American Politics

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Who Will Prosecute the Prosecutors?

Fun fact: It took special counsel Robert Mueller less than two years to release his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. It's been more than two years since then Attorney General William Barr named John Durham to head a probe into the origins of the Russian investigation. Read More ›
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Jan. 6 or June 2020

President Joe Biden released his National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism on Tuesday. A fact sheet on the measure cautioned that narratives about election fraud, the Jan. 6 Capitol breach and COVID-19 "will almost certainly spur" extremist groups to engage in domestic violence this year. Read More ›
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Gov. Newsom, Kevin Cooper Is Guilty

Kevin Cooper used to tell reporters that he wanted DNA testing, which didn't exist when he went to trial, to prove that he was not guilty of the four 1983 murders that put him on California's death row. If the tests implicated him, he said, he would drop his appeals. Read More ›
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Who Is That Masked Man? Your President

After the CDC announced on May 13 that fully vaccinated Americans don't have to wear masks, many big news organizations followed not with stories of celebration, but warnings that the guidance was confusing for businesses and governments and jarring to those who had gotten used to working from home. Read More ›
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Discovery Institute Welcomes Former White House Correspondent as New Chapman Center Fellow

Veteran journalist Debra J. Saunders will join Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership as a fellow on May 1st. Saunders explained that her goal will be to look beyond the well-worn talking points, and challenge big media’s predictable take on major stories and put events in context. Read More ›
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Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

This book began as a qualified defense of politicians. Their claims can never be unqualified. Surely the politician should stand humbly before those quieter citizens who move society forward in ways a lawgiver or law-executor cannot. You might be tempted to suppose that improvements happen despite the politicians. Read More ›

We Need to Bring Back Real Debates in America

The televised Democratic presidential sound byte pageants will not be true debates by any realistic standard. They are reminiscent of the 2016 Republican primaries that started with 16 candidates preening on a platform and enduring “gotcha” questions by reporters/moderators trying to get themselves into the news story. Until the nominee field narrows, these shows are almost a parody of real debates in the Lincoln-Douglas or Oxford Union manner. That’s too bad. We need to bring back real debates in America, and not just among candidates. Name the issue (climate change, foreign interference in our elections, abortion, immigration, tariffs, privacy online, the future of artificial intelligence, the meaning of “free speech,” whatever): Americans are badly divided. Since media and politicians often …