Tag: Conservatism (US Politics)

The Pastors Being Driven Out by Trumpism

Ruth Graham contributed reporting. Sound design by Marion Lozano. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney […]

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There Is a Way to Solve the Problem of Hyperpartisan Judges

The Fifth Circuit disagreed. Writing for the panel, Judge Andrew Oldham, a Trump appointee, upheld the law. For Oldham, “moderation” is little more than censorship. Of course, the First Amendment “protects every person’s right to ‘the freedom of speech,’ ” Oldham writes. “But the platforms argue that buried somewhere in the person’s enumerated right to […]

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How Border Politics Landed in Martha’s Vineyard

Miriam Jordan contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, […]

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Can Republicans Tax the Rich?

And a self-limiting tendency, while understandable, points to a plausible future in which national conservatism allows itself to be effectively reabsorbed into the G.O.P. mainstream without having achieved its revolution. As Park MacDougald observed recently for UnHerd, just in the several years they’ve held conferences, there’s already been a taming of the “natcons.” The first […]

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Glenn Youngkin Is Playing a Dangerous Game

Their arrival marked the beginning of a tectonic shift in American political life. “The difference in laws between the North and the South created a political coming-of-age for Black migrants,” the political scientist Keneshia N. Grant writes in “The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the […]

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DeSantis’s Migrant Flights Aim to Jolt Midterms, and Lay Groundwork for 2024

For months, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona have been busing migrants across the country, using immigrants as political props as they try to score points in the midterm elections and bolster their conservative bona fides. But last week, Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, supercharged the tactic, flying two chartered […]

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Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React

Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday, playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song. While speaking in Youngstown in support of J.D. Vance, whom he has endorsed as Ohio’s Republican […]

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Extreme Religious Liberty Is Undermining Public Health

A federal judge ruled last week that requiring employers to cover PrEP, a medication that helps people at high risk for H.I.V. avoid infection, violates religious liberty because these employers perceive the drug to encourage gay and extramarital sex by making it safer. The ruling suggested extreme skepticism ‌toward‌ the benefits of health care regulation. […]

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The Conflict Between Elites and Populists May Not Be What It Seems

These trends manifest, the authors continue, “in two ways: first, in any given survey year, rich people report being less materialist than the poor. Second, as average incomes increased over time, the U.S. population as a whole became less materially oriented.” In a separate 2020 paper, “Moral Values and Voting,” Enke found that starting in […]

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Enter the Candidate Wives

Ready or not, here come the political wives. It’s that time in the campaign cycle when many nominees, especially those running for statewide office, shift from stirring up their base to making themselves more palatable to the general electorate. This year, the Republican Party is under particular pressure to slap a friendly face on its […]

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A Great Podcast, a Worthy Memoir and a Curdled Take on Clarence Thomas

I spent the summer away from New York City and this week am back into the swing of my real life. Already, I’ve been gobsmacked by things relating to the three topics I cover here the most. On music, I’ve had the opportunity to see 14-year-old Charles Kirsch carry off M.C.-ing a cabaret show that […]

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You Can’t Talk About MAGA America in Hushed Tones

President Biden is right. The so-called MAGA movement, led by Donald Trump, is a direct threat to democratic self-government in the United States. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” as Biden put it in Philadelphia last week. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the […]

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Pat Buchanan Didn’t Plan on It, but He Paved the Way for Trump

In his efforts to fill the vacuum to the right of Reagan, Mr. Buchanan also borrowed directly from the far right. The New Right had drawn inspiration from the campaigns of the Alabama segregationist George Wallace; Mr. Buchanan now drew from the candidacy of David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan […]

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Why a Narrow, Hard-Right Republican House Majority Could Spell Chaos

Josh Brecheen, an ardent Republican who is virtually assured of victory in November to represent an overwhelmingly red House seat in eastern Oklahoma, has a message that is geared as much toward G.O.P. leaders in Washington as it is toward his party’s voters: He’s not going to the Capitol to make friends. “Whomever is elected […]

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How Michigan Resisted Far Right Extremism

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A brutal plot to abduct the governor. An armed protest in the galleries of the State Capitol. A candidate for governor who stormed the halls of Congress — only to see his popularity rise. In Michigan, you can feel extremism creeping into civic life. Michigan is far from the only state […]

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Republicans Seek Path for Constitutional Convention

WASHINGTON — Representative Jodey Arrington, a conservative Texas Republican, believes it is well past time for something the nation has not experienced for more than two centuries: a debate over rewriting the Constitution. “I think the states are due a convention,” said Mr. Arrington, who in July introduced legislation to direct the archivist of the […]

