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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

Taken together, Mr. Williamson and Mr. Carney’s articles reflect a stark divide in how conservative columnists have reacted to the order. Read more »

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Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in October.

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Matthew Continetti in The Washington Free Beacon:

“What connection does Tim Cook have to the cause of a free press other than in suppressing it for profit?”

Earlier this week, the Newseum awarded Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, an award for free speech. Matthew Continetti sees hypocrisy in granting Mr. Cook this award after Apple acquiesced to a Chinese government request to remove The New York Times from the Chinese version of the App Store. And he notes that Apple is a “platinum sponsor” of the Newseum’s Free Expression awards. Read more »

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Bill Donohue in Newsmax:

“What are they afraid of? That the playground is going to be converted into some kind of grand venue for Bible readings?”

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that may have resounding implications for the separation of church and state. At the heart of the case is whether the state can deny funds to a religious organization that seeks to use them for secular purpose. In 2012, a Missouri church sought state money to resurface a playground and was denied. Bill Donohue, who leads the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, argues that the brief filed against the church “has an air of paranoia to it,” and misunderstands the historical context behind the Missouri Constitution’s religious provisions. Read more »

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From the Left

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Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in February.

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Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times

John Nichols in The Nation:

“Democrats cannot simply say ‘no’ to Donald Trump; they must provide a clear and coherent progressive populist alternative to [his] ‘billionaire populism.’”

John Nichols is cautiously optimistic about the new alliance between Senator Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. While some on the left wing of the party worried that Mr. Perez would continue a Clinton brand of centrism, Mr. Nichols sees Mr. Perez’s history of labor rights advocacy as an asset. To defeat President Trump and other Republicans, Mr. Nichols writes, the Democrats must change and become more militant in their economic policy. Read more »

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Moira Donegan in The New Republic:

“The problem with using the tax returns as a symbol for all of Trump’s corruption is that the returns themselves may be less than earth shattering.”

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