History

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    The impact of the now disbanded 1776 Commission

    Victor Davis Hanson writes for National Review Online about the work of President Trump’s commission on American history. The unanimously approved conclusions focused on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the historical challenges to these founding documents, and the need for civic renewal. The 16-member commission was diverse…
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2021
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    Biden displays disinterest in accurate American history

    Brittany Bernstein of National Review Online highlights one disappointing opening-day action from the new Biden administration. President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued an executive order dissolving the Trump Administration’s 1776 Commission, which was established to study the core principles of the nation and to advise the federal government…
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2021
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    Hillsdale president revisits 1984

    Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College revisits George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel in the latest issue of Imprimis. In Orwell’s 1984, there are telescreens everywhere, as well as hidden cameras and microphones. Nearly everything you do is watched and heard. It even emerges that the watchers have become expert…
    Mitch Kokai, January 21, 2021
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    The president and toilets

    I’m sure some readers will look at Joe Biden’s inauguration as a sign that the presidency is heading to the toilet. (Donald Trump’s foes thought the same in 2017.) Tevi Troy‘s latest article avoids that debate. Instead he focuses on the history of toilets at the White House.
    Mitch Kokai, January 19, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Johnny Kampis reports for Carolina Journal Online on a group promoting a 40% funding increase for North Carolina’s Department of Transportation, despite an audit showing excess spending. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal highlights radical changes in North Carolina’s public school social studies standards.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2021
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    Cuba back on the naughty list

    Mairead McArdle writes for National Review Online about the federal government’s latest pronouncement about the communist dictatorship that sits uncomfortably close to Florida. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is re-designating Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing its harboring of terrorists. “The…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2021
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    Emphasizing civics education

    Mike Sabo writes at Real Clear Wire about the importance of civics education in a nation with our form of government. “Civic knowledge is an indispensable element of what it means to be a good American,” Princeton University professor Robert George maintains. George’s paternal grandfather was an immigrant…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2021
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Republican Paul Newby has taken over as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and head of the state’s judicial branch. Rick Henderson analyzes Newby’s likely impact as chief justice during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Historian Wilfred McClay discusses his new American history…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2021