Tag: Conservatism (US Politics)

Should College Be Free?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Should public colleges be tuition-free? Should student loan debt be forgiven? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss Pete Buttigieg’s criticisms of his more liberal Democratic rivals’ plans to reduce the costs of […]

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Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender

WASHINGTON — Late last month, as damaging revelations about President Trump began piling up in the impeachment inquiry, conservative commentators and activists, including one of the president’s sons, trained their anger on an unlikely target: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Mr. Graham, normally one of the president’s most ardent defenders in the Senate, […]

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Conservative Hypocrisy Makes Its Case at the Supreme Court

What a time to be a conservative movement lawyer. Emboldened by the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, lawyers on the right have asked the Supreme Court to push the law beyond existing boundaries on a range of issues. From immigration, abortion and the use of public funding on religious schools to gun rights and L.G.B.T. […]

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The Left Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump’s Judges (Yet)

Republicans are celebrating how they’ve packed the 12 regional federal appeals courts (excluding a specialized federal appellate court) with conservative judges. Earlier this month, President Trump hosted Senate Republicans at the White House to cheer their 45th confirmation. Stephen Bannon recently said, in praising Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who chose many of […]

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Bill Barr, the Man From 1980

In two recent speeches, one at Notre Dame and the other before the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr infuriated people already infuriated with him by issuing extended attacks on contemporary liberalism. The first speech, a defense of religious liberty and religious conservatism, attacked the “growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism” […]

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Republicans Can Win Back the Suburbs. Here’s How.

Republican support continues to erode in the suburbs of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. This month’s elections offered more proof of the party’s struggles, as Democrats surged in suburban Washington, Philadelphia and New Orleans while gaining enough votes in the suburbs outside Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington to capture the Kentucky governorship. Republicans looking to win […]

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Barr Bridges the Reagan Revolution and Trump on Executive Power

WASHINGTON — The midst of a swelling impeachment inquiry over abuse-of-power allegations might seem like an odd moment for Attorney General William P. Barr to deliver a high-profile speech linking his lifelong vision of maximalist presidential power with a defense of President Trump’s use of executive authority. But a head-turning, at times partisan speech that […]

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Conservative Groups Are Teaming Up to Defend Trump, and Raise Money

WASHINGTON — On the day of House Democrats’ first public impeachment hearing into President Trump this week, as leaders of some of the conservative movement’s most prominent organizations dialed into a briefing call hosted by the White House to coordinate their message, their activists were hard at work. The groups had sent out specific marching […]

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Will New Candidates Shake Up the 2020 Race?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Why are Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick flirting with jumping into the 2020 presidential primary this late in the game? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate what the pair’s maneuvers say about […]

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Is Mayor Pete the Answer?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Pete Buttigieg the best Democratic candidate to take on Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists size up the South Bend mayor’s rise in Iowa and a new Times poll terrifying those […]

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Abandoning Everything You Ever Believed, for Brexit. (Or Trump.)

The premise of “Question Time,” the weekly BBC political discussion show, is simple: A panel of guests fields questions from the audience on matters of the day, responding mostly with circular nonanswers and unchecked bluster until other panelists break in and they all speak over one another, on repeat, for an hour. The panel typically […]

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Winning the Nightmare-Commute Vote

MANASSAS PARK, Va. — If Democrats take control of the Virginia state legislature on Tuesday, they will hold unified power in this Southern state for the first time in a generation. They will have a chance to enact stricter gun laws, to expand L.G.B.T.Q. rights, to raise the state’s minimum wage. And they will preside […]

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A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War

ARLINGTON, Va. — From the 12th floor of a glass office tower in the Washington suburbs, a campaign to sway the governor’s race in Kentucky on Tuesday is being waged with an alarmist claim that has little to do with the race itself: If Democrats have their way, soon boys will be able to compete […]

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Americans Trust Local News. That Belief Is Being Exploited.

The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites exploit the relatively high trust Americans express in local news outlets — a potential vulnerability in Americans’ defenses against untrustworthy […]

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Should Facebook Be Fact-Checked?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Should Facebook be more strict when it comes to fact-checking political ads? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate growing concern over the social media giant’s role in American politics. Michelle Goldberg notes […]

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Trump’s Deficits Are an Existential Threat to Conservatism

Last week, the Treasury Department announced that the federal deficit was just shy of $1 trillion in the 2019 fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30. The Congressional Budget Office expects deficits to exceed that mark every year going forward. During Barack Obama’s presidency, such news triggered sanctimonious outrage among Republicans. Mr. Obama’s run of […]

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The Overstated Collapse of American Christianity

Fifty years ago, many observers of American religion assumed that secularization would gradually wash traditional Christianity away. Twenty years ago, Christianity looked surprisingly resilient, and so the smart thinking changed: Maybe there was an American exception to secularizing trends, or maybe a secularized Europe was the exception and the modernity-equals-secularization thesis was altogether wrong. Now […]

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In Praise of ‘Human Scum’

I’m often incredulous at Republican servility to Donald Trump. I’ve struggled to understand how people who’ve spent a lifetime chest-beating about patriotism can be so willing to burn liberal democracy to the ground to protect a man they wouldn’t trust to sell them a used car. So I’ve tried to envision a situation in which […]

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Mimicking Local News, a Network of Michigan Websites Pushes Politics

Despite working for Michigan State University outside Lansing, Mich., Matt Grossmann had never heard of The Lansing Sun until he stumbled across the website on his Facebook news feed earlier this month. So when he clicked on an advertised article about Michigan’s roads spending that criticized the state’s Democratic governor, he was curious to know […]

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When James Baldwin Squared Off Against William F. Buckley Jr.

THE FIRE IS UPON US James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in AmericaBy Nicholas Buccola In 1965, the year of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and the Watts riots, an ancillary skirmish played out across the Atlantic. James Baldwin, then at the height of his international reputation, faced off against William F. […]

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Is the Trump Impeachment Saga Kavanaugh 2.0? Some Republicans Hope So

WASHINGTON — Some of President Trump’s most relentless defenders are expressing a sense of déjà vu over the impeachment inquiry currently underway. “ORCHESTRATED DEM CAMPAIGN LIKE KAVANAUGH,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, wrote on Twitter. “I’ve seen this movie before — with Brett #Kavanaugh,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Kavanaugh 2.0” […]

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