Politics (page 7)

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    Government and trust

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online focuses on the importance of trust. Trust enables social cooperation in part by lowering what economists call transaction costs. When you want to buy something — whether it’s a bar of soap or the labor of a would-be employee — there are…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2019
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    Pelosi wants to rewrite rules to hurt GOP, limit AOC

    Editors at the Washington Examiner take aim at the latest power play from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., floated the idea of dramatically changing the way the House works. Having lost two recent votes known as “motions to recommit” — minor…
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    African-American voters and the GOP

    Haris Alic of the Washington Free Beacon reports an interesting Republican electoral strategy. The Republican National Committee is making a concerted effort to court African-American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The decision reflects a growing list of accomplishments President Donald Trump can credibly point to in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    The Left and factionalism

    Jay Cost of National Review Online focuses his attention on the cultural Left. By all accounts Joe Biden is getting set to run for president. His pitch will be as an experienced statesman and “happy warrior.” That was his modus operandi in government; recall in 2011, after the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    Democrats marching in lockstep

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online comments on conformity within the ranks of today’s Democratic Party. There was a time, not that long ago, when Democrats used to decry “voting in lockstep.” That was a big talking point during the George W. Bush years, with a couple of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on dates set for North Carolina’s new 9th Congressional District election. The Daily Journal reminds us that freedom — not socialism — points the way toward better economic outcomes.  …
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    Poll: Trump job approval rating up 3 points since January

    The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Trump’s job approval rating sits at 46 percent. That’s up 3 points since January. The Hill reports: A wide majority of Republican respondents — 88 percent — are among those who approve of the job the president is doing, the poll…
    Donna Martinez, March 4, 2019
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    Exploring media bias

    Howie Carr of the Boston Herald exposes common patterns of political bias within mainstream media outlets. Every newsroom in the country used to have what was called the “AP Stylebook” to use in writing news stories. Now you need two AP stylebooks, one for Democrats, about whom seldom…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2019