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The GOP is still Trump’s and other commentary

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Conservative: The GOP Is Still Trump’s

Former President Donald Trump’s appearance at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference showed that “this is still Trump’s party,” notes The Federalist’s David Marcus. While he may not have been “the only star,” the conference’s themes, such as the dangers of China and Big Tech, “reflected Trump’s political philosophy.” In his own speech, Trump “reminded us all that the GOP has changed, and it’s glorious.” In the past four years, everyone wondered why some “Republican electeds” are “so scared of Trump and his tweets,” but actually, “what those officials feared and still do is Trump’s voters” and their populist and conservative-nationalist instincts. “For now, that populism is here to stay.”

Education beat: Charters Are ‘Equity’ Machines

“President Joe Biden’s vision of renewed unity among America’s diverse population can never be achieved without education equity for students of color,” argues Lenny McAllister at USA Today. And this means proving that the administration “understands, values and supports” parents who enroll their children in the 7,500 public charter schools across the United States. After all, “in areas where schools are chronically underperforming, and families have little education choice, there are also fewer living-wage jobs and the school-to-prison pipeline flows all too freely.” Charters offer 3.3 million “mostly black and brown” kids nationwide “teachers who look more like them and curriculum that is malleable to fit diverse backgrounds and learning preferences.” Closing the achievement gap remains “the civil-rights issue of our time,” and charters are indispensable.

Cuomo watch: Gov Can’t Use Old Excuses

When former aide Charlotte Bennett accused Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment three days after ex-staffer Lindsey Boylan detailed similar allegations, the governor seemed to think he could “calibrate” his way through the trouble as usual, surmises Vanity Fair’s Chris Smith. But his “circumstances this time were very different” than during previous political battles, including over his nursing-home scandal. For starters, his conduct included asking “creepy questions about the sex life” of a 25-year-old sex-assault survivor (Bennett), and he doesn’t deny making the comments. Then, too, he can’t blame political enemies for this one. He really is in deep trouble.

Leftist: The Bogus ‘Perils’ of Independent News

At his TK News blog on Substack, Matt Taibbi rises in defense of . . . Substack. Recently, Sarah Roberts, co-leader of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, argued that sites hosting independent journalists are a “threat to journalism,” because such writers aren’t under the “strict editorial and journalistic principles” of a traditional newsroom. Taibbi observes that she clearly means people like him and Glenn Greenwald, “arguing that we made our names as reporters in the structure of traditional newsrooms, taking advantage of ‘norms and practices’ like fact-checking and editing.” Yet she “has things backward. Greenwald and I . . . got our start as independents. . . . We both built substantial readerships on our own before being scooped up by ‘traditional’ news organizations.” She also ignores the growing “perception that traditional news outlets have become tools of the very corporate and political interests they’re supposed to be overseeing.” Indeed, traditional outlets are now consumed by concerns that “audiences make the ‘correct’ political decision with the news they’re given,” which winds up leading them to embrace outright falsehoods such as the claim that The Post’s Hunter Biden scoops were just “Russian disinformation.”

Iconoclast: The Racism of ‘Anti-Racist’ Math

At his Substack, It Bears Mentioning, John McWhorter slams the educators’ guide “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction” as itself racist. Centrally, the guide argues “that making black kids be precise is ­immoral.” And it advances lunatic claims such as “a focus on getting the ‘right’ answer is ‘perfectionism’ or ‘either/or thinking’ ”; “to teach math in a linear fashion, with skills taught in sequence, is racist”; and “to require students to ‘show their work’ is racist.” The idea that “black kids shouldn’t be expected to master the precision of math is bigotry right out” of the 19th century.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Supreme Court decisions expose Dems as half-baked hysterics

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When President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last fall, hysterical Democrats declared millions of Americans would lose health coverage with her vote against ObamaCare — and immediately started talking about packing a court they called hopelessly divided.

Two big Supreme Court decisions last week proved reality turned out to be nothing like Dems’ fever dreams.

In a 7-2 decision in California v. Texas, the high court rejected a Republican bid to invalidate ObamaCare — and Barrett was not one of the two dissenters. It ruled that Texas and 17 other GOP-led states didn’t have standing to challenge the law’s individual mandate. The Trump administration had taken their side, while 20 Democratic-run states including New York and California, along with the Dem-controlled House of Representatives, took the other. Only Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented to the majority opinion the liberal Stephen Breyer authored.

How could this be? Last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared, “Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will be the end of the Affordable Care Act.” In her opening statement at Barrett’s confirmation hearing, then-Sen. Kamala Harris held up a picture of an 11-year-old constituent and accused Republicans of trying “to jam through a Supreme Court nominee who will take away health care from millions of people during a deadly pandemic.”

