History (page 4)

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    Coleman Hughes on Reparations

    Though he’s still just an undergraduate, Coleman Hughes has already established himself as an original and articulate thinker, especially when it comes to the topic of race relations in America. He testified today at the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Bill H.R. 40 (the slavery reparations bill). You can read his…
    Jon Guze, June 21, 2019
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    ZIP code school assignment a vestige of enslavement?

    I did not have an opportunity to watch the Congressional hearing about reparations, but this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye. The author writes, Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College, in North Carolina, presented evidence for reparations based on postslavery abuses.
    Terry Stoops, June 20, 2019
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    Biden’s past comes back to bite him: Segregationist edition

    Toby Harnden of the Washington Examiner highlights another aspect of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s political history that might not play well with today’s Democratic primary voters. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner, singled out two notorious segregationists who were his party colleagues in the Senate in the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    In Case You Missed It

    Monday was the birthday of one of America’s great inventors. Ruth Graves was born on June 17, 1903, and in 1938 she invented the chocolate chip cookie. From her biography on Wikipedia: In 1930, [Graves] and her husband bought … the Toll House Inn … [l]ocated about…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    Monetary policy, taxation, and power

    Steve Forbes focuses in Forbes magazine on the links between money and power. Historians and pundits routinely overlook the fundamental importance of monetary policy and taxation in the rise and fall of great powers. They churn out countless books on strategy, growing or declining economic strength, weapons systems,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    Biden’s past coming back to bite him: Jefferson Davis edition

    Alana Goodman reports for the Washington Examiner on the latest piece of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s past that could come back to haunt him in the 2020 primary election. Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden once voted to restore the U.S. citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2019
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    Reviewing the Clinton impeachment

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online reviews the factors that contributed to then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Given that the Clinton impeachment, as a practical matter, acted as a censure vote and Clinton’s misconduct didn’t involve his core presidential duties, there’s a good argument that a formal censure would…
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2019