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Opinion | Trump’s Snowden Temptation

Opinion | Trump’s Snowden Temptation

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByPresident Trump has been floating a potential pardon for Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 leaked troves of secret documents to friendly media and took asylum in Moscow. Perhaps the President thinks he would be hitting back at an intelligence bureaucracy that tried to kneecap him. In fact he would be sanctioning further intelligence abuses. Like the career officials who have undermined the Trump Administration with leaks and investigations, Mr. Snowden was never elected. Yet he decided his...To Read the Full...

August 18, 2020
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Opinion | Nancy Pelosi Goes Politically Postal

Opinion | Nancy Pelosi Goes Politically Postal

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchBySpeaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session this week to address fears that the U.S. Postal Service is being infiltrated by alien lizard people posing as letter carriers. OK, it isn’t quite that bad. The actual conspiracy theory holds that President Trump is strangling the USPS to hack the November election. But talk about “unsubstantiated,” as the press likes to call Donald Trump’s Twitter emissions. Democrats should be deeply embarrassed that their leadership has embraced such claims. Two Congressmen, including...To Read the Full...

August 17, 2020
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Opinion | The Post Office’s Problem Isn’t Trump

Opinion | The Post Office’s Problem Isn’t Trump

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByTwo months into his new job, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is being keelhauled by Democrats for alleged sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service. Nearly 200 House Democrats signed a letter this week accusing him of acting to “accelerate the crisis” at the USPS. Apparently they missed the post office’s news release last Friday, when it reported losing another $2.2 billion last quarter. Congress has only itself to blame for this mess. That red ink is no fluke of circumstance. The post office is meant to be self-sufficient, but it...To Read the Full...

August 13, 2020
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Editorial: Trump's new reason for starving the Postal Service? To stop mail-in voting.

Editorial: Trump's new reason for starving the Postal Service? To stop mail-in voting.

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, STF / Associated PressJust let this sink in: America, the richest, most powerful country in the world, doesn’t have a fully functioning postal service.Every day, the iconic U.S. institution inches closer to bankruptcy and collapse. Every day, the president seems unbothered by that prospect, and at times, even glad.Before this week, we could blame Donald Trump’s oft-expressed contempt for the USPS on his disdain for both government bureaucracy and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, having once called the Postal Service Amazon’s “delivery boy” and the agency’s relationship...

August 13, 2020
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Opinion | Justice Goes to Yale

Opinion | Justice Goes to Yale

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByOn Thursday the Justice Department put Yale University on notice: If by Aug. 27 the school doesn’t agree to stop discriminating by race in admissions, the U.S. “will be prepared to file a lawsuit to enforce Yale’s Title VI obligations.” The notice follows a two-year investigation spurred by a complaint from Asian-American groups. Among the findings is that Yale “uses race at multiple points in its admissions process,” and that race is the “determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.” In other words,...To Read the Full...

August 13, 2020
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Opinion | Seattle’s Best Resigns

Opinion | Seattle’s Best Resigns

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByOn Monday Carmen Best shocked Seattle by resigning as police chief. It was her last act of public service, coming hours after the City Council voted 7-1 to cut money and jobs from its police force—which members make clear is only a first step in dismantling local law enforcement. In the post-George Floyd era, Seattle might have counted itself lucky to have a police force led by the city’s first black chief, a 28-year veteran of the force. From the beginning of the unrest she has been one of the city’s rare voices of reason,...To Read the Full...

August 11, 2020
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Opinion | The Swedish Economic Model

Opinion | The Swedish Economic Model

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByProgressive politicians love to wish that America’s economy could be more like Sweden’s. After Wednesday’s economic-data release there, we share the dream, albeit for different reasons. The Nordic country suffered an 8.6% decline in GDP from April to June, which sounds bad until you remember the eurozone economy contracted 12.1% in the same span with some European countries doing much worse. The U.S. economy shrank nearly 10%, or 33% on an annual basis....To Read the Full StorySponsored Offers

August 6, 2020
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Opinion | Economists vs. Common Sense

Opinion | Economists vs. Common Sense

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByMost Americans understand intuitively that if people make more money by not working, fewer people will work. Then there are politicians and economists who want to pass out more money while claiming that disincentives to work are irrelevant. The latest attempt to defy common sense is a study by Yale economists that purportedly finds the $600 federal enhancement to jobless benefits hasn’t affected the incentive to work. But the study offers limited evidence for this conclusion, which is contradicted by other data and real-world...To Read the Full...

August 2, 2020
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Opinion | The Judiciary Behaving Badly

Opinion | The Judiciary Behaving Badly

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByHostility to all things Donald Trump has corrupted more than one American institution in the last four years, and now the nation’s second highest court seems to have succumbed. On Thursday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear an en banc appeal of a writ of mandamus granted by one of the court’s panels to Michael Flynn. Mr. Flynn, the former national security adviser, has already suffered from unfair prosecution by the FBI and Justice Department. He’s also been abused by federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has refused...To Read the Full...

July 31, 2020
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Opinion | The Obama-Biden Economy Redux

Opinion | The Obama-Biden Economy Redux

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByThe Democratic convention case against President Trump boils down to Covid and character, and the polls suggest it’s working. But the bigger issue next year will be reviving the economy from the shutdown recession, and on that score the Democrats are mostly quiet. Perhaps that’s because Joe Biden is promising to repeat the same policy mix that produced the slowest recovery in modern times during the Obama years. The record is worth examining.Mr. Biden’s cheerleaders declare the Obama Administration a smashing economic success. They say he inherited the...

August 18, 2020
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