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Two Patriots in the Crucible of December 1941

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 55 min ago
Shirley & Mauer, RealClearPolitics
Jay Dawley graduated from West Point in 1939, having entered the military academy four years earlier. It was prescient, as his family knew that war was coming.

Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

Top Reuters News - 6 hours 55 min ago
ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week.

The Torture Report Must Be Saved

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 55 min ago
Carl Levin & Jay Rockefeller, New York Times
In President Obama’s final national security speech on Tuesday, he spoke about the importance of staying true to our values, of not returning to torture, and of transparency. Now, in his remaining time in office, he has an opportunity to take action to advance these goals and to do something of great importance for the public’s understanding of our history. He has the ability to protect the Senate Intelligence Committee’s full 6,700-page reporton torture from being lost, perhaps forever.

Why Not 100-Year U.S. Treasury Bonds?

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 56 min ago
Lawrence Kudlow, Investor's Business Daily
If President-elect Donald Trump’s economic growth plan -- slashing business and personal marginal tax rates and rolling back costly business regulations -- is achieved next year, the economy could break out with 4 to 5 percent growth. And that means much higher interest rates.

Washington Post on the 'Fake News' Hot Seat

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 57 min ago
Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast
At least one of the websites blamed in a story for supposedly circulating Russian propaganda is threatening to sue the storied newspaper.

Forget Big Brother. Fear Little Brother. This Is Who He Is.

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 57 min ago
Maggie Orth, WP
This month in the District, a gunman shot up Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, threatening customers and workers and terrorizing an entire neighborhood. For months, Internet conspiracy theorists have accused Comet’s owners and leading figures of the Democratic Party of running a child pornography ring out of the restaurant, complete with satanic symbols and underground tunnels. And what did Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis do to earn such venom? He emailed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, about hosting a fundraiser.

Reagan Was Great, But It's Now Trump's Turn

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 58 min ago
Stephen Moore, FOX News
Has Ronald Reagan passed the Republican Party baton to Donald Trump?

The Spoils of the Republican State Conquest

RealClearPolitics - 6 hours 59 min ago
Kyle Peterson, Wall Street Journal
In the war of ideas, a think tank is like a munitions factory, churning out the matériel to push the trench line a few miles forward.

Harry Reid Is Right: Democrats Shouldn't Panic

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 3 sec ago
Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine
Liberals are rightly worried about their powerlessness. But some of their problems will be solved by Republicans.

Mr. President-Elect, Ease Off Twitter

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 22 sec ago
Lisa Schiffren, New York Daily News
It was said, in the 1980s, that Ronald Reagan was the first, and maybe the only GOP President...

Trump's Military-Heavy Picks for Top Posts Stir Debate

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 1 min ago
Rebecca Berg, RCP
President-elect Donald Trump has recruited a team of former generals to serve as Cabinet secretaries and advisers in his administration, with more such appointments and nominations potentially to come — raising the prospect of a White House subject to heavy military influence.

As Al Gore Told Donald Trump . . .

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 1 min ago
Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal
During the decades we’ve been waiting for actual climate data to validate or invalidate our climate models (we’re still waiting), at least one phenomenon has been reliably observed.

Trump and Pruitt Will Make America Gasp Again

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 2 min ago
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Many people voted for Donald Trump because they believed his promises that he would restore what they imagine were the good old days — the days when America had lots of traditional jobs mining coal and producing manufactured goods. They’re going to be deeply disappointed: The shift away from blue-collar work is mainly about technological change, not globalization, and no amount of tweets and tax breaks will bring those jobs back.

Trump Is Turning the GOP Into the Workers' Party

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 2 min ago
Rich Lowry, New York Post
In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America. After striking a Carrier deal to preserve about 800 jobs, the president-elecâ?¦

Inside Democrats' Plan to Beat Donald Trump at His Own Game

RealClearPolitics - 7 hours 3 min ago
Sam Frizell, Time
The fight is on for Rust Belt working class voters

Turkish jets hit 39 Islamic State targets, kill four militants

MiddleEasteye - 7 hours 4 min ago
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Turkey's campaign to drive Islamic State and Kurdish militants out of northern Syria has been continuing for almost four months

June 25, 2013 — The Day Republicans Won the Election

Who What Why - 7 hours 23 min ago

November 8 will go down in history as the day on which Donald Trump won the presidency and Republicans held the Senate by fighting off Democratic challengers in several close races. A key foundation for that victory, however, was laid more than three years earlier — on June 25, 2013. On that day, the Supreme Court handed the GOP a tool that allowed it to turn back the clock to a time when racism was OK.

With its Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the door to state laws whose sole aim was to ensure that voting would be as difficult as possible for minorities, who typically vote for Democrats.

The nation’s highest court decided that “preclearance,” the provision requiring the Department of Justice to sign off on changes to election laws in states with a history of discrimination, was no longer needed. They were quickly proven wrong.

Republicans, unable to change the country’s demographics, did the next best thing to remain in power: They changed who could vote by enacting a slew of state laws targeting minorities.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw the storm clouds forming on that day in June. In her dissent, she predicted that this decision would leave many voters out in the cold.  

“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet” she wrote.

To get a quick primer on voting rights, the Shelby County decision and voter suppression, please watch the short video below.

Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from John Roberts(HoyaLawandSociety / YouTube)

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Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader

Reuters Us Markets - 7 hours 26 min ago
* Interior Minister says would support a new Renzi government