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Top conservative news sites to read In 2021

Perhaps this year when so many feel so betrayed by the media, searching for solid conservative news sites takes on a new meaning. From spin merchants to sites carrying poorly-sourced “clickbait,” the sifting and sorting has become a challenge to navigate. Nevertheless, we persevered and want to welcome you to Liberty Nation’s Top 20 Conservative News Sites to read in 2021. For the last two years, LN has generated the most wildly successful list of news sites conservative folks are actually reading. Our list remains the number one DuckDuckGo search result for Top Conservative News sites.

And 2021 looks to be even better. Article originally appeared at Liberty Nation.

This is not simply a list of Alexa rankings or a pick of favored sites by LN; it’s a whole lot more. Our methodology includes extensive polling of conservative readers that has been running in the countdown to 2021 coupled with input from select Liberty Nation authors.* To keep our list as representative of the conservative community as possible, we have used an algorithm that factors in last year’s results. We believe this Top 20 represents the most accurate reflection of the top news sites being read by conservatives on the internet.

Unlike many lists out in the Wild West of the web, Liberty Nation’s is not based purely on how many hits the site receives. Without sounding too imperious we like to say “clickbait factories” need not apply. Instead, our Top 20 represents sites with a combination of talent, style, readability, analysis, and provocative thought. We believe conservative readers are an intelligent group, where spin is not necessary.

As a bonus, we’ve once again included a list of the very best Conservative News Aggregator sites for those who like to get all their news from one source.


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Without further ado, we proudly present our countdown of Liberty Nation’s Top 20 Conservative News Sites to Read in 2021!

TOP 20 CONSERVATIVE NEWS SITES

# 20  Red State – Redstate.com

Unapologetically right-wing, this site offers hard-hitting news aimed at leftist media outlets, politicians, and culture rot.

# 19  The Daily Wire – DailyWire.com

The Wire offers solid commentary and the occasional analysis piece that sheds light on unexplored areas – an excellent place to get the initial take on breaking news.

# 18  Reason – Reason.com

This libertarian site tied to the Reason Foundation covers politics and culture – and a good deal of comedy in their videos – through an ideologically consistent lens of individual liberty and the free market.

# 17  The Washington Times – WashingtonTimes.com

A tried and true lifeline for the few conservatives living in and around D.C., WT has rightly been recognized as a stalwart of contrarian opinion and solid journalism. Its slogan says it all: Reliable reporting, the right opinion.

# 16  The Conservative Treehouse – TheConservativeTreehouse.com

An interesting mix of reporting, passion, and analysis, described as The Last Refuge, the Treehouse offers insight and opinion that is lacking in much of the media world. It has a growing audience and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the political right.

# 15  The American Spectator – Spectator.org

A longtime leader in conservative thought, The American Spectator offers up content that is at once strikingly original, thought-provoking, plain-spoken, and often satirical. Its new design is particularly user-friendly.

# 14  Just The News – JustTheNews.com

Flagship of the award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon, Just The News lands with a huge bang. Great reporting, excellent coverage, and a fast-growing media presence all in a tidy site that is easy to navigate and up-to-date.

# 13  Media Research Center – MRC.org

After 30 years of filling a crucial and previously unfilled role – documenting left-wing media bias – MRC has rightly become a giant in conservative circles. Their website offers skillful reporting and analysis of how the media characterizes and responds to the day’s big stories.

# 12  New York Post – NYPost.com

With hard-hitting coverage, the Post pulls no punches and goes against the grain in a 90% liberal city – kudos for breaking the Hunter Biden laptop story and for having the strength to stay the course.

# 11  One America News Network – OANN.com

A first-time entry on the LN list, this news network is already a firm favorite with conservatives and even President Trump himself. Offering thoughtful television programs and a companion news site, its growth over the last year has been nothing short of phenomenal.

# 10  The Daily Caller – DailyCaller.com

Incredibly readable, a great news source, and, drawing upon the Daily Caller News Foundation’s work, it brings in-depth coverage of significant political developments barely covered – if at all – in the establishment media.

# 9  American Thinker – AmericanThinker.com

A triumph of substance over style, going well below the surface and hype to examine the heart of American politics and the players in the game, with no-holds-barred deep dives into interactive topics of national security, diplomacy, economic policy, and more.

# 8  PJ Media – PJMedia.com

Moving two spaces up the leaderboard, PJM is a casual, entertaining, and thought-provoking site that covers not only politics and culture but also delves into subjects such as faith and parenting. This site doesn’t hold back in going after the left – and it does so in an entertaining and often humorous manner.

# 7  Townhall – Townhall.com

A longtime favorite of conservatives, Townhall offers a wide variety of content from notable free-market figures and is thought to be a must for conservative news junkies seeking reliable coverage of the big issues. It is a classic oldie, but goodie.

# 6  The Epoch Times – TheEpochTimes.com

This is the highest-ranked new addition to the list. Epoch offers the whole package, breaking news, analysis, opinion, and some exclusive shows with a lot of potential. Very informative when it comes to international news with a great layout.

