Trump’s Response to LaVar Ball — Most Unpresidential
The father of one of the basketball players who had been facing shoplifting charges in China downplayed President Trump’s role in having him released — and Trump’s response may be one of the worst I’ve seen yet.
The Treasury Secretary’s Wife
First ladies are bad enough, and the recent habit of referring to the wife of the vice president as “the second lady” is nauseating. The first Mrs. Trump does have a point: From a certain point of view, Melania is ...
For Slimy Senators, Our Conviction Should Be Expulsion
The spirit of the times has opened the floodgates of long-suppressed heartache. Victimized women are thus coming forward a decade or more after being abused by this political don or that show-biz celeb — who, in Al Franken’s case, could ...
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 1880-81 painting Luncheon of the Boating Party, a cornerstone of the collection of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the star of its exhibition Renoir and Friends (through January 7), contains more than a dozen figures ...
Let Foster Children Wait No More
Kelly Rosati, vice president of Advocacy for Children at Focus on the Family, spent last weekend fruitfully. “Nearly 75 new families in Minneapolis stepped out today to begin the foster care or foster care adoption journey. Good job Minnesota!” she tweeted.
End the Wind Production Tax Credit
Congress is focused on making our backward tax code into something that encourages our nation’s instinct for creativity and innovation. As we look at all the wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks that are holding us back, I have a ...
GOP Battle Cry: “Make Obamacare Voluntary!”
Congress should adopt an idea that President Donald J. Trump offered as he concluded his successful twelve-day Asian sojourn. Lawmakers also should give this policy a better name.
“I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard ...
Liberals' Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton's Behavior Is Cynical
A number of notable liberals have recently decided to start taking allegations of sexual assault against former president Bill Clinton seriously. Let’s just say that discarding the Clintons when they’re no longer politically useful in order to retroactively ...
Justice League Is the Epic We Deserve
‘Keep it moving,” Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) commands her Amazon soldiers in Justice League as they prevent supervillain Steppenwolf from stealing a “Mother Box,” one of three mysterious components that form life’s ultimate energy source. This is the moment ...
Population Panic, Back Again
In the opening scenes of the 1995 film 12 Monkeys, we meet gritty protagonist James Cole, played by a very worried-looking Bruce Willis. The year is 2035, and the dwindling remnants of humanity have been driven underground, thanks to a virulent super-virus that ...
In my Impromptus column yesterday, I had an item concerning immigration. A few days before that, I received a letter from a reader on the same subject. I’d like to publish a portion of the letter — but first, that ...
Putin Isn’t Interested in Helping America
Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always ...
Al Franken Gives Liberals Another Chance at Virtue
In the last week, some liberals have been having public second thoughts about their defenses of Bill Clinton. In the wake of the #metoo movement and the avalanche of accusations of sexual harassment and assault being made against prominent figures ...
Seth Leibsohn for Congress
I can’t say I was vested in any of the Republicans who were thumped in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City on Election Day. I sensed, though, that last week’s off-year, not-exactly-bellwether contests were mainly a matter ...
Understanding Your Political Opponents Takes More than a Visit to Their Neck of the Woods
Any book entitled Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right is bound to be unpopular in New York City. Hence the nasty looks I received while reading it on the PATH train, ...
It’s time for regime change, and I’m not talking about throwing President Trump out of office.
Robert Higgs, the great economic historian, coined the term “regime uncertainty” to describe a situation in which investors lose confidence that their ...
America’s Indispensable Friends
The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications, and travel.
Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya that were not able to ...
Professor: Add ‘Weight-Based Microaggressions’ to School Diversity Curriculum
A sociology professor at the University of Alabama has called for “weight-based microaggressions” to be added to the school’s diversity curriculum.
The professor, Andrea Hunt, surveyed 13 overweight college administrators and found that many of them reported having experienced “fat ...
Joe Biden’s Muddled Response to the Texas Shooting Was Unintentionally Revealing
The Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting presents a serious problem for those who claim that the government offers the answer for gun violence. After all, the government failed at every turn, and it was up to a private citizen to stop ...
Republicans Should Expand the Federal Courts
Republicans are looking for a win with their new tax-reform bill. But they could get two wins in one: In addition to overhauling the tax system, the bill could fund many new federal judgeships. Not only would this address a ...
The Biggest Welfare Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of
It’s not the lead story on the nightly news, and it’s not generating millions of clicks online. It may be one of the most underreported, underappreciated public-policy crises of our time. That’s a terrifying reality because, left ...
