Cecil the Lion and the Cultural Perils of Internet Outrage
Walter Palmer, it turns out, is far from the only American who enjoys bloodsport. That irony is, of course, lost on the hordes to whom it applies — the thousands of Twitter users and Yelp posters and (non-digital) protesters who have ...
'Nobody, Not Even the Rain, Has Such Small Hands'
At the 10:22 mark of the Center for Medical Progress’s latest video, released today, there is a picture of a hand. By the curve of the thumb and the articulation of the fingers, one can see that it is a ...
Duh: Hillary Sent Classified Emails from Personal Server, According to IG Investigation
Via the Wall Street Journal:
An internal government review found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent at least four emails from her personal account containing classified information during her time heading the State Department.
In a letter to ...
De Blasio and the Uber-Menschen
From the Thursday edition of the pinch-hit “Morning Jolt”:
De Blasio and the Uber-Menschen
Bill de Blasio, 60 to 0 in . . .:
The de Blasio administration has backed away from its fight with the app company Uber, agreeing on Wednesday to drop for ...
Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s ‘Mad as Hell’ Moment
For a 78-year-old elder statesman, John McCain seems at times not to have advanced beyond the second grade. Two years ago, McCain labeled Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Justin Amash “wacko birds” for their aggressive opposition to CIA director John ...
Honest Abe and the Iran Deal
It’s nice to see that even CNN recognizes the president’s deal with Iran for what it is: “another legacy-making item on his checklist.” Indeed, only the president’s determination to round out his tenure with his own Nixon-in-China ...
Hillary's Economic Problem Is Not 'Fate' -- It's Freedom
It’s hard not to revel in the delicious irony of Hillary Clinton’s skepticism toward Uber. On one side is a hip on-demand, app-operated, cab-sharing service that solves the problems of hailing a taxi in rush hour and paying ...
Shock: Federal Student Aid Programs Lead to Increased Tuition Costs
Contain your surprise: Increases in federal student aid appear to lead to higher college tuition costs, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:
In this paper, we . . . identify the effect of increased loan ...
Step Aside, Reverend Al: The Next Generation of Race-Baiters Has Arrived
Hours after last week’s shooting in Charleston, S.C., Al Sharpton announced plans to travel to the Charleston peninsula. “The Rev” never showed. But DeRay did.
Meet DeRay McKesson: Bowdoin ’07, a former Minneapolis-area school administrator — and now the public ...
The 'Blood-Stained Banner' in Charleston
To follow up on David’s post below, leftwing reactions to today’s horrors are keen to identify as the symbol of Dylann Roof’s hatred — or, in Chauncey DeVega’s reckoning, of “white America” — the flag of the Army ...
What Tim Hunt’s Excommunication Tells Us about the Culture of the Modern Academy
Sir Tim Hunt has lab coats in a twist.
Addressing the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea on Monday, Hunt — at the time Honorary Professor with the University College London School of Life and Medical Sciences — reportedly said: “...
The Fallout from McKinney
Eric Casebolt is no longer a police officer in the city of McKinney, Texas. The now-viral video of Casebolt’s unprofessional conduct at a pool party run amok in a north Texas neighborhood all but guaranteed that he would not ...
Costas Questions ESPN’s Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
Like the proverbial macular-degenerative squirrel, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas occasionally stumbles into a bit of sense — most recently on Monday’s The Dan Patrick Show, when, during the course of an eleven-minute interview, Costas (beginning eight minutes in) offered a ...
Freddie Gray Prosecutor Requested Police Target Gray's Neighborhood Prior to Fatal Arrest
Why were Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood back in April? Ask prosecutor Marilyn Mosby. Via the Baltimore Sun:
About three weeks before Freddie Gray was chased from a West Baltimore corner by three Baltimore police officers — the ...
Mattress Girl's New 'Art' Project
It is not worth dwelling at length on the continued exploits of Emma Sulkowicz, a.k.a. “Mattress Girl,” but a word is in order about her new “art” project — an eight-minute video of Sulkowicz and an unknown male actor ...
Literary Advice for White Males
Knowing that advice columnists occasionally pen their own queries, I maintain hope that an anonymous letter written to “The Blunt Instrument,” “a monthly advice column for writers” at the site Electric Literature, was penned by the “advice”-giver, poet and ...
