China’s Hostage Diplomacy

China’s Hostage Diplomacy

Important structural changes in international affairs are often encapsulated in discrete incidents, easy to grasp even if somewhat oversimplified. The War of Jenkins’ Ear, for example, had more to do with competing British and Spanish ambitions in the Caribbean than…

Would Biden Be ‘Normal’?

Would Biden Be ‘Normal’?

Every presidential campaign offers a sales pitch. Hillary Clinton’s was experience; Barack Obama called her “the most qualified person ever to run for president.” Donald Trump’s was “Make America Great Again.” In 1920 Warren G. Harding promised a “return to…

Joe Biden’s First Energy Casualty

Joe Biden’s First Energy Casualty

Joe Biden is currently cruising to the White House, and this weekend we saw an early economic consequence when Dominion Energy and Duke Energy pulled the plug on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The companies blamed legal and regularity uncertainty,…

Kipp Wokes Up

Kipp Wokes Up

The greatest barrier to minority advancement in America is the K-12 education system, so it was dismaying last week to read that Kipp charter schools has decided to abandon its motto “Work hard. Be nice.” Kipp adopted the motto when…

States and the Electoral College

States and the Electoral College

There is no shortage of surprises that could rock the November election, but an Electoral College revolt is unlikely to be one of them. That’s one result of the Supreme Court’s welcome decision Monday in Chiafalo v. Washington that states…

The North American Trade Dividend

The North American Trade Dividend

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement took effect last week, and U.S. business and political leaders should be racing to take advantage of its benefits. The deal will hasten economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Even more important, it will counteract the…

Herd Immunity May Be Closer Than You Think

Herd Immunity May Be Closer Than You Think

Some early assumptions about Covid-19 no longer add up—and that could be good news for the future progress of the virus. There are reasons to think the novel coronavirus began spreading earlier than previously understood, raising the possibility that herd…

The Sun Ever Sets on the British Empire

The Sun Ever Sets on the British Empire

Sometimes life throws you a metaphor. As my neighbors and I stood, masked and socially distanced, to watch Washington’s fireworks Saturday, a thick plume of smoke spread from the staging area to obscure part of the display. Similarly, the doom…

What Now for Pro-Lifers?

What Now for Pro-Lifers?

As Yogi Berra once put it, it’s déjà vu all over again. The pro-life movement knows what he meant. In 1992, the Supreme Court looked to have the votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that unearthed…

Biden’s Transformations

Biden’s Transformations

When Joe Biden announced his campaign for the presidency in 2019, he presented himself as a nonideological defender of the status quo, a leader to prevent President Trump from altering “the character of this nation.” A weekend tweet from the…

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