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    Martin Center column highlights a higher ed ‘fix’

    Andy Smarick writes for the Martin Center about a “new-schools” strategy to improve higher education. It would be easy to conclude, after a quick look at some topline findings about higher education in recent years, that a set of misguided practices and policies has distorted college enrollment, completion, and…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Progressive attacks on the Electoral College

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist documents progressive politicians’ latest attacks on a basic element of American constitutional government. On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated her view that the Electoral College should be abolished and U.S. presidents should be elected by popular vote. “My goal is to get…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Chinese trade deal might have to wait

    Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner reports on President Trump’s latest statements about a new trade deal with China. President Trump said Tuesday that a trade deal with China might wait until after the 2020 elections, indicating the negotiations remain slow. Trump has previously accused Beijing of slow-walking…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Warren’s latest ‘good for thee, not for me’ moment

    Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon details a piece of Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren’s past that she might like to forget. The Haverford School’s leafy campus, arched doorways, and neatly uniformed boys would seem to denote the sort of class and privilege that Sen. Elizabeth Warren…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Two cheers for the ‘afta NAFTA’ deal

    Ramesh Ponnuru explains at National Review Online why he believes the Trump administration’s trade deal with Mexico and Canada is just OK. President Trump could be on the verge of his biggest bipartisan accomplishment — right in the middle of an impeachment inquiry and, even more oddly, partly…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Defending class-action lawsuits

    Kenneth Lee argues in a National Review Online column that class-action lawsuits can play a valuable role. Conservatives’ criticism of class-action lawsuits largely rests on two interrelated points. First, they argue that consumers benefit little from class-action lawsuits, while plaintiffs’ lawyers reap millions of dollars. Most of us…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019
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    Robeson County Police To Seize Property Without Criminal Conviction

    Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reports that the Robeson County Sheriff’s office has opted into the federal Equitable Sharing program. Conrad explains: The Equitable Sharing program allows state and local agencies to keep 80% of whatever they take from forfeiture. The federal government keeps the other 20%. In 2018, N.C. law…
    Brenee Goforth, December 4, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Court of Appeals ruling against Gov. Roy Cooper in a dispute with the General Assembly over control of federal block grants. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on the changing face of health care.
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019