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Protesters rally against racial inequality and the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Ga., June 13, 2020. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) The mayor of Atlanta is forcing protesters to “clear out” of the Wendy’s where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month after a violent night that included a dozen shootings citywide and
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UCLA campus in 2009. (File photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) The litany of examples grows. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here are a number of ways an activist movement can quantify its progress: number of statues toppled, Twitter exposure, law changes, and so on. But real change takes time — who can wait for a legislature to meet,
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U.S. flag at the Lincoln Memorial during a protest to mark Juneteenth amid nationwide protests against racial inequality in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters) The pandemic and civil unrest place new strains on public narratives. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s Joan Didion wrote in the beginning of The White Album, “we tell ourselves
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(James Lawler Duggan/Reuters) The filibuster is useful, because it is useful in a democracy to be able to say “No” to the people and to their duly elected representatives. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Democrats are feeling cocky about their chances in November, not only of seeing off Donald J. Trump to whatever awaits him
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Workmen install solar panels on a home at Scripps Ranch in San Diego, Calif., in 2016. (Mike Blake/Reuters) The energy sources that environmentalists want us to depend on are themselves dependent on overseas materials and components. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C hildren scrabbling with bare hands, never mind shovels, and carrying bags of rocks is not
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The Declaration of Independence (Wikimedia Commons) 1776—The Declaration of Independence is a stirring statement of America’s creed, but is it also a sexist and xenophobic document? Defending the Supreme Court’s increasing use of foreign law in support of its rulings on the meaning of the Constitution, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg titles a 2005 speech “‘A
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., June 30, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) It is laughable for Biden, of all people, to claim that Trump’s administration has been a gift to Putin. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ard to fathom which notion
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(Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty) Until our leaders stand up and speak out against our self-appointed speech police, no one will be safe. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ur Founders sought to protect federal judges from the whims of the mob by granting them life tenure, and making them removable only through impeachment by the House and conviction by the
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(Getty Images) Study after study has demonstrated that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s Americans discuss black livelihood in the context of recent high-profile black deaths at the hands of police officers, a merciless villain is quietly snatching away thousands of black lives each year: infant mortality. To be sure, medicine
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Texas governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday requiring Texans in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases to wear a face covering in public, reversing an executive order from early
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Republican Senator Mike Braun, author of the “Reforming Qualified Immunity Act” speaks during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters) Republican members of Congress remain divided on the question of reforming qualified immunity for police officers, even as a GOP senator has proposed a bill that would curb the protections from
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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk celebrates after the launch of his spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 30, 2020. (Steve Nesius / Reuters) The world needs more Musk, not less. You know that friend you have who just says whatever comes to mind, does things on a whim, and lives more care-freely than
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Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain delivers the Tea Party Express response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., January 24, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Herman Cain, a former 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was hospitalized Wednesday and is being treated for the coronavirus. Cain, 74, was informed on Monday that he
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A goldsmith shows wedding rings in a jeweller’s shop in Vienna, Austria, December 14, 2017. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) A left-leaning Massachusetts city has adopted a domestic partnership ordinance granting polyamorous groups the same rights as married couples. The Somerville City Council voted unanimously last Thursday to approve the measure, which affords domestic partnerships between two or
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to set additional conditions to be met before President Trump can withdraw troops from Afghanistan. There are currently about 8,600 American soldiers in Afghanistan, down
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People raise their fists during events to mark Juneteenth, amid nationwide protests against racial inequality in New York, N.Y., June 19, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification. When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S.
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President Donald Trump, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the USMCA signing ceremony before the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. (Andres Stapff/REUTERS/) That’s the U.S.–Mexico–Canada trade agreement that replaced NAFTA. The Republican National Committee and others are using the occasion of the deal’s going
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Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch smiles at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2017. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) Remy Green and Avika M. Cohen have launched a series of articles explaining why the tirelessly reiterated tautology of Justice Gorsuch’s Bostock decision is not just correct, but obviously correct. Further, they argue
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A man clears debris following the clashes between police and anti-government protesters after a two week campus siege of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China, November 16, 2019. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) History goes where we push it. And if we don’t push, someone else will. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y ou have to see Hong Kong
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(Evgen_Prozhyrko/Getty Images) The claim that billionaire wealth has surged ‘since the beginning of the pandemic’ is flatly untrue. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ver the weekend, ABC News claimed that “as 45 million Americans lost their jobs . . . between March 18 and June 17, as the pandemic raged, the combined wealth of the 614
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