People Who Cut Off Their Own Limbs (and Their Enablers)
One day after Vanity Fair’s grand unveiling of “Caitlyn” Jenner, Canada’s National Post ran an interesting story on a different “trans” community:
“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by ...
No Time for Hillary Scandals -- Because Every Reporter Everywhere Is Covering the Dennis Hastert Indictment
Following a Chicago grand jury’s decision to indict former House speaker Dennis Hastert on charges that he violated federal banking laws by paying $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct,” rumors have abounded about what exactly ...
Columbia Students Triggered by Old Books Are the Ones Who Need Them Most
In 8 a.d., Ovid, the poet, the toast of Rome, was suddenly exiled to the remote outpost of Tomis. The reason remains a mystery. Ovid himself said only that his fate was caused by carmen et error — “a poem and ...
Why that Gay Marriage Study Was Faked -- and Why We Should Expect More Like It
After you read Mark Regnerus on that fabricated gay-marriage “study,” click over to The Weekly Standard, where Andrew Ferguson makes an excellent point about the same:
You can’t help but suspect that had such a questionable piece of work ...
'The Most Transparent Administration in History'
Earlier today the State Department released the first round of Hillary Clinton’s emails — 296 emails, numbering about 900 pages, a fraction of the 55,000 pages turned over by the Clinton camp earlier this year. As you can see, the first batch is ...
Today at Slate:
Sometimes a headline unfairly represents the article below. Rest assured: Saletan’s piece really is this dumb.
Stephanopoulos in 2014: Ted Koppel Asked Me, 'Are You Sure You Can Be Fair?'
Each year the National Press Foundation awards the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The 2014 recipient? None other than embattled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, whose acceptance speech includes the following interesting tidbit (starts at 1:54).
“I remember Ted ...
Why the Response to the Texas Biker Shootout Is Racist, Obviously
The sheets were still over the bodies in a Waco parking lot on Sunday when the Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn identified the real problem with the biker gang shootout that left nine people dead:
A Muslim only has to ...
John: Judy Miller makes a similar comment about the openness of rightwing as opposed leftwing media in her new book (The Story: A Reporter’s Journey) with regard to her post-New York Times position as a Fox News contributor:
Clinton Campaign Relied on Stephanopoulos for Its Clinton Cash Fact Check
In the wake of revelations that ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the Hillary Clinton campaign’s “fact check” of Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash looks considerably more dubious. Note the first unimpeachable source that the campaign’...
Nike Condemned by 'Black Lives Matter' Crowd for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Discount
This was never going to go well:
Athletic outfitter Nike and its subsidiary company Converse offered a 30 percent discount to law enforcement officers on Wednesday, ”Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,” part of National Police Week. The event was advertised with posters ...
Catholic College Students Say Cardinal Dolan Can't Be Commencement Speaker Because He's 'Homophobic'
This year’s inevitable commencement controversy is at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where students are circulating the following petition, via Change.org:
Le Moyne College has appointed Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan as Commencement Speaker for the graduating ...
No Charges against Wis. Police Officer Who Shot, Killed Black Man
The Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old unarmed biracial man won’t face criminal charges in the case.
“I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly ...
Senator Cruz, You Say You're Cuban. Will You Rumba for Us?
Bloomberg Politics newsman Mark Halperin has taken an early lead in a different 2016 race — the race to conduct the most embarrassing interview of the presidential season. Halperin’s April 30 interview with Texas senator Ted Cruz sparked a social media firestorm ...
Newt, on What Republicans Can Learn from the Tories
Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had advice for Republican candidates on Sunday’s Face the Nation:
The number one thing that Cameron did was emphasize working Britons. I’ll give you an example that’ll probably ...
No, Mrs. Obama, America’s Museums Aren’t Racially Discriminatory
The dedication of New York City’s new Whitney Museum — a $420 million, nine-story behemoth, under construction in Manhattan’s meatpacking district for the past five years — was an occasion for celebration. Leave it to an Obama to employ the occasion ...
Common Cause’s Georgia Purge
Common Cause — “the original citizens’ lobby” — is “committed to . . . encouraging citizen participation in democracy.” Well, maybe not all citizens. Down in Georgia, where the nonpartisan, if generally left-leaning, Common Cause has been led by a balance of Left and Right, ...
