De Blasio has lost the city’s faith – now it’s up to us

It is, I have noted, a good day for New York when Mayor Bill de Blasio is out of town. Because he is taking another vacation, we get one, too. Hallelujah! He’ll be gone for a week, but we shouldn’t just celebrate his absence. We can use the extended break to face the facts about the damage he is doing, and will continue to do as long he remains in City Hall. If you think I mean his pay-to-play schemes, the soaring homeless problem and his failure to fix failing…

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When politics pit kids against parents

How does the government balance the interests of parents and children? How should it? I argued in a column last month that the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the southern border is cruel and an offense against the inherent dignity of both. My Bloomberg Opinion colleague Tyler Cowen pointed out that these families are hardly the only ones broken up by US public policy. He cites a 2010 study finding that over 1.2 million incarcerated Americans have children under the age of 17. “These separations can…

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When politics pits kids against parents

How does the government balance the interests of parents and children? How should it? I argued in a column last month that the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the southern border is cruel and an offense against the inherent dignity of both. My Bloomberg Opinion colleague Tyler Cowen pointed out that these families are hardly the only ones broken up by US public policy. He cites a 2010 study finding that over 1.2 million incarcerated Americans have children under the age of 17. “These separations can…

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What’s at stake in those climate-change lawsuits against Big Oil

Last week a federal judge in California rejected the lawsuits filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco against the world’s largest fossil-fuel companies for allegedly causing climate change. The ruling deals a stunning blow to the mayors — like Mayor de Blasio — and private law firms who have waged a coordinated attack on the big oil companies in courtrooms around the country. But will those profit-seeking lawyers and the mayors they recruit learn their lesson? Let’s hope so. If they prevail, the outcome will enrich lawyers to…

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With my kids at summer camp, I finally get the break I need

Last week, the miraculous happened. All three of my children went off to all-day camp. It’s the first time in a long time I don’t have a child with me all day.It’s been eight years since I heard the sound of silence. I’m a work-at-home mom, so my situation is somewhat unique. For eight years I have spent whole days with my children and worked as much as I could while they slept. Editors would often get my work in the middle of the night. I don’t have paid help,…

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Next Supreme Court pick is up to the Senate

Conservative take: Senate Has ‘Supreme’ Power There’s been a lot of handwringing over “the Biden Rule” and “the McConnell Rule” — Dem and GOP versions of justification for not filling a Supreme Court seat during an election year — but it’s all just noise, writes Charles Cooke at National Review: “The Senate gets to decide what to do with judicial nominations; everything else is just shouting. In 2016, the Senate was controlled by Republicans. A Democratic president sent that Senate a nomination it didn’t like, and that Senate decided not…

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Despite the Singapore deal, North Korea’s up to its old tricks

It’s been just weeks since the Singapore summit, yet already North Korea seems to be breaking the deal. US intel agencies suspect that Pyongyang has been increasing production of nuclear fuel at multiple secret sites, NBC reported Friday. And new images from 38 North, a group that monitors developments on the peninsula, show that the North has continued construction at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center — and “at a rapid pace.” According to the deal signed by President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un on June 12, the North…

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With no one looking, state lawmakers just passed another new tax

State lawmakers proved it again last month: Watch them closely or they’ll get you good. That’s what they did when they passed a new bereavement-leave bill at the 11th hour as the legislative session ended. The bill would force employers to offer workers 10 — yes, 10 — weeks of time off with pay whenever a family member dies. That may sound nice, but the cost would be paid by the worker himself, via a 0.126 percent payroll deduction. Via a new tax, that is. Sure, the loss of a…

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Chancellor’s doomed plan for bureaucrats to save NYC’s sinking schools

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is reshuffling deck chairs again, this time with a plan to shake up top staff at the Department of Education. Maybe one of these days he’ll get around to keeping city schools from sinking. Carranza is planning a new layer of bureaucrats, including positions for nine “executive superintendents,” a chief academic officer, a chancellor for school climate and a deputy chancellor for community. (Don’t say Team de Blasio isn’t doing its share for job creation — even if the new posts cost taxpayers $2 million-plus.) Kids,…

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The Left needs to face reality: Trump is winning

To understand the madness gripping American leftists, try to see the world through their eyes. Presto, you’re now part of the raging resistance. Like the Palestinians who mark Israel’s birth as their nakba, or tragedy, you regard Donald Trump’s 2016 victory as a catastrophe. It’s the last thing you think of most nights, and the first thing most mornings. You can’t shake it or escape it. Whatever you watch, listen to or read, there are reminders — Donald Trump really is president. You actually believe The New York Times is…

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