Politics (page 12)

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    Biden opponents pounce on segregationist issue

    Dan McLaughlin writes for National Review Online about a challenge linked to Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s past. The bedrock of Biden’s support is African-American voters, among whom he led Sanders 50–10 in mid June in a national Economist/YouGov poll, and 50–13 in an early-June battleground-state CBS/YouGov poll,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2019
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    Another Take on the Future of Conservatism

    As I’ve pointed out in a couple of recent blogposts, there’s a pretty intense debate going on among American conservatives about the future of their movement. In “How Trump Voters Are Giving the Right Qualms About Capitalism,” Park MacDougald puts that debate in a…
    Jon Guze, 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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    Feds contacted after lefty group sought voter data

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon details an interesting development in the debate over access to voter data. A massive effort to obtain Michigan voter data spearheaded by powerhouse Democratic group Priorities USA was so “unusual” that top officials in the state contacted the Federal Bureau of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    A proposal targeting Big Tech’s politics

    Chris White of the Daily Caller highlights a new proposal focusing on Big Tech’s political bias. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would force tech companies to prove their political neutrality or face increased liability for use-made content. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Trump’s personality and his re-election

    Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column at National Review Online focuses on the role of President Trump’s personality in his re-election bid. When you talk to people who think Trump will be re-elected, they point to conventional rules about how a good economy makes voters want to stay the course.
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    The Future of Conservatism: The Debate Continues

    In a recent blogpost, I provided links to several installments in an ongoing debate over the future of conservatism, including Sohrab Ahmari’s attack on David French that started the whole thing, French’s response to that attack, and Ross Douthat’s attempt to put the debate in some sort…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    Peak Bernie

    Emily Larsen of the Washington Examiner asks whether Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has reached the pinnacle of his presidential campaign popularity. Socialist Bernie Sanders, facing sharp competition on his left, is seeing support flag for his 2020 Democratic presidential bid. The independent senator from Vermont dipped to 13%…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2019