John Davidson

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Americans’ Loss Of Interest In Civil War Battlefields Is Part Of A Disturbing Trend

Americans are losing interest in the Civil War—or at least they are losing interest in learning about it and visiting historic battle sites. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the country’s “five major Civil ...
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The Border Crisis Is A Money-Making Machine For Smugglers

Editor’s note: This is the written testimony of Federalist senior correspondent John Daniel Davidson, delivered before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. About this time last year, I visited a migrant respite center ...
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It’s Time To Stop Talking About ‘Historic Lows’ Of Illegal Immigration

At the end of last year, mainstream media were rife with stories about how President Trump was wrong about the border because, actually, statistics show that illegal immigration levels are at “historic lows.” A headline ...
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Central Planners Don’t Know What Kind Of Immigrants Our Economy Needs

There’s a lot to quibble with in David Frum’s long essay on immigration just published in The Atlantic, from his odd assertion that Asian immigrants make Americans less self-destructive to his Malthusian fears of an ...
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Howard Schultz Is Living In A Fantasy World

AUSTIN, Texas — Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who’s mulling an independent run for president, is pleasant, enthusiastic, and eager. He has a calm voice and a soothing manner. He seems like a great ...
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Pope Francis’ Summit On Clerical Sexual Abuse Was A Charade

The Vatican’s four-day summit on protecting minors ended Sunday with a whimper. There were no new “concrete, effective measures” to hold Catholic bishops accountable for ignoring and covering up sexual abuse, as Pope Francis had ...
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Democratic Congresswoman Compares U.S. Border Officials To Nazis

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on border security and the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon compared U.S. border officials to Nazis “back in Germany” who were “just following ...
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Why A Wall Alone Can’t Fix The Emergency On The U.S. Border

EL PASO, Texas — Selvin Ortiz-Gonzales came to the United States to provide for his family. The 28-year-old field worker arrived in El Paso, Texas, last week with his eight-year-old son after a five-day bus ...
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In El Paso, Beto O’Rourke Makes It Easy For Trump To Target ‘Extreme’ Democrats

EL PASO, Texas — It was altogether fitting that President Trump’s rally Monday night in El Paso was something of a circus. After all, it was the first official campaign event of his 2020 reelection ...
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Peter Jackson’s World War I Documentary Is A Civilizational Triumph

We have all seen the herky-jerky film footage of World War I, the oddly uniformed soldiers mugging for the camera in grainy fast-motion, the horse-drawn artillery and trenches and gas masks all shrouded in colorless ...
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Democrats’ Inexorable Abortion Logic Has Finally Caught Up With Them

This week, Democrats finally succumbed to the inescapable logic of abortion. They have admitted, perhaps against their better judgement, that there really is no difference between abortion and infanticide. Between New York’s expansive new abortion ...
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The Texas GOP Is Stoking Voter Fraud Fears Without Much Evidence

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton dropped what appeared to be a bombshell Friday afternoon, announcing that the state claims to have identified 95,000 noncitizens who nevertheless have matching voter registration records, and of these, some ...
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The Bigotry At The Heart Of The Covington Affair Belongs To The Left

At a few days’ remove from the Covington Catholic High School incident at the Lincoln Memorial, we can be reasonably sure there will be no apologies or corrections forthcoming from the major media outlets that ...
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Witness In El Chapo Trial Says Mexican President Took $100 Million Bribe

A witness in the ongoing trial of infamous Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a.k.a. “El Chapo,” testified Tuesday that former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from Guzmán. The ...
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Have Conservatives Rolled Over, Or Have They Been Steamrolled?

Over the weekend, Ross Douthat of The New York Times weighed in on the ideological battle sparked by Tucker Carlson’s recent Fox News monologue excoriating GOP elites for slavish devotion to market capitalism and indifference ...
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