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Kentucky Governor Allows Born-Alive Bill to Take Effect | National Review

Kentucky Governor Allows Born-Alive Bill to Take Effect | National Review

Last week, the Kentucky legislature sent a series of bills to the desk of the state’s Democratic governor, Andy Beshear. Yesterday, Beshear vetoed six of the seven. On the seventh — a measure to protect infants born alive after abortion procedures — he declined to take any action.As ten days had passed since the bill arrived on the governor’s desk, in the absence of either a veto or a signature from Beshear, the bill became law. Beshear was widely expected to veto the born-alive bill; last spring, he vetoed a nearly identical piece of legislation, so his choice not to do so again is a...

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South Dakota Governor Calls For a Ban on Down-Syndrome Abortion | National Review

South Dakota Governor Calls For a Ban on Down-Syndrome Abortion | National Review

In her State of the State address earlier this week, South Dakota governor Kristi Noem called on the state legislature to prohibit abortions chosen because the unborn child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.“Even today, in 2021, some European countries, like Iceland and Denmark, are on pace to virtually eliminate children with Down syndrome,” Noem said. “They do this one way and one way only: through abortion.”Indeed, a few years ago, a feature piece on how Iceland had been “eradicating Down syndrome births.” In reality, the country has seen a sharp rise in the number of women who...

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Supreme Court Allows FDA to Reinstate Safety Requirement for Chemical Abortions | National Review

Supreme Court Allows FDA to Reinstate Safety Requirement for Chemical Abortions | National Review

The Supreme Court has decided that the Food & Drug Administration may reinstate its safety policy for chemical-abortion drugs. Since the drug was first approved in 2000, the FDA has required that women obtain it in person rather than via telemedicine, a provision meant to ensure that women are in touch with a health-care professional and able to obtain follow-up treatment in the event of complications.Last summer, a federal judge ruled that the FDA’s safety standards were an unconstitutional “substantial obstacle” to women’s supposed right to an abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic.“By...

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The Bible in a Year Is the Most Popular Podcast in the U.S. | National Review

The Bible in a Year Is the Most Popular Podcast in the U.S. | National Review

far this year, the most popular show on Apple’s podcast app has been The Bible in a Year, produced by the Catholic group Ascension Presents. The podcast is hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz, a well-known Catholic priest and public speaker who directs the young-adult ministry in the Diocese of Duluth, Minn.Each episode is about 25 minutes in length and features Fr. Schmitz — who refers to himself and is better known to his thousands of listeners as Fr. Mike — reading Scripture aloud and exploring its historical context and theological meaning. During the first week of episodes, he has read through...

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Meet the Georgia Republican Who Ran Ahead of Perdue and Loeffler | National Review

Meet the Georgia Republican Who Ran Ahead of Perdue and Loeffler | National Review

Though two Democratic candidates appear to have ousted Georgia’s incumbent Republican senators in yesterday’s runoff elections, there was one GOP candidate on the statewide ballot who managed to get reelected: eighty-two-year-old Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr.As of this morning, McDonald was well ahead in the vote count and appears to have won reelection to the Georgia Public Service Commission, on which he has served for 17 years. His opponent, Daniel Blackman, would have been the first Democrat to serve on the five-person commission in 15 years.According to the , McDonald not only won his...

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Jon Ossoff Was the Original Beto O’Rourke | National Review

Jon Ossoff Was the Original Beto O’Rourke | National Review

consultant burst onto the political scene in 2017, running for a House seat in a Georgia congressional district where he wasn’t even a resident. On the morning of the election, a CNN anchor an inconvenient fact with the candidate: He couldn’t vote for himself.“I grew up in this district,” Ossoff replied. “I grew up in this community. It is my home. My family is still there.” Yet he didn’t deny reality; when voters headed to the polls that morning, Ossoff would be campaigning on the sidelines, barred from the ballot box.Ossoff had moved “down the street,” …No, Mr. President, Georgia can’t...

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Pornhub Reverses Course and Promises Major Policy Revisions | National Review

Pornhub Reverses Course and Promises Major Policy Revisions | National Review

It’s been less than a week since New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published a long about a number of children who were raped or sexually abused and later had videos of that abuse uploaded to Pornhub, a major host of Internet pornography.Shortly after Kristof’s article appeared and I published a commenting on his work, I from Pornhub, which was adamant that, first, essentially no child sexual-abuse pornography appears on its site and, second, that its moderation policies were in no way at fault if such content happens to appear.The spokesperson called it “irresponsible and …ByIt’s...

