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Pritzker Keeps Private Pay Records for Top Aides Hidden

J.B. Pritzker

Gov. J.B. Pritzker pledged that he would be transparent about using his personal fortune to double the state salaries of his top aides in the governor’s office, but the billionaire has yet to release payroll records for those employees.

Warren: Evidence Suggests Abrams Had Race Stolen From Her in Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) agrees with other Democrats who think last year’s Georgia governor’s race was stolen from Democrat Stacey Abrams, saying Saturday it’s what the “evidence seems to suggest.”

Bill Would Cut Red Tape for Kid Entrepreneurs

kid in a classroom

A bill that would allow Colorado minors to operate lemonade stands and other small businesses in the state without being required to obtain licenses or permits is being considered by the General Assembly.

Warren Supporter Explains Why He Walked Out of Her Announcement Speech

A former supporter of senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said he walked out of the speech announcing her candidacy because the Massachusetts Democrat was placing too much emphasis on raising taxes, and not talking enough about issues of equality and opportunity for minorities.

AOC Aide Complains Dem Staffers Don’t Want to ‘Burn Down’ Political System

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N.Y.) legislative assistant Dan Riffle, who goes by “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” on Twitter, expressed his frustration with Democratic staffers looking to get cushy jobs as lobbyists instead of wanting to “burn” the political system down.

What to Do About the Rebirth of Socialism

AOC

“The most important political event of the twentieth century,” wrote Irving Kristol in 1976, “is not the crisis of capitalism but the death of socialism.” Plenty of self-described Marxist and socialist regimes existed throughout the world, Kristol recognized. It was rather the ideas behind such regimes that had reached a moral and intellectual endpoint. Nor was this passing away entirely to be cheered. “For with the passing of the socialist ideal,” Kristol went on, “there is removed from the political horizon the one alternative to capitalism that was rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and in the Western civilization which emerged from that tradition.”

A Soul Healed

A conversion to Catholicism is invariably a romance with the Eucharist through the holy sacrifice of the Mass—and in this sense, New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari’s memoir From Fire By Water is a typical conversion story. But it’s also deeply personal: For Catholics, the Mass is the wellspring of a relationship with God, and Ahmari’s story speaks to the humbling power of the sacrament.

Environmental Activists Pushed Chinese-Friendly Policies with Obama Administration

State Department email records show that environmental activists, who have denied operating as foreign agents in response to congressional inquiries, partnered with Obama administration officials to advance climate change policies that were beneficial to China and detrimental to the United States, according to energy policy analysts and attorneys who have reviewed the electronic correspondence.

Trump Just Declared a National Emergency. What Does That Mean?

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he would declare a national emergency in order to construct a barrier on the southwestern border.

“We’re talking about an invasion of our country, with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” Trump said. “I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office, and we’ll have a national emergency.”

Inside the Ring: Destroyers in Disputed Waters

The Spruance Class Destroyer USS Cushing

Two U.S. destroyers sailed into waters of some of China’s militarized islands in the South China Sea this week in a challenge Beijing’s expansive maritime claims, the Pacific Fleet said.

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Review

Alita Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel may not be the best movie of the year. Heck, it may not even be director Robert Rodriguez’s best adaptation of a comic book. But it will almost certainly be the best big-budget comic book movie released in the first half of 2019 about a super-powered young woman who feels compelled to protect the innocent and is having trouble remembering her past.

What to Do About the Rebirth of Socialism

AOC

“The most important political event of the twentieth century,” wrote Irving Kristol in 1976, “is not the crisis of capitalism but the death of socialism.” Plenty of self-described Marxist and socialist regimes existed throughout the world, Kristol recognized. It was rather the ideas behind such regimes that had reached a moral and intellectual endpoint. Nor was this passing away entirely to be cheered. “For with the passing of the socialist ideal,” Kristol went on, “there is removed from the political horizon the one alternative to capitalism that was rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and in the Western civilization which emerged from that tradition.”

Pritzker Keeps Private Pay Records for Top Aides Hidden

J.B. Pritzker

Gov. J.B. Pritzker pledged that he would be transparent about using his personal fortune to double the state salaries of his top aides in the governor’s office, but the billionaire has yet to release payroll records for those employees.

A Soul Healed

A conversion to Catholicism is invariably a romance with the Eucharist through the holy sacrifice of the Mass—and in this sense, New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari’s memoir From Fire By Water is a typical conversion story. But it’s also deeply personal: For Catholics, the Mass is the wellspring of a relationship with God, and Ahmari’s story speaks to the humbling power of the sacrament.

Warren: Evidence Suggests Abrams Had Race Stolen From Her in Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) agrees with other Democrats who think last year’s Georgia governor’s race was stolen from Democrat Stacey Abrams, saying Saturday it’s what the “evidence seems to suggest.”

Environmental Activists Pushed Chinese-Friendly Policies with Obama Administration

State Department email records show that environmental activists, who have denied operating as foreign agents in response to congressional inquiries, partnered with Obama administration officials to advance climate change policies that were beneficial to China and detrimental to the United States, according to energy policy analysts and attorneys who have reviewed the electronic correspondence.

Bill Would Cut Red Tape for Kid Entrepreneurs

kid in a classroom

A bill that would allow Colorado minors to operate lemonade stands and other small businesses in the state without being required to obtain licenses or permits is being considered by the General Assembly.