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Investigative Issues: Discredited Myths of FDR & LBJ Guide Biden's Presidency

J. Peder Zane - April 19, 2021

Like his Democrat predecessors, Biden claims that sweeping government action will transform America into a more just and prosperous nation. In fact, the domestic programs advanced by those two liberal lions – the New Deal and the Great Society – failed to deliver on their promises. Their heroic memories are the triumph of myth over reality. Read Full Article  

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The Editors - April 19, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Monday, April 19, 2021 Growing Heat on Banks to End Fossil-Fuel Loans Bloomberg How Federal Bank Regulations Thwart Legal Weed Reason Less SAT Reliance, More Diverse Elite Colleges New York Times Big Tech Fingerprints on 'Privacy' Bills Across Country The Mark-Up The Mystery of Disappearing Drones in the Midwest The Guardian The Untold Story of the SolarWinds Hack NPR 'Cancel Rent' Rep. Pressley Raked It In as Landlord Washington Free Beacon Please Support RCF’s Spring Campaign RealClearFoundation

Investigative Issues: The Media Lied Repeatedly About Officer Brian Sicknick's Death. And They Just Got Caught.

Glenn Greenwald - April 19, 2021

Now that the officer's death has been ruled from natural causes, liberal journalists will never acknowledge what they did. Their audience wants to be lied to for partisan gain and emotional pleasure. It was crucial for liberal sectors of the media to invent and disseminate a harrowing lie about how Officer Brian Sicknick died. That is because he is the only one they could claim was killed by pro-Trump protesters at the January 6 riot at the Capitol. So The New York Times on January 8 published an emotionally gut-wrenching but complete fiction that never had any...

Investigative Issues: How the Left Is Answering Ibram X. Kendi’s Call for Racial Strife

Ben Weingarten - April 19, 2021

Although those in our ruling class may not know it, they are speaking in Kendi’s tongue, and helping to realize his ‘antiracist’ vision. Quote: Kendi has advocated for a constitutional amendment to enshrine the “the idea that a racial inequity is caused by a racist policy,” establishing a Department of Anti-Racism (DOA) “comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees,” who would: Ibram X. Kendi  (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Preclear all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won’t...

Georgia: Scandal in Valdosta, Football ‘Titletown’

Joe Drape - April 19, 2021

VALDOSTA, Ga. — There is no joy in Titletown, as this South Georgia city calls itself. The Valdosta Wildcats are undoubtedly one of America’s most successful high school football teams, with more than 900 victories, two dozen state titles and its star players seemingly on a conveyor belt to football meccas like Georgia and Alabama. Greatness is a given here. So the Wildcat faithful can only bemoan the scandal suddenly unfolding before them, one involving mysterious hirings and firings, rampant rumors and allegations of dirty dealing by some of the South’s most famous college...

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The Editors - April 17, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Picks of the WeekApril 11 to April 17, 2021 Featured Investigation:In the States, COVID Spending’s Off to the (Robo-Dog) Races Much has been made of businesses defrauding the feds of coronavirus relief funds, but a year after the $2-trillion CARES Act’s passage, it’s now becoming clear that state and local governments misused the money too, Steve Miller reports for RealClearInvestigations. After sifting preliminary audits from a range of states, Miller reports: States took a relaxed view of the law’s mandate that spending had to relate...

Investigative Issues: The Sackler Family's Moral Culpability in the OxyContin Crisis

Helen Andrews - April 17, 2021

The slogan the Purdue sales reps came up with for OxyContin in 1999 would have made Arthur (who died in 1987) proud: “The One to Start With and the One to Stay With.” The Sacklers’ innovation, and the source of their moral culpability, lay in overcoming doctors’ reluctance to start patients on strong opioids out of fear of addicting them. After Purdue’s campaign claiming, based on spurious studies, that addiction to OxyContin was vanishingly rare, sales jumped from $50 million in 1996 to more than $1 billion in 2000 and oxycodone became the most prescribed drug...

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The Editors - April 16, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Friday, April 16, 2021 The Untold Story of the SolarWinds Hack NPR A Lawsuit Over Frozen Embryos New York Times Big Tech Fingerprints on 'Privacy' Bills Across Country Mark-Up The Man Who Keeps the Far Right Online Bloomberg Biden Still Seizing Land for Border Wall Politico Biden Admin Doubts Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops Daily Beast Confirmed Smear Led to Gaetz Probe Washington Post The Forgotten Story of a Diplomat Who Disappeared Atlantic

California: Ethnic Programs Train Kids in Marxist Theory

Christopher F. Rufo - April 16, 2021

California public schools are embarking on a new experiment: education as social justice. Earlier this year, the state Department of Education approved an ethnic studies model curriculum, and individual school districts have begun to implement programs that advocate “decolonizing” the United States and “liberating” students from capitalism, patriarchy, and settler colonialism. This will likely come as a surprise to most California residents, who may be familiar with the movement’s euphemisms—“ethnic studies,” “educational...

Investigative Issues: NBC Undermines 'Domestic Extremism' Hysteria, Revealing Another Threat

Ben Weingarten - April 16, 2021

NBC News inadvertently showed the pathetic and sorry state of the white supremacist threat it typically hypes, while demonstrating a graver threat. [NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny] notes, without self-awareness, that the WLM rallies were “the first major real-world organizing efforts by white supremacists since 2018.” She speaks of their activities being sabotaged by more sophisticated counter-activists. Quoting an Elon University tracker of online extremism, Megan Squire, she writes of the North Carolina cohort of non-ralliers that: The online organizers of the…rally were...

