Good morning, it’s Wednesday, June 2, 2021. This date in history marks the promising start of a young woman’s long reign (Queen Elizabeth II’s installation in 1953) and the sad ending of a great athlete’s life (Lou Gehrig death from ALS in 1941). It seems unlikely that similarly consequential markers will bear the stamp of this day in 2021, but one never knows, right?
While we await history’s assessment, I’d point you to our front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, an array of columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. Included in our lineup are pieces from Neil MacFarquhar on the likelihood of a violent summer in our cities (The New York Times), Bill Scher on the infrastructure deal’s prospects (Washington Monthly), and Hayes Brown on whether Trump rallies should be televised (MSNBC). We also offer a complement of original material from RCP reporters and contributors, including the following:
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Biden and the 1 Percent. Andy Puzder counters the president’s contention that the top tier of earners benefited most from the Trump tax cuts.
School, Disrupted: The Impact of COVID on K-12 Education. At RealClearPolicy, Daniel Erspamer spotlights a new study of the pandemic’s impact on students and also of the constraints it placed on parents.
COVID Enlivened a Revolutionary Spirit in the U.S. At RealClearMarkets, Jeffrey Tucker sees the mask-or-no-mask debate as reflecting a rethinking of the balance of power between the rulers and ruled.
The Wuhan Lab Leak Theory and the Green Narrative. At RealClearEnergy, Rupert Darwall outlines the view that blames modern society’s encroachment on the natural world for many of its ills, COVID in particular.
Yale Has Gagged Its Alumni. At RealClearEducation, Lauren Noble writes that changes to the process for electing alumni fellows constitute a master class in conformity and exclusion at a university whose mantra is diversity and inclusion.
Using Fiction to Teach Fact. At RealClearBooks, John Hood argues that, in light of Americans’ general ignorance about U.S. history, weaving historical content into novels with strong characters and compelling plots makes it easier for readers to recall and interpret facts.
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Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics