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The New Authoritarians Are Waging War on Women

January 4, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When Americans look abroad these days, they see Donald Trumps everywhere: In Brazil, whose new president, Jair Bolsonaro, endorses torture, threatens to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement, and suggests that his country was better off under military rule. In the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte has overseen the extrajudicial killing of… Read the Rest »

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There’s a Reason Many Voters Have Negative Views of Warren—But the Press Won’t Tell You Why

January 2, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Read enough news reports about Elizabeth Warren’s declaration that she is running for president, and you notice certain common features. In its story on her announcement, The New York Times noted that Warren has “become a favorite target of conservatives” and that, in a recent national poll, “only about 30 percent [of respondents]… Read the Rest »

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Beto O’Rourke and the New Democratic Purity Test

December 18, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this month, a revealing spat broke out on Twitter. David Sirota, a left-leaning journalist who once worked for Bernie Sanders, announcedthat he had uncovered something while mining campaign-finance data: “Beto O’Rourke is the #2 recipient of oil/gas industry campaign cash in the entire Congress.” Neera Tanden, the president of the Center… Read the Rest »

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What the Yemen Vote Reveals About the Democratic Party

December 4, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For several years now, commentators have wondered if Democrats—who have shifted left on domestic issues—would shift left on foreign policy, too. We now know the answer; the shift is under way. The clearest evidence yet is the Senate’s vote last Wednesday to move forward a bill that would end America’s… Read the Rest »

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What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing

December 2, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since George H. W. Bush’s death, many observers have noted that he embodied a less rancorous, less polarized political era. But underlying that civility was something deeper: Bush was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as a fully legitimate president.

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Elizabeth Warren Illuminates the Left’s Foreign-Policy Divide

November 29, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump does not. “You think our country is so innocent?” he asked Bill O’Reilly soon after taking office. He wasn’t being critical. Trump’s point was that America doesn’t need to be morally superior to be worthy of loyalty and love. America is precious simply because it is ours. In a world… Read the Rest »

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Nancy Pelosi Just Showed Us Why She’s the Democratic Leader

November 21, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A few years ago, the Brookings Institution scholar Thomas Mann said that during her time running the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi had proved to be the “strongest and most effective speaker of modern times.” To understand why, just look at the way Pelosi has engineered her likely return to the job… Read the Rest »

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Left-Wing Protests Are Crossing the Line

November 16, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Saturday night, a Fox News contributor named Kat Timpf was at a bar in Brooklyn. As she recounted the incident to National Review, a man asked her where she worked. A while later, she said, a woman began “screaming at me to get out.” Timpf walked away, but the woman followed… Read the Rest »

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Will the Left Go Too Far?

November 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you gauge the climate inside the Democratic Party merely by which candidates won its 2018 primaries, you might think reports of its leftward lurch are exaggerated. Despite the hoopla about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Ayanna Pressley’s upset victories in congressional races in New York and Massachusetts, not a single incumbent Democratic… Read the Rest »

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Trump Bet Conservatives Wouldn’t Denounce His Racist Ad. He Won

November 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the Trump era, when every day brings fresh insanity, looking back is hard. But it’s worth remembering what Donald Trump did in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections. It’s worth remembering because it’s a template for what he may do in 2020. And for how mainstream conservatives will… Read the Rest »