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More Federal Meddling in Higher Education — Textbooks

The feds say this will improve ‘transparency’ and lower costs.

The Rise of a Mega-Movement

We have lost the words that we could once call upon to justify diversity of thoughts, desires, viewpoints, and policy preferences, as opposed to a diversity of demographic groups.

Report: One Juror Seems to Agree With Defense

A hung jury in former President Donald Trump's New York criminal trial appears to be a real possibility.

Ukraine Depends on Our Long-Term Commitment

Its security depends on long-term commitments from the West.

The Cat Is Out of the Bragg

Prosecutors hid in the tall grass until summation and are now emphatically describing Trump as having blatantly violated federal campaign law.

America's Declining Power & the Emerging Multipolar World

If we want our country to be safe and powerful, we should start on the firm foundations of respect for peace, human life, and other nations' sovereignty.

Biden’s Weakness With Young Voters Isn’t About Gaza

Very few Americans—even young ones—rank the Israel-Hamas war as one of their top voting priorities.

De Niro Stumps for Biden: 'Trump Will End Democracy'

President Biden often argues that Donald Trump is a threat to democracy. He and his campaign had not, however, said that reelecting Trump would end democracy altogether. Until recently.

The notable legal clouds that continue to hang over Donald Trump

All eyes are on former President Donald Trump, who has launched another White House bid.

CNN Political Briefing

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

GOP Sen. Roger Wicker: US Military Needs 'Generational Investment'

The top-ranking Republican on a Senate committee that oversees the military is calling for a "generational investment" in America's defense, saying aggressive and significant spending increases are necessary to deter coordinated threats from U.S. …

Venezuela Rescinds Invitation to E.U. Election Observers for Presidential Vote

Officials rescinded an invitation to E.U. observers for the presidential vote in July, in another sign that Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to cede power regardless of the result.

Judgment Day Looms for Trump in New York

Donald Trump, who built a mystique as the brash epitome of power, has never been more powerless to dictate his own fate.

Group launching ads targeting senators on contraception support

The Future of the Space Industry

The privatisation of space travel is cutting the cost of rocket launches and powering innovation.

The Digital Mirror of Narcissus

Technology steers my life along tracks chosen for my digital double, not for me. But this proxy personalisation wouldn’t work at all if I didn’t play my part.

Trump Is Winning, But 4 Things Could Change That

The presidential election is getting closer and Trump is in the lead. But there are four major things that could shake up the race from the debates to Trump's pick for running mate.

House Democratic PAC to launch $100 million effort on abortion rights

The group hopes to capitalize on an issue that has motivated Democratic voters since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.

Texas House Speaker Survives Challenge From Hard Right

Dade Phelan, the speaker of the Texas House, defeated a party activist and first-time candidate backed by former President Donald J. Trump in a bitter contest.

Meet the woman steering Biden's bipartisan winning streak on Capitol Hill

The Biden administration managed to rack up a long list of major legislative wins in its first two years despite facing one of the most closely-divided Congresses in history. From bipartisan action on infrastructure, gun safety and same-sex marria…

Waltzing Down the Road to Hell

The unintended consequences of the Sixties’ antiwar protests have become the farce of their 21st-century iteration.

NY v. Trump: Judge Merchan to present jury with instructions ahead of deliberations

The framework a Manhattan jury will use to consider the charges against former President Trump and reach a verdict will be revealed by Judge Juan Merchan on Wednesday.

The fine print of the Respect for Marriage Act

Let's start with the positive: Republicans and Democrats are coming together to protect same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court.

RFK, Jr. Super PAC President to Publish Tell-All by Hunter Biden's Baby Mama

Can Trump Still Run for President if He Is Convicted?

The Constitution and American law have clear answers for only some of the questions that would arise if a presidential candidate were convicted of crimes. Others would bring the country into truly uncharted territory.

House Democratic PAC to launch $100 million effort on abortion rights

Imposing Order on Grief

Rob Henderson's 'Troubled' is a disjointed book, but provides valuable testimony to the importance of a stable childhood.

Emerging Portrait of Judge in Trump Documents Case: Prepared, Prickly and Slow

Judge Aileen Cannon’s handling of court hearings offers insights into how the case accusing Donald Trump of illegally retaining classified material has become bogged down in unresolved issues.

With jurors in Donald Trump’s hush money case expected to begin deliberations Wednesday, we’ll be watching...

'Whatever They Can Get Trump for Is Fine With Me'

The New York trial of former President Donald Trump is heading toward a conclusion.