‘The World Is Never Finished’
‘The world is millions of years old,” he says sagely. “And the world is never finished.”
Professorial and at times even a little prophetic, Bob Lutz, late of General Motors, isn’t what you’d expect from an old-fashioned American ...
Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein: A Convenient Reckoning
In April, the historical drama Chappaquiddick will arrive in theaters. Variety declared the film “a tense, scrupulous, absorbingly precise and authentic piece of history — a tabloid scandal attached to a smoke-filled-room travesty.”
The reviewer, Owen Gleiberman, suggested that the film ...
Who’s the More Effective Conservative?
According to Steve Bannon, the Republican establishment is blocking President Donald Trump’s agenda. That’s why he’s leading an insurgency whose ambitious goal is nothing less than the transformation of the GOP from a coalition led by mainstream ...
Silence on Sleaze-Bob Menendez
The verdict is in.
I pronounce Democratic leaders, left-wing feminists, and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst.
For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of ...
The Roy Moore Story Is Not the Same as Rolling Stone’s Campus Rape Story
Every time I hear someone say that he won’t believe the allegations against Roy Moore because Rolling Stone’s campus rape story turned out to be a hoax and that the two are basically the same thing, I want ...
At the U.N. Climate-Change Conference, the Two Minutes Hate
No one quite knows what the latest United Nations climate-change conference is meant to be doing. About the current one, the 23rd in the annual series under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, there is something a little ...
The Rush to Judgment in the Moore Case
It is hard not to look upon the Roy Moore imbroglio as another well-timed hit-job from a familiar and well-practiced source — the same people who thought they had destroyed the Trump campaign by releasing the Billy Bush tape from eleven ...
Roy Moore is a Steve Bannon fantasy candidate. He’s an insurgent populist, a self-described renegade who shares Bannon’s arsonist attitude toward the Republican establishment and cares little for the proprieties of D.C. Or the basic standards of ...
Donald Trump’s immigration agenda is pretty good. Pity Donald Trump is in charge of it.
As he draws near the end of his first year in office, President Trump has delivered approximately squat: no Obamacare repeal, no tax reform, ...
Since the Trojan War, generations have always trashed their own age in comparison to ages past. The idea of fated decadence and decline was a specialty of 19th-century German philosophy.
So we have to be careful in calibrating generations, especially ...
National Review has always been a joint enterprise with our readers, which has considerable advantages. We become close friends with many of our subscribers, and we constantly meet people around the country who care about our little enterprise as much ...
Moore Defenders Betray Conservative Women
Anyone who continues to dogmatically defend Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore against credible allegations of sexual assault should consider that the choice to do so makes it much more challenging for thoughtful women to identify as Republicans or to justify ...
Roy Moore Loses the ‘He Said / She Said’
Roy Moore’s reputation depends on denying that he dated teenage girls as a grown man, and yet he can’t quite bring himself to do it.
The Alabama Republican’s campaign for the Senate has been rocked by allegations ...
Release the Louis C.K. Film
This Friday was to have brought the release of Louis C.K.’s soul-searching new film I Love You, Daddy. Instead, after C.K. admitted to sexual misconduct, its distribution company, The Orchard, said it was dropping the film, for ...
SCOTUS’s Choice: Preserve Constitutional Liberties or Detonate the Culture War
Today, we must pause and consider an important constitutional moment.
Earlier this morning the Supreme Court granted review in a case called National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra. The issue is simple: Can the state of ...
Spare a Thought for Veterans of the American Revolution
Another Veterans Day has come and gone. I wonder if just one day is really enough. Between the Revolutionary War and the First Gulf War, nearly 42 million Americans have served during combat, and nearly 700,000 lost their lives in combat. Each ...
When you fly into Stockholm, you fly into Arlanda Airport. This made me curious: Can you fly from Orlando to Arlanda? Oh, yes.
I have come from New York, however.
In cities all over the world, Uber drivers are immigrants. ...
The Myth of the Idle Rich
The Republican tax plan may be kind of dumb, but if it were three times as dumb as it is, it would only be half as dumb as the Washington Post’s analysis of it.
Catherine Rampell, the scrappy young ...
Cataclysm: Victor Davis Hanson’s The Second World Wars
I have always found Victor Davis Hanson to be one of the most insightful historians of warfare, whether he was specifically discussing ancient wars, as he did in The Western Way of War (1989) and A War Like No Other (2005), or ...
