The China Vise Tightens on Hong Kong

The China Vise Tightens on Hong Kong

Day by day, China’s Communist Party is squeezing the free breath out of Hong Kong. On Friday Beijing’s local factotum used the pandemic as an excuse to postpone elections for a year, and dissenters are being arrested or fired. The…

Judicial Political Mischief Averted

Judicial Political Mischief Averted

Chalk up a rare victory against politicizing the judiciary. Late last week the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the U.S. Judicial Conference dropped its proposed ban on federal judges belonging to the Federalist Society, though the fact that this…

Economists vs. Common Sense

Economists vs. Common Sense

Most Americans understand intuitively that if people make more money by not working, fewer people will work. Then there are politicians and economists who want to pass out more money while claiming that disincentives to work are irrelevant. The latest…

How Trump Can Deliver Tax Relief Without Congress

President Trump needs to reset the debate on the latest coronavirus relief bill. Senate Republicans have scuttled their best pro-growth idea—a payroll tax cut—and instead released a $1 trillion spending bill. Last week Mr. Trump acknowledged that compromising with Speaker…

Madison Warned About ‘Sanctuary’ States

Madison Warned About ‘Sanctuary’ States

President Trump met wide derision last month when he issued an executive order excluding illegal aliens from the census numbers used for apportioning House seats. “Persons means persons,” Thomas Wolf of the Brennan Center for Justice told a reporter. “Everyone…

A Latin Leader Copes With Covid-19

A Latin Leader Copes With Covid-19

The costly health outcomes from Covid-19 in Latin America were predictable. More difficult to forecast is the medium- and long-term economic fallout from the virus. How fast can countries recover, and which ones will make the right policy choices to…

The Physics of a Political Crack-Up

The Physics of a Political Crack-Up

Are politics swinging out of control? Have we reached the resonant frequency of destruction? Oh, how we’ve swung—from the lefty Third Way of Clinton-Gore, to the righty foreign adventures of Bush-Cheney, to the progressive “Life of Julia” nanny state of…

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