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Image of the Day: Coronavirus Rolling Average Deaths Plummet

Perhaps this helpful rolling average graph from Eric Topol explains the curious shifting media focus to cases instead of actual deaths while the economy continues to reopen and improve.  Not that we're cynical.

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="722"] Coronavirus Deaths Plummeting[/caption]

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271 Do You Really Want America to Look Like Twitter?

It looks as if the next phase of our ginned-up national moral panic will feature the public shunning and harassment of people we disagree with. And in a free country, even the pretend oppressed can kick imaginary Nazis out of their establishments, as we saw when the co-owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, booted White House press secretary…

272 What Republicans Suspect About the FBI's Trump-Russia Probe

The struggle to uncover the FBI's conduct in the Trump-Russia probe has made some congressional investigators deeply suspicious of the bureau. But what do those investigators think actually happened in the Trump-Russia affair — at least, what do they think the FBI did? First, they're convinced the FBI has something to hide. In the last 12 months…

273 Step One to Stop False Accusations: Exposure

Incontrovertible fact: People lie. They fudge little things, like their height or weight. They exaggerate their athletic prowess or professional accomplishments. They deceive family, friends, lovers, voters, government officials, business partners and themselves. They lie about murder, theft, kidnapping, rape and discrimination. They lie for attention…

274 Trump-Russia: The Bank-Shot Investigation

On May 22, a man named Evgeny Freidman, the owner of more than 800 taxi licenses in New York City, pleaded guilty to "failure to remit to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance $5 million in 50-cent (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) surcharges between 2012 and 2015," according to a press release from the state attorney…

275 Did the Obama Administration Spy on Trump Using Flimsy Evidence? Let's Find Out

If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we've been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald Trump's antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspector general will assess whether political motivation tainted…

276 Eric Schneiderman Proves the Need for IRS Reform and Donor Privacy Protection

This isn't another commentary piling on disgraced former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose shockingly abusive behavior toward women was exposed in recent days.  Schneiderman's private life, however, wasn't the only realm in which he grossly abused his power.  His behavior in his official capacity was equally atrocious…

277 Is the Trump Tower Meeting Really Proof of Collusion?

If there is an Exhibit A in the case that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to fix the presidential election, it is the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between three top campaign officials — Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner — and a group of Russians who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. And if there…

278 Marginalizing Melania

Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump's Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan attacked her as "not culturally American," former Hillary Clinton spokesman…

279 The Obama Legacy Deserves to Be Destroyed

It's strange that a president who had such a transformative effect on our national discourse will leave such a negligible policy legacy. But Barack Obama, whose imperial term changed the way Americans interact and in some ways paved the way for the Trump presidency, is now watching his much-celebrated and mythologized two-term legacy be systematically…

280 Intellectual Property: NAFTA Renegotiation Priority #1

Intellectual property — patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets — provides America's greatest advantage over the rest of the world, and explains our centuries of innovative exceptionalism better than any other factor.  As the Trump Administration renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this…

281 Sombreros, Qipaos and Catholic Cosplay, Oh My!

The impossibly fickle, selective and whimsical rules of cultural appropriation are hard to keep straight. (Oops! I said "straight." Apologies to whomever. Oops, can I say "whomever?" Zimever? Verselves? Gah.) According to the white people who run the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, eating tacos, drinking tequila and wearing…

282 Time to End the Crazy Secrecy of Trump-Russia Investigation

On Jan. 24, 2017, then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was questioned by the FBI in his White House office. The session, focusing on Flynn's transition talks with the Russian ambassador, led to Flynn pleading guilty to a charge of lying to investigators. He is now awaiting sentencing. But why did FBI agents go to the White House in the first…

283 The FBI Shouldn't Be Above the Law Either

These days, a number of people seem to be under the impression that investigating President Donald Trump is the most vital project undertaken by this nation since its founding. Perhaps. But their feelings shouldn't override the Constitution, because for all the principles allegedly being whittled away by this administration, its antagonists seem to…

284 Skin in the Game: When Conservative Principles Prevail

What do private schools, conservative "red" states and the United States of America in general have in common?  The political left regularly demonizes each, but when it comes to putting their proverbial money where their mouths are, the behavior doesn't match the rhetoric.  That's what happens when one actually has skin in the…

