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Biden stays out of our face. Isn't it great?

June 16, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

DURING HIS first overseas trip as chief executive, President Biden met with foreign leaders at the G7 gathering in Cornwall, paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, attended the NATO and European Union conclaves in Brussels, and is scheduled to sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. All that summiteering has put Biden somewhere he isn't usually to be found: smack in the middle of every news cycle. For the past week, the president has been highly visible on the news channels — delivering speeches, taking questions from reporters, posing for photos. But when the trip ends this week, so, most likely, will Biden's spell at the center of attention. In short order he will be back in the White House, and back out of the spotlight.

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The political myth that demography is destiny

June 13, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

ARE DEMOCRATS maneuvering to "replace" existing American voters with immigrants from Latin America? When Fox News personality Tucker Carlson made that claim in April, an awful lot of people went ballistic.

"The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World," Carlson said on Fox News Primtetime. "That's what's happening.... If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So every time they import a new voter, I become disenfranchised as a current voter."

On his show a few days later, Carlson doubled down.

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A 'millionaires tax' is still a terrible idea

June 9, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

A CENTURY-OLD provision of the Massachusetts Constitution commands that if the commonwealth taxes income, it must do so at a "uniform rate." Five times in the modern era — in 1962, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1994 — tax-and-spend liberals have invited voters to discard that rule and make it legal to tax the rich at higher rates. Five times voters have said no. Progressive activists tried a sixth time in 2018, but their proposed initiative was so defective that the state's highest court ruled it unconstitutional.

Now comes Attempt No. 7.

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The Down syndrome bigotry of an Oxford biologist

June 7, 2021  •  Arguable

Eugenics and Richard Dawkins

"As a scientist, I tend to respond to anything by saying: Is it true? What are the facts?"

Those words were spoken by Richard Dawkins, the renowned evolutionary biologist and even more renowned — some might say notorious — atheist, during a conversation recently on Ireland's RTE Radio 1. Dawkins has published a new book, a collection of writings on science as literature titled Books Do Furnish A Life, and he was appearing on Brendan O'Connor's radio program to publicize it.

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A letter to Prince Harry

May 30, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

Dear Harry,

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