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Warnock Dodges: Takeaways from Georgia’s Senate Runoff Debate | National Review

Warnock Dodges: Takeaways from Georgia’s Senate Runoff Debate | National Review

Two Georgia Senate candidates faced each other Sunday evening in the . Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler — who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to fill the vacant seat left by former GOP senator Johnny Isakson until the special election — is facing a challenge from Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.In the November 3 election, neither Warnock nor Loeffler managed to reach 50 percent of the vote, sending the contest to a January 5 runoff, one of two Senate runoffs in Georgia this election cycle; Warnock finished ahead of Loeffler with 33 percent to her 26 …BySome people have taken...

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Massachusetts Democrats Push Unlimited Abortion in Annual Budget | National Review

Massachusetts Democrats Push Unlimited Abortion in Annual Budget | National Review

chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have voted to include in the state’s upcoming budget language to expand legal abortion. The policy — Amendment 759 in the state house and Amendment 180 in the state senate — is designed to enact components of the Democrats’ radical ROE Act as an add-on to the fiscal year 2021 budget rather than as independent legislation.Earlier this month, the state house voted 108–49 in favor of adding the amendment to the budget, and just last week, the Senate affirmed the measure in a 33–7 vote. These votes essentially guarantee that the proposed budget...

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Fifth Circuit Permits Texas and Louisiana to Defund Planned Parenthood | National Review

Fifth Circuit Permits Texas and Louisiana to Defund Planned Parenthood | National Review

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that Texas and Louisiana may remove state Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, reversing lower court rulings that prohibited the states from defunding the abortion provider.The ruling came from the entire Fifth Circuit, reversing a previous ruling by a three-judge panel that had forbidden Texas from removing Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. This decision also undoes another previous ruling that had prevented Louisiana from blocking Planned Parenthood from state Medicaid funds.Judge Priscilla Owen,...

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A Brief History of Kamala Harris and the Knights of Columbus | National Review

A Brief History of Kamala Harris and the Knights of Columbus | National Review

their debate earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence put California senator Kamala Harris on the spot for her attacks on the religious views of several recent judicial nominees — a topic on which, thus far, Harris has yet to receive any press questions.“Senator, I know one of our judicial nominees you actually attacked, because they were a member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus,” Pence said, “just because the Knights of Columbus holds pro-life views. My hope is that when the hearing takes place that Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be respectfully voted and confirmed onto the Supreme...

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Interrupting Is Not Evidence of Sexism | National Review

Interrupting Is Not Evidence of Sexism | National Review

One of the main media narratives that has metastasized since yesterday evening’s vice-presidential debate is the notion that Mike Pence is a sexist because he interrupted Kamala Harris. On several occasions while she was speaking, when Pence made a quiet comment or attempted to speak over her, she shot him a glance and issued an obviously pre-planned, “I’m speaking right now, okay?”The look on her face made it very clear that this reply had been calculated in advance to convey something along the lines of, “I’m a woman, so I’m very used to being interrupted, but I’m empowered so I’m going...

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Stop Hailing Claudia Conway as Your ‘Resistance’ Hero | National Review

Stop Hailing Claudia Conway as Your ‘Resistance’ Hero | National Review

Since Kellyanne Conway’s work as manager of Donald Trump’s campaign helped propel him into the White House in 2016, mainstream outlets have treated us to an inside look at her apparently tumultuous marriage to her husband George.George Conway, a lawyer and long-time fixture of the conservative movement in Washington, left the Republican Party a few years back over his opposition to Trump. He’s also one of the founders of the Lincoln Project, purportedly a group of anti-Trump conservatives that more like a grift to funnel money toward Democratic campaigns and back into the pockets of the...

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What the Media Should Be Asking Kamala Harris | National Review

What the Media Should Be Asking Kamala Harris | National Review

has come a long way since this time last year. In early October 2019, she was hovering at around 4 percent support among presidential-primary voters, lagging more than 20 points behind frontrunner Joe Biden. She ended her abysmal campaign, , less than two months later.Helped along by Biden’s pledge to seek out a running mate with the proper skin tone and coveted XX chromosomes, Harris now finds herself within a breath of the presidency.Whereas one year ago Harris was frantically doing everything in her power to remain relevant and keep her campaign in the public eye, …ByFormer CIA Director...

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Losing a Baby | National Review

Losing a Baby | National Review

ByThe news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations, or elite universities.Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has demonstrably ...ByThe news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations, or elite universities.Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health...

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American Families Want More School Choice | National Review

American Families Want More School Choice | National Review

the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping across the country, school closures have been one of the biggest challenges America has faced. As a result of the economic fallout from shutdown orders, some schools have had to close down permanently. Many have transitioned fully to online learning, a particular difficulty for working parents, and others have attempted to pioneer safe ways to reopen schools for in-person class this fall.Against this backdrop, public debates over school choice have taken on a new sense of urgency, especially as objections from teachers’ unions and policies from local...

