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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Labor Secretary

UPDATE: Andy Puzder withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, so we’re updating and reposting this article with the information for the new nominee, Alexander Acosta. Note: This is the fifth in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. Continue Reading...

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Defender of religious liberty

Upon the announcement of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, originalists quickly came to a warm consensus, hailing Judge Neil Gorsuch as a strong defender of the Constitution and a fitting replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.16.17

Subsidiarity and Trump’s Cabinet Andy Smarick, Opportunity Lives We might hope that the president’s preference for successful private-sector leaders would lead to non-technocratic policy-making. But Trump appears to have little aversion to a robust federal government, so long as he controls it. Continue Reading...

Lord Acton’s judgment on pope and king

“Acton’s ideal of the historian as judge, as the upholder of the moral standard, is the most noble ideal ever proposed for the historian,” says Josef L. Altholz in this week’s Acton Commentary, “and it is an ideal that has been rejected, perhaps with grudging respect, by all historians, including myself.” We workaday historians can have no higher ideal than Acton’s second choice, impartiality or objectivity. Continue Reading...

Thousands protest against returning cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church

St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg is one of the tens of thousands of churches seized, shuttered, or destroyed following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Instead of leveling it – the fate of so many other houses of worship – the communists turned the architectural wonder into a Museum of Atheism, then a museum in its own right. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.15.17

Does Religion Have a Place in Public Schools? Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod, The Atlantic “The question of what to do with religion in school-choice programs is how, or whether, to keep the baby while ditching the bathwater.” Lawmakers and Regulators Act Like They Hate Farmers Markets Baylen Linnekin , Reason.com Is the purist or the modern vision of a farmers market the proper one? Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Frederick Douglass

February 14 is the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), one of America’s greatest champions of individual liberty. Here are five facts you should know about this writer, orator, statesman, and abolitionist: Portrait of Frederick Douglass / Public domain 1. Continue Reading...