• Ms. Monopoly’s ‘Woke’ Rules Are Bad for Girls, Devalue Women

    I have three girls and three boys. Some of them have recently gotten into Monopoly, the classic board game.

    But my kids won’t be playing Hasbro’s new version, Ms. Monopoly, which gives women 20% more than men when they pass go.

    As an economist, I love classic Monopoly and its real-world financial lessons.

    As a person, I like the message conveyed by the new Ms. Monopoly cover — that young, hip women can be as successful, if not more, than old white men in stuffy suits and top hats.

    The problem is what’s inside the box.

    Ms. Monopoly’s unequal rules not only distort real-world realities; they would surely incite conflict between my boys and girls.… Read More...

  • Why Strong Intellectual Property Laws Abroad Require a Strong US Example

    China has failed to respect intellectual property rights for decades, and U.S. businesses have suffered. Thankfully, those companies are getting help from the Trump administration.

    In late 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other leading business advocates asked the Trump administration to elevate the issue of trade secret protections in trade talks with other nations. They wrote that trade secret theft puts “thousands of high-paying jobs in the United States at risk, while also posing potential national security threats.”

    Twenty-one months later, it’s clear that the Trump administration has responded to that call, and there is evidence that its efforts are making a difference.… Read More...

  • NYC Public Schools to Excuse Students Who Participate in ‘Climate Strike’

    New York’s public school officials announced Thursday afternoon that they will excuse students who plan on attending various “climate strikes” throughout the city.

    “@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20,” the New York City Public Schools’ Twitter account notes. “Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent.”

    “We applaud our students when they raise their voices in a safe and respectful manner on issues that matter to them,” the schools’ Twitter account adds. “Young people around the world are joining the #ClimateStrike this week—showing that student action will lead us forward.”

    The account retweeted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who posted a tweet Thursday morning announcing the decision.… Read More...

  • Black Americans Are Doing Great Under Trump

    The August jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed more great news for all Americans. And particularly for black Americans.

    The nation’s unemployment rate of 3.7% puts it near the lowest ever in the last half-century.

    Black unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.5%.

    Also at an all-time low is the gap between black and white unemployment. With white unemployment at 3.4%, the gap is 2.1 percentage points. Put in other terms, black unemployment stood 62% higher than white unemployment.

    A few years ago, the Pew Research Center looked at BLS unemployment data back to 1954, the first year the data was broken down by race.… Read More...

  • Odd Allies Are Coming Together to Defend Free Speech

    It’s amazing to see who comes to the defense of freedom when you least expect it.

    In July, 12 leading philosophy scholars from around the world signed on to a statement supporting freedom of thought and speech in academia, specifically as those freedoms are being undercut by gender identity ideology.

    These scholars warned of a dangerous movement within academia to sanction and silence people who express support for a biologically based understanding of gender and sexuality. All 12 philosophers denounced this trend and called for a restoration of academic freedom.

    That the statement exists is remarkable in itself, given the backlash academics are prone to face when they so much as question the current orthodoxy of gender identity ideology.… Read More...

  • Infanticide Hearing Witness Says Hospital Created ‘Comfort Room’ Where Aborted Babies Die

    Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, allegedly has a ‘comfort room’ for aborted babies who are born alive to die in, according to nurse Jill Stanek.

    Stanek spoke about her experiences Wednesday at a hearing on the Born Alive Act in Washington, D.C.

    The nurse explainied that while she was working at the hospital, she observed that doctors performed “live birth abortions,” a procedure in which the doctors perform an abortion and allow the baby to die during or after the abortion.

    Stanek explained that Christ Hospital offered “comfort care” to babies who were born alive during these abortions, because these babies often survived for at least two hours after they were born.… Read More...

  • Reorganizing Executive Office for Immigration Review Is No ‘Power Grab.’

    It seems that any change to the status quo in the immigration policy arena is going to upset someone these days, even if the changes are innocuous good governance and efficiency-driven initiatives.

    Take the Trump administration’s interim rule to amend the regulations related to the internal organization of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, announced Aug. 23.

    It proposed minor clarifications and changes to the rules related to the Office of Policy, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of Legal Access Programs. It also updated the organizational chart and provided more delegation of authority from the attorney general to the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review in order to efficiently dispose of cases.… Read More...

  • Americans Deserve Better Schools

    With most services, you get to shop around, but rarely can you do that with government-run schools.

    Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells was upset to learn that there were fights every day in the school her son attended. So she walked him over to another school.

