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Joined by two Democratic colleagues, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Thursday officially floated his proposed ban on “pay-to-win” monetization in video games that explicitly target children.

Institute for Justice Scores Free Speech Wins

The Institute for Justice won two free speech cases for entrepreneurs this week: one against licensing laws, the other against the “mural police.”

Sanders Campaign Manager Hits Biden for High-Dollar Fundraisers

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I. Vt.) campaign manager Faiz Shakir took aim at Democrat presidential primary front runner Joe Biden for recent high-dollar fundraisers the former vice president has held since joining the race.

Mark Kelly Attended Fundraiser Hosted By Canadian ‘Deadbeat’ Dad

Mark Kelly, the former astronaut running as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, appeared at a May 15 fundraiser hosted by a man who previously made headlines for being one of Ontario, Canada’s “worst deadbeat parents.”

Senate Makes Earmark Ban Permanent

Sen. Ben Sasse

A Republican initiative in the Senate, led by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), passed an amendment on Thursday renewing and codifying a Congressional ban on earmarking bills.

Toomey Reintroduces Bill to Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities

Sen. Pat Toomey

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Penn.) reintroduced a proposal Thursday to cut off funding to the nation’s sanctuary cities, whose policies he said “make it harder to stop illegal immigration and keep dangerous criminals off the streets.”

DCCC Chair Cancels Fundraiser for Pro-Life Democratic Congressman

After facing backlash from progressive activists and her fellow Democrat colleagues, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) canceled a planned fundraiser on Wednesday for Rep. Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.), one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress.

GOP Sees Positive Signs for 2020 in Pa. Special Election Win

President Donald Trump looks on as Fred Keller speaks

Democrat Marc Friedenberg was on the ballot again in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District on Tuesday—this time facing a relatively unknown state lawmaker rather than a four-term incumbent congressman—and he lost by an even bigger margin, a sign to Republicans that 2020 will not be a repeat of 2018.

America’s Best Defense Against Socialism

socialists

The United States of America has flummoxed socialists since the nineteenth century. Marx himself couldn’t quite understand why the most advanced economy in the world stubbornly refused to transition to socialism. Marxist theory predicts the immiseration of the proletariat and subsequent revolution from below. This never happened in America. Labor confronted capital throughout the late nineteenth century, often violently, but American democracy and constitutionalism withstood the clash. Socialist movements remained minority persuasions. When Eugene V. Debs ran for president in 1912, he topped out at six percent of the vote. Populist third-party candidates, from George Wallace in 1968 (14 percent) to Ross Perot in 1992 (19 percent) have done much better.

Herman Wouk, 1915-2019

Herman Wouk was a good writer. He could spin a compelling tale, and he could embroider some serious ideas onto that tale. His prose was clean, and his characters recognizable. But he wasn’t Proust. Or Tolstoy. Or Saul Bellow. He was just good, producing—with The Caine Mutiny (1951), for example—solid American middlebrow work much better than, say, Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955).

Congress Seeks to Stop Feds From Releasing Convicted Terrorists From Prison Early for Good Behavior

Tom Cotton

Congress is seeking to prevent the federal government from releasing Americans convicted of terrorism from being released from prison for good behavior, legislation that comes in reaction to the recent release of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who was let out of prison after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.

America’s Best Defense Against Socialism

socialists

The United States of America has flummoxed socialists since the nineteenth century. Marx himself couldn’t quite understand why the most advanced economy in the world stubbornly refused to transition to socialism. Marxist theory predicts the immiseration of the proletariat and subsequent revolution from below. This never happened in America. Labor confronted capital throughout the late nineteenth century, often violently, but American democracy and constitutionalism withstood the clash. Socialist movements remained minority persuasions. When Eugene V. Debs ran for president in 1912, he topped out at six percent of the vote. Populist third-party candidates, from George Wallace in 1968 (14 percent) to Ross Perot in 1992 (19 percent) have done much better.

Herman Wouk, 1915-2019

Herman Wouk was a good writer. He could spin a compelling tale, and he could embroider some serious ideas onto that tale. His prose was clean, and his characters recognizable. But he wasn’t Proust. Or Tolstoy. Or Saul Bellow. He was just good, producing—with The Caine Mutiny (1951), for example—solid American middlebrow work much better than, say, Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955).

Institute for Justice Scores Free Speech Wins

The Institute for Justice won two free speech cases for entrepreneurs this week: one against licensing laws, the other against the “mural police.”

Sanders Campaign Manager Hits Biden for High-Dollar Fundraisers

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I. Vt.) campaign manager Faiz Shakir took aim at Democrat presidential primary front runner Joe Biden for recent high-dollar fundraisers the former vice president has held since joining the race.

Congress Seeks to Stop Feds From Releasing Convicted Terrorists From Prison Early for Good Behavior

Tom Cotton

Congress is seeking to prevent the federal government from releasing Americans convicted of terrorism from being released from prison for good behavior, legislation that comes in reaction to the recent release of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who was let out of prison after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.

Mark Kelly Attended Fundraiser Hosted By Canadian ‘Deadbeat’ Dad

Mark Kelly, the former astronaut running as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, appeared at a May 15 fundraiser hosted by a man who previously made headlines for being one of Ontario, Canada’s “worst deadbeat parents.”

Senate Makes Earmark Ban Permanent

Sen. Ben Sasse

A Republican initiative in the Senate, led by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), passed an amendment on Thursday renewing and codifying a Congressional ban on earmarking bills.