Victim-Blaming Inverts Cause and Effect of Jihadist Terrorism
The criticism leveled against the would-be victims, rather than the perpetrators, of Sunday night’s attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, reveals how “morally inverted” America’s conception of free speech has become, Pamela Geller told CNN on Monday.
CNN anchor and constitutional scholar Chris Cuomo:
it doesn’t. hate speech is excluded from protection. dont just say you love the constitution…read it https://t.co/znZJ8cPvpX
— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 6, 2015
The irony. It burns.
Terrorists Attack in Texas. Where Is the President?
The White House responded promptly to the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in November, in Paris in January, and in Kenya in April. But — except for a brief mention in White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s press gaggle yesterday — Sunday ...
Kevin: As you well know, Texans have a long and distinguished history of shooting back. In the spirit of that august past, I particularly enjoyed the below, currently making the rounds on Twitter:
(Created by Sarah Rumpf)
A few helpful links:
The Baltimore Sun offers a minute-by-minute timeline of the Freddie Gray case, from arrest to death to protests and beyond.
Also at the Baltimore Sun, the timeline as suggested by Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby during her ...
When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store
‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’”
So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix Experience, an iconic comic-book and graphic-novel shop on San Francisco’...
WaPo: Prisoner in Van with Freddie Gray Says Gray 'Was Intentionally Trying to Injure Himself'
How Freddie Gray sustained the injuries that led to his death is the outstanding mystery of the case that raised Baltimore to a fever pitch. Now comes an interesting report from the Washington Post:
A prisoner sharing a police transport ...
Lack of ‘Investment’ Is Not the Problem in Baltimore
For a sense of the neighborhood in which Freddie Gray grew up, and which has been set partly ablaze over the last several days — the plot of West Baltimore known as Sandtown-Winchester — one need only read the relevant portion of ...
‘Space’ to Riot: Baltimore’s Mayor Writes a License for Lawlessness
At his Friday press conference, Malik Z. Shabazz, itinerant inciter of outrage from the Washington, D.C.–based Black Lawyers for Justice, warned Baltimore that, to protest the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, “a wave will roll downtown to City ...
Salon on Scott Walker Is Everything You'd Expect
I have a piece on the homepage this afternoon about Scott Walker’s controversial (read: “controversial”) immigration remarks. But since I focused on the backlash from the right, I was not able to note this gem of leftwing analysis — from ...
No, the Slaughter of Christians Is Not 'Senseless'
Find the contradiction:
Perhaps one ought not to-too carefully exegete the statements of federal officials — words like “senseless” are simply part of the jargon — but it seems a point of basic logic that if these Ethiopian Christians were slaughtered “because ...
Defending Abortion by Dismemberment Isn’t Easy
Give Dahlia Lithwick credit: She abides by her convictions — namely, her conviction that killing a living unborn child by dismembering it in the womb should be legal. That is her argument today at Slate, where she opines that the bans ...
One of These Things Is Not Like the Other . . .
The Left, in a Tweet:
Pope Francis’ versus Satan, capitalism, genocide: http://t.co/WmUQiYBV6U
— Elizabeth S. Bruenig (@ebruenig) April 16, 2015
The Shaming of Cheryl Rios
Here it is, the nadir of news:
Dallas Woman Posts on Facebook “A Female Shouldn’t Be President”
#ad#That is a real headline from the website of CBS 11, Dallas’s local CBS affiliate, where everyone can now read about ...
Hillary's Former Campaign Manger Won't Endorse, Says 'We Need to See the Substance'
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio declined to endorse Hillary Clinton during his appearance on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Says de Blasio: “We need to see the substance.”
If you need an indication that Democrats are unenthused by ...
Memories Pizza Reopens to Supportive Crowd, No Protesters, $840K in Donations
A small, but noteworthy victory: Memories Pizza, in Walkerton, Ind., reopened Thursday to large crowds and no problems. The small-town pizzeria was subjected to an online blitzkrieg when Crystal O’Connor, daughter of owner Kevin O’Connor, told a local ...
Democrats Are the Real Abortion Extremists
Two unrelated incidents this week showcased the oft-ignored fanaticism of abortion proponents.
