Policy

Last week, I noted around here that one of the major obstacles to the next phase of pandemic-response legislation in Congress is a dispute among Republicans about how much and what kinds of financial help to offer state governments. This has in fact turned out to be a key sticking point, and was a major
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Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of deceased people outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the coronavirus outbreak in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 6, 2020. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. reached 70,110 on Tuesday afternoon. There have been almost 1,200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, with 162,000 reported recoveries, since
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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a news briefing on the coronavirus, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, dismissed the theory that the coronavirus escaped from a
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(Carlos Jasso/Reuters) The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that it will hold a hearing tomorrow morning on the nomination of Judge Justin Walker, President Trump’s nominee to the D.C. Circuit. Support for Judge Walker’s nomination is very strong, and continuing to grow by the day.  Here’s a look at what people are saying: U.S. Senate
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff addresses a news conference on Capitol Hill, December 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Over two dozen House Republicans have demanded that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) stop “blocking” the release of 53 witness interviews from his committee’s Trump-Russia probe. Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), the ranking member
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Here is a new ad from the anti-Trump Lincoln Project: 📺 Mourning In America pic.twitter.com/djkH0ySCqo — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) May 4, 2020 The spot plays off of Ronald Reagan’s famous 1984 campaign ad, “It’s morning again in America.” Even by partisan standards, the commercial is exceptionally dishonest. There a slew of issues you can
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Hillary Clinton speaks at the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., February 5, 2018. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters ) Hillary Clinton is set to host a pricey virtual fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden later this month, her first fundraiser appearance as an official surrogate for the Biden campaign.
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White House policy advisor Stephen Miller accompanies President Donald Trump on a trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa, October 9, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The New York Times reports that before the coronavirus outbreak began, senior Trump advisor Stephen Miller made several attempts to “use” public-health concerns — like a 2019 mumps outbreak in a migrant detention
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Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton accompanies former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to a campaign field office, Miami, Fla., November 5, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Conveniently buried amidst the concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently released a report entitled Race Effects of Stand Your Ground Laws. The report was released
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In a ruling issued minutes ago (in John Doe #1 v. Trump), a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit has denied the Trump administration’s motion for a stay pending appeal of a district-court order that bars the Trump administration from enforcing Presidential Proclamation No. 9945, Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the
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A plastic replica of a fetus at twelve weeks which is used to show women who come into the Alternatives Pregnancy Center what the stage of growth looks like, Iowa, July 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) The Washington Post has demonstrated once again its intense unwillingness to report accurately on abortion policy. The latest example is this weak
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Former vice president Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Washington, D.C., March 15, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The New York Times writes of Joe Biden’s search for a running mate: “The ramifications of Mr. Biden’s choice will be profound. Even if he loses in November, his decision will all but anoint a woman
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The ballyhoo over the U.S. Supreme Court’s tiptoe around a Second Amendment decision this week might be a gun control celebration a little too soon. The Supreme Court ruled this week in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York that changes made after the Court granted certiorari (agreed to
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Michael Flynn leaves U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) For more than three years, Michael Flynn waged a strange battle to clear his name after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents and then declining a judge’s invitation to withdraw the plea. But there has always been something very wrong
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Attorney General William Barr in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2019 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Attorney General Bill Barr received a lot of criticism for comments he made about the possibility that the Department of Justice would go to federal court to challenge some state lockdown policies. I defended him from
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Michael Flynn at the White House, February 1, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Perjury trap was not score-settling. To investigate the president, it was a practical necessity to sideline his chosen national-security adviser. Michael Flynn was not the objective. He was the obstacle. Once you grasp that fundamental fact, it becomes easier to understand the latest disclosures
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(Lucas Jackson/Reuters) The Trump administration said this week that Planned Parenthood will not receive any of the coronavirus-relief funding earmarked for small businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic. The administration will not grant the mammoth abortion provider any funding from the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, according to reports. “Through the Paycheck Protection Program, President
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