Former Trump official wins Texas GOP primary runoff

Republican Katrina Pierson, spokesperson for former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, has won her primary to represent Texas House District 33.

Trump Attorney Scharf to Newsmax: Prosecutors Haven't Proven Case

Any fair jury would vote to acquit former President Donald Trump of all charges in his New York City legal expenses case because the prosecution has not presented the evidence to show that he did anything wrong, Will Scharf, one of his attorneys, …

Republican Navy Veteran Will Face Henry Cuellar in South Texas

The congressional district has slightly moved in favor of Republicans after Mr. Cuellar, a centrist Democrat, was indicted on federal charges.

Podcast #237: The (Culture) War Diaries of Nellie Bowles

Jonathan Kay speaks with ‘Morning After the Revolution’ author Nellie Bowles about her journalistic adventures amid progressive true believers and ideological enforcers.

Canada’s Elusive Unmarked Graves: a Third-Anniversary Update

Many of the public figures who stoked the country’s morbid 2021 social panic are now doing their best to change the subject.

Trump mocks 'wacko' De Niro in late-night rant after actor's chaotic presser

Former President Trump tore into actor Robert De Niro, who claimed yesterday that Trump "wants to destroy" the city and the nation and eventually could destroy the entire world.

Did Israel’s Knee-Jerk Critics Get It Wrong in Rafah?

Their simplistic story of Israeli malevolence was hopelessly complicated by the facts.

Both sides deliver closing arguments in Trump criminal trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments Tuesday in Donald Trump's historic criminal hush money trial in New York.

Marco Rubio Wants to Be Trump’s Vice President. He Doesn’t Want to Audition.

The last time the Florida senator lived in Donald J. Trump’s orbit he was mocked and defeated. As he returns, he’s trying to do it on his terms.

Election 2024 latest news: Biden to make pitch in Philadelphia to Black voters

Live updates from the 2024 campaign trail, with the latest news on presidential candidates, polls, primaries and more.

GOP Rep Tony Gonzales survives challenge from the right in Texas runoff

The Associated Press projects that Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales will win his Republican primary runoff election in Texas with far-right challengers Brandon Herrera.

Biden Campaign Plots Stay-the-Course Strategy After Trump Verdict

Typically, if your political opponent is convicted of a felony, it is considered a rare gift.But as the world anticipates a verdict in Donald Trump's criminal case in New York, President Joe Biden's campaign does not plan to change course, even fo…

What Does Success Look Like for Third-Party Candidates?

They booed former President Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who currently leads in polling in some swing states. They rejected Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the independent candidate who is polling at 15% in some polls.

Jury to begin deliberations in Trump hush money trial

The 12-person jury in Donald Trump's historic criminal hush money trial is set to begin deliberations today in the New York courthouse. Follow here for the latest live news updates, analysis and more.

This is the Terrible Review of 'Reacher' We've All Been Waiting For

The Best Hope for Electric Cars Could Be the GOP Districts Where They’re Made

The vehicles are being adopted fastest in blue-leaning major metropolitan areas.

'Kind of scary': Controversial medical procedure may soon be legal in another blue state

Lawmakers are rallying support in another blue state to pass the proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act, and one Democratic lawmaker says there is an "excellent chance" of it passing.

Harvard Decides to Shut Up and Teach

Biden campaign seeks to halt slide with Black voters with new initiative

The Biden-Harris campaign on Wednesday launched a new "Black Voters for Biden-Harris" initiative to reach out to Black voters as polls show Biden is losing ground with that group.

Trump’s Stop-and-Frisk Agenda

Four years after George Floyd’s death, Trump wants to reverse the fitful progress toward police reform.

Louisiana to become 1st state to require Ten Commandments be displayed in schools if governor signs bill

Louisiana could become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed on a poster in all schools and colleges that receive public funding.

The Twisted Logic of Trump’s Attacks on Judges

Trump’s remarks about the judge overseeing his criminal trial are an attack on the bedrock of the American justice system.

The Real ‘Deep State’

Lobbying firms have disguised their influence so well that it’s often barely visible even to savvy Washington insiders.

US Gives School Districts $900 Million for Electric School Buses

The White House on Wednesday unveiled nearly $900 million in awards to 530 school districts to replace thousands of aging, gas-fueled school buses with cleaner, mainly electric models.

Dennis Quaid: Trump May be an A**Hole But He's My A**hole

Trump's Bronx Rally Shows Future of GOP

The Republicans aren't a multiracial, working-class party yet-but the gains have been undeniable.

