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2020 is toxic for Republicans

Rich Lowry The best indication that Larry Elder was going down hard in the California recall wasn’t the polling, although that all swung the wrong way in the final weeks, but his suggestion late in the campaign that Democrats were going to steal the election. Preemptive excuse-making isn’t a sign of great confidence — the…

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Two presidential addresses, 80 years apart, speak to the nation

David Shribman Last week’s 20th anniversary commemorations of the terrorist attacks of 2001 stirred passions deep and wide. They reminded us of the fear that gripped us, the urgency we felt and the sense we had of sharing a perilous moment of history. And the remarks uttered to mark the passing of two fraught decades…

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Happy (Jewish) New Year

Susan Estrich COVID? Last year, we thought it might be the last year. This year, we know better. In Los Angeles, we’ve pretty much outlawed COVID. In Florida, you’ve got a right to have COVID. Texas, too. Me, I’d rather pay taxes and outlaw COVID. It’s the new federalism. Red states have a right to…

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Gavin’s Lucky Day

Susan Estrich   He Survived! Not exactly a triumph, when you come right down to it. The bluest state in the nation, facing the “sage from South Central,” stays white. Larry Elder and I date back to the days when he was the house conservative at KABC-790 Talk Radio. The rest of the lineup was liberal.…

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Biden Applies His Bragging Rights to the Stock Market

Fromma Harrop   “Biden’s Stock Market Returns Continue to Trounce Trump’s” reads a recent Forbes headline. Sophisticated investors know this, but most of the public may not because Democrats have this self-defeating aver- sion to boasting about bull markets during their watch. That seems to have changed under President Joe Biden. Recall how former President…

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No One is Forcing You to Get the Vaccine

Froma Harpop Let’s be clear. No one has to get the vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccina- tion for people.” President Joe Biden did not change that policy when he announced stringent new regulations. Without a doubt, the rules strongly encourage — one…

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1 in 4, Maybe More

Susan Estrich Last week, children across the nation went back to school. That was the good news. The bad news was that COVID-19 went back to school with them. Official reports found that 1 in 4 cases were among children. Unofficial reports suggest that the numbers may be even higher. And who is infecting these…

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The real Biden presidency emerges

Rich Lowry Not too long ago, supporters imagined Joe Biden might be the next LBJ, and perhaps they were right — just not how they thought. Biden bears no resemblance to the Lyndon B. Johnson who entered office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 with a 75% approval rating and over the…

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Terror!

Froma Harpop “Wake up,” my friend Annie warned me. “The world is coming to an end.” It was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I was due to fly east on Friday, to launch my paperback book tour. But first, I switched on the television — just in time to see the second plane crash…

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Continuing Trump fervor explained

By Jim Nowlan and Allen Andersen We live in Trump country. Seven of 10 voters in our respective central Illinois counties voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. We are not Trump fans, yet many of our friends are. Trump will go away; his base won’t, so what gives with our friends? Based…

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