On Wednesday, newly announced Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul rebuffed a reporter’s question about his abortion stance by encouraging the reporter to ask Democratic National Committee chairwoman ...
Setting aside just for a moment the enormous questions raised by the Center for Medical Progress’s latest exposé (note Jim’s comments below), the new video is a bombshell on account of one sentence alone, courtesy of Dr. Savita ...
Evidence Doesn’t Seem to Matter to #BlackLivesMatter Conspiracy Theorists
What happened to Sandra Bland?
That question has animated national news coverage and social-media outrage since July 13, when 28-year-old Illinois native Sandra Bland, arrested outside Prairie View, Texas, was found dead in her cell at the Waller County Jail. Local ...
Planned Parenthood Has Handed GOP Candidates a Gift — They’re Running with It
Abortion is back in the news in a big way, thanks to two harrowing videos from the Center for Medical Progress. It turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity — for example, the revelation that your taxpayer-subsidized “women’...
The Moral Rot at the Core of Planned Parenthood Is on Full Display
Forget Limousine Liberals. Mary Gatter is a Lamborghini Liberal. Or wants to be.
Gatter, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, is the subject of a second video exposé, released Tuesday morning, by the Center for Medical Progress. At ...
It Wasn’t a ‘Lack of Opportunity for Jobs’ That Motivated the Chattanooga Shooter
“We need in the medium- to longer-term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether . . . ”
— Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, Hardball with Chris ...
America Is a House Divided on Abortion. Can It Stand?
In 1829, a jury of twelve white men convicted John Mann of Chowan County, N.C., of the battery of a slave, a woman named Lydia, hired out to him by her owner. Such a verdict was hardly unprecedented in the ...
The 'Right to Die' Is Wrong: A Reply to The New Republic (Updated)
Those not familiar with the literal slow-motion suicide taking place in the Netherlands and Belgium would do well to read up on the harrowing tale in Rachel Aviv’s “The Death Treatment,” from the June 22, 2015, issue of The New Yorker. ...
‘Disappearing’ the Confederacy
Like quill pens and Bull Moose campaign buttons, the Confederate battle flag is destined for the museum. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who for honorable reasons earlier this week called upon the state legislature to remove the flag from the ...
Is BuzzFeed Blaming the Charleston Shooting on Gentrification?
BuzzFeed’s Joel Anderson finds an odd angle on the Charleston shooting. Reporting from a local vigil that took place on Thursday, he says that attendees “wondered if Wednesday’s massacre was a tipping point in a decades-long demographic shift ...
Trey Gowdy Expels Darrell Issa from Benghazi Hearing -- Rightly
Kudos to South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy. The Hill reports:
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday.
Issa marched ...
Gay Hotelier Who Hosted Ted Cruz Expelled from Gay Bar
“Tolerance” in action. Via the NY Post:
The backlash continues to rage in the gay community over OUT NYC Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass meeting with GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.
Fox News's GOP Debate Woes: A Modest Proposal
The Fox News GOP debate, the first sparring match of the primary season, has been much discussed here on the Corner, but a development today prompts an additional thought. Via New Hampshire’s Union Leader:
On the same August night ...
Pakistani Occupational Hazards
In some jobs, timing really is everything.
NYT Exposes Marco Rubio as Pretty Average Driver
A media skirmish is currently taking place on the Interwebs about this piece, published today by the New York Times: “Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions.” Via the Times:
According to a search of the Miami-Dade ...
Freddie Gray Prosecutor Wants to Block Release of Autopsy Report and Other 'Sensitive' Documents
From the self-proclaimed paragon of accountability:
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other “sensitive” documents as she prosecutes the six police officers ...
‘Winter Is Coming.’ Blame Global Warming.
I’ve not read the books, and I don’t watch the show, but I feel confident in saying that, contra Vox, George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is, in fact, not “secretly all about climate change.”
Who Won Bruce Jenner's OIympic Medals?
With the transition of Bruce Jenner to “Caitlyn,” the Washington Post asks an obvious question:
Did Bruce Jenner or Caitlyn Jenner win those Olympic gold medals and appear on those TV shows? And if Caitlyn Jenner did, must history be ...
