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    Martin Center column tackles ‘red pedagogy’

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center focuses on a recent controversy surrounding a proposed N.C. charter school. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theorists—who aim to radically alter society according to a Marxist-informed vision. Critical theorists’ campaign to insert their “revolutionary” ideas into K-12 classroom…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    No, AOC, it’s socialism that starves people

    Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times examines another ill-advised pronouncement from freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in her normal screeching manner, just raised national hackles by saying people will starve — starve! — because the Agriculture Department, under President Donald Trump’s watch, is reeling…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    The economy and the 2020 presidential election

    Steve Cortes writes for Real Clear Politics about potential electoral implications of the latest economic news. The blowout economic news released Friday in the November employment report signals an acceleration of the extraordinary labor market trends in America and may well forecast the reelection of President Trump. After…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Bad news for San Francisco’s quality of life

    Kerry Jackson explains at the Daily Caller how progressive policy preferences are likely to affect San Francisco residents. San Francisco garnered national headlines with the election of its new district attorney, a progressive, which means there will be zero progress made in the homelessness crisis, and little if…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Making China pay price for brutality

    Danielle Pletka and Derek Scissors write for the American Enterprise Institute about one means of striking back against the communist Chinese government’s evil acts. Last month, the United States government issued sanctions against eight Chinese companies for complicity in the crackdown on Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang. As many…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Biden’s courage explored

    Andrew Stiles writes for the Washington Free Beacon about former Vice President Joe Biden’s emphasis on “courage.” A super PAC supporting former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled its first television ad of the 2020 cycle. The ad, titled “Courage,” attempts to highlight the Democratic frontrunner’s record of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about a panel discussion highlighting the negative impact of social justice activism on N.C. higher education. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a recent court decision should help keep Gov. Roy Cooper in his lane.
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: College football playoff edition

    Skip this entry if you’re looking for commentary about Donald Trump, Roy Cooper, or some other aspect of public policy. What follows deals primarily with the less important topic of college football playoffs. To justify its inclusion in the “Locker Room,” I’ll note two policy-related items. First, excitement about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2019