Politics (page 9)

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    Trump and the unfriendly media

    Warren Henry writes for the Federalist about President Trump’s forays into unfriendly media territory. It is not uncommon for an incumbent president to blitz the establishment media as part of a re-elect campaign. Donald Trump is not the typical incumbent candidate. As National Review’s Rich Lowry once wrote,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    Democrats’ latest ‘pen and phone’ proposals

    Echoing the last Democratic president’s approach, today’s Democratic presidential candidates signal their willingness to bypass Congress to get what they want. Emily Larsen of the Washington Examiner reports. If a Democrat is elected president in 2020, there is a good chance he or she will face a Republican-controlled…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    Foreign-led election meddling continues

    Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon writes that unfriendly foreign forces continue efforts to disrupt American elections. Foreign governments including Iran, China, and Russia are expanding their covert operations to influence the 2020 U.S. elections, according to multiple senior intelligence and Trump administration officials who disclosed Monday…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    Education, engagement, and bad politics

    David French of National Review Online explores the political impact of the most educated and engaged citizens. The More in Common project has just released the results of its latest deep dive into American polarization, and they make for a deeply discouraging read. It turns out that most…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Senate lawmakers introduce bill creating loan program for troubled rural hospitals

    As many as 20 rural hospitals in North Carolina could soon see relief from impending insolvency, according to a recent story written by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way. Way reports: The Rural Health Care Stabilization Act, the first state program of its kind in the country, would create a revolving…
    Brenee Goforth, June 26, 2019
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    What Will Become of Treasurer Folwell’s Clear Pricing Project?

    North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell launched his Clear Pricing Project back in October 2018, and June 30 is the deadline for providers to sign onto the in-network list for the State Health Plan (SHP). Despite this, Folwell’s pricing initiative could potentially come to an end before it even…
    Brenee Goforth, June 25, 2019
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    Against ‘Justice Democrats’

    David Marcus of the Federalist offers an unusual comparison between a group he labels “Justice” Democrats and neoconservatives. Neoconservatives, who were in many ways the dominant foreign policy manufacturers of the 1970s through the 2000s, never had much of a popular constituency. There were never tens of millions…
    Mitch Kokai, June 25, 2019
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    Handing bureaucrats too much power

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explores methods for improving the federal bureaucracy. Politics consists of excitement, high sentiment, and soaring declarations. Governance is boring. It consists of the little things, of the details, precisely of such questions as how much authority the elected legislature can delegate to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 25, 2019