Clinton Foundation Demanded $500K from School-Building Charity for Bill's Appearance
Another day, another instance of the Clintons extorting peons for cash.
The New York Times reports that in 2014 Bill Clinton agreed to appear at a ritzy fundraiser for the Happy Hearts Fund, a school-building charity hosting a gala to mark ...
Scientists Don’t Actually Know What’s Causing ‘Extreme Weather’
Eleven inches of rain drenched Houston on Memorial Day. The Texas metropolis is among the areas hardest-hit by a storm system that has soaked much of Texas, Oklahoma, and northern Mexico since the weekend, resulting in more than 30 deaths and ...
With 'Femojis,' Feminists Hope to Become More Insufferable than Ever
If you’re looking for an easy way to purge your group of friends, how about eliminating anyone who texts with the following:
(For reference, that is pop star Beyoncé and “notorious” Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the ...
‘Mattress Girl’ Is a Perfect Icon for the Feminist Left
To anyone who’s followed the case of Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia University’s “Mattress Girl,” the fact that her symbolic protest doubled as a credit-earning work of performance art seems a fitting commentary on the whole situation.
Sulkowicz, who graduated ...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Even Pretending to Be Impartial
Since there was no bride to be the “belle” at the ritzy D.C. wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Manhattan architect Charles Mitchem this weekend, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated, was happy to play the ...
Dems Try to Use Mad Men Finale against GOP
They try so hard:
#MadMen ends tonight, but if you like the anti-women policies of the 1960s, you’ve still got the GOP. pic.twitter.com/w6cuFSmTHY
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 18, 2015
That tweet, from the party of Ted Kennedy, ...
Sean Penn's Household Gods
In case you’re in the market, Sean Penn’s 1.4-acre estate overlooking the Pacific is on the market, and Forbes offers a peek inside. Note the artwork.
“Che chic” is très chic – in the luxury of one’s $7 ...
The Stephanopoulos Situation in Context
Hey guys, remember when MSNBC suspended Olbermann for donating $2,400 to three campaigns? MSNBC: more integrity than ABC. Contemplate that.
— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) May 14, 2015
In 2010 Keith Olbermann, then at MSNBC, donated the maximum $2,400 to Arizona congressmen Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle ...
Jay: I cannot much improve on your hypothesis about noise, except to add that a certain sort of diseased soul seems to find pleasure in it. Those crowds in Madison were not just using noise as a weapon; I suspect ...
George Stephanopoulos Concealed $50K Donation to Clinton Foundation -- While Reporting on Clinton Foundation Scandal
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.
Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free ...
The Shameful Rush to Blame the Amtrak Crash on our ‘Infrastructure Crisis’
First responders had not finished combing the wreckage of Tuesday night’s Amtrak derailment for bodies when the liberal outlet Vox posted:
Alarming headline, exploitative disaster photo. The only thing missing is a picture of a grinning Ted Cruz.#ad#
Mrs. Obama: I Feel Alienated, and That’s Proof of America’s Racism
At the Washington Post today, Richard Cohen takes issue with critics (me among them) of Michelle Obama’s comments at the recent dedication of the New York City’s new Whitney museum. After a few unpleasant words about Rush Limbaugh, ...
David: I had a slightly more favorable interpretation of SNL’s “Draw Muhammad” skit, because of the ending. After both contestants refuse to sketch even a line toward the clue, their teammate (Reese Witherspoon) still manages to guess correctly. The ...
WaPo Columnist: 'We Wouldn't Be Taking Carly Fiorina Seriously If She Weren't a Woman'
“I don’t think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren’t a woman,” said Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus on Sunday’s Meet the Press, talking about Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who appeared earlier ...
Affronts to Religion in Our Age of Reason
Over at The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg has penned a pointed response to Garry Trudeau (of Doonesbury fame) and the various writers who, in the light of the PEN American Center’s plans to give their annual Freedom of Expression Courage ...
At Least the Communion Bread Will Be Vegan
David: About those up-and-coming progressive Protestant churches:
I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has long had progressive inclinations — it was resolutely anti-creed from its founding in the early 19th century, i.e., way before it ...