    “We went to go enroll and we were told, ‘He can’t go here!’ That was my wake up call,” Wells tell me in my latest video.

    She entered her sons in a charter school lottery, hoping to get them into a charter school.

    “You’re on pins and needles, hoping and praying,” she said. But politicians stack the odds against kids who want to escape government-run schools.… Read More...

  • 2 Ohio Planned Parenthood Clinics Shut Down After Withdrawal From Title X

    Two Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio have shut down following the organization’s withdrawal from the federal family funding program Title X.

    The Cincinnati, Ohio, clinics will be closing after Planned Parenthood formally withdrew from Title X in August, thereby forgoing about $60 million a year.

    A Planned Parenthood spokesman told ABC News that the Cincinnati clinics that are closing are in Springdale and Western Hills. The last day for services to be offered at the clinics will be Sept. 20, according to ABC. Neither location performs abortions, the publication reports and the closures will leave Cincinnati with five operating clinics.… Read More...

  • Andy Biggs, New Chairman of House Freedom Caucus, Vows to Fight for Conservatives

    Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., new chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, says he has some big plans for what he’ll accomplish in the role.

    “We must fight against increased government spending and for a balanced budget. We must fight for border security and the elimination of all loopholes that incentivize illegal entry into this nation,” Biggs said in a statement released Tuesday by his office.

    Biggs, elected earlier Tuesday by his colleagues in the conservavtive caucus, said he is committed to working with President Donald Trump to advance its priorities.

    “We must work to lower health care costs and improve access and quality for all Americans,” he added.… Read More...

  • Minorities Make Historic Employment Gains in Trump Era, Analysis Shows

    American minorities have made historic employment gains since the end of 2016 that have continued with President Donald Trump in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of Department of Labor data.

    The analysis revealed that American minorities comprise more than 86% of jobs added since the end of 2016. 5.2 million more Americans have obtained jobs since 2016, and 4.5 million of that group are minorities, The Washington Post reported.

    The majority of new hires between ages 25 and 54, prime working age, are minorities, according to the Post’s analysis.

    Black unemployment also hit a record low in August, spurred by an uptick in employment for black women.… Read More...

  • A Former Abortionist Explains Her Change of Heart

    For years, Dr. Kathi Aultman, an OB-GYN, performed abortions, believing she was helping women. Then, a trio of abortions she performed after having her first child left her unsettled–and put her on a different path. Now she is an advocate for giving medical care to abortion survivors, and a pro-life speaker. Read our interview with her, posted below, or listen on the podcast:

    We also cover these stories:

    • National Security Adviser John Bolton is out at the White House.
    • The NRA is suing San Francisco over labelling the group as a terrorist organization.
    • The first gay credit union is set to open soon.
  • Pompeo Explains the Trump Administration’s Vision for America’s Role in the World

    KYIV, Ukraine—America’s post-9/11 global fight against terrorism is another year older. After 18 years, American troops are still deployed around the world combatting terrorism; a fight in which they will likely remain engaged for another generation, or more.

    Yet, even as America’s counterterrorism campaigns go on and on, and casualties continue to mount slowly, the country’s foreign policy challenges have become far more diverse—and arguably far more dangerous—than they were when dawn broke on Sept. 11, 2001.

    After a generational focus on counterterrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. policymakers are adapting to a new reality in which so-called strategic competition between nation-states and the specter of major conflicts are once again driving world events. 

    This new era requires a top-to-bottom rethinking of how America should exercise its role as the world’s top power.… Read More...

  • How the Obama Administration Made the Military More Politically Correct

    During the Obama administration, political appointees, not military members, drove the agenda. James Hasson, who served in the military during President Barack Obama’s presidency, talked to generals and other military leaders to get the inside scoop on what really happened in the military in the Obama era. Read the interview, posted below, or listen on the podcast:

    We also cover these stories:

    • Border crossings are down, according to new government data.
    • Almost all U.S. states have joined together to launch an antitrust probe into big tech companies.
    • Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party suffered a major setback in a city-wide election in Moscow.
  • 12% of Judiciary Is Empty

    The Senate will soon return from its August recess. What kind of judicial-confirmation progress should we expect during the rest of the 116th Congress?

    Senate Democrats are sure to claim that the so-called “Thurmond Rule” requires the confirmation process to shut down early next year. Here’s a close look at this claim; it’s not a rule, and it did not originate with Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

    In fact, even calling it an informal tradition is too strong.

    A more important consideration is also the most practical: the work that needs to be done filling judicial vacancies across the country. As if it needs to be said, the judiciary cannot do its work without judges.… Read More...