Politics (page 4)

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    Neither left nor right has cure for what ails us

    Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online questions politically motivated responses to the latest mass shootings. America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2019
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    Columnist probes sense that ‘vagueness is coming’

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online explores reactions to the most recent mass shootings. TV Tropes, a delightful encyclopedia of fiction ideas and clichés, came up with a term to describe those scenes where a character senses something in the air and warns that dark times are ahead,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2019
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    A new actor in the foreign policy debate

    Sumantra Maitra highlights for the Federalist a new organization hoping to play a role in the debate over future U.S. foreign policy. John Quincy Adams is having a moment of renewal in America. The sixth U.S. president was instrumental in shaping America’s grand strategy, yet is not considered…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2019
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    Feds investigating former AOC chief of staff

    Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner reports on the federal government’s interest in the man who helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez secure her seat in Congress. Two organizations linked to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her outgoing senior aides are the subject of a Federal Election Commission investigation into alleged…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2019
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Budget Impasse for Winston-Salem Journal

    Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal reported a story on the current budget impasse earlier this week. His piece focused on the stalemate between the governor and the legislature. Craver writes: Both sides have tried to put the onus on the other for the impasse that’s delaying, among several things,…
    Brenee Goforth, August 7, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Gerrymandering trial features much ado about the wrong thing

    In his most recent opinion piece for Carolina Journal, Mitch Kokai discusses the recently concluded arguments for Common Cause v. Lewis. According to Kokai: Judges in the Common Cause v. Lewis election redistricting trial must answer a relatively simple question: Does the N.C. Constitution limit partisan gerrymandering? Kokai explains that neither the arguments put…
    Brenee Goforth, August 6, 2019
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    Blaming Trump for mass shootings

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist focuses on politicians and pundits who blame the president for mass shootings. Two mass shootings in 24 hours. Three in the space of a week. How are we supposed to think about this? How do we make sense of it? Some commentators…
    Mitch Kokai, August 6, 2019
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    ‘Squad’ raises money from Democratic squabble

    Todd Shepherd of the Washington Free Beacon reports an interesting twist in the feud between high-profile leftist members of Congress and their Democratic colleagues. The political action committee that helped cement the rise of the four Democratic congresswomen who eventually became known as “the Squad” has launched a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 6, 2019