# 5  Judicial Watch – JudicialWatch.org

Once again, in the number five slot, Judicial Watch is perhaps best known for its aggressive pursuit of official wrongdoers and offers a superb example of a site that does not necessarily attract the most viewers but offers exceptional content that our writers and readers value and therefore rate highly.

# 4  The Gateway Pundit – TheGatewayPundit.com

Moving up four places from last year, Gateway Pundit has a well-earned reputation for offering fresh angles on old news and unveiling stories hard, if not impossible, to find elsewhere. It’s a go-to site that is certainly one to watch out for in the future.

# 3  Liberty Nation – LibertyNation.com

Moving up yet another spot since 2020, Liberty Nation presents as a full multi-media site, expanding its offerings beyond articles to an extensive array of high-quality videos, podcasts, and a nationally syndicated radio show. Liberty Nation offers original conservative and libertarian content not found elsewhere by employing a bodacious, entertaining, and informative writing style.

# 2  Breitbart – Breitbart.com

Breitbart is the go-to site for voluminous coverage of all things political and cultural. It has built a well-earned reputation for its brash style and out-of-the-box conservative and libertarian thought and is the flagship of in-your-face conservative commentary. Breitbart pulls few punches, earning it the eternal contempt of the left – which its writers and editors consider a badge of honor, no doubt.

# 1  The Federalist – TheFederalist.com

Its third year in the top five and first year in the number one spot, The Federalist is a powerhouse of conservative thought with superb writers. Rather than focus on breaking news, this site is a bastion of depth, breadth, and analysis. If you’re looking for rational and logical refutations of the leftist worldview, this is a good place to start.

BEST CONSERVATIVE NEWS AGGREGATORS

News aggregators are fast becoming a staple in the conservative media diet. With the fall from grace of The Drudge Report among those on the political right, which aggregators are up to the task? In 2021, you have a range of options. We present Liberty Nation’s Top Three Best Conservative News Aggregators:

# 3  Conservative News Direct – ConservativeNewsDirect.com

Easy to use and displaying only stories from top-rated websites, this aggregator is for those who only want the cream of the crop in terms of their news diet. Regularly updated, it’s a fantastic site for keeping up on the latest news.

# 2  ConservativePlaylist – ConservativePlaylist.com

This site is easy on the eyes, simple to navigate, and doesn’t suffer from the cluttering aspect inherent in so many other aggregators. CP has a solid range of links from good quality websites.

# 1  WHATFINGER – Whatfinger.com

The WHATFINGER juggernaut goes from strength to strength. It offers news and video aggregation and is fast becoming a real alternative to Drudge. Whatever you are looking for, you will likely find it on WHATFINGER.

Honorable Mentions

Rantingly – Rantingly.com

Rantingly is a relative newcomer. The site provides a good layout, is easy to navigate, and hosts some quality content – one to watch in the future.

Rense – Rense.com

Jeff Rense’s eponymous site is a treat for those who like things a little bit different.

AllNewsPipeline – AllNewsPipeline.com

Offering a mix of regular news and alternative, ANP is simple to use and regularly updated.

LibertyNation.com authors participating in this survey: Tim Donner, Mark Angelides, Scott D. Cosenza, Jeff Charles, and Graham J. Noble.



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National Gallery of Australia Returns Stolen Art to India

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National Gallery of Australia Returns Stolen Art to India


The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will repatriate 14 works of art from its Asian art collection back to the Indian government.

The thirteen works were purchased from New York-based antiquity dealer Subhash Kapoor, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for running an international smuggling racket. One was acquired from art dealer William Wolff.

The repatriated art includes six sculptures, six photographs, a brass processional standard, and a painted scroll.

The dancing child-saint Sambandar, 12th century. (Supplied, National Gallery of Australia)

The decision comes after years of research, due diligence, and a change in approach to the legal principles and ethical considerations behind its collections.

“This is the right thing to do, it’s culturally responsible, and the result of collaboration between Australia and India,” NGA Director Nick Mitzevich said in a statement (pdf). “We are grateful to the Indian Government for their support and are pleased we can now return these culturally significant objects.”

Mitzevich told the AAP that the physical handover would be negotiated over the next few months while considering COVID and the ability to travel.

The gallery introduced a provenance assessment that involves taking steps to remove and return items considered likely stolen, illegally excavated, illegally exported from a foreign country, or unethically acquired. Two independent reviews by former High Court Justice Susan Crennan AC QC helped the process.

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‘Manorath’ portrait of donor and priests before Shri Nathji, Udaipur, Rajasthan. (Supplied, National Gallery of Australia)

Three additional sculptures have been removed from its collection as the gallery determines their place of origin before they are also repatriated.

Mitzevich said their action demonstrated the gallery’s commitment to being a leading figure in the ethical management of art collections.

“With these developments, provenance decision-making at the National Gallery will be determined by an evidence-based approach evaluated on the balance of probabilities, anchored in robust legal and ethical decision-making principles and considerations,” he said.

