Politics

The Electoral College’s Real Problem: It’s Biased Toward the Big Battlegrounds

The debate over the Electoral College this week is familiar, but off point. Set off by criticism from Senator Elizabeth Warren, the discussion has often focused on the system’s real but minor bias toward small states, and the system’s intended (by the founders) but now entirely ineffectual role in preventing the “tyranny” of direct democracy. It largely misses the real ...

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What Really Makes a Difference in Vaccination Rates?

Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington. In response, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest recently made headlines by announcing initiatives to reduce vaccine misinformation on their platforms. But the focus on anti-vaccine content on social media can obscure the most important factor in whether children get vaccinated: the rules ...

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Donald Trump, Tragic Hero – The New York Times

THE CASE FOR TRUMP By Victor Davis Hanson I had expected that “The Case for Trump” would be an argument for why Donald Trump has been a good president, but it’s mostly about why Trump won in 2016, and its analysis, based on old polling and news clips, is interminable, marred by some cable-news-style exaggeration (Trump’s election foes are repeatedly ...

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How the Politically Unthinkable Can Become Mainstream

You may have heard about the Overton window, and that’s not about to stop. With the political landscape shifting in sometimes startling ways, what was once an obscure idea has gained broader relevance. But while the term has been bandied about lately, it hasn’t always been by people who know what they’re talking about. And it’s important to get this ...

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American Hostage in Yemen Has Been Released, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — An American citizen who was abducted nearly 18 months ago in the Yemeni city of Sana was freed last week and has been reunited with his family, President Trump announced on Monday. Danny Lavone Burch, an engineer at a Yemeni oil company, has been “recovered and reunited with his wife and children,” Mr. Trump tweeted aboard Air Force ...

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