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Conservatives’ Partial Devotion to the Declaration of Independence

Larry Arnn, the conservative president of Hillsdale College, arguably the most conservative college in the country, had an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal in which he partially praised the Declaration of Independence. Complimenting J.D. Vance’s speech accepting the Republican vice-presidential nomination, Arnn reflected on certain passages of the Declaration of Independence, such as how it is sometimes necessary for people ...

Congressional Incompetence in Its Trump-Shooting Investigation

Members of Congress are besides themselves over the testimony of Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle regarding the near-assassination of former president Trump. They are upset that Cheatle was unable to provide them with adequate explanations as to what appears to be incompetence at best and willful blindness, conscious indifference, or complicity at worst on the part of the Secret Service. But if incompetence ...

Why the U.S. Secrecy Surrounding Evan Gershkovich?

Last Friday, a Russian court, operating in secret, convicted Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in a Russian penal colony. Ever since Gershkovich’s arrest in March 2023, I have written extensively about the case: https://www.fff.org/?s=Gershkovich The Journal and U.S. officials have responded to the verdict and sentence in the same way they have responded ...

Should RFK, Jr., Have Accepted Secret Service Protection?

In the aftermath of the near-assassination of President Trump, President Biden finally granted independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s longtime request to be granted Secret Service protection. However, I can’t help but wonder whether Kennedy is now having second thoughts, not only given the Secret Service’s massive incompetence, at best, that led to the Trump shooting but also given the possibility, at ...

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