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Carson, Trump, and the Misuse of American History


Jelani Cobb, The New YorkerEarlier this week, Ben Carson, the somnolent surgeon dispatched to oversee the Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of the Trump Administration, created a stir when he referred to enslaved black people—stolen, trafficked, and sold into that status—as “immigrants” and spoke of their dreams for their children and grandchildren. In the ensuing hail of criticism, Carson doubled down, saying that it was possible for…

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Why We Support the Gorsuch Nomination


Classmates of Neil Gorsuch, RealClearPoliticsWe are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents; progressives, conservatives and moderates; religious and non-observant; married, single and divorced; men and women; straight and gay. Our group includes citizens residing abroad and a U.S. resident holding a green card. We live in big cities, rural America and places in between. Some of us supported Hillary Clinton, others voted for Donald Trump, while some of us supported thirdparty…

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Why Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Order Is a Winner


Daniel DePetris, The National InterestWhen the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the nationwide stay against President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order last month, it was a defeat for the White House on policy grounds and an international embarrassment for a young administration that looked as if it didn’t know what it was doing. The circuit court judges all stated that Trump’s national-security basis for stopping travel to…

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Meet the New Travel Ban, Same as the Old Travel Ban


Daniel Benjamin, PoliticoThe revised executive order on “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States” resembles its January 27 predecessor much as President Donald Trump’s address to Congress last week tracked his Inaugural Address: Both of the more recent presentations have been shorn of the most appalling, eye-catching defects, yet still preserve the hard core of xenophobia and absurdity from the originals….

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Can Trump Bring Andrew Breitbart’s Dream to Life?


Andrew Klavan, PJ MediaMarch first marked the fifth anniversary of the death of my friend Andrew Breitbart. A Triple-A personality, he jump-started a media revolution then burned out at the absurdly young age of 43. I think of him often. I suspect we all do — all of us mostly west coast conservative communicators who had nowhere to communicate our politics until he created the space. Ben Shapiro, Bill Whittle,…

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11 Times Barack Obama Compared Slaves to Immigrants


Bre Payton, The FederalistWhile speaking to a group of employees at his department on Monday, Carson said: “There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”…

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The Women’s Strike and the Messy Space of Change


Jia Tolentino, The New YorkerTomorrow is the Women’s Strike, the fourth of ten actions that have been called for by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. The strike was planned to coincide with International Women’s Day, and the march organizers, in tandem with a team organizing protests in forty countries around the world, have asked women to take whatever form of action their lives allow for. Take the…

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