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Meet Jeremy Corbyn’s Bad Lieutenant

John McDonnell, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s principal lieutenant and — Jezza is not the brightest red in the asylum — much of his brainpower too, isn’t that enthused by this democracy thing. McDonnell, who is also Labour’s “shadow” chancellor of the exchequer (chief financial spokesman), …

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Republicans Used to Put Ordinary Workers First—and They Should Again

The foreign eye can discern peculiarities of national character that often go unnoticed by natives. A few years back, a writer in the British magazine The Economist noted Americans’ deep appreciation for the nobility of work and said that “in America they call waiters sir.” …

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The shocking speed of entrenchment, etc.

In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking, “How quickly things get cemented. How hard they are to reverse — even when they were just put in place.” During the 1976 campaign, Jimmy Carter promised the National Education Association that he would establish a federal department — …

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The Trump Non-Catastrophe

The coverage of Trump has had a catastrophic tone since the election, shared by some of his critics on the right. In the NBC poll at the end of last week, according to First Read at NBC News, I was struck by this breakdown of …

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Did Obamacare Boldly Redistribute Wealth?

Further to David’s point below, it is a theme in the coverage and the criticism of the Republican health-care bill that it will redistribute wealth upward. Here is a typical example from a Washington Post story today: That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution …

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If Republicans Do Nothing against Obamacare, Their Voters Will Punish Them

This week’s expected Senate vote on the Republican plan to alter Obamacare has ignited a debate about who will gain or lose from it. Democrats point to the fact that the GOP bill is so far more unpopular than Obamacare — 48 percent in a …

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-June 25

1990—In Hodgson v. Minnesota, the Court addresses the constitutionality of a Minnesota statute governing notice to parents when their daughters seek to undergo abortion, and the resulting mess yields this summary by the Court of the justices’ votes: STEVENS, J., announced the judgment of the …

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Kate's Arlington Cemetery Burial

The family of my dear friend and former Washington editor of National Review and president of the National Review Institute sends along the details of her upcoming burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Both her husband and their eldest son served in the Army …

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The Good, The Bad, And The Senate Health-Care Bill

The health-care bill now before the Senate has been shaped by a number of lessons that Republicans have learned in the course of a six-month, bicameral legislative process. It is a function of some things they’ve come to prioritize about the individual health-insurance market and …

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Baseball’s Pace of Play Needs Some Juice

Omaha, Neb. — From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach’s visit …

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