The Indian High Commissioner to Australia Manpreet Vohra welcomed the decision and said the Indian government was extremely grateful for Australia’s “extraordinary act of goodwill and gesture of friendship.”

“These are outstanding pieces: their return will be extremely well received by the Government and people of India,” Vohra said.

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The divine couple Lakshmi and Vishnu [Lakshmi Narayana], 10th-11th century. (Supplied, National Gallery of Australia)

This is the fourth repatriation by the gallery to the Indian government. Following this move, it will no longer hold any works bought from Subhash Kapoor.

The NGA is still in the process of recovering some of its financial losses due to buying Kapoor’s smuggled works of art.

In 2014, it filed documents to the Supreme Court of New York on the purchase of a stolen bronze sculpture ‘Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)’ and was later awarded $11 million in compensation.

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Renewables Push Could Blackout Australia Without Total Grid Reform

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Renewables Push Could Blackout Australia Without Total Grid Reform


A total reform to Australia’s grid is urgently needed, or else the transition to renewables could spell disaster for energy security, says the government’s Energy Security Board.

The board told state and federal leaders at the National Cabinet on Wednesday that Australia’s accelerated conversion from coal to wind and solar had to be accompanied by a total overhaul to the nation’s energy grid.

“This isn’t just a tweak around the edges,” said Energy Security Board Chair Kerry Schott. “It’s about a whole redesign of the national electricity market.”

This comes as both Victoria and New South Wales released their own plans to reach net-zero earlier this year, with premiers for both states having to face the Energy Security Board as it addressed Australia’s difficult challenge in safely transitioning to solar and wind power.

“It’s something we have to do to confidently embrace Australia’s energy future while reducing the risk of price shocks and blackouts.”

Energy Security Board Chair Kerry Schott speaks during a discussion forum at the Clean Energy Summit at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia, on July 30, 2019. (AAP Image/Peter Rae)

This year alone, Australia experienced the brunt of blackouts and price spikes on numerous separate occasions.

In May, a fire at the Callide coal-fired power station and a lack of backup generation saw lights go out for 400,000 Queenslanders.

Also, in May, Australasia’s largest aluminium smelter was forced to power down five times in two weeks after the smelter couldn’t afford to pay for electricity after planned, and unplanned coal plant outages sent energy prices soaring—on one occasion exploding by 18,000 percent.

Following the outages, which were exacerbated by cold weather, Australians were left wide-eyed in June after their electricity bills showed average energy costs had almost tripled compared to the same month last year.

But signs of instability were starting to show even earlier with the shutdown of Victoria’s Hazelwood coal plant in 2017, and the exit of 1,600 megawatts which had supplied power to meet 25 percent of Victoria’s electricity needs, and around 8 percent of the entire National Electricity Market.

The resulting disruption was felt across Australia’s east coast, with average energy prices shooting up by 85 percent for Victoria, 63 percent for New South Wales, 53 percent for Queensland, and a further 32 percent for South Australia.

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Workers leave Hazelwood Power Station after their final shift in Hazelwood, Australia, on Mar. 31, 2017. Around 750 workers have been left jobless after the plant was closed. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Schott recommended Australia’s path to emissions-free energy be bolstered by a series of significant reforms, one of which was to reinforce Australia’s fleet of reliable energy generation and storage.

“We have had a very mild summer, and everyone has got very complacent, but we only need one hot summer in three jurisdictions together, or a major unexpected outage at a big coal plant, and we’ve got a real resource adequacy issue right on top of us,” she said.

A second recommendation was to fast track large-scale renewable energy hubs to support vast renewable power generation at an even lower price point—a direction which has gradually made progress with a recent proposal for the world’s largest, $95 billion renewable energy hub in Western Australia.

A third but equally critical suggestion was to address underlying technical constraints imbued in the nation’s energy infrastructure, namely, maintaining grid inertia and stabilising grid frequency.

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Spanish Judge Seeks Tax Fraud Trial for Pop Singer Shakira

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Spanish Judge Seeks Tax Fraud Trial for Pop Singer Shakira


Colombian singer Shakira visits Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon on July 13, 2018. (Jamal Saidi/File/Reuters)

MADRID—A Spanish judge has seen “sufficient evidence” for Colombian singer Shakira to face trial for tax fraud, a court document released on Thursday said.

Judge Marco Jesus Juberias has wrapped up a pre-trial investigation of allegations by prosecutors that the singer failed to pay up to 14.5 million euros ($17.2 million) in tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014. It is a preliminary step before a trial is set.

“The documents (…) annexed to the lawsuit are sufficient evidence of wrongdoing to continue with the proceedings,” the judge said in the court document.

While prosecutors say Shakira was living in the region of Catalonia during those years, her representatives argue she did not live in Spain until 2015 and has met all of her tax obligations.

Shakira’s representatives in Spain said in an emailed statement on Thursday that the court document was an “expected step in the process” and that the singer’s legal team “remains confident and fully cooperative with the judiciary and will not comment further.”

The 44-year-old singer and the FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique have been together since 2011 and they have two children.

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