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‘Enormous Price to Pay’: Pompeo Says He Warned Russian Foreign Minister against Bounties on U.S. Troops

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing on Iran at the State Department in Washington, D.C., April 8, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he warned Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov against placing bounties on the heads of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, assuring him there would be “an…

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A Composer Who Matters

Krzysztof Penderecki in 2014 (Jakub Ociepa / Agencja Gazeta via Reuters) On Krzysztof Penderecki (1933–2020)Editor’s Note: Below is an expanded version of a piece that appears in the current issue of National Review. Over the years, I have interviewed many musicians, most of them performers, with a few composers sprinkled in. (On rare occasions, the…

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When George Washington Met Moses

Statue of George Washington stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) How George Washington championed freedom for Jews, Catholics, and other religious minoritiesIn 1790, the United States of America was a new nation, but Moses Seixas was already living what would come to be called the American Dream. The son of Sephardic Jews who…

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A Rational Approach to Global Warming

(Pixabay) Bjorn Lomborg offers a practical approach to climate change. Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm (Basic Books, $20) does not “deny” the likelihood of global warming as set out in the United Nations’ Reports on Climate Change. Lomborg expresses belief in the U.N.’s central estimate of a temperature increase of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels…

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National Lockdown Aspirations: A Bridge Too Far Even for the Fed

Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, speaks during an interview in New York City, March 29, 2019. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) When Fed officials make policy pronouncements on non-financial matters on which they have no expertise or authority, everyone loses. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I   am happy to engage in constructive dialogue over…

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California Here We Come

Then-California attorney general Kamala Harris in 2011. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Kamala Harris wants you to live in the Democrats’ California dreamland. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f Joe Biden wins the presidency, it is likely that two of the three faces Americans see during State of the Union speeches will be San Francisco Democrats. The…

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Dishonest Attacks on Susan Collins Distort Her Independent Record

Sen. Susan Collins talks to reporters about the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 17, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters) The unserious bomb throwers at the Lincoln Project and the Human Rights Campaign make the truth a casualty of their crusade against President Trump. NRPLUS MEMBER…

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Instead of Reopen, It’s Time to Rethink Government Education

(GlobalStock) There is no better time to make a change than right now, when public education is in chaos.What’s that popping sound? Could it be a million figurative lightbulbs clicking on above public-school parents’ heads? The vast majority of American families send their children to public schools. Only 11 percent of children attend private schools,…

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Rewriting History on Harris vs. Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on the second night of the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Mich., July 31, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Biden’s new running mate has suggested he supported segregation and was guilty of inappropriately touching women. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D emocratic Party operatives and journalists — but I…

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Republicans and Race, Redux

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris at her first joint appearance with former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., August 12, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) It isn’t black voters Harris is meant to court.In 2020, the Republican Party has a bad reputation on race, not entirely undeserved, and the thing…