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Doug Mastriano’s Extremely Online Rise to Republicans’ Governor Nominee in Pa.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Diane Fisher, a nurse from Weatherly, Pa., was surfing through videos on Facebook when she came across a livestream from Doug Mastriano, a Pennsylvania state senator. Starting in late March 2020, Mr. Mastriano had beamed regularly into Facebook from his living room, offering his […]

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Why the Evangelical Movement Is in ‘Disarray’ After Dobbs

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ With Roe now overturned, the evangelical movement has achieved one of its decades-old political priorities. But for many evangelicals, this isn’t the moment of celebration and unity it may have first appeared to be. In the wake of the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Russell Moore […]

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The Idea That Letting Trump Walk Will Heal America Is Ridiculous

The main argument against prosecuting Donald Trump — or investigating him with an eye toward criminal prosecution — is that it will worsen an already volatile fracture in American society between Republicans and Democrats. If, before an indictment, we could contain the forces of political chaos and social dissolution, the argument goes, then in the […]

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An Unusual $1.6 Billion Donation Bolsters Conservatives

WASHINGTON — A new conservative nonprofit group scored a $1.6 billion windfall last year via a little-known donor — an extraordinary sum that could give Republicans and their causes a huge financial boost ahead of the midterms, and for years to come. The source of the money was Barre Seid, an electronics manufacturing mogul, and […]

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Group Seeks to Block Abortion Vote in Michigan, Citing Typography

Conservative groups in Michigan filed challenges this week to efforts to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot in November, one that would guarantee abortion rights and the other that would expand voting access. The challenge to the abortion amendment was based on a lack of spacing between words, which gave some words the appearance […]

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What Liz Cheney’s Lopsided Loss Says About the State of the G.O.P.

Representative Liz Cheney’s martyr-like quest to stop Donald J. Trump has ensured her place in Republican Party history. But her lopsided defeat in Wyoming on Tuesday also exposed the remarkable degree to which the former president still controls the party’s present — and its near future. Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Mr. Trump in […]

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What Liz Cheney’s Loss in Wyoming Means

Thus, they perform small symbolic acts, like pushing a bill that requires local law enforcement officials to ignore federal law that violates the Second Amendment, or sponsoring a bill that prohibited the teaching of critical race theory in Wyoming public schools. It failed because enough traditional conservatives don’t believe it’s a real problem. Tom Walters, […]

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The New Politics of Abortion

Some liberals seemed genuinely surprised by the results of the Kansas referendum on abortion. A reliably Republican state, a sweeping pro-choice victory. Who could have foreseen it? Others suggested that only the pro-life side should be shocked. “The anti-abortion movement has long claimed that voters would reward Republicans for overturning Roe,” wrote Slate’s Mark Joseph […]

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How Republicans Are ‘Weaponizing’ Public Office Against Climate Action

Like Ms. Omarova, Ms. Raskin withdrew her nomination. “Sarah was subject to baseless attacks from industry and conservative interest groups,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. The treasurers have also set their sights on new federal rules and regulations intended to strengthen the government’s ability to act on climate change. Late last year, the State […]

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Hungary Leader Viktor Orban Addresses CPAC Dallas

DALLAS — It was a reception from conservatives that would be expected for a party leader like former President Donald J. Trump, replete with standing ovations, glad-handing and roaring approval for a defiant message opposing immigration and gay marriage. But the recipient of the heroic welcome on Thursday was Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, […]

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The Republican Party Is the Anti-Democracy Party

The word “democracy” never appears in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. However, democracy is central to the modern concept of America. The founders seemed to prefer calling the burgeoning country a Republic rather than a democracy. Many were opposed to direct democracy and the possibility that demagogues could corrupt it or mob rule […]

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On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

Kansas has a history of relative reproductive freedom, too, and related turmoil. The Wichita clinic of George Tiller, one of the nation’s few physicians who performed rare third-trimester abortions, was pipe-bombed in 1986. Anti-abortion zealots from across the country descended on Dr. Tiller’s clinic with disruptive mass protests during the summer of 1991. He survived […]

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Meijer’s Defeat Shows Republican Intolerance for Trump’s Antagonists

WASHINGTON — The defeat on Tuesday of Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan, the young conservative scion of a supermarket empire who voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump, was another sign that the party’s conservative core is bent on casting out those who have dared to break with Mr. Trump, who has embarked on a […]

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