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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (2nd L) welcomed by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki during his inaugural visit to Poland. Kay Nietfeld/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Poland on Sunday, where he was received with military honours by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw. The subsequent talks between the two are scheduled to focus on contentious issues such as the dispute between Poland and the EU over the rule of law in Poland, though Scholz pledged in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD on Saturday that his main concern was to carry out a "friendly visit to a friendly nation." Scholz visited both Paris and Brussels on Friday, just two days after being sworn into office. France has traditionally been...


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The 1864 Arizona law that was reinstated by a judge’s ruling on Friday bans all abortions except to save the life of the mother. Described in most reports as a law passed during the time Arizona was a territory, before it achieved statehood in 1912, one important fact has been omitted both from the judge’s decision and from the press reports on the draconian abortion ban: Arizona was a territory in 1864 all right, but it wasn’t a territory of the United States. The territorial legislature that passed the abortion ban did so on behalf of the Confederate States of America, into which Arizona was accepted when Jefferson Davis signed “An Act to Organize the Territory of Arizona” on January 18, 1862.

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Immigrants crossing from Mexico into the United States

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America needs more immigrants, but we seem determined to shoot ourselves in the foot. Before addressing that self-sabotage, permit a small digression.

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