Inside the Secret World of Ex-Muslims
In April, a defiant group of self-identified “apostates” convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, to revel in the joys of brew culture, bacon burgers, and atheism. Nine ex-Muslims from several states in the region gathered for a local meeting of the ...
The FCC’s ‘Open Internet Rules’ Make the Internet Less Open
As usual, John Oliver is not helping.
Earlier this month, the HBO funnyman revived his crusade for “net neutrality,” taking a segment of his show to scold and mock newly appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, who is aiming ...
White Author: Editor Told Me My Fictional Book Shouldn’t Have a Black Protagonist Because I’m White
Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz is claiming that an editor warned him against including a black character in his new book because he’s white — and that would be “inappropriate” and “patronizing.”
The Daily Mail reports that Horowitz, author of the ...
The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word.
Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after Turkish security ...
Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Not Very Realistic about Islam
So for what exactly is the “extreme vetting” going to vet?
That was the question I could not shake from my mind while listening to President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to dozens of Sunni Islamic leaders ...
Here’s How Congress Can Fix the Way We Investigate Presidents
The controversies over President Trump’s firing of FBI director Jim Comey, and over the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, are yet another reminder that our existing process for investigating political figures is broken. To ...
Johnny Carson — the King of Late Night, and of Good Manners
It was exactly 25 years ago tonight that Johnny Carson signed off for the last time as the host of The Tonight Show, ending a 30-year run on NBC.
Jeff Sotzing was there. “It was an overwhelming outpouring of emotion,” said ...
Kate O’Beirne, Gifted Gift Giver until the End and Even Now
‘I’m sad this is so hard for Mommy. I think it is even harder for Mrs. O’Beirne.”
That’s my memory of a young girl’s wise observation as she watched the sadness of her parents and other ...
How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words
We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . . . What would Gutenberg say? “That’s not what I had in ...
Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good
In Riyadh, on the first stop of his tri-monotheism tour that will take him to Jerusalem and Rome (sorry, Mecca was not available), Donald Trump gave a major speech on a wide range of topics: the Middle East, jihadi violence, ...
Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh
President Trump did himself a great deal of good in his Riyadh speech, but he left a gaping hole in his approach to terrorism.
To begin with the positive, he was presidential, indeed statesmanlike, in his delivery and in his ...
Federal Power Spins Its Ever-Growing Web
A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two ...
The President’s Power to End a Criminal Investigation
According to a portion of a memorandum the New York Times has reported on but not seen, President Trump told then–FBI director James Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn ...
Removing Trump via the 25th Amendment Is a Bad Idea
In the New York Times on Wednesday, Ross Douthat used his customarily eloquent voice to endorse an idea that has bubbled below the surface since the latest round of crises began to rock the White House: The 25th Amendment to ...
Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
The man can’t help himself. I’m speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, ...
Chelsea Manning and the Problem with Pronouns
Yesterday trans Twitter got very, very angry with me. I wrote a Corner post about Chelsea Manning’s release from prison, and the focus was squarely on Manning’s misconduct. Manning betrayed fellow soldiers, put their lives in danger, and ...
Chelsea Manning Is Not a Whistleblower
Let’s say you published something controversial on the Internet and you started getting death threats. How would you like being “doxed”? In other words, what would your reaction be if someone who didn’t like you tweeted out to ...
Democrats Should Put Country above Party, Too
Throughout Donald Trump’s short but eventful presidency, Democrats have been imploring Republicans to show loyalty for country over party.
If you believe our bumbling president’s hiring of the likes of Paul Manafort or Mike Flynn — who was apparently ...
When a man drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square, many minds turned immediately to terrorism, which, given the recent history of vehicular attacks — Berlin, Nice, Stockholm, Westminster, Ohio State University, all in the past two ...
The False Promise of Drug-Price Controls
Are the laws of economics negotiable? Some foreign leaders seem to think so. They’re installing price controls in the hope of bringing down prescription-drug costs. They’re convinced they can simply decree that drug companies charge less without any ...
Now Is the Time for Us to Secure the Peace in Colombia
America loves an underdog success story, be it the Mets in 1969 or the men’s Olympic hockey team in 1980. But perhaps the greatest unlikely tour de force of all has taken place under our noses.
