme Court by Asian-American students who maintain that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants in admissions (Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard). Today, the Justice Department notified the
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Polisario Front soldiers drive a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon in Bir Lahlou, Western Sahara, in 2016. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters) The Baker and Bolton arguments against recognizing the country’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara do not hold water. Near the very end of President Trump’s administration, the United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the
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