Moore Need for Conversion
Two things in the headlines this week should be like sirens calling us to conversion.
The first was the largest mass shooting in a church in U.S. history. The evil that was done to the people of First Baptist ...
An Immigration-Enforcement Fairy Tale from the New York Times
The New York Times recently highlighted a new analysis of immigration-enforcement data that is sure to be used in the coming months to undermine the initiatives of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress. The Times article, by staff writer ...
The year since Donald Trump was elected president has not been without accomplishment. The investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch and several lower-court judges, the successful campaign against ISIS, the rollback of intrusive government regulations, the approval of the Keystone and ...
The House GOP’s Tax Plan Embraces Class Warfare
House Republicans have soiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with the Democrats’ favorite economic elixir: class warfare. And yet this has bought Republicans even more ferocious Democrat resistance.
“Instead of following through with the promise of taking seven brackets ...
A Second Fusion GPS Dossier Implicated Clinton Foundation Donors
Fusion GPS, the research firm commissioned by the Clinton campaign to compile the so-called Trump dossier, is also responsible for a second dossier — the information that Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya provided to top Trump-campaign officials in June 2016. The second dossier ...
If You Refuse to Condemn Predators because of Politics, You’re Disgusting
The allegations against Roy Moore are disgusting — and if you find yourself reluctant to say so because of your politics, then you’re pretty gross, too.
The Leigh Corfman story, reported by the Washington Post, is about so much more ...
Our Bipartisan Elite Is Stuck in the ’90s
I don’t know how it happened. And I’m quite sure it was an accident that will soon be corrected. But over the past year I’ve become the type of person who gets invited to hear important mainstream ...
Visit the Marine Corps Museum
To help celebrate the 242nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, my wife and I recently visited one of the best museums in the Washington, D.C., area — the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located just outside Quantico ...
Roy Moore Should Drop Out
The Washington Post published allegations on Thursday that, when he was in his 30s, Alabama Republican Roy Moore dated teenage girls, including a 14-year-old he touched sexually.
The accusations are very old, going back to the late 1970s and early 1980...
Watchdog Group Appears to Exaggerate Standing Claims in Trump Suit
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, filed suit against President Trump on Jan. 23 for violating the foreign-emoluments clause of the Constitution. Since then, CREW has amended its complaint to add three ...
Japan’s ‘Lost Generation’ of Economic Growth: Blame High Taxes
Tokyo — Following the House’s passage of a tax-reform bill, critics have denounced it as being everything from “selfish” to “destructive.” But if they’re honest, most of those critics will admit they want to expand government and increase taxes, ...
In Illinois, an Election Battle Looms over the Bankrupting 'Blue Model'
Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,
Can be writ the nation’s glory, Illinois, Illinois.
– official state song
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — This state’s story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will ...
Connecticut Breaks Some Bad Habits
Connecticut was once the quiet, conservative, low-cost option for people who wanted to work, but not live, in Massachusetts or New York. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas, the state was once known as the Land ...
These Bills Are Outstanding
By my calculation, this is Day 33 of our #30DaysHathBucktember webathon. Well, I was never good with calendars. But I am solid with this: Sunday, November 19, at 11:59 p.m., marks the end of this effort.
Let’s get the linkage done ...
The Great American Earthquake
‘Who can deny that, in the United States today, as never before in its history, there is a vast unease about the prospects of the republic?”
So asked Irving Kristol in “Our Shaken Foundations,” a 1968 essay for Fortune magazine. Observing ...
In the Age of Sexual Misconduct, How Is Mike Pence a Problem?
A funny thing happened on the road to common sense, rationality, and respect for women. Mike Pence somehow became a villain again.
In the month since the New York Times and The New Yorker exposed Harvey Weinstein as one of ...
Al Franken Staying in the Senate Would Be a Gift to the Republican Party
The Democratic party’s strategy for responding to the Al Franken scandal is now apparent: Taking up Franken’s own hint in his apology statement, there will be an “Ethics Committee investigation.”
Investigate what, Senate Clouseaus? Franken has been caught ...
Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party?
The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party’s declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.
You can ...
Bannon’s Failed Candidates
A Steve Bannon–backed candidate turns out to have some serious baggage. Who could have seen that coming?
Roy Moore is just the latest in a line of flawed candidates whom Bannon has zealously elevated, only to cry “Establishment!” when ...
