Politics (page 13)

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    California as a third-world state

    Victor Davis Hanson asks National Review Online readers to consider whether the Golden State has achieved third-world status. Third World symptomologies are predictably corrupt government, unequal or nonexistent applicability of the law, two rather than three classes, and the return of medieval diseases. Third World nations suffer from…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2019
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    Stop wasting taxpayer money on higher education programs

    The feds are taking a closer look at a Duke-UNC event that used taxpayer money as one of its funding sources. The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference co-sponsored by Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to see if the schools’ consortium violated the terms and conditions…
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2019
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    Biden’s past coming back to bite him: Redneck edition

    Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner reports on another element of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s past that might disturb progressives. Joe Biden has described himself on the 2020 campaign trail as one of the most liberal members of the Senate, but in reality he has spent much…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
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    Nationalizing Congress

    Jay Cost offers National Review Online readers a suggestion for improving Congress. I think the problem is that Congress as a constitutional entity is too parochial to govern for the national interest. If this analysis is correct, then what we need to do is find ways to nationalize…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
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    Democrats and foreign interference

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online highlights a Democratic double standard. The foreign-affairs component of Trump’s populist platform seemed to be: better relations with Putin, NATO bashing, skepticism about American interventions and military commitments, and halting the U.S. taxpayer-funded gravy train for European security. Europeans did not like…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on Senate approval of the state farm bill, including provisions for industrial hemp. Dan Way reports on the N.C. elections board’s decision to delay certification of vendors providing voting machines. The Daily Journal urges policymakers to avoid a top-down approach…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
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    Democratic debate as beauty contest

    Monica Showalter argues for the American Thinker that the 20-person Democratic presidential debate resembles a beauty pageant more than a legitimate political contest. Why do I call this a beauty contest? Because 20 is still too many to conduct a credible debate. Supposedly, the groups will be split…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
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    Democrats not as open as Trump about top judicial appointments

    Susan Crabtree of Real Clear Politics reports that Democrats are compiling a list of potential post-Trump judicial appointments. In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump took the unusual step of pledging to choose his Supreme Court nominees from a list vetted and compiled by Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019