Politics

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    Progressive identity politics as hatred

    David French makes the connection in his latest National Review Online column. [A]s I read the attacks on [Columbia University humanities professor Mark] Lilla, I was struck by the extent to which his critics were either ignorant of or indifferent to the way in which conservatives and many…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    In more than a quarter century of exposing N.C. government boondoggles, Carolina Journal has highlighted some major turkeys. Rick Henderson discusses two of them — the Randy Parton Theatre and the Global TransPark — during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the latest…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    Washington Examiner column exposes major gap in ‘efficiency gap’

    Ray Wallin explains in a Washington Examiner column why the efficiency gap fails to live up to its billing as a mathematically precise tool for determining whether an election map is “too partisan.” The efficiency gap plays a critical role in the Gill v. Whitford redistricting case from…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2017
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    Secret Service and diversity

    Derek Hunter reports for the Daily Caller on disturbing allegations involving the U.S. Secret Service. As the U.S. Secret Service sought greater diversity in its ranks, the agency lowered its standards, former agent Dan Bongino says in a new book on the inner workings of the government agency…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2017
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    National Review editor ponders Trump and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online explores the political significance of big Emmy wins for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for The Apprentice, but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series The…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2017
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    How Silicon Valley’s big bucks could reshape the Democratic Party

    Reihan Salam of National Review Online ponders links between Democrats and plutocrats. The Democratic party faces a dilemma. Since its inception, the party has defined itself as the champion of the little guy and a bulwark against plutocracy. Over the past few years, however, a funny thing has…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on reaction from judges and lawyers to a plan for judicial redistricting in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal places recent developments in N.C. voter registration in the proper perspective.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2017
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    York probes the reaction to Trump’s DACA moves

    Byron York of the Washington Examiner details the fevered response to President Trump’s latest high-profile actions. The entire politico-media complex had a nervous breakdown last week over President Trump’s position on DACA. Lawmakers, journalists, and activists jumped to all sorts of conclusions when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer…
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2017