The Left’s Attacks on Megyn Kelly Are a Sign of Our Dispiriting Times
I can’t claim to know Megyn Kelly well. I was a guest on her old show at Fox a few times, and each time I found her to be polite, professional, and committed to ascertaining the truth. She is, ...
Roy Moore Is Pure Steve Bannon
Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell.
For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate’s tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment, and a ...
13 Highlights from Mark Cuban’s Interview with Jamie Weinstein
Dallas — Mark Cuban isn’t a conservative. He isn’t even really a libertarian, as he sometimes claims. But he is interesting, and he just may be coming to a presidential-debate stage near you.
During an extensive interview with The ...
Matthew Yglesias has written a frank if not exactly penitent column in Vox arguing that Democrats were wrong to rally around Bill Clinton when it came to light that he was using at least one White House intern as a ...
A Male Prisoner with Gender Dysphoria Wants to Go to a Female Prison
Yesterday, a male prisoner serving a three-to-four-year sentence for drug offenses sued the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, demanding, among other things, that the state transfer him to a female correctional facility because he suffers from gender dysphoria.
In his lawsuit, filed ...
It’s Time to Stop ‘Leaving Your Sword’ outside Church
Last week it was Sutherland Springs, Texas; in September, Antioch, Tenn.; two years ago, Charleston, S.C. — all suffered high-profile shootings in churches. The high death toll in Texas especially, where gun ownership and concealed carry is widespread, highlights a ...
If you’re Roy Moore’d out, I don’t blame you. But I’d like to make a few Moore points nonetheless. (I didn’t mean that as a pun, I really didn’t.)
From what he has said ...
The Senate’s Improved Tax Bill
Senate Republicans released a revised tax-reform bill yesterday. Our concerns with the first draft of the bill were with its changes to the individual tax code, and the new bill makes key improvements on that end. The most significant change ...
In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the ...
The Senate GOP’s Corporate-Tax-Cut Delay: A Recipe for Recession
Senate Republicans have a secret political death wish. They want to lose their majority and return to the far lighter burden and far broader vacation options available to that body’s minority party. Let Chuck Schumer and the Democrats do ...
In Medicine, the Science Has Stopped Working
Editor’s Note: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a conservative writer and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is writing a series of columns on uncomfortable truths about health care in America. Some will make conservatives more uncomfortable, others will ...
Charles Burnett Honored for Black Misery
Filmmaker Charles Burnett was awarded a career-achievement Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this past weekend. Who’s Burnett? That fair question is part of the Oscars’ ongoing problem, but it’s also part of film ...
In a curious twist of history, Andrew Carnegie, that titan of industry, once called Walt Whitman the greatest poet America has ever produced. The steel magnate whose mills powered an industrial revolution saw the genius in the man who dressed ...
Justice League Repudiates Christopher Nolan’s Legacy
We’ve seen bad DC movies and bad Marvel movies. But Justice League is something new: It’s a bad DC movie and a bad Marvel movie at the same time.
Engineered as an answer to Marvel’s Avengers movies, ...
Social Conservatives, Raise the Ethical Standard
There’s no getting around it. A great number of conservatives and populists feel tempted to support Roy Moore in his Senate bid, despite the increasingly credible accusations of his acting like a total creep with teenage girls.
Some try ...
To Defend Their Candidate, Roy Moore Supporters Cry ‘Conspiracy’
I’ll cut to the chase: I think Roy Moore did it. And I can predict what Moore supporters will say: “Of course you would believe that!”
After all, I called for conservatives to repudiate Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate ...
The Bishops, the Pro-Life Cause, and Pope Francis
An awful lot of rubbish ricocheted around the media-blogosphere echo chamber before and after the November 14 vote for chairman of the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in which the contestants were Cardinal Blase Cupich of ...
The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity
Speaking broadly, there are two great, competing temptations that tug at the Christian Church. Both of them are based on the fear of man.
The first is the one that the theologically orthodox discuss and battle the most: the temptation ...
We Don’t Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Clinton Foundation
Republicans, whether in the White House or on Capitol Hill, do not seem to appreciate how much they may be undermining what they say they want — a serious investigation of the Clinton Foundation and such related matters as the Uranium ...
How Technology Is Revolutionizing War
Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War, by Jeremy Rabkin and John Yoo (Encounter, 2017). Reprinted with permission.
In his 2017 inaugural address, President Trump protested that ...
Should Doctors Screen Their Patients for Gun Violence?
In a recent paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Garen Wintemute of the University of California at Davis encourages physicians to proactively screen patients for the sin of gun ownership. “We need to ask our patients about firearms, counsel ...