Investigative Issues: 'You Have to Read This Letter'

Andrew Gutmann - April 16, 2021

A New York father pulls his daughter out of Brearley all-girls school with a message: It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley's antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of...

Investigative Issues: Why We Black Leaders Support Voter ID Laws

Owens et al. - April 16, 2021

America is a country of over 300 million people. We are comprised of every shape, size, nationality, and opinion. This diversity has proven to be one of our greatest strengths. However, if you listened to largely white liberal media personalities and elite CEOs, you wouldn’t know this. According to liberal orthodoxy, all Blacks think alike, and all Blacks support Black Lives Matter, and all Blacks oppose the recently enacted Georgia Election Integrity Act. To the contrary, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll found that 69% of Blacks and 82% of nonwhite minorities support voter...

In States, Virus Spending's Off to the (Robo-Dog) Races

Steve Miller - April 15, 2021

Above, a robot dog like "Spot," the one bought by the Honolulu police. (Boston Dynamics) By Steve Miller, RealClearInvestigationsApril 15, 2021 One robot dog armed with a thermometer: $150,000. Forty all-terrain vehicles, five utility terrain vehicles, and 18 utility trailers: $626,000. Using public funds earmarked for coronavirus relief to buy these items: priceless. That’s just a fraction of supposedly COVID-related spending by a single police department, in Honolulu, Hawaii. But it hints at what authorities will find as they begin to comb through the receipts from the emergency...

Investigative Issues: Why Democrats Should Cancel FDR

Michael Lind - April 15, 2021

In addition to decentralizing industry away from the Northeast and Midwest, the New Deal aimed at dispersing the population from crowded cities everywhere into the countryside and small towns, some of them “new towns” or “garden cities.” In its anti-urbanism, the New Deal was very Jacksonian. ...But at least today’s Democrats can praise the New Deal Democrats for Social Security and other social insurance programs, can’t they? The original Social Security program was quite stingy and only expanded later after FDR’s death. If Clinton, Obama, and...

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The Editors - April 15, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Thursday, April 15, 2021 In States, Covid Spending's Off to the (Robo-Dog) Races Steve Miller, RCI Vax Recipients Who Contract Virus Aren't Studied ProPublica Calif.: Ethnic Programs Train Kids in Marxist Theory City Journal Biden's Progressivism Stuns Progressives Atlantic FBI Got Aussie Firm to Crack Terror iPhone Washington Post How Amazon Squeezes Multi-Platform Partners Wall Street Journal 16 Incidents of 'Weapon Confusion' Since 2001 USA Today South Korea's Deadly 'Ghost' Facelifts CNN

New York: The Audacity of Embattled Cuomo

Matt Flegenheimer - April 14, 2021

Andrew Cuomo lives, still, in a 40-room Victorian mansion on Eagle Street in downtown Albany, despite the television correspondents descending to narrate his demise. When his father, Mario Cuomo, was New York’s governor, the executive residence was a place for gathering, the estate where a once-middle-class Queens family announced its new lot: grand wedding receptions; afternoons by the pool; misadventures with a homemade go-kart that Andrew, 25 when his dad was inaugurated, once drove into a tree on the backyard putting green. The grounds are quieter now. Single and empty-nested, Cuomo...

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The Editors - April 14, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Video: CNN Director Admits ‘Propaganda’ to Oust Trump Project Veritas Biden Admin Deemphasizes Religious Freedom Abroad RCP Biden Climate-Justice Picks Tie Energy to Bigotry Daily Signal Biden-Tied Nonprofit Got Lucrative Migrant Deal Axios The Boy Victims of the Sex Trade WGBH U.S. Egg Industry Still Killing 300M Chicks a Year Vox Scandal in Valdosta, Georgia’s Football ‘Titletown’ New York Times The Shady Crypto Startup Selling ‘Shares’ in Celebs Daily Beast

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The Editors - April 13, 2021

RealClearInvestigations' Daily Top 8 Tuesday, April 13, 2021 The Absentee Vote Logic of the NY Times Eric Felten, RCI Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines New Republic Biden's Dubious Claim 'Average' Rapist Rapes 6X Washington Post 'Skilled Predator' FBI Boss Harassed 8 Women: Watchdog Associated Press New York: Albany’s Toxic Culture for Women New York Times Online Gamer Infiltrated WH Press Corps Politico Israel May Have Sabotaged Iranian Nuclear Site New York Times Record-Setting, Missing da Vinci Was on Saudi’s Yacht Wall Street Journal

The New York Times Did a Big 180 in Favor of Absentee Voting

Eric Felten - April 13, 2021

By making accusations of vote fraud he was not able to prove, both before and after the election, Donald Trump made it easy for his critics to dismiss as dishonest any and all concerns about election integrity. Typical was a New York Times “fact check” from late September denouncing as “false” GOP claims that expanding access to absentee ballots and voting by mail facilitated election fraud.  Linda Qiu, New York Times "fact-checker": Mail and absentee ballots are the “gold standard of election security.” But this wasn't always the Times...

Investigative Issues: Left-Wing 'Antiracist' Groups Ignore Crimes of Favored Perpetrators

Brad Betters - April 13, 2021

From the Southern Poverty Law Center to the Anti-Defamation League, political correctness seems to pervade reporting on hate in America. Quote: Take the SPLC’s recent decision to stop labeling anti-white, black separatist organizations as “hate groups.” The organization didn’t name the groups they delisted, but the article features a picture of Farrakhan and quotes him. They reasoned: “While these groups can be virulently anti-white, this prejudice does not represent the same threat as white supremacy in America.” So, suggests the long-time...