285 Democrats and the Trump Impeachment Trap

George W. Bush was in terrible political shape in the spring of 2006. The Iraq war was going disastrously, and voters were tired of the president, whose job approval rating in the RealClearPolitics average of polls was around 35 percent. (Bush's disapproval rating was around 60 percent.) The upcoming November '06 midterms were shaping up as a debacle…

286 The 'Uncle Tom' Card Is Dead

Here is a short list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers who've been accused by their critics of being an "Uncle Tom" or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender ("Aunt Tomasina," "Uncle Juan," "Aunt Jemima," "Uncle Wong,&…

287 CDC Admission: Guns Used Far More Often in Self-Defense Than Crime

Firearms are used for defensive purposes between 500,000 and 3 million times every single year in the United States.  In comparison, firearms were used to commit violent crime 300,000 times as of 2008.  So objectively and rationally, gun prohibitions are a good idea, right?  If your reflexive reaction to reading that data is that…

288 Is 'Can't Prove Untrue' the New Standard in Trump Probe?

When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators and public officials. Are the charges true? Can the accusers prove it? That's the way it normally works. But now, in the case of the Trump dossier — the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the Clinton campaign to gather…

289 Comey's Handling of Hillary Clinton Shows Us He's No Hero

After being pressed by former top Bill Clinton political aide George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, James Comey admitted that he had "screwed up a couple of things." The former FBI director wasn't talking about his failure to notify then-President elect Donald Trump that unsubstantiated rumors paid for by his political opposition were helping…

290 As Congress Dithers on IRS Reform and Donor Privacy, the Trump Administration Should Act

As perilous November midterm elections approach, Congressional Republicans need all the support from conservatives that they can muster.  In that vein, few issues galvanize conservatives more than Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reform and preventing future political targeting of conservative organizations and donors.  This week, however…

291 Lots of Mueller Action, But What About Collusion?

Remember collusion? The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation. Yet Monday saw two developments in the Trump investigation — one discussed widely in the press, the other not as much — and neither pointed…

292 On The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Rule of Law

Recently, I took part in a debate on the question "Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?" I said yes. First, a caveat. If "endanger the rule of law" means "destroys our legal order and threatens our democracy," then no, I don't think the Trump-Russia investigation does that. But if it means "involves…

293 The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica 'Scandal' Is a Nothingburger

What the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal lacks in relevance it sure makes up for in melodramatic rhetoric. Take Bloomberg, for instance, which reported, "The revelations of the apparent skulduggery that helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election keep sending shock waves across the political landscape." Well, it's partially…

294 U.S. Postal Service Must Reduce Waste and Address Growing Threat of Counterfeit Parcels

No bureaucracy symbolizes government waste and incompetence like the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  That reputation is well-earned, which is unfortunate because postal delivery is one of the few federal government activities actually empowered by the Constitution's text.  To address that longstanding problem, Congress passed the Postal Accountability…

295 Another Fatal FBI Fumble in Florida

A sickening act of youth violence in Florida glinted across the news headlines last week, and then disappeared from view. There will be no CNN town halls or student walkouts over the lost life and preventable tragedy, because there are no guns to blame. Only dropped balls. As the exploiters of crisis know full well, bureaucratic screw-ups don't make…

296 If Flynn and Manafort Don't Face Collusion Charges, Then Who Was Colluding?

Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump." The popular word for that is "collusion," and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee…

297 Look Homeward, 'Change Agents'

Here is my homework assignment for all the fist-clenching, gun control-demanding teenagers walking out of classrooms this week (and next week and next month) to protest school shootings: Ask not what the rest of the country can do for your local school's safety; ask what your local school boards and superintendents have been failing to do for you.…

298 House GOP Delivers Blow to Trump-Russia Collusion Story

It has long been the key question of the Trump-Russia affair: Did Donald Trump's presidential campaign collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election? Now, we have the first official, albeit partisan, answer. "We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians," said Republicans…

299 If You're Trying to Ban Guns, the Least You Could Do Is Learn the Basics

The Washington Post recently published an op-ed by writer Adam Weinstein in which he argues that Second Amendment advocates "use jargon to bully gun-control supporters." "While debating the merits of various gun control proposals," he contends, "Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if…

300 If Socialism Is So Great, Why Do People Flee It?

If socialism works, why do people subjected to it invariably abandon it for more capitalistic destinations?  That dynamic doesn't just apply to international migration between nations, either.  It applies with equal force to interstate migration patterns within America.  Consider the latest news from that paragon of socialism, Venezuela…

 
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