Why People Want Sportscasters to ‘Stick to Sports’
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by Arc Digital. It is adapted here with permission.
Bill Simmons was once ESPN’s hottest talent, and now — backed by HBO and Vox Media — he runs his own media empire through ...
Lehigh County, Pa., Fights the Courts to Keep the Cross in Its Seal
In 1944, Lehigh County established its seal, which includes a large yellow cross to honor “Christianity and the God-fearing people” who founded the county, according to Harry Hertzog, a commissioner at the time. Now, in 2017, a federal court is demanding that ...
Praying for a Sessions Write-In Candidacy
Was a 14-year-old girl molested by Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, or is she lying? It’s a yes-or-no question.
Was a 16-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Moore, or is she lying? Again, it’s a yes-or-no question.
Roy Moore Proves Outrage May Not Be Dead
In refusing to back down in the face of accusations of sexual misconduct, Judge Roy Moore may feel he has nothing to lose. But that is not the case with some of his most prominent supporters. Steve Bannon’s campaign ...
Alabama Rolls toward a High-Stakes Skirmish
But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug ...
On School Discipline, Fix the Problem, Not the Statistics
After a rocky start, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done an admirable job of reining in Barack Obama’s executive overreach. From giving states more freedom on K–12 schooling to paring back heavy-handed higher-education regulations, she’s taken step ...
Living Fearlessly after Sutherland Springs
The first thing you notice when you fly into Texas in recent days is the flags at half-staff. The second thing I noticed is churches with doors open. In Dallas, where I happened to be a few days after the ...
Combating Russian Disinformation: Use Reagan’s Techniques
The old adage says, “Fool me once, shame on you — fool me twice, shame on me.” That advice would serve as well when we decide what to do about Russia’s disinformation efforts in the U.S. — what is now ...
Repeal and Replace the Tax Code
The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code ...
Opt Out of the Lesser of Two Evils
In 2016, it was tempting to think American politics could never again produce worse choices for high office than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. These would be the last Boomers to run for president, I thought, and they seemed to be ...
Remembering the Birth and Rise of Modern Conservatism
At the bookstore, eastern and midwestern browsers might pause upon seeing the cover of Whiplash! From JFK to Donald Trump, a Political Odyssey, wondering just who its author, Arnold L. Steinberg, is and why they should care about his “political ...
The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment
In July 2016, the Obama administration announced its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files. In the aftermath, I observed that there is a very aggressive way that the Justice Department ...
A Pro-Growth Tax Bill Is on the Way
As the House and Senate work their way through the tax-cut-and-reform effort, let me make one thing clear: Both plans are pro-growth where the economic power comes from the business side. And where it comes from the personal side, there ...
Feminists’ Bizarre Crusade Against Taylor Swift
Who said it: Benito Mussolini or Bustle? “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
Trick question: Mussolini said it, but today’s feminists think it. They’re Bussolinis. For feminists these days, no acceptable person ...
Evangelicals, Where Is Your Faith?
There are some Bible stories that really stick with you. Here’s one that’s challenged me my entire life.
Centuries before the birth of Christ, the tiny and vulnerable kingdom of Judah faced an existential threat from the Assyrian ...
On Taxes, Another Fiasco in the Works
Rhetorically, President Trump is all bang — and in reality, he’s all whimper.
“I alone can fix it,” he insisted. Fix what? Everything!
How’s that working out for you, Republicans?
A big, beautiful wall paid for by the rascally ...
An Environmentalist Sues over an Academic Disagreement
Leonardo di Caprio’s favorite renewable-energy promoter, Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson, has set a new record in thin-skinned-ness. Jacobson has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Chris Clack, the lead author of ...
In 1999, Time magazine chose Albert Einstein as its “Person of the Century.”
Five years later, when Pope John Paul II died, Henry Kissinger remarked that it would be hard to imagine anyone who had had a greater impact upon the 20...
Still Waiting for the Apocalypse
One year into the Trump presidency, predictions of democracy’s end are laughable. He’s often inappropriate but the Constitution is in less danger than it was under Obama.
Some of President Donald Trump’s opponents marked the one-year anniversary ...
Orient Express and Three Billboards: Cynicism and Snark
For weeks now, a critic friend has responded to each pop-up Facebook ad for the Murder on the Orient Express remake with a simple comment: “They all did it.”
More than just a clever show of movie memory, that democratically ...