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This Juneteenth, Remember Americans Who Put Slavery on the Path to Extinction

From the Right / Michael Barone /

This week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill declaring Juneteenth a national holiday, commemorating June 19, 1865, when a Union general informed the last enslaved people in Texas that, thanks to the 13th Amendment, they were free. This was the denouement of a long process, begun more than four score years before and cruelly delayed for many ...Read more

Adolescents Need Constraints, Not Indulgence

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Letting adolescents have their way." That's one way to describe two public policies, advocated vociferously by woke liberals, opposed surely by most. One primarily affects young men, the other primarily young women.

The policy primarily affecting young men can be summed up as "de-policing." It's a direct response to -- one might say a total ...Read more

Facebook's Speech Suppression Argues for Repeal of Section 230 and a Facebook Stock Price of Zero

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"A lot of people have egg on their face" for dismissing the COVID-19 lab leak theory, tweeted ABC News ' Jonathan Karl this week. "Some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them."

Or if Arkansas Tom Cotton did. "We still don't know where coronavirus originated. Could have been a market, a farm, a food processing company," he said in ...Read more

Reform Prosecutors May Hang on, but National Democrats May Not

From the Right / Michael Barone /

This week's Democratic primary election for Philadelphia district attorney could presage outcomes in the 2022 and 2024 elections, but not in the way the winner would like.

Foreigners are often surprised that Americans elect most of their local prosecutors -- and that these prosecutors can become major forces in public force. But we do and they ...Read more

British Labour's Problems Could Hurt Democrats, Too

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Five years ago next month, British voters, in the largest turnout ever, voted to leave the European Union by a 52% to 48% margin. It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump's even more unexpected election as president five months later.

In both countries, key votes were cast by white non-college graduates. In the U.S., blue-...Read more

Some Rotten Underpinnings of Biden's Positive Rating

From the Right / Michael Barone /

On the surface, Joe Biden seems to be doing pretty well. But underneath, there are signs of problems, areas where partisan overstretch threatens the underpinnings of what some are hailing as the new order of things.

Joe Biden enjoys a 54% average job approval rating, a good mark for a president midterm or facing reelection but below the 100-day...Read more

The Ebbing of 'the Misperception That Bigotry Is Everywhere'

From the Right / Michael Barone /

How will future historians explain this? From 2001 to 2014, majorities of Americans, including supermajorities of blacks and non-Hispanic whites, told Gallup pollsters that "race relations" were either very or somewhat good.

Then, after the election and reelection of the first American president of African descent, each case with majorities of ...Read more

Workers Don't Share Democrats' Nostalgia for Unions

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It wasn't even close. The final count was 1,798 against and 738 for, 71% to 29%.

The issue in question was whether the employees at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, wanted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Not, as The Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, put it: a contest of "Big Tech vs...Read more

Will Joe Biden's Jim Crow Big Lie Boomerang?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The big lie works -- until it doesn't.

The big lie in this case is Joe Biden's charge that the changes in Georgia election law passed by the majority-Republican legislature and signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on April 1 being are "Jim Crow on steroids." This was doubling down on his March 25 press conference statement that the law "...Read more

Too Much Risk Aversion Is Too Risky

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"This is not politics," President Joe Biden said last week. "Reinstate the mandate if you let it down." Give him credit for consistency: When Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas' mask mandate last month, Biden called it "Neanderthal thinking."

But maybe the Neanderthals got it right. COVID-19 deaths in Texas plunged in March, and as National Review's ...Read more

Can the Biden Administration Stop China?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The acrid atmosphere last week at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, with its vivid murals of the 18th-century British seafarer James Cook's discoveries throughout the Pacific, sounds very much like the acrid atmosphere almost exactly 60 years ago in the Beaux-Arts American and Soviet embassies in Vienna: grim, at least for the United ...Read more

 

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