Twenty years ago, Colombia was ...
Roger Ailes, One of a Kind
On my first visit to Roger Ailes’s office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’s reputation ...
We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot.
A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea ...
The Guardrails of American Democracy Can’t Contain Trump
The pleasant surprise of the first 100 days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign-policy challenges (e....
Stop Making Terrible Arguments for Blind Loyalty
If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. The argument goes something like this:
“The GOP is so stupid. Look at how the Democrats handle controversy. They circle the wagons, no one breaks ranks, and ...
Trump Brought the Special-Counsel Investigation on Himself
The Trump-Russia saga has entered its special-counsel phase.
This is strange, given that a special prosecutor is typically reserved for when a crime has been alleged, and not only has no serious penal-law violation been credibly alleged against Donald Trump ...
Open-Borders Lobby in Denial about DACA and Due Process
The open-borders lobby has made a political decision to cry foul every time the Trump administration arrests or deports a recipient of former president Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They charge the government with gross violations ...
What the Libertarian Argument for State-Based Guest-Worker Programs Gets Wrong
My NRO piece last week raised doubts about “federalist” guest-worker programs such as the one proposed by Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson, which would distribute up to 500,000 guest-worker visas to the states each year. I argued that guest-worker programs divide the ...
The U.S. Must Respond to Turkey’s Attack on Washington
The United States Secret Service is history’s finest protection force. Its Turkish equivalent is a joke.
This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington, D.C., proved why. On Tuesday, the Turkish Presidential Protection Department (for simplicity, ...
Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel’
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as “special counsel” for purposes of the so-called Russia investigation underscores a point I have made through the years, whenever the subject of special prosecutors or independent counsels ...
Over the long term, the politicization of everything is a greater threat to American national life than any single politician — including Donald Trump or any candidate the Democrats nominate to challenge him in 2020. If there is no place for common ...
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’
A new online course instructs math teachers how to incorporate social-justice ideology into their lessons by discussing how mathematics has historically been used to oppress people.
The class — titled “Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics” — was developed by Teach for ...
Boredom vs. Chaos in The Commune
‘I’m bored.” Those two words are all it takes to begin the dismantling of a settled bourgeois family in The Commune, a subtly devastating new film from the Danish writer-director Thomas Vinterberg. It makes apparent the relative attractiveness of ...
The Trump Tipping Point for Conservatives?
The anti-Trump resistance — especially its mainstream-liberal-media battalion — wakes up every day and turns on the news expecting to hear that Republicans are finally abandoning the president en masse. It hasn’t happened yet, and it may not ever happen.
Mike Lee Wants to Stop America from Coming Apart
Things have been going wrong in America for some time. Men have been dropping out of the labor force for decades. Drug overdoses began their ascent in the 1990s. For as long as many of us have been alive, the ...
Full Expensing Encourages More Growth than a Corporate-Rate Cut
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Tax Foundation. It is reprinted here with permission.
Recently, the Trump administration released a tax proposal. Overall, the outline follows the same contours as Trump’s campaign proposals. It would ...
How to Read the Newspaper
I used to be a newspaper editor, a cog in the wheel of the dreaded “mainstream media.” I’ve written for the New York and Washington newspapers, and even — angels and ministers of grace defend us! — Politico. And the checks ...
Fake News, Real Consequences
Donald Trump’s presidency feels like it is in crisis. Reading the Washington Post is almost comical now. At least once a week we are treated to at least 18 — now 24, now 31! — sources within the White House reporting that Donald Trump ...
Mr. Vice President: Please Help the President Get His Act Together
Dear Vice President Pence,
I hope you’re holding up under the strain.
I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who were somewhat reassured by Donald Trump’s decision ...
Intelligence Lapses and Double Standards
For Democrats, there is nothing like having the media and the intelligence bureaucracy on the team.
We don’t know all the details, but let’s stipulate that if President Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats secret information that was shared ...
On Drugs, It's Back to War
Jeff Sessions wants to get tough in the war on drugs. The problem with his line of thinking is that managing the duplex problem of drug abuse and drug trafficking is not a war, however much the rhetoric of war ...
