Tag: Conservatism (US Politics)

Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation

Each day, in an office outside Phoenix, a team of young writers and editors curates reality. In the America presented on their news and opinion website, WesternJournal.com, tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes. Danger and outrages loom. A Mexican politician threatens the “takeover” of several […]

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Pompeo Fuels Further Talk of Senate Race

They were the types of meetings more typical for a political candidate than for the nation’s top diplomat. But on a trip on Tuesday to New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics heir and billionaire Republican donor, two people briefed on the meeting said, speaking on the condition […]

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How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?

The 2018 election marked at least a temporary end to Republicans’ rise to power in many states. With full control of 26 states, Republicans had built a sustained opportunity to transform American subnational government. Liberals certainly feared the worst. Dark portraits of the Koch brothers’ network and the American Legislative Exchange Council (known as ALEC) […]

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How Stephen Miller Rode an Anti-Immigration Wave to the White House

#miller-graphics-area #interactive-leadin, #miller-graphics-map #interactive-leadin, #miller-graphics-area #interactive-headline, #miller-graphics-map #interactive-headline { max-width:600px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } WASHINGTON — When historians try to explain how opponents of immigration captured the Republican Party, they may turn to the spring of 2007, when President George W. Bush threw his waning powers behind a legalization plan and conservative populists buried […]

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A Texas-Size Political Scandal Threatens Powerful House Speaker

AUSTIN, Tex. — In Texas, they are calling it the case of “The Speaker and the Creeper.” The political imbroglio started last month, when Michael Quinn Sullivan, a conservative pit bull who routinely antagonizes establishment politicians, accused the Republican House speaker, Dennis Bonnen, of offering his organization coveted House media credentials if it would work […]

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Is Josh Hawley the Future of the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the future of the Republican Party? This week on “The Argument,” Ross Douthat sits down with the first-term lawmaker to discuss the conservative case for cracking down on powerful […]

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The Pundit-Defying Idiosyncrasies of Iowa Voters

On Friday, Julie Allen, a 62-year-old Medicaid consultant, took time off work to sit in the scorching sun at a midday, open-air rally for Joe Biden in Boone, Iowa. In 2016, she told me, she was “all in” for Bernie Sanders, but she now feels “he’s past his time,” and as she considers her choices […]

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Does Trump Help Fuel Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Just how much responsibility does President Trump bear for violence motivated by racism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the recent shootings in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. Michelle Goldberg sees […]

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The Nihilist in Chief

What links Donald Trump to the men who massacred innocents in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend? Note that I said both men: the one with the white-nationalist manifesto and the one with some kind of atheist-socialist politics; the one whose ranting about a “Hispanic invasion” echoed Trump’s own rhetoric and the one who […]

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Trump Is a White Nationalist Who Inspires Terrorism

A decade ago, Daryl Johnson, then a senior terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, wrote a report about the growing danger of right-wing extremism in America. Citing economic dislocation, the election of the first African-American president and fury about immigration, he concluded that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells […]

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Conservatism Has a Violence Problem

Last year, 39 of the 50 killings committed by political extremists, according to the Anti-Defamation League, were carried out by white supremacists. Another eight were committed by killers with anti-government views. Over the past 10 years, right-wing extremists were responsible for more than 70 percent of extremist-related killings. “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat,” […]

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The Communal Power of a Real Job

The conservative blueprint envisions a flourishing society built upon a foundation of strong families and communities, buttressed by a free market. But cracks in that foundation are widening, the structure is swaying, and market forces are providing little support. In response, conservatives are turning their focus to workers. This response emerges from an insight that […]

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Conservatives Are Hiding Their ‘Loathing’ Behind Our Flag

The Republican Party under Donald Trump has devolved into a populist cult of personality. But Mr. Trump won’t be president forever. Can the cult persist without its personality? Does Trumpist nationalism contain a kernel of coherent ideology that can outlast the Trump presidency? At a recent conference in Washington, a group of conservatives did their […]

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What I’ll Be Looking for Tonight

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The second round of Democratic primary debates begins tonight in Detroit, followed by another debate on the same stage Wednesday night. Most analysts expect confrontation, because these are the last debates before the standards for qualifying get […]

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I’m a Republican and I Oppose Restarting Federal Executions

A long-held stereotype is that conservatives in this country favor capital punishment, while liberals oppose it. But that doesn’t accord with reality: In recent years, more conservatives have come to realize that capital punishment conflicts irreconcilably with their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Many conservatives also recognize that the death penalty […]

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Who Owns Theodore Roosevelt?

Theodore Roosevelt died a century ago in January, but his political legacy remains up for grabs — today, perhaps, more than ever. Everybody wants him on their team. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, has repeatedly cited Roosevelt as her favorite president and her “dream” running mate because, like her, he pushed a progressive agenda that […]

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The G.O.P. Is Now a Personality Cult

The tragedy of today’s Republican Party lies partly in how far it has tumbled from its heights. This is the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. It is the party that built interstate highways, championed family planning, founded the Environmental Protection Agency, opened relations with China, confronted the Soviet Union and managed the collapse of […]

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Polishing the Nationalist Brand in the Trump Era

WASHINGTON — Ever since Donald J. Trump laid waste to its ideological shibboleths with his victory at the polls, the conservative intellectual class has been scrambling to keep up with him. And earlier this week, at the first major gathering dedicated to wresting a coherent ideology out of the chaos of the Trumpist moment, the […]

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