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    A full-throated celebration of Constitution Day

    Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a rare celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s anniversary. Nobody, as far as I know, gets off from work to observe Constitution Day. It’s yet to be honored with a “doodle” from Google, which both this year and the last…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    It only started with Confederate generals

    Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller highlights the latest example of the push to airbrush history. Dallas Independent School District included schools named after three of America’s Founding Fathers on a list of schools that the district is exploring renaming. The DISD administration has already recommended renaming four…
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the process that will lead to appointment of a new senior resident Wake County superior court judge. That job has importance for future state court fights involving constitutional challenges and redistricting. Lindsay Marchello reports the latest developments in a court…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2017
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    Placing Harvey in historical context

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon delivers important news to those who believe climate change is responsible for Hurricane Harvey. While media outlets are suggesting climate change is to blame for exacerbating Hurricane Harvey’s conditions, a much worse hurricane hit Texas more than a century ago—before Americans…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2017
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    Duke’s Munger labels Locke first ‘modern’ economist

    The 17th-century British philosopher John Locke is known for his major political influence on the American Founders. He’s less known as an early advocate of principles that have become part of modern economics. In commemoration of Locke’s 385th birthday, Duke University professor Michael Munger highlighted Locke’s economic thought during a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2017
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    Fund explores ‘monument madness’

    John Fund of National Review Online focuses on heated debate involving the future of Confederate monuments. In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the historian Edward Gibbon notes that in its latter stages, Roman citizens were fond of vandalizing or removing monuments to an unpopular leader.
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2017
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    Where does the toppling of monuments end?

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online reacts to the disturbing news from Durham. The orgiastic glee with which protesters tore down, then beat up, a century-old monument to a generic Confederate soldier in Durham, N.C., this week was alarming. The mob seemed to have lost control of itself.
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2017
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Responds To Vandalism of Durham Confederate Statue

    Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the toppling of a Confederate statue on government-owned property in Durham. Kokai offered these comments during an Aug. 15, 2017, appearance on Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.”…
    Donna Martinez, August 16, 2017