If Trump were convicted in his hush money trial, here’s what he could face next

Democrats' 'Freak Out' Over Biden

Tuesday on the RealClearPolitics radio show, Andrew Walworth and Tom Bevan, with Emily Jashinsky of The Federalist, discuss the Biden campaign press event today featuring actor Robert De Niro outside the NYC courthouse where closing arguments bega…

Trump Faces Possibility of Jail Time if Convicted

With jury deliberations expected to begin Wednesday in Donald Trump's New York criminal trial, the possibility of the former president being sentenced to serve jail time has become a focus of Democrats and the mainstream media.

Ireland, Spain & Norway Choose Death Over Dancing

The small gravel shed by the aging cracked pavement pressed painfully into my chin and forehead, so I turned my face to the side and moved my hands from behind my head to cushion my cheek, then shifted back again after a few moments, unsure what t…

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

Huckabee to Newsmax: De Niro Talking 'Nonsense' About Trump

Former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee said actor Robert De Niro was given a "poor script" by President Joe Biden's reelection campaign and was talking "nonsense" about former President Donald Trump during the White House's press conference in Man…

You’d Boo, Too

In his appeal to libertarian voters, Trump made no attempt to conceal his contempt for them.

Denver Writes the Book on How to Make Your City Migrant Friendly

Ex-Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb details his prediction for the outcome of the historic Trump hush money criminal trial before the jury begins their deliberations.

Biden and Harris Make New Push to Strengthen Support From Black Voters

In their latest effort to court a crucial group of voters, the two leading Democrats will roll out an initiative called Black Voters for Biden-Harris at a rally in Philadelphia.

Praising Trump With Faint Damnation

How can people who claim to be followers of Jesus support a man of undisguised moral degeneracy?

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat to Hate the Media Enough

Attack a Democrat Charged With Corruption? Republicans Wouldn’t Dare.

Why is the GOP passing up such an easy election-year attack?

The Bell 212 Tolls for Tehran

We should celebrate the death of the Butcher of Tehran, but Iran’s future remains fraught with uncertainty.

Did Robert De Niro Forget Who Michael Cohen Is?

Actor Robert De Niro declared of Trump, ‘The fact is whether he’s acquitted, whether it’s hung jury, he is guilty — and we all know it.’

How Pathetic Can The Biden Administration Be?

Podcast #236: Recovery from Rape

Quillette podcast host Iona Italia talks to Larissa Phillips about the best ways to prevent rape and promote victims' recovery.

The Slaughter in Rafah & Israel's Moral Nadir

Israel is massacring Palestinians - and undermining its own security in the process.

The Voters Who Don’t Really Know Donald Trump

Many of this year’s first-time voters were too young to remember what Trump was like in office. Biden hopes to show them.

Zelensky and the Question of Elections during Wartime

We shouldn’t judge Ukraine’s leader too harshly from the outside, but American history shows the value of sticking to scheduled elections even during wartime.

The Post’s Aaron Blake spoke Tuesday to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) about the 2024 election....

Two-Steppin' into the Texas Primary Races

Dumbest. Argument. Ever.

Trump strategy: Hitting blue areas, courting minorities and unfriendly audiences

Former President Trump is seemingly using an unorthodox strategy in his general election campaign: targeting deep-blue areas often considered hostile territory by fellow Republicans.

Nikki Haley Surrendered, but Not Her Voters

Republican primary voters turned to Haley to oppose Trump, and their commitment hasn’t changed.

President Biden and Vice President Harris are heading to Philadelphia on Wednesday to kick off a...

Target’s Pride Merch Looks . . . Different This Year

Some of the products are hilarious.

What Does It Mean for Something to Be Socially Constructed?

There are at least three things that people might mean by ‘socially constructed’: that something is social, rather than natural; contextual, rather than universal; or that its importance has been inflated.  

Is Justin Trudeau's Regime Coming to an End?

Historic Hunter Biden Trial to Probe Drug Addiction

The criminal trial of Hunter Biden on gun charges begins next week, with federal prosecutors likely to dissect lurid details of his crack cocaine addiction that could provide fuel for opponents of his father's presidential reelection bid.

The Joyful, Relentless Resilience of Media Renegade Nellie Bowles

What is likely to happen in the jury room at the Trump trial

The jurors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial are about to discover how weird their job really is.

Trump Neutrality in Texas Primary Key to Rep. Gonzales' Narrow Victory

​In results that went down to the wire early Wednesday morning, a nationally watched Republican run-off in Texas' 23rd District (San Antonio-West Texas) ended with establishment Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, barely staving off a MAGA-style opponent.

Has the Trial Hurt Trump?

Some dirty tricks backfire.

