Corruption

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    Exploring the ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’ meme

    It’s hard to look at social media these days without seeing some reference to the sentence “Epstein didn’t kill himself.” Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online explores the ubiquitous meme. Signs saying “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” are springing up on highway overpasses. Popular podcast host Joe Rogan…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on insurance giant Aetna’s claim that N.C. regulators manipulated a Medicaid contracting process to ensure a win for Blue Cross N.C. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal argues that it’s time to end the political polarization surrounding school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, October 24, 2019
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    Chinese operations within the U.S.

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon offers a good example of the Chinese government’s covert activity within the United States. Chinese influence operations in the United States are pervasive and include the use of covert operations to support the objectives of the Communist Party of China in…
    Mitch Kokai, September 5, 2019
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    A reminder of Hillary’s misdeeds

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online reminds us of the contrast between the federal government’s treatment of alleged misdeeds involving the two main 2016 presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton checked every box for a violation of the Espionage Act. So much so that, in giving her a pass, the…
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on State Superintendent Mark Johnson’s push for money and iPads to boost early elementary school literacy. The Daily Journal explains how fighting cronyism could help boost freedom in North Carolina.  …
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2019
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    The real collusion in 2016

    Andrew McCarthy writes for National Review Online about an actual case of nefarious collusion tied to the 2016 presidential election. There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    Feds investigating former AOC chief of staff

    Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner reports on the federal government’s interest in the man who helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez secure her seat in Congress. Two organizations linked to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her outgoing senior aides are the subject of a Federal Election Commission investigation into alleged…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2019
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    Whistleblowers and good government

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley argues in a Washington Examiner column that good government depends on insiders willing to speak out about problems. The first whistleblower law was unanimously passed by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. It stated in part “that it is the duty of all…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2019