Political Newcomer Youngkin Wins Virginia GOP Governor Nomination

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider, bested a field of seven candidates to emerge as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races. Youngkin defeated a hard-right contender in state Sen. Amanda Chase, who closely aligned herself with former President Donald Trump, as well as an establishment candidate, former House Speaker Kirk Cox, who had more than 30 years’ experience in government as well as the endorsements of former governors George… Read More in Real Clear

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Repeat Performance; Iranian Perils; Minnesota Heroism

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, May 11, 2021. On this date in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the 32nd state. With the possible exception of Massachusetts, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” was the most anti-slavery state in America. In those days Minnesota was also known as “Star of the North,” which it lived up to as soon as the Civil War began. The state’s governor, Alexander Ramsey, was in Washington when Fort Sumter was bombarded in April 1861 and was among the first to answer President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 federal troops. Ramsey promised 10,000 from Minnesota alone,

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Will Biden Reverse Trump's Super V-Shaped Recovery?

The U.S. economy peaked in late 2019 at $21 trillion. We are now remarkably 98% back to where we were before the terrible COVID-19 pandemic slammed these shores 14 months ago. This rebound is one of the outstanding U.S. achievements in history. Since June of last year, the economy has rocketed by 34% in quarter 3 of 2020, 4.2% in quarter 4 of 2020 and now 6.4% in the first three months of 2021. So far in this current quarter, growth is more than 10%. Almost no one expected this. The Federal Reserve Board, the Congressional Budget Office and private

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In the Face of Most Democrats' Opposition, U.S. Steel Cancels a Billion-Dollar Investment

BRADDOCK, Pennsylvania — Exactly two years ago, U.S. Steel Corporation announced that the company would turn its Mon Valley Works operations into a key source of lightweight steel for the automotive industry. At the time, local leaders and company officials called the investment “transformational.” It involved a whopping $1.5 billion upgrade to the three Mon Valley Works plants, all in Pennsylvania — the Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, the Irvin Plant in West Mifflin and the Clairton Coke Works in Clairton — with technology and improvements that would have resulted in cleaner air for all… Read More in Real Clear

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Biden Must Reverse Course on Iran — Before It's Too Late

Media outlets around the world recently reported on leaked audio comments in which Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif admitted that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps controls all of Iran’s foreign policy decisions. Although President Joe Biden was careful to mention neither Zarif nor Iran in his speech before Congress last month, Zarif’s embarrassingly candid revelations have direct implications for Biden’s entire Iran policy: namely, it underscores that reducing economic sanctions in order to moderate the Iranian regime cannot work. For decades, U.S. policy toward Iran has produced… Read More in Real Clear Politics

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Real Political Scandals Are Rarely About Sex

As the Trump presidency fades into the past, we are reminded of the sex scandal at its dawn. The Federal Election Commission has just dropped its probe into former President Donald Trump’s alleged hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Charges that Trump broke campaign finance laws in 2016 by not reporting the $130,000 payment to Daniels — perhaps thinking that a tawdry affair would hurt his electoral chances — dominated the national conversation for weeks. And like most political sex scandals, this one wasted an inordinate number of America’s brain cells. I offer no opinion here… Read More in

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Sohrab Ahmari Is Wrong to Praise China

Last week, conservative writer Sohrab Ahmari posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet saying that he was “at peace with a Chinese-led 21st century,” because “[l]ate-liberal America is too dumb and decadent to last as a superpower.” This sentiment, which would be derided as borderline treasonous if espoused by a prominent Democrat, sounds shocking coming from an American conservative. But Ahmari is not alone. Last August, Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue in which – after attacking Democrats’ fondness for China – he praised China’s “unity” and its ability to “think beyond the next… Read More in Real Clear Politics

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Are We To Be the World's Greatest Force for Good or Not?

America is going through convulsions that may destroy it as the country we and the world have known for more than two centuries. For all its flaws — virtually all of which were not unique to America but universal throughout human civilization — America has been regarded more than any other nation in modern times as a force for good in the world. When a country is hit with a severe earthquake, its people do not look first to France or Germany — let alone to Russia or China — for assistance. They look to America. When bad people invade

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Has the Backlash Arrived for Police-Bashing?

Within hours of Saturday’s shooting in Times Square where three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, were wounded, the two leading candidates to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio were on-site. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain of the NYPD, and Andrew Yang, who declared: “My fellow New Yorkers … Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety, we need the police. … My message to the NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you. “New York cannot afford to defund the police.” The rush of Adams and Yang to the scene of

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Cheney's Choice Will Sting No Matter What the GOP Does

Around the world, both friends and foes will watch this week as the daughter of a former two-term vice president is likely ejected from her leadership role in the Republican Party for calling out former President Trump’s corrosive lie about last year’s election. Enemies and allies overseas, Republican and Democratic congressmen and senators at home all know 50 states certified his loss, 60 courts rejected his claims of fraud, and Donald Trump’s own FBI and DHS found no widespread fraud existed that would alter the outcome. But Rep. Liz Cheney will be punished for trying to stop his continued… Read

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