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Feminists Should Be Celebrating Amy Coney Barrett | National Review

Feminists Should Be Celebrating Amy Coney Barrett | National Review

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is everything feminists say they admire. She’s a brilliant and accomplished lawyer and judge. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School at the top of her class. She clerked not only for the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit but also for the Supreme Court, for Justice Antonin Scalia. And now she’s a nominee to the Supreme Court herself.Meanwhile, Judge Barrett has been married to her husband Jesse for 18 years and is the mother of seven children. Two of her children were adopted from Haiti, and a third has special needs. At the nomination ceremony...

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Democrats’ Anti-Catholic Bigotry Is All about Abortion | National Review

Democrats’ Anti-Catholic Bigotry Is All about Abortion | National Review

Amy Coney Barrett is not the only potential judge who’s had her faith maligned by the Left in the name of protecting legal abortion.the few days since Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, much of the media and most left-wing activists have been gearing up to prevent Donald Trump’s eventual nominee from making it onto the Court.Many expect that his selection will be Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a Catholic mother of seven (including two children adopted from Haiti and one child...

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Princeton Falls Victim to the Left’s Catch-22 on Racial Justice | National Review

Princeton Falls Victim to the Left’s Catch-22 on Racial Justice | National Review

News broke yesterday evening that the Department of Education has into Princeton University, a couple of weeks after university president Christopher L. Eisgruber asserted in an open letter that “racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself.”“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education . . . is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” department officials wrote in a letter to Princeton announcing...

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New Poll: Trump Has a Narrow Lead in North Carolina | National Review

New Poll: Trump Has a Narrow Lead in North Carolina | National Review

According to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, Donald Trump has a narrow lead over Joe Biden among likely voters in North Carolina, with 48 percent support to Biden’s 46 percent. Three percent of respondents said they favor a different candidate, and 3 percent are undecided.Most polls of North Carolina, one of several key swing states this cycle, have shown a fairly tight race, especially since mid July. A CNBC/Change Research survey from earlier this week, for instance, found that likely voters in North Carolina say they favor Biden by two points over Trump, 49 percent to 47...

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Kamala Harris’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry | National Review

Kamala Harris’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry | National Review

Someone might want to remind Joe Biden, who’s just picked progressive California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, that his vice-president-to-be believes Catholics are unfit to serve in our nation’s courts. (Biden, of course, as I considered at length today, has spent his entire political career invoking his Catholic faith.)In late 2018, while evaluating the nomination of Brian Buescher to serve as a district judge in Nebraska, Harris posed a series of questions insinuating that his involvement in the Knights of Columbus — a charitable Catholic fraternal organization — disqualified...

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The Liberal Voters Biden Doesn’t Want | National Review

The Liberal Voters Biden Doesn’t Want | National Review

In the , two leaders of political-advocacy group Democrats for Life have an article called “The Democrats Biden Doesn’t Want,” pointing out that, although they’re liberal, their pro-life views have caused the Democratic Party to reject them.“According to Gallup, roughly 1 in 3 Democrats consider themselves pro-life, but Mr. Biden has made no outreach to us,” write executive director Kristen Day and board member Xavier Bisits. “In fact, top Democrats have gone out of their way to make it clear that we are no longer welcome in the party.”This is far from the first time that such a complaint...

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The Progressive Patriarchy Advances | National Review

The Progressive Patriarchy Advances | National Review

A while back, I here at NRO about why I believe feminism and radical gender ideology are incompatible. The occasion for those thoughts was the participation of Angela Ponce, a biological male who identifies as a woman, in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant and the general acclaim with which most of the media greeted this individual.On entering the pageant, Ponce wrote on Instagram: “Today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights,” and later said of the possibility of winning the competition, “Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If they give me...

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Now Is the Time to Advance School-Choice Policy | National Review

Now Is the Time to Advance School-Choice Policy | National Review

have teamed up to offer a bill that would redirect some coronavirus-relief funding to school-choice programs, so families could continue sending their children to the schools that are best for them even during the pandemic and recession.The School Choice Now Act — which has the support of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — would repurpose some of the emergency education-relief funding currently included in the CARES Act, which already provides aid to state education departments and local school districts. Under the bill, 10 percent of that funding would go to grants that states could use...

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The Cuomo Chronicles | National Review

The Cuomo Chronicles | National Review

it may seem like the world as we know it has slowed to a halt since the coronavirus pandemic began, for those of us at , things have only sped up. While we continue working hard to provide you the very best in commentary, news, and analysis on everything from the coronavirus to cancel culture to Cuomo, we need your help. That’s why we’re in the middle of a webathon to raise the funds we need to keep this and more content coming, and we hope you’ll .We’ve had plenty to focus on in the news these days, but one of the topics that has deserved lots of attention is the continued failure of New...

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