If They Want Paid Leave, Dems Should Compromise

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For the fourth year in a row, President Trump called for paid family leave in his State of the Union address, a remarkable trend given past GOP silence on the issue. For years, Republican lawmakers tabled the idea of a modernized, federal paid leave plan. But under Trump, the party has shifted. Leading conservatives like Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Lee are now sponsoring innovative proposals aimed at providing paid leave options for families.

Sorry, New York Times, But America Began in 1776

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The United States of America began in 1776, not 1619. That one sentence is the thesis statement of 1776-a non-partisan black-led response to the New York Times’s 1619 Project initiative, which launched last week at D.C.’s National Press Club. I am pleased and proud to be a part of 1776, along with founder Bob Woodson, Glenn Loury, Coleman Hughes, Jason Hill, Carol Swain, John Wood, Taleeb Starkes, Robert Cherry, and many others.

Boys Will Be Girls & Feminists Will Be Furious

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In January, the august New York Public Library withdrew as host of a forum organized by a self-described radical feminist group called the Women’s Liberation Front, or WoLF. The irony was palpable: The planned meeting was titled “An Evening With Canceled Women,” since the five speakers from WoLF all claim to have been “deplatformed” – i.e., shouted down by hecklers or kicked off speakers lists – because they questioned claims made by transgender advocates regarding sexuality and identity.

1619 & Respecting the Facts of America's Founding

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Beneath the rancor of our everyday politics rages a longstanding debate instigated by professors and journalists about the convictions that truly underlie the founding and unfolding of the United States of America. The bitter clashes between politicians grab most of the headlines. But because it will shape the education of today’s students and the sensibilities of generations to come, the contest among intellectuals over America’s governing principles is likely to have greater impact on the long-term health of the country.