Perhaps Lost in the Polling: The Race Is Still Close

Biden has mostly held his support among white voters, and Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin probably offer his clearest path to victory.

The Biden campaign has billed Wednesday’s event in Philadelphia as a show of force that will...

The EMP Threat

‘You only need one or two to knock out, for the foreseeable future, the power grid throughout the continental United States.’

California's proposed parental notification policy for gender identity changes fails to qualify for ballot

A policy that would have required California schools to notify parents if their child wants to change their gender identity failed to qualify as a ballot measure.

Health Officials Tried to Evade Public Records Laws, Lawmakers Say

N.I.H. officials suggested federal record keepers helped them hide emails. If so, “that’s really damaging to trust in all of government,” one expert said.

DNC to Nominate Biden/Harris Virtually and Early

Analysis: Senate Democrats battle decline of ticket-splitting

Ladies and Gentlemen, the State of Things

Last night’s House Oversight Committee hearing marked a new low in American politics.

Everything you need to know about Biden's student loan forgiveness program

President Joe Biden's federal student loan forgiveness program, which promises to deliver up to $20,000 of debt relief for millions of borrowers, is on hold indefinitely as legal challenges work their way through the courts.

The Limits of ‘The Israel Lobby’

Mearsheimer and Walt still don’t understand American support for Israel.

After Closing Arguments, Trump’s Fate is Over to the Jury

After closing arguments, the Manhattan trial is in the endgame.

Trump Claims He Can Free an American Detainee—If He’s Reelected

The former president said that if he wins in November, Putin will release Evan Gershkovich. It’s an odd assertion, even by Trump’s standards.

Could verdict in Trump criminal trial upend the presidential election?

It is one of the biggest wild cards right now in the Biden-Trump 2024 rematch: How will a verdict in former President Trump's criminal trial impact the presidential election?

How Tuned-Out Voters Could Decide 2024

Joe Perez is exactly the type of voter President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are fighting over: A 22-year-old Hispanic man in Las Vegas who grew up leaning Republican, he also supports abortion rights and was turned off by the Capi…

Top adviser to Dem Senate candidate posted photo with religious leader who compared Jews to termites

A top adviser to a House Democrat running for Senate in Michigan once posted on social media about supporting an event featuring Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Biden’s Gaza Pier Is the Disaster We Were Expecting

The pier is now out of service for repairs. 

Office Property: Out of the Mony Mony

There are two main causes of this mess and both are rooted in ill-judged government interventions.

How Kyrsten Sinema's decision makes Democrats' 2024 Senate map tighter

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema decided to shake up the political world on Friday by becoming an independent. The former Democrat is still caucusing with the party in the Senate, so the Democratic caucus still has 51 members. Now, instead of 49 Democr…

Pam Bondi to Newsmax: Quick Verdict Likely Good for Trump

The jury's refusal to go home between closing arguments might have been a good sign for former President Donald Trump in his New York criminal trial, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told Newsmax on Wednesday.

Trump Jury to Enter Deliberations Phase Wednesday

Jury deliberations in Donald Trump 's criminal hush money trial are expected to begin Wednesday after the panel receives instructions from the judge on the law governing the case and what they can take into account in evaluating the case.

Justice Alito’s Wife Has Managed to Avoid the Spotlight Until Now

Martha-Ann Alito has built a limited public life since moving to Washington that has mainly centered on apolitical projects and charity work.

The New York Trump Case Is Kind of Perfect

I thought this trial was a sideshow; I now think I was wrong.

Biden, Harris to launch Black voter group, as they aim to blunt Trump’s gains

Super PAC Backing House Dems Plans $100M Abortion Rights Push

The House Majority PAC is starting a $100 million fund that will focus on a nationwide abortion rights outreach campaign while trying to shift attention away from President Joe Biden's low poll numbers and voters' concerns about the border and imm…

Margins of Error

Look closely at almost anything and you'll find data—lots of it. But what are those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? Harry Enten is on a mission to find out.

Yet Another Violation of Trump’s Constitutional Rights in the Bragg Case

If this isn’t over the line, what is?

‘Defeat by Truth’: Biden’s Gaza Critics Start an Anti-Trump Campaign

The effort by Black faith leaders and activists signals that at least some of President Biden’s critics on the left will work to defeat his Republican rival.

The Problem with Utopias

The history of utopian fiction proves that we can’t even imagine a better world.

Business owner wins tight Texas primary, aims to make history by flipping deep-blue House seat

Darrell Day, a Dallas-area business owner and former Arlington city councilman, has won a tight Republican primary for Texas' 32nd Congressional District.