Democrats boycotted the final committee vote, filling their seats instead with posters of ObamaCare recipients, implying a vote for Barrett would put those lives at risk.

During the whole childish circus, they insisted Trump had picked Barrett and sped up her confirmation just so she’d be seated in time to hear arguments in the case and dismantle the law. They didn’t bother to look at her record and examine her judicial philosophy — they assumed this well-qualified woman would be the president’s puppet.

In the second important decision, Fulton v. Philadelphia, the court ruled unanimously that the city violated the Constitution’s free exercise clause by suspending Catholic Social Services’ contract because the group wouldn’t certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

Yes, all nine justices ruled in favor of religious freedom — putting paid to Democratic complaints the court is out of balance with too many conservatives. It’s far from the only unanimous decision already this term, either. Every justice signed on to decisions written by Gorsuch, Breyer, Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor, with two of the cases involving immigration issues.

That people of varying political stripes can agree on the law shouldn’t come as a surprise. Supreme Court justices take their jobs seriously — which is more than you can say for Democrats charged with helping choose them.

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The undying myth of GOP ‘obstructionism’

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The media have spent the Joe Biden presidency thus far pressuring moderate Democrats to join the left’s efforts to destroy the filibuster.

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Libertarian: Unions’ Gift to Themselves

Big Labor spent millions getting President Biden elected — and now it’s seeking to enact a law “directing federal power and resources to boost flagging” union rolls, laments Reason’s Eric Boehm. The so-called PRO Act “is a grab bag of Big-Labor agenda items that would extend some of California’s awful independent contractor regulations nationwide” and “abolish so-called right-to-work laws in the 27 states that have passed them.” Biden and the unions insist this is about empowering workers, “but if workers were as eager to join unions as [they] seem to think, they wouldn’t need a powerful federal bureaucracy to encourage that outcome.”

Centrist: United Supremes

The most striking aspect of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on ObamaCare and religious liberty was the “absence of ideological divisions” from a high court that “Democratic leaders have declared hopelessly divided along ideological lines,” observes Jonathan Turley at USA Today. The largely united decisions mark “the final collapse of the false narrative that has been endlessly repeated like a mantra in Congress and the media.” Critics may continue to insist that the court is “dysfunctional, divided and needs to be radically changed,” but the justices aren’t “cooperating,” issuing instead an “inconvenient line of unanimous decisions.” Yet even as the court “seems to be saying a lot in one voice not just about the law, but about its own institution,” the media will undoubtedly continue to denounce it, “because politics demands it.”

Crime beat: A Wake-Up Call in Atlanta

The “mind-numbing randomness, brazenness and, even worse, casualness of violence afflicting Atlanta” has the upscale Buckhead neighborhood “wanting to break away from Atlanta to form its own city” with “its own police force,” writes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Bill Torpy. Atlanta shootings are up 40 percent this year, but police often see “the same ne’er-do-wells walking the streets the next day,” thanks to a “broken” criminal-justice system. “Buckhead is almost three-quarters white,” yet “in black neighborhoods across the city, victims are widespread, and residents there want police to protect them, too.” But Buckhead can get attention, because its departure would “take away 40 percent of the city’s income.” It should be “one loud wake-up call.”

Culture critic: RIP, Janet Malcolm

At First Things, Helen Andrews assesses the complex legacy of veteran New Yorker magazine scribe Janet Malcolm, who died last week — and whose “cold, precise, unsparing” journalistic style recalled that of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov. She was born to a psychiatrist father, and “psychoanalysis was a constant presence in Malcolm’s journalism.” The shrink’s couch formed her “eye for the telling detail” and “taught Malcolm a certain bleakness” about the world — and her own profession. Yet her “most famous line” — that “every journalist who is not too stupid or full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible” — helped spread cynicism about reporters. The result, Andrews laments, is that now “every trace of authenticity has been scrubbed from press interviews.” 

Media watch: Suppressing the Truth

“From the lab-leak theory to the Lafayette Square tear-gassing, anti-Trump bias blinded our news media,” declares Wilfred Reilly at Spiked Online. “Except perhaps for the Hunter Biden story,” there was no “potentially major and obviously newsworthy story more intensely suppressed than the lab-leak explanation for COVID’s origins,” but it was just “revealed quite possibly to be correct.” Pols and press called then-President Donald Trump “reckless” for touting hydroxychloroquine, yet “a major study” has found “it increases survival rates for COVID patients by almost 200 percent.” And the claim “Trump had ‘tear-gassed peaceful protesters’ ” to stage a photo-op turned out to be “complete nonsense.” Tellingly, all these facts only came out when Joe Biden became president. This “mainstream-media swiveling” causes “latent social distrust that has no imaginable upside.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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