National Politics

Chart of Biden approval among young, non-college Rhode Islanders

Biden’s unpopularity can be a guide in Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | November 26, 2021 |

Via Stacey Lennox, who looks at Biden’s approval/disapproval ratings across all states for PJ Media, comes a fascinating tool that may prove useful in the toolboxes of anybody who writes about or engages in politics. It’s an interactive poll tool from Civiqs that allows the user to cut up the data by various demographics in one…

A water drop and ripples

What’s up with foreign-born billionaires reshaping U.S. politics?

By Justin Katz | November 26, 2021 |

Daniel Greenfield’s look into three billionaires funding the Democrat dark money machine is worth a read: Politico recently reported that the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the leading dark money machine of the Left, had pumped $410 million into Dem 2020 efforts to defeat Trump and Republicans. The Sixteen Thirty Fund had raised a record $390 million…

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The coverage trend of the Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre was predictable.

By Justin Katz | November 26, 2021 |

As I predicted, the murderous attack on a Christmas Parade in Wisconsin isn’t getting as much air time as it objectively merits: Prominent media outlets have already lost interest in the vehicular massacre that took place on Sunday at the Waukesha Christmas parade, a Washington Free Beacon analysis has determined. Since I last wrote about it, the narrative…

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Biden chooses union support over protecting children.

By Justin Katz | November 24, 2021 |

Stephen Green refers to this policy change as “the Pedophile Protection Act”: Joe Biden’s Department of Education is seeking to roll back a Trump-era effort to collect data on teacher-on-student sex crimes. “The department’s Office for Civil Rights will not ask school districts questions regarding teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations as part of its 2021-2022 Civil…

Chart of most popular governors in Autumn 2021

New Englanders seem to approve of their governors, lately (especially Republican ones).

By Justin Katz | November 24, 2021 |

During our weekly conversation on Monday, John DePetro and I had some mild disagreement about how one might explain the most recent results of Morning Consult’s regular ranking of U.S. governors’ popularity. The headline for Rhode Island is that Governor Dan McKee is the second-most-popular Democrat governor in the country (at thirteenth overall), behind Connecticut’s…

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Bezos’s $100 million to Obama is OK, but a local candidate’s reporting error is an offense?

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2021 |

That billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is giving Barack Obama $100 million for his foundation points to the reality that we really have to rethink our concept of money in politics: “I’m told the $100 million was midwifed by Jay Carney, Bezos’ political sherpa and the former Obama press secretary. Carney ran point for Bezos,…

A black man driving into a parade

One way or another, the Wisconsin Christmas parade massacre is indicative of our perilous position.

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2021 |

Unfortunately, it’s a familiar sequence. A video hits social media showing a few seconds of some shocking incident.  At first it is universally passed along with expressions of horror, but very quickly, browsing users can begin to see most posts groping for political relevance. Facts begin to emerge, and if they serve a progressive narrative…

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More Taxes on NatGas thanks to……

By Marc Comtois | November 19, 2021 |

As winter nears here in the Northeast, it sure is nice to know that part of the just-passed-the-House “Build Back Better” plan is a tax increase on natural gas. As  Eric Boehm of Reason reports: Buried inside the “Build Back Better” plan that cleared the House of Representatives on Friday morning is a new tax…

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Anybody buying the story that gassing January 6 prisoners was a slapstick-style accident?

By Justin Katz | November 15, 2021 |

There really aren’t that many people in prison at the moment over the events of January 6, so when stories of their mistreatment continue to arise, it kinda raises questions, you know? It also makes one question the explanations.  Last week, several of them had to be removed from their cells on stretchers after exposure…

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If only we had space to agree on the extreme cases…

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2021 |

Further to points about needing to find common ground, wouldn’t it be nice if our political environment were such that we could settle on areas of agreement, like this guy deserves jail time? Scott Fairlamb, a former mixed martial arts fighter from New Jersey captured on video punching a police officer in the head at…

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