Finding Common Ground with Black Lives Matter
Many Americans don’t know what to think about Black Lives Matter (BLM).
According to the Pew Research Center, 43 percent of Americans support the movement, and 22 percent oppose it — but a striking 30 percent have not heard of the movement or ...
New Hampshire Gubernatorial Candidate Flips on Support for Planned Parenthood Funding
New Hampshire executive councilor Chris Sununu, a candidate for governor, no longer opposes renewing the state’s funding contract with Planned Parenthood.
Last year, after the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing fetal-tissue sales, I wrote a ...
Let’s Not Overthink the Motives of the Orlando Shooter
Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people and wounded 50 others at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, and as late as June 15 the New York Times editorial board was still puzzling over his possible motive:
While the precise motivation ...
I once hoped Marco Rubio represented the future of the Republican party, and more important, American conservatism. Now, after his puerile behavior and increasingly vocal — if not slavish or unqualified — support for Donald Trump, that hope is dashed.
Lindsey Graham Disappoints
Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal anti-Trump Republicans, appears to be knuckling under to the presumptive nominee. He reportedly asked donors to unite behind Donald Trump’s campaign.
This is the same Lindsey Graham who ...
J. K. Rowling’s Admirable Defense of Liberty
J. K. Rowling’s full-throated defense of free speech at the 2016 PEN Literary Award Gala in New York is a breath of fresh air:
“Only last year, we saw an online petition to ban Donald Trump from entry in the ...
Trump’s Attacks on Clinton’s E-Mails Won’t Help the Case for Her Indictment
One result of Donald Trump’s imminent presidential nomination is that he will be the most prominent figure attacking Hillary Clinton on her many scandals, particularly her e-mail scandal. Though he has mentioned her e-mails before, today he shifted firmly ...
Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill Is Problematic Now, Too
Not to be appeased, some progressives are upset about Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s decision to honor a once-enslaved black woman on the $20 bill.
Victoria M. Massie at Vox believes replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the face of ...
Five Times Hillary Reminded Us of Selina Meyer on Veep
The comparisons are obvious enough.
The grating laugh. The rehearsed smile. The patently forced attempts to reach “normal,” average-joe voters.
HBO’s Veep, a comedy about an American vice president (and subsequently president), Selina Meyer, sometimes seems hilariously similar to ...
Hamilton Reminds Us Why His Face Is on Our Money
The hoopla about putting a female likeness on the $10 bill continues, with a refreshing twist. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the tremendously popular Broadway show Hamilton, has tweeted that Alexander Hamilton’s face should remain on the currency. Treasury ...
Inside Donald Trump’s Potemkin Twitter Army
If some of Donald Trump’s supporters seem to follow him like unthinking robots, it might be because some are.
Patrick Ruffini is co-founder of Echelon Insights, a digital-analytics company, and founder and chairman of Engage, a digital agency. When ...
Corey Lewandowski Denounced Stimulus While Lobbying for Clients to Get Stimulus Funds
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, recently charged with battery, has been one of those Washington lobbyists Trump supporters tend to hate. Furthermore, Lewandowski’s claim to be committed to conservative causes was belied by his actions as a ...
How Trump Insinuates His Way to Success
Donