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Trump Is Right to End Insurance Subsidies, Wrong on Restricting the Press

These days, it is hard to be a constitutionalist. Our system of government is under attack from both the left and the right. Progressives are gnashing their teeth over President Trump’s executive order cutting federal subsidies to insurance companies. This, they argue, will raise the …

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Getting to Work in Maine

The state of Maine has long been on the leading edge of welfare reform. Under Governor Paul LePage, it has reformed its food-stamp program by promoting work, resulting in former enrollees’ more than doubling their incomes the following year. Maine has also worked tirelessly to …

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Billionaire at the Barricades

I ran into my old friend Laura Ingraham last week the day her new book launched. I haven’t had a chance to dip into it yet, and there are certainly things I disagree with in it (we’ve had our disputes over the past two years), …

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Right-Wing Victory in Austria Today

Angela Merkel’s misguided migration policy — which allowed nearly 1 million people from Africa and the Middle East to enter Germany in 2015 — has claimed another political victim. Her centrist Christian Democratic government lost a great deal of support to the populist Alternative for …

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Of Dinos and Scouts: Some Mail

Below, I had a post about “dinosaurs,” or “dinos,” which is what some people are calling us pre-Trump conservatives, perhaps with justification. A reader from Israel sends this note: Here’s a dinosaur joke for your amusement. A little girl is visiting the natural-history museum, looks …

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The Rise of Discretionary Legality

A new feature or our government is what might be called discretionary legality. Checked legislatively after his first two years, Obama stretched the law beyond the breaking point to continue to implement his agenda on all fronts. Enter Donald Trump. He now gets to pick …

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Helprin and Paris

Several weeks ago, National Review had a cruise, or a crossing, from England to New York. One of our guest speakers was Mark Helprin, the novelist — and the political writer, the military analyst, etc. I sat down with him for a QandA podcast, here. …

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The Black Budget

Diane Black’s political problem — conservatives’ political problem — is America’s political problem: Tax cuts are popular, and spending cuts are not. Representative Black (R., Tenn.) has been chairman of the House Budget Committee for about a year, and she’s enjoyed the experience so much …

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It’s Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality

Last week, as the grotesque Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal burst into public view, I was struck by this tweet, from my friend Andrew Walker: So much cultural and personal hurt due to sexual sin. Maybe the church should see its sexual ethics as a gift …

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-October 15

1956 — So much for basing Supreme Court selections on short-term political calculations. Informed by his campaign advisers that appointing a Catholic Democrat from the Northeast to the Supreme Court would attract critical voters in the upcoming presidential election, President Eisenhower recess-appoints New Jersey supreme …

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