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• John Fund in National Review:
“I’m glad the news media is pursuing the Trump-Russia scandal, but let’s not forget the differences between how they are covering Russia compared with how they reported a similar story — this one involving Communist China — that developed during Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.”
Mr. Fund does not let us forget. He concisely and authoritatively summarizes the specifics of the Clinton-China incident as he makes the case for perspective. The Trump campaign is not the first to have questions raised about its relationships with a foreign state.
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•Josh Barro in Business Insider:
“Liberals have staked out a wide variety of fundamentally non-policy positions on the culture that annoy the crap out of people, to their electoral detriment.”
Mr. Barro looks at the Democratic Party and finds its adherents smug and out of touch on cultural issues. He points to polling data — about drug liberalization, gay rights and social welfare — that shows Americans are growing more progressive. But he argues that liberals have overreached while “conservatives have made a strategic retreat from telling people what to do in their personal lives.”
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• Denise C. McAllister in The Federalist:
“Our education about sex of any sort is woefully lacking if it focuses only on the physical. Children’s minds and souls need to be educated as well.”
Ms. McAllister responds to the recent controversy about a sexual advice column in Teen Vogue with a larger look at the state of a growing sexualized culture and the demands placed on sexual education in the classroom.
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• Eliza Newlin Carney in The American Prospect:
“Wherever federal and congressional investigations lead, the danger posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections goes beyond the Trump campaign.”
Ms. Carney wants to draw more attention to the regulatory process at the Federal Election Commission. The commission is grappling with questions about what Russia’s reported interests in American elections could mean — independent of any discoveries made during the ongoing investigations. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that lifted the limits on political contributions from corporations, some see a potential loophole for foreign nationals to exploit. When Ms. Carney looks to how the commission is handling these questions, she finds a partisan divide. Read more »
• Steven D’Amico in Politico:
“Like any other political professionals, opposition researchers have an obligation to abide by the law and be good stewards of our electoral system.”
Mr. D’Amico has been a professional opposition researcher for more than a decade and worked against Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. D’Amico writes about the ethics and operations of his profession, providing examples of how opposition research exposed problems for John Edwards, Mitt Romney and others. He emphasizes that there is an important distinction between “tedious hours sifting through public records, news articles, court cases” and some of the cloak-and-dagger imagery offered up by partisans in defense of the Trump campaign. Read more »
• Norm Ornstein in The Atlantic:
“What emerges is a truly disturbing picture of a failed legislative process built on a deep distortion of representative democracy. A thoroughly partisan, ill-conceived and ill-considered bill, slapped together without the input of experts or stakeholders, done not to improve the health care system.”
Mr. Ornstein is displeased with the way health care is being deliberated in Congress. He discusses the history of the Affordable Care Act and says that Republicans who reflexively opposed it have offered no alternative framework. Instead he taunts an “ideological view that cutting government magically brings freedom and prosperity and good health.”
• The Rev. Joshua J. Whitfield in The Dallas Morning News:
“The rush to repeal the A.C.A. at this stage was simply inhuman, plainly immoral politics. Everyone agrees that reform is necessary — but not that way.”
Father Whitfield, a parochial vicar at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, writes of the need for more debate and information gathering as Congress considers health care legislation. He argues that theoretical abstraction makes the “bills that were under discussion read like cuneiform.” He thinks we should consider the “personal particulars of human lives” first, before ideological philosophies frame the debate. Read more »
• David Darby in The Billings Gazette
“For the moment what we have is a government of the minority, by the minority, and for the minority.”
Mr. Darby points out that the executive and legislative branches of the federal government are Republican controlled by slim margins. And yet the stated intentions and policy actions taken in the first six months of the Trump administration seem to be exclusive of any attempts to reach out to broader political constituencies. Mr. Darby wonders if an agenda like that can work. Read more »
• Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash in Vox
“Those pining for the political destruction of Donald Trump run the risk that the villagers will not come running if and when a wolf finally appears.”
Mr. Prakash, the James Monroe distinguished professor of law at the University of Virginia, preaches patience to opponents of the Trump administration. He pours water on the idea that anything we have learned about the Trump campaign’s relationship with the Russians has been illegal. And he argues that failure to “distinguish what might be significant from the trivial or inconsequential will cause many Americans to throw up their hands and tune out.” Read more »
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