An Unconvincing Attack on Silicon Valley from the Left
If Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s observation that “power in America today is control of the means of communication” still rings true, then a few Internet platforms possess unprecedented influence over our political affairs. Jonathan Taplin’s new book, Move Fast ...
President Trump’s firing of James Comey revealed strange timing, herky-jerky methods, and bad political optics.
Certainly, in the existential political war that Trump finds himself in, it would have been wiser, first, to have rallied his entire White House ...
A change of pace and tone by the president is the best way to end the war of attrition that has overtaken and partly anesthetized the entire process of government in Washington. The bombastic Trump personality and his frequently changing ...
The Latest ‘Just Like Watergate’ Idiocy
There is so much legal ignorance in the reporting and commentary about the “Russia investigation,” it is hard to keep up. The latest is that we need a special prosecutor because the firing of FBI director James Comey could amount ...
Trump and the Foreign-Policy Establishment
Speaking to a number of governors in February, Donald Trump unburdened himself, “We have to win. We have to start winning wars again. . . . We never win and we don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or ...
Florida Man Considers Next Adventure
‘I don’t talk to him,” Florida governor Rick Scott says, referring to his state’s three-term Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, an incumbent up for reelection in 2018.
Quite a few Republicans, including President Trump, are hoping that Scott, a term-limited ...
The Mother of All MOAB Articles
The dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) in Afghanistan a few weeks ago reportedly killed 94 terrorists. It also generated a flurry of articles breathlessly dissecting the capabilities of the mighty MOAB and hailing the absolute destruction it ...
Editor’s Note: This journal began yesterday, here. It concludes today.
‘There are two things a tourist comes to see,” says a friend (a local friend): “the cathedral and The Last Supper.” You can breeze into the cathedral (after an ...
What Our Grandmothers Knew That Their College-Grad Granddaughters Don’t
The number of foolish statements made by men and women who consider themselves feminists is essentially equal to the number of people who strongly identify as feminists.
I write “strongly identify” because, if asked, “Are you a feminist?” most women ...
Callista Crosses the Tiber
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. ...
Unsayable Truths about a Failing High School
Editor’s note: The following piece originally appeared at City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission.
Earlier in the month, my high-school alma mater in the prosperous Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia went viral. A video of a student ...
An American Outsider, Part II
Editor’s Note: In our May 15 issue, we had a piece by Jay Nordlinger on this remarkable musician. Mr. Nordlinger is expanding it in Impromptus. For Part I, go here. The series concludes today.
Where were we? We have graduated ...
Regime Change by Any Other Name?
Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered ...
The Curtain Falls on the Greatest Show on Earth
Uniondale, N.Y. — Send home the clowns.
After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolled up the net. Sunday evening’s performance was its last.
My friend Neal K. Carter and I attended Friday night’s presentation of the ...
Michael Flynn’s Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt
After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump–Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Already, Twitter is exploding with ...
Trumpism without Trump in the U.K.
Donald Trump began fumbling the ball almost as soon as he ran away with it. The political revolution that was Trumpism is on hold for now, while the White House undergoes a series of scandals. All for reasons that are ...
The Painful Story of How U.S. Special-Operations Forces Grew Up
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Mark Moyar’s Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces. It is reprinted here with permission.
The first month of 2012 was, indeed, a highly auspicious time to ...
An American Outsider, Part I
Editor’s Note: In our May 15 issue, we had a piece by Jay Nordlinger on this remarkable musician. This week — today and tomorrow — he expands on it, Impromptus-style.
George Walker greets me at the door, smiling and dapper. I figured ...
HuffPo: The ‘Male Romper’ Is Offensive Because Rompers Should Be Gender-Neutral
A group of business school friends is trying to raise funds to launch a line of rompers for men called “RompHim” — and, according to a piece in the Huffington Post, its marketing campaign is very problematic.
According to Claire Fallon, ...
The president has not been in office for a year, and already there is talk of impeachment.
He is a man of means, in his seventies, and accustomed to getting his way. He seems genuinely confused by the situation. He ...
New Orleans — Robert E. Lee lost again.
The statue of the Confederate Army’s general in chief vanished Friday from atop a 60-foot-tall column in the middle of Lee Circle. This work is the fourth of four Confederate-oriented statues that ...
Getting Marian about Our Options
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Christian “options,” in the vein of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option. The publication of The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis during May, a month traditionally dedicated ...
What should we expect from Showtime’s Twin Peaks, the spectacularly unexpected reboot of the quirky, genre-busting mystery series that rose quickly and fell even more quickly over the course of two seasons on ABC in the early Nineties?
Don’t Bet against Tax and Health-Care Reform in 2017
If the smart-money folks on Wall Street think a special counsel to oversee the Russian probes spells defeat for business tax cuts, they’re leaning well over their skis.
The market sold off over 300 points on Wednesday, but it may ...
The GOP’s Path Out of the Doldrums: Govern
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment on Wednesday likely marks the nadir in the spring of the Republicans’ discontent. The GOP has failed to repel the Democrats’ relentless, evidence-free insistence that President Donald J. Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet. ...
Professor Banned Republican Club from Public Women’s History Month Event
A professor at Orange Coast College in California banned the school’s Republican Club from attending a public African American/Women’s roundtable discussion in March — apparently over “safe space” concerns.
Jessica Alabi, a sociology professor, apparently e-mailed three campus ...
Remove Cross-Border Trade Obstacles between Canada and the U.S.
Last weekend I attended the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, one of this continent’s biggest geek-culture conventions and a bustling hub of North American commerce. Canadians and Americans mingled side by side selling books, T-shirts, toys, crafts, and other assorted ...
Ultra-hack Ridley Scott has ruined the Alien franchise. His first episode in 1979 was a visually textured, erotic genre film that veered sensually and sensationally into techno-evolutionary horror. It was that decade’s most original scary movie. But Alien: Covenant, the ...
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at Law and Liberty. It is reprinted here with permission.
No man enters the presidency prepared for the office, yet few chief magistrates have managed a stage entry as startlingly rife with ...
Stand Up to Erdogan’s Assault on Democracy
President Donald Trump and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to discuss U.S.–Turkish trade relations, the fight against terrorism, and more. But one topic that seems to have been ignored was Turkey’...
The Populist Politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump
Durham, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics.
In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour party was about to sweep to a landslide victory ...
The ‘Evil Political Operator’ at the Anger Games
‘Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil ...
Bill de Blasio Will March Behind a Terrorist
That the mayor of America’s largest city is planning to march with a convicted terrorist in next month’s Puerto Rican Day Parade illustrates a fundamental fact about the Left in America: From student activists all the way up ...
Presidential Intelligence Sharing Is Highly Precedented
If you listen to breathless, Trump-loathing Democrats and their stooges in the liberal media, you would think President Donald J. Trump is the biggest traitor since Ethel and Julius Rosenberg sent Stalin the recipe for the atomic bomb.
As the ...
The Latest Trump Controversy Shows Why Israel Is Not a Charity Case
When the Washington Post reported that President Trump had revealed to the Russians classified intelligence obtained from an ally in the Middle East, speculation immediately began about the source of the information. It wasn’t long before the answer was ...
Trump’s Appointments to the Fed Could Affect the Global Economy
As the world’s main superpower, the United States projects its influence abroad through its military, economic, and cultural clout. It also exerts significant sway over global monetary conditions and cross-country financial flows. That is why President Trump’s upcoming ...
Against the ‘25th Amendment Option’
Less than four months into his term, members of Congress and commentators are openly speculating about whether President Donald Trump ought to be removed from office, and about how to do so. There are two constitutional mechanisms available: impeachment, as ...
Lessons from the Battle of Midway
Seventy-five years ago (June 4-7, 1942), the astonishing American victory at the Battle of Midway changed the course of the Pacific War.
Just six months after the catastrophic Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. crushed the Imperial Japanese ...
‘Baumol’s Disease’ Explains Flagging Productivity
Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.” It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more ...
Get Ready for the Pillorying of Pence
Should Mike Pence become president, the Left will surely lead us in a national chorus of “Whew! Back to normal.” Correct? After all, our friends in the Democratic party have been saying for many months that President Trump is not ...
Under the Obama Precedent, No Trump Obstruction of Justice
On April 10, 2016, President Obama publicly stated that Hillary Clinton had shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of ...
Trump Isn’t Playing 8-D Chess
This week, President Trump proved once again that character matters.
Trump failed miserably on all fronts — not because of his political principles, which were never philosophically conservative, but because Trump is a deeply flawed man, and thus an even more ...
Dangerous ‘Collateral Consequences’ in Santa Clara County, California
Neha Rastogi must have thought she was living the American Dream. A native of India, Rastogi was a 30-something high-tech star working at the world’s premier technology company (Apple), sometimes directly with Silicon Valley’s biggest celebrity (Steve Jobs). ...
LePage’s Welfare Reform: Good for Maine, a Model for the Nation
Maine, which once led the nation in dependence on government welfare, is taking yet another step forward to fix its welfare system.
After six years of tackling tough welfare problems, Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, recently introduced a bill to ...
Imagine a crowded restaurant. Glasses clink. Conversations buzz. You’re ushered to your seat, take a nonchalant glance around, and then, after an inevitable subtle double take, there he is: the astronaut at the next table.
I’m not talking ...
Our Missile-Defense Policy Should be ‘America First’
Ideal year-round temperatures, lush tropical foliage, and scenic beaches belie the strategic significance of Hawaii’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, which cuts across 2,385 acres of coastline in Kauai County.
The U.S. Naval base is said to be the “only ...
Who Has Absolute Health-Care Moral Authority?
Here is what happens if you try to tell health-care stories that defy big-government orthodoxy:
When GOP congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon-cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health-care system, ...
Teachers’ Unions Should Stop Putting Seniority before Performance
Unions have made it nearly impossible to remove ineffective and poorly performing teachers, and an effort by California lawmakers to crack open the door just a little is meeting stiff resistance.
California is one of six states where elementary- and ...
Trump’s Defense of His Russia Leak Is Not Reassuring
Let’s begin with this proposition — there is a proper and defensible mechanism for disclosing classified information, even to a geopolitical rival. If the president determines that such disclosure advances the national interests of the United States, and if the ...
Help Us Raise a Thousandth of What George Soros Gave to Social-Justice Warriors
My pal Deroy Murdock called and we chit-chatted about this and that, and he told me a piece of news I had missed and find . . . staggering. Remember that nasty Women’s March on Washington and the associated “Day Without a ...
Where do you draw the line between the right of voters to vent their anger at public officials whose policies they oppose and actual violence? The answer is pretty obvious: at the point where verbal abuse turns to action that ...
Black and Muslim Women Are Invisible to the Feminist Movement
Much has already been written about the shameful glorifying of Linda Sarsour by New York senator Kristen Gillibrand, who praised her on the pages of Time magazine, and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, which has invited her to ...
Promote Health by Not Defending the E-Cigarette Ban
Harm reduction — opting for a product or activity that is not harmless but is better than the existing alternative — is a common and obvious strategy that we employ almost unthinkingly. For example, many drugs used for chemotherapy to treat cancer ...
Social-Justice Blog Says 'Stupid' Is an 'Ableist Slur'
According to a post in the social-justice blog Everyday Feminism, the word “stupid” is not just a kind of mean thing to say, but actually an all-out “ableist slur,” regardless of whether you’re using it to describe things or ...
At the recent Space Foundation conference held in Colorado Springs, NASA revealed its new plan for human space exploration, superseding the absurd Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) championed by the Obama administration. Amazingly, the space agency has managed to come up ...
The Fake History of Bush v. Gore
On April 4, the Washington Post ran a brief item in its “Daily 202” newsletter about the Gorsuch nomination that ended with a warning: “Don’t forget Bush v. Gore, when the Supreme Court — on a party-line vote — delivered the presidency to ...
What the AHCA Really Says about Preexisting Conditions
As demonstrated by the recent outrage surrounding the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House of Representatives, there is widespread misinformation about what is happening in Washington, D.C., when it comes to the repeal and ...
The Worst Word in American Politics
For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst — “rigged.”
Emanating from slang back in the 17th century, developing into a description of financial fraud, and then branching out to apply to ...
America Still Is — and Should Remain — the ‘Indispensable Nation’
What do Americans on both sides of the aisle mean when they call the U.S. the “indispensable nation”? It’s simply this: that without America maintaining its post–World War II role as the ultimate guarantor of the safety ...