Adventures in Moral Equivalence: Garland Edition
Today’s piping hot take from Talking Points Memo writer Josh Marshall:
Let’s not ignore fact that Garland shooters appear to have been clownish morons. Sorta like Geller herself. http://t.co/WQWZNXRS43
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 6, 2015
Pamela Geller ...
The Feds Are Threatening the Future of One of New York City’s Most Famous Tourist Attractions
When the folk-rock band America released their greatest hits album Highway: 30 Years in America in 2000, they presumably had in mind Route 66, US 1, and, of course, Ventura Highway. One place where the free wind is definitely not blowing through your hair ...
Better than Mayweather-Pacquiao: CNN's Alisyn Camerota Spars with 'Draw Muhammad' Host Pamela Geller
On the homepage, the Editors note the tendency of media types, in the wake of last night’s attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, to target the would-be victims of violence, rather than the perpetrators.
Today’s must-see television is ...
Last Thursday, April 30, marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the unhappy end to America’s long adventure in Vietnam.
In September, in anticipation of that anniversary, Rory Kennedy (daughter of Bobby and Ethel) released Last Days ...
Our Schizoid Policy in the Persian Gulf
Earlier this week, Iran seized a Marshall Islands-flagged ship as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz — ostensibly for “legal” reasons related to a decade-old spat between the Danish shipping company, Maersk Line, and Tehran. However, as Patrick noted at ...
Iran's Charm Offensive Comes to NYU
Writing in The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins makes a familiar observation about Iranian foreign minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, who visited New York University’s Center on International Cooperation on Wednesday for an hour-and-a-half question-and-answer session with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius:
Baltimore's Riots Haven't 'Distracted' from the Problems. They've Revealed Them.
Ramesh: You’re quite right about Obama’s comments about the riot coverage. But the problem with the “distraction” canard — trotted out this week, and also when events turned violent in Ferguson — goes even deeper.
As I wrote today, the ...
What Are Baltimore's Rioters Trying to 'Communicate'?
‘A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was not condoning riots when he used that line (which he did on several occasions, Time magazine notes). But that is of little concern to the many who ...
Why Is the ACLU Suing to Stop Catholics from Sheltering Women?
‘As you did it to one of the least of these,” Jesus told his disciples, “you did it to me.” So when 60,000 of the least of these crossed over the United States’ southern border last year, albeit illegally, faith-based organizations ...
On Immigration, Walker Bucks the Beltway Consensus
Scott Walker’s most recent comments on immigration may make possible an honest-to-God debate about America’s immigration policy. It’s about time.
Chatting with Glenn Beck on Monday morning, Walker said:
The next president and the next Congress need ...
On Lynch Nomination, Jeb Throws Republicans Under Bus
Jeb Bush says Republicans should confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Via the New York Times:
“I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Mr. Bush said, in response to a questioner who asked where he stood on ...
It will not surprise Jay, or most conservatives, to discover that Time magazine published a panegyric to Raúl Castro in its just-released “100 Most Influential People” feature. But, given the plight of Antúnez and other Cuban dissidents, it is ...
Starving for Publicity: Hunger-Strikers for Loretta Lynch
In his memoir A World Apart, the Polish dissident Gustaw Herling, recounting his time as a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp during World War II, writes: “Towards the end of November 1941, four months after the general amnesty for Polish ...
On the Road with Hillary Clinton
I first met Hillary not long after the midterms. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with voting Republican and my feeling that America ...
Kerry: Hillary Did 'Terrific' Job Righting Bush-era Wrongs at Dept. of State
Secretary of State John Kerry is “not involved in partisan politics” (who knew?), but he offered a glimpse of at least one likely defense of Hillary Clinton’s tenure at Foggy Bottom: She was hamstrung by George W. Bush. “Secretary ...
Hillary Clinton’s Truman Show Campaign
In the catalogue of stock political events, a campaign launch may be as easy as it gets. Sure, first impressions are important. But you find a setting that is historically or personally significant, you hang a few American flags, you ...
Federal Judge Refuses to Lift Injunction Against Obama's November Executive Amnesty
Federal judge Andrew Hanen has declined to lift his injunction against President Obama’s November executive amnesty, ruling yesterday that the government has not “shown any credible reason for why this Directive necessitates immediate implementation.” The ruling is a temporary ...