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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A merican universities are in decline. But the oft-cited culprits — administrative bloat, the evisceration of the humanities, and “cancel culture” — are not the most serious problems. It is the academic sciences that pose the gravest threat. Far from being the last bastions of cool rationality and objectivity on campuses, the
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee, Fla., September 15, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) There is nothing wrong with having political preferences and intellectual priors. But sometimes they can lead you down some odd roads. In the New York Times today, Thomas Edsall quotes some observations made by Ian Haney
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Donny Deutsch speaks at a panel in Beverly Hills, California August 12, 2015. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Former MSNBC host Donny Deutsch compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler on Wednesday and accused Jewish supporters of the president of “walking like a lemming off a cliff.” In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Deutsch compared Trump’s latest campaign
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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) departs from a lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 10, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) said on Tuesday that she wouldn’t rule out voting to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court before election day. Murkowski initially opposed a vote before the elections, along
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A grade six classroom awaits students at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, September 14, 2020. (Nathan Denette/Reuters) As the coronavirus pandemic keeps many schools shuttered and forces parents to consider other options for their children’s education, support for school choice has spiked among parents of children who attend public school. Since April,
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Hunter Biden speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis., August 20, 2020. (DNC/Reuters) The same media outlets that have obsessively covered the Trump family’s overseas business dealings have all but ignored a Senate report released Wednesday that details what appears to be a vast influence peddling network established by Hunter Biden while his
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate outside the Chase Center during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, in Wilmington, Del., August 20, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Should Joe Biden blow the lead he has held virtually all year and
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Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020. Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) on Wednesday criticized fellow Senate Democrats for their scrutiny of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs, saying “religion should not enter into” the conversation over who will fill the
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Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Molly Riley/Reuters) Over on the home page, Dan McLaughlin has an excellent and persuasive column arguing that Republican senators should do what they believe is right, regardless of any potential political risk in November: Consider President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court and, presuming they find the nominee qualified
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he University of Edinburgh has canceled David Hume. In response to an online petition portraying Hume as “a man who championed white supremacy,” the university has stated that the 18th-century Scotsman’s name will be erased from the tallest building on campus. “The interim decision [pending further review] has been taken,” university
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Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 22, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created yet more political pandemonium in a year that has already had far more than its share. And it has also
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Writing in The Week, Ryan Cooper calls Judge Barrett “a hard-line social conservative who has suggested that paper money, West Virginia, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Social Security Administration are all possibly unconstitutional.” If that sounds weird, it’s a good sign that the matter bears some more scrutiny. What Barrett wrote, in a co-authored law-review article,
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Over the dissent of twelve judges, the Ninth Circuit today denied en banc review of a divided panel decision from February (Allen v. Ives) in which Judge William Fletcher, writing for the majority, ruled that a habeas petitioner’s claim that he is “‘actually innocent’ of his sentence as a career offender” should have been entertained
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Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., September 20, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters) Joe Biden, in a one-on-one interview with WBAY in Manitowoc, Wis., yesterday: Question: If Trump’s Supreme Court pick goes through, but you win the election, Democrats take over Senate and maintain the
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Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis., September 21, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters) Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday refused to say whether he would reject Democrats’ calls to add more members to the Supreme Court if Republicans move forward
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The U.S. flag at half mast in front of the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C., September 19, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Progressives no longer think our institutions and constitutional structures are legitimate. Constitutional revolution is going mainstream. After delivering lectures about political norms for the entirety of
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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) It likely won’t happen because Democrats have little to offer. Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a handful of writers proposed a grand bargain on the Supreme Court. The deal would look something like this: In the Senate, which Republicans control 53-47, at least
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) In the Los Angeles Times, Jonah Goldberg wonders why the idea of a “grand bargain” over the vacant Supreme Court seat isn’t “catching on among senators,” despite “gaining steam among eggheads.” Perhaps, he suggests, “such a deal hinges on the ability of politicians to trust other politicians to keep their word and stand
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My post on the Federal Judicial Center’s one-sided panels on ideological issues elicited this email from a concerned FJC employee who fears retaliation and would therefore like to remain anonymous: I wanted to bring to your attention a more concerning development that I believe shares a common set of themes with your article. In early
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addresses a news conference about the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill, May 5, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) claimed Monday that Republicans have “no right” to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the November
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Republicans should hold off on a confirmation vote to replace Justice Ginsburg, he writes, until after the election. Then, if Biden wins, the president-elect and the lame-duck Senate majority should cut a deal: The Republicans will leave the seat open, and in return Biden will agree not to sign any legislation to expand the Supreme
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