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    An Effusive Review of Neil Gorsuch’s New Book

    The book is A Republic If You Can Keep It, and, in his recent review, the usually acerbic Michael Greve is full of praise: Justice Gorsuch has collected some of his speeches, excerpts from law review articles, and extracts from some of his written opinions, all…
    Jon Guze, December 7, 2019
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    2018 National health expenditures

    Health Affairs released a new report detailing overall health spending for 2018. Here are the numbers: National health expenditures = National health expenditures rose 4.6% to 3.6 trillion in 2018. Health expenditures accounted for 17.7% of GDP, slightly down from 17.9% in 2017. …
    Jordan Roberts, December 6, 2019
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    Teachers have hard time listing Gov. Cooper’s accomplishments

    The thread below is from my favorite Facebook group. First, these teachers know that Dan Forest is a formidable candidate.  Second, they could not name a single education-related accomplishment from the Cooper administration.  Sure, his allies will claim that standing with the N.C. Association of Educators and vetoing Republican budgets…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2019
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    Martin Center’s Leef pushes back against narrative of college dropout ‘scandal’

    George Leef of the Martin Center labels pundits’ concerns over college dropouts “overhyped.” About 40 percent of Americans who enroll in college drop out before earning a certificate or degree. A high percentage of those who drop out are from poor families; they attended K-12 schools where academic standards…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    Chasing a mirage

    Emily Larsen and Joseph Simonson of the Washington Examiner argue that Democrats are trying to revive an electoral coalition that has disappeared. Since Barack Obama’s White House wins in 2008 and 2012, political mythology has grown around the emerging voting coalition that made him president — the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    Washington Free Beacon takes aim at Tillis challenger

    Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon pens a critique of Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham’s stances on current political controversies. North Carolina Democratic Senate contender Cal Cunningham dodged questions about whether he supports impeachment, despite endorsing an inquiry even before the August whistleblower complaint over President Donald…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    An argument against expanding Social Security

    Andrew Biggs explains at National Review Online why policymakers should resist the urge to expand one of the federal government’s largest entitlement programs. Few issues better illustrate the leftward shift of American economic policy than Social Security. In the late 1990s, moderate Democrats such as Senators Daniel Patrick…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    A common-sense approach to food stamps

    Editors at National Review Online label the Trump administration’s approach to food stamps “commonsensical.” Our food-stamp program has some bizarre loopholes in it, and the Trump administration is trying to close them. A new rule finalized [Wednesday] attacks one in particular. In theory, the program has a strict…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019