Good morning, it’s Thursday, June 10, 2021. President Biden is in England today at the G-7, a confab that I suspect will be less dramatic than similar summits in recent years. (I won’t belabor the reasons why.) The Biden administration also announced that it is purchasing 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use in poorer countries.
“This is exactly what the federal government should be doing,” said Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. “This is a reminder of what’s possible when we partner private sector innovation with the public sector’s resources and reach.” It’s also a reminder that we live in a small world, and that those of us who are able shouldn’t shun the role of being our brothers’ (and sisters’) keeper.
In another development prompted by the actions of the 46th U.S. president, the Keystone pipeline is apparently dead, a symbolic victory for the “leave it in the ground” movement. I hope that its adherents know what they are doing.
In the world of higher education, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that the pandemic resulted in the decrease of 600,000 students attending college in the recently concluded spring semester.
Meanwhile, in the world of professional sports, a new scandal has hit Major League Baseball, as I’ll mention briefly in a moment. First, I’d steer to your RealClearPolitics’ front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, an array of columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. Today’s lineup includes Glenn Greenwald’s look at the new inspector general’s report on last year’s demonstration in Lafayette Park (Substack); Nicole Narea writing about the U.S.-Mexico border (Vox); and Noah Smith on Biden’s “big economic idea” (Bloomberg News). We also offer a complement of original material from RCP reporters and contributors, including the following:
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The Right Way to Modernize Infrastructure. Rep. Mike Gallagher offers this funding prescription (which takes a few tips from President Eisenhower).
Our Greatest National Crisis? Denying the Great Debt Crisis. Myra Adams lays out some disturbing numbers, and the likely consequences of ignoring them.
Pennsylvania Shows the Extent of America’s Opioid Crisis. Brendan Foster has this snapshot of the epidemic in the Keystone State, which continues to be felt in rural and urban areas and was exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
Make Policing Better Without “Defunding.” At RealClearPolicy, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who is African American, offers this prescription amid rising violent crime in cities throughout the country.
Inflationphobia Is Overinflated. Ken Fisher explains why at RealClearMarkets.
The 1980s Called, and Wants Its Industrial Paranoia Back. RCM editor John Tamny reminds readers that if the Chinese really aimed to harm the U.S., they would they would close their borders, allowing no foreign production in and no Chinese production out.
Beating Tomorrow’s Virus Today. RealClearHealth editor Jerry Rogers argues that we must plant to fight the next pandemic in ways different from how we fought COVID.
Teachers, Students and Post-COVID Mental Health. At RealClearEducation, Samuel Abrams considers what we need to know going forward.
Fraternities and Sororities’ Battle With USC. Also as RCEd, John Hirschauer examines the dispute over free-association rights of students at California’s private universities.
ExxonMobil Has a Leftist Tiger in Its Tank. In RealClearEnergy, Steve Milloy outlines the ramifications after one-third of the seats on the company’s board were captured by climate activists at the recent annual shareholder meeting.
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It seems that one reason big league hitters are striking out at historically high rates in 2021 is that pitchers have been cheating. To be historically accurate, I suppose I should say they are “cheating again.” The sport has gone through periodic spates of pitchers doctoring the ball or their fingers with sticky substances or modifying baseballs with nail files, sandpaper, or assorted hidden tools of subtle vandalism. Some of those pitchers are enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One current suspect, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, spoke euphemistically this week about “customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players.”
But with one-fourth of the hitters striking out and TV ratings down, the so-called stewards of the game have been forced to pull their heads out of … well, out of the sand, let’s say. Stay tuned.
Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics