Obama’s Perverse View of Terror
This week, plumbing new depths of obsequiousness, the Obama administration dropped Iran and Hezbollah from the “Worldwide Threat Assessment” terror list. I doubt that any NRO reader needs a refresher on Iran and Hezbollah’s roles in terrorism; I’ll ...
Eva Braun’s Rival: The British Socialite Who Loved Hitler
Why on earth are you writing about Unity Mitford, I used to be asked in the course of researching her biography. All she ever did was to make an exhibition of herself as a Nazi and anti-Semite. Settling in Germany ...
The hottest ticket in New York right now is a musical at the Public Theater, the downtown off-Broadway venue. The star and creator is Lin-Manuel Miranda, a 35-year-old Nuyorican composer and rapper. The musical vocabulary is what you might hear ...
Is the GOP Doomed to Lose Marco Rubio's Senate Seat?
Electing a Republican to Marco Rubio’s Senate seat — quite possibly going to be left empty as the senator runs for president in 2016 – is not Mission: Impossible for the Florida GOP. Just Mission: Extremely Difficult.
Rubio has made clear that ...
New Jersey’s Gun Laws Are as Confusing as Its Highways
On September 20, 2013, a 22-year-old private security guard named Steffon Josey-Davis was unloading his service pistol in his car when his six-year-old sister suddenly entered the garage. Hoping to avoid alarming her, Josey-Davis stopped what he was doing, placed his gun ...
Washington’s Redundant Fracking Regulations
Today the Department of Interior announced new fracking regulations for federal and Indian lands, issuing the first nationwide federal regulations of the booming industry.
The regulations include rules about wastewater disposal, standards for well construction, and requirements for disclosure of ...
Eric Cantor Is Back — But He Never Really Left
Former GOP House majority leader Eric Cantor hasn’t picked a presidential candidate to back in 2016 yet, but he’s narrowed the field to four – and the congressman-turned-investment-banker is positioning himself to give a considerable boost to his ultimate choice.
Obama Manufactures an Israel Crisis
‘Words matter,” White House secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today, by way of explanation for the Obama administration’s fresh, newly intense scorn for the government of Israel.
So they do — which is why it is so disturbing that the ...
On Wednesday, two gunmen stormed into the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. At least 21 people — mainly foreign tourists — were murdered.
On Thursday, the Islamic State released an audio recording claiming responsibility for the massacre. Ranting about the “debauchery” of tourism ...
Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It’s been in free fall for so long that it’s sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad ...
Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Race Conversation
Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers — “barista.”
#ad#The snootiness ...
Will the American Dream Hold True for Hispanics?
‘Firing up America” is the cover line on the March 20 issue of The Economist, heralding a 16-page special report on America’s Latinos. Its tone is resolutely upbeat — perhaps a bit too much so.
“America is lucky to have millions ...
No Peace Any Time Soon, but Not Because of Bibi
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he ...
Netanyahu Won Because He Moved Right
The results of the Israeli elections and the landslide victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party surprised analysts and pollsters alike. Up to two days before the elections, all polls predicted that Likud would lose by two ...
Here's a Conservative Reason to Root for Every One of the 64 March Madness Teams
With the NCAA basketball tournament kicking off today, National Review has examined the field and determined there is a reason for conservatives in good conscience to root for each and every one of the 64 teams that made the proper opening ...
Harry Reid Filibusters on Behalf of Slaveholders
Last summer, I interviewed a slave. Her name is Ima Matul, and she is a native of Indonesia who was brought to southern California as a teenager with the promise of a job working as a household maid.
She got ...
Psaki’s Wobbly Hillary Spin
The State Department’s explanation of why Hillary Clinton did not sign the Separation Statement that every other State Department employee is required to sign upon resignation is quickly approaching the farcical. In Wednesday’s daily press briefing, State Department ...
Russia’s proxy war on Ukraine is poised to heat up again. Calls for the Obama administration to help arm the outgunned and outmanned Ukrainian military against Russia and its rebel proxies have so far fallen on deaf ears. Yet ...
At the White House, There’s Nobody Home
What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United States to warn Congress about the dangers of a nuclear ...
Does Dick Durbin Believe that Only White Males Can Bear Public Scrutiny?
With a dull and dispiriting predictability, the insinuations have begun to fly on Capitol Hill. Lamenting that Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general has not yet been confirmed, Senator Dick Durbin told the press this morning that her critics ...
University of Georgia Greeks Ban Hoop Skirts Because They Look Racist
After a meeting with school administrators on Monday, University of Georgia sororities and fraternities have decided to ban hoop skirts from their events over concerns they might look racist.
Victor Wilson, UGA’s vice president for student affairs, explained that ...
There is one place to go where you can find out anything about anyone and any moment in history. That place is called the Internet, and yes, you are using it to read this article.
A few decades ago, it ...
Did the State Department Consider Hillary Above the Law?
Did Hillary Clinton’s State Department exit follow the Department’s standard records-keeping protocol?
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Tuesday answered a pressing question I posed here about Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server to conduct official business. ...
Republican 2016ers Are Rethinking ‘Tough on Crime’
It wasn’t so very long ago that every Republican running for higher office sounded as if he were really running for sheriff. “Tough on crime” was a slogan that never failed. Remember Willie Horton?
But this time around, something ...
Needed: A Safety Net That Works
Last month, the unemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low, but the labor-force-participation rate dropped to a 37-year low: a paltry 62.8 percent. It’s extremely hard for the economy to grow when the workforce is shrinking. And if we need ...
Saving Persecuted Christians
Johnnie Moore, formerly pastor of Liberty University and currently chief of staff to Hollywood producer Mark Burnett, has lately been devoting his time to doing something to help persecuted Christians — those displaced and under threat by the grave evil that ...
The ‘American Worker Recruitment First’ Lie
You’ve heard it from Big Government lobbyists. You’ve heard it from Big Business lackeys in both political parties. And you’ve heard it from journalists, pundits, and think-tankers ad nauseam:
The H-1B foreign-guest-worker program, they claim, requires ...
Minimum-Wage Laws: Ruinous ‘Compassion’
It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious.
A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery stores ...
DC Cancels Comic Cover After Complaints That Joker's Threatening Batgirl Is Sexist
At the artist’s request, DC Comics has decided to cancel a cover design after complaints that the Joker attacking Batgirl is misogynistic and sexist and promotes violence against women.
The cover, which features the villain holding a gun to ...
Netanyahu’s Precarious Position
Today’s Israeli elections are the culmination of one of the most dramatic, emotional, intensive, and fascinating campaigns that has ever taken place in the country. They will determine who will head its government and what direction the Jewish state ...
End Birthright Citizenship Now
President Obama has clinched the case for ending automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, tourists, and foreign students.
To the extent that supporters of our current practice have made any coherent arguments at all in ...
Tom Cotton's Letter Was a Breach of Constitutional Decorum
Forty-seven Republican senators have sent an open letter to Iran explaining the U.S. Constitution’s allocations of power with respect to international agreements. The senators’ letter is on the whole descriptively accurate. It tells the mullahs, our negotiating allies, ...
Please Explain 100,000 Deferrals for Illegal Aliens
There has been a flurry of procedural developments in the lawsuit filed by 26 states in a Texas federal court against President Obama’s amnesty plan for 5 million illegal aliens. On March 19, Justice Department lawyers — and officials of the Department of ...
A Real Saint Patrick’s Day Seisiún
EDITOR’S NOTE: In celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick, National Review asked some friends and colleagues for their thoughts on the day and on their favorite aspects of Irish history and culture.
One of William Butler ...
Cotton’s Letter Shouldn’t Be Controversial
In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the 54 Republican senators. This was in line with Democratic talking points — a sign that the ...
Seeking Meaning in Life, UC Student Leaders Remove the American Flag
Two weeks ago, a group of students at the University of California at Irvine removed a U.S. flag from a common area of the student-government suite.
Shortly afterwards, six undergraduate members of the Legislative Council of the Associated Students ...
M. Stanton Evans, the great conservative scholar, journalist, and raconteur who founded the National Journalism Center, died earlier this month in Leesburg, Virginia at age 81.
Neal Freeman, who has been associated with National Review for 50 years, said of Stan at ...
The First-Class, Five-Star Rev
When he speaks at public colleges and universities, Al Sharpton flies first-class, stays in upscale hotels, travels to events in a chauffeured vehicle, and often brings a bodyguard or aide with him. He makes these demands on taxpayer-funded institutions, despite ...
The Six Stages of Scandal
The facts concerning Hillary Clinton’s most recent scandal — “E-mailgate” — may be unique, but the media coverage in our 24/7-news age follows the same predictable story arc every time something like this happens.
Up until now, this arc has never ...
Rosemary Putnam, Social Capitalist
‘I was on the subway the other day,” a dinner companion observed, “and the subway conductor said, ‘Please let your neighbor off first.’
“I was stunned,” the New Yorker observed. “We don’t think of each other as neighbors.”
Hillary Clinton explains her use of a private e-mail account and a secret server to conduct State Department business as a matter of “convenience.” But congressional investigators are almost as interested in the fact that two of her closest advisers, ...
The Prescience of Daniel Patrick Moynihan
In the mid-1960s, a social scientist noted something ominous that came to be called “Moynihan’s Scissors”: Two lines on a graph crossed, replicating a scissors’ blades. The descending line charted the decline in the minority male unemployment rate. ...
A Bishop Sows Confusion about the Dignity of Life
I’m the parent of a child with Down syndrome. I can tell you from experience that many corners of the world remain less than welcoming to families like mine. I am also a Catholic. It’s been a great ...
Fixing American Education
School choice should be the country’s number-one civil-rights issue. Parents who can’t afford private education are frequently forced to send their kids to public schools so inept that remedial math and English classes are standard at American colleges. ...
If the new Republican majorities in Congress have a mandate to do anything, it is not to inflict hundreds of billions of dollars in new entitlement liabilities on the American taxpayer, but that is what they are positioning themselves to ...
King Dollar Naysayer Nonsense
Despite the conventional criticisms of the financial commentariat, both theory and evidence argue for a strong, stable, and reliable currency as a crucial channel to prosperity. Just think of the reverse: If you could devalue your way into prosperity, Argentina ...
Abortion Is Not a ‘Women’s’ Issue Because ‘Men Have Abortions’ Too
Feminists are now arguing about whether or not it’s offensive to talk about abortion as a “women’s issue” because gender is not that simple and men have abortions too.
“We must acknowledge and come to terms with the ...
Pope Francis, the World’s Pastor
Two years ago today, Pope Francis was introduced to the world in a rainy St. Peter’s Square, asking for prayers. George Weigel, who was there that night with NBC News, is the author of more than 20 books, including the ...
Forget Reagan — Could Scott Walker Be the Next Calvin Coolidge?
Much is being written today about the Republican party’s urgent need to find “the next Ronald Reagan.” With Governor Scott Walker’s recent rise in the polls, many pundits have rushed to dismiss his chances because “Walker is no ...
Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts
‘I want the Church to go out into the streets,” Pope Francis told a cheering crowd gathered for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013, four months after he was elected pope. “¡Hagan lío!” he exhorted them, ...
Why Can’t President Obama Put Iran in a Box?
What ever happened to the “box”?
Remember what the Democrats said about Saddam Hussein? Wait . . . that’s a confusing question. One must clarify whether we’re talking about when a Democratic administration was bombing a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan because ...
Pope Francis has said that “we are all tempted because the law of our spiritual life, our Christian life is a struggle: a struggle. That’s because the Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’...
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women
The critic James Wolcott is peeved. “Mitt Romney’s fateful decision this January not to pursue the presidency for a third futile time deprives those of us in the bleachers of a rare-ish opportunity to watch a representative of the 1 ...
Petraeus Puts the Icing on Bibi’s Iran Cake
Don’t just rely on Benjamin Netanyahu’s passionate advice to Congress on his way to reelection that Iran is our arch enemy. Now we have the counsel of retired general David Petraeus, who gave a remarkable interview this week ...
The Senate's Trafficking Jam
Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, is having a hard time toeing the party line.
A human-trafficking bill which passed unanimously out of the committee just a few weeks ago is now being held up ...
Former Secretary of State Baker: I Signed Exit Form
Former secretary of state James Baker said through a spokesman on Friday that he signed a separation statement from the Department of State when he stepped down as secretary in 1992.
The State Department stirred controversy Tuesday when it said it ...
Detective Called ‘Sexist’ for Advising Women to Not Walk Alone Through Parks after Murder
An Australian detective is being slammed as “sexist” for suggesting that women not walk in parks alone at night after a teenage girl was raped and murdered in one.
Seventeen-year-old Masa Vukotic was raped and murdered Melbourne on Tuesday evening.
Israeli Voters: Bibi Yes, Barack No!
Israeli voters on Tuesday sent Obama a two-word message, and it was not Shabbat shalom.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied pollsters’ predictions of impending doom and surged to a stunning victory. His Likud party’s strength in the ...
Reviews of The Gunman, La Sapienza, and Danny Collins
Movies were more fun when we didn’t know the personal politics of the people who made them. This applies especially to actors who presume that their movie-star charm makes their political point-making of interest to moviegoers. Sean Penn’s ...
So, “a United Airlines jet returned to a Washington airport Monday night after passengers pounced on a man who rushed toward the cockpit yelling ‘Jihad! Jihad!’ officials and witnesses said.” (The rest of the story is here.)
Look, we all ...
The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have
Starbucks is hoping to lead a national conversation about race. According to a video released by founder Howard Schultz, Starbucks barristas are encouraged to scrawl “race together” on coffee cups before placing them in the hands of customers. This hollow ...
Don't Confirm Loretta Lynch
An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?
As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.
Who Is Patricia Jannuzzi?
I can’t get this question out of my head: Who is Patricia Jannuzzi?
These last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of religious organizations publicly wrestling with gay rights. The Mormon Church authorized new protections for gay people, ...
Student: I Was Banned from Class for Pointing Out That a False Rape Statistic Was False
A student at Reed College in Portland claims he was banned from class discussions mainly because he questioned a rape “statistic” — even though that “statistic” has been debunked — just because other students said they were uncomfortable.
Nineteen-year-old Jeremiah True told ...
Mr. President, We Have a Civil Right Not to Vote
Since he will never again see his name appear on a ballot, President Obama is finally telling us what he really thinks.
“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” Obama said yesterday at ...
The GOP Must Use the Reconciliation Option Prudently
What’s been missing from the early weeks of the new Republican-controlled Congress is a sense of tactical direction.
The problem is not differing views on the overall mission. There’s widespread agreement that the primary job of this Congress ...
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is adapted from one that ran in the March 9, 2015, issue of NR.
Paul Krugman made a kind of bet in April 2013 — a bet he lost. He didn’t put up any real stake, but ...
The President Cannot Bypass the Courts
In a provocative op-ed in the New York Times, University of Chicago law professor William Baude argues that the president has the power to sidestep the Supreme Court if it rules against him on Obamacare. In King v. Burwell, four ...
Kasich Waits in the Wings
Columbus, Ohio — Ideas fly from Governor John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself mid-sentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom ...
Netanyahu’s Win, Obama’s Loss
It would be a stretch to say that President Obama lost Israel’s election. But our president has made it pretty clear what he thinks of Benjamin Netanyahu, and last night, Israeli voters made it pretty clear what they think ...
Filling Out Your 2015 NCAA Bracket
We didn’t get our tips and tricks in before tip-off of the fake-first-round play-in game, but never fear: the National Review bracket rules are here before the Big Dance starts in earnest. So take another look at your bracket ...
The Democrats’ Despicable Filibuster
Abortion has been legal throughout the United States for 42 years, and for nearly 40 years Congress has repeatedly authorized general prohibitions on the use of public funds to pay for it through legislative language called the Hyde amendment, named for Illinois ...
Defense spending is simply irresistible, in the sense that it has the Pentagon and Congress singing a line from that wretched old Robert Palmer chestnut: “There’s no telling where the money went.”
The money, or the “small arms, ammunition, ...
Venezuela Is On the Brink of Collapse
Considering a trip to the socialist asylum of Lieutenant Colonel Lunatic, aka Hugo Chávez? Just make sure you’re topped up on economic Kool-Aid.
Now led by President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela is rotting. The statistics speak volumes. Inflation in ...
Hillary Clinton’s latest debacle, with her e-mails, has been such a shambles of mismanaged, fumbling obfuscation that many prominent members of the media have tentatively concluded that she is faltering as a presidential candidate approximately a month before her ...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) is not talking like a man who was humbled to be on the wrong side of a landslide in the most recent midterms.
“I support this legislation, but we’re not going to ...
The Cotton Letter’s Inconvenient Truth
It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of “Death to America!”
In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner. Alas, we ...
Dems Now Aim for Broad Ammo Ban
Reacting bitterly to the news that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had yielded in its attempt to ban the M855, one of the most popular rifle rounds in the country, a small group of congressional Democrats yesterday ...
Lena Dunham Defending Exercise as Not ‘Anti-Feminist’ Is What’s Anti-Feminist
In a recent interview with People, Lena Dunham actually felt the need to clarify that her decision to start exercising was not “anti-feminist.”
“I don’t think anyone’s gonna be like, ‘You look so good it’s ruined my ...
Hillary Clinton will not run in 2016 on the slogan of continuing the hope-and-change policies of Barack Obama. The president has not enjoyed a 50 percent approval rating since a brief period after his reelection. And he is no friend of the ...
Reagan Would Be Appalled by Obama’s Corps of Yes-Men Lawyers
The growing number of court cases challenging the legal authority of a series of Obama-administration actions brings to mind my experience as general counsel of the Reagan administration’s Office of Management and Budget.
In the Reagan White House, senior ...
Don’t Let Planned Parenthood Monopolize Women’s Health
Pittsburgh — Carson Street, on the South Side, is said to be one of the longest and densest stretches of bars in the United States. On weekend evenings, especially when the universities across the river are in session, the street teems; ...
Building Bipartisan Support for Blocking Obama’s Iran Folly
It’s heartening when mainstream Democrats remind us that they don’t always march to the beat of MoveOn.org’s drum circles.
A number of Senate Democrats clearly disapprove of Senator Tom Cotton’s decision to tell Iran that ...
A Churchill for Our Times
When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time he had done so. The only other person to address a joint session of Congress three times was the legendary ...
In contemporary America, “the conversation about race” never ends. It fuels political debate and cable chatter, and practically every week some new outrage — real or imagined — is fodder for the hungry maw of the interminable conversation.
We don’t talk ...
The REFUND Act and the American Dream
After it was suspended for more than a year, the debt ceiling went back into effect on Sunday, leaving leaders in Washington scrambling to ensure America can meet her most basic financial obligations. The Department of the Treasury has now ...
The Other Problem with Hillary’s Foreign Donors
Two of the governments counted among the Clinton Foundation’s foreign donors aren’t exactly generous global givers.
In fact, Algeria and the Dominican Republic, which both contributed to the Clinton Foundation, receive hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in ...
Why Pelosi’s Syria Visit Remains Indefensible
‘The road to Damascus is a road to peace.”
Those were damning words. When Nancy Pelosi embraced Bashar al-Assad in April 2007, she wasn’t simply challenging the commander-in-chief during a war; she was propagandizing for a dictator who was killing ...
The limits of arousal, &c.
I know I should care intensely about the new Hillary scandals, and I do, in a way. But it’s hard for me to get aroused as before. (Pardon the word “aroused.” Should probably not be used in a Clinton ...
Israelis Should Send Obama a Message of Defiance
If there is one thing Israeli voters ought to both resent and revolt against, it is the idea that the proud Jewish nation is a mere vassal state of their American allies.
If there is something that should make them ...
Bill Clinton won because he was always winning; if Hillary Rodham Clinton has lost, it is because she is losing.
President Clinton had a diabolical knack for turning his self-inflicted problems into referenda on the moral standing of his opponents, ...
10 Things People Want to Know About Hamas
Have you always wanted to ask a terrorist what makes him tick? Well, on Twitter, this was your week.
In what seemed to be their best PR effort to appear not terrorist-y, the Palestinian terror group Hamas started a five-day ...
Obama Can’t Force His Iran Deal on the Country without Congress's Consent
So, as we warned earlier this week, the international-law game it is.
It is no secret that Barack Obama does not have much use for the United States Constitution. It is a governing plan for a free, self-determining people. Hence, ...
It’s Hillary All the Way Down
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.
Dear Reader (including some intrepid Indiana Jones of the future who will one day ...
You’re a member of Congress. You’re angry because President Obama has cut you out of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, you believe any deal this White House and this president strikes ...
The Logan Act Is Not a Friend to Liberalism
Donna Brazile, a political activist who is at present serving as the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, would very much like it if the president of the United States would arrest half of the Senate. Yesterday afternoon, as ...
Coming Up Short on Her Search
Shortly after her press conference this week at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton released a background “Q&A” that all but confirmed that she did not comply with federal records laws (a story that Time reported on yesterday). Mrs. Clinton’...
Cinderella: Fantasy Stripped of its Humanism
Abandon romance, all ye who enter Disney’s new Cinderella. It’s a live-action version of that studio’s 1950 animated classic, made in the new Disney style that injects politically correct dogma and secularism into childhood fantasy. “Who looks after ...
How Harvard Became Kentucky on the Charles
Casual fans who scan the list of tomorrow’s NCAA conference championships and see “Harvard vs. Yale” might be excused for wondering: Is this a basketball game or a Democratic presidential primary? Neither school exactly has a storied hoops history: ...
Why Won’t Anyone Challenge Hillary?
Though it’s unsettling to imagine such a scenario, both the republic and the Democratic party would likely survive if Hillary Clinton were not to become president.
Now, if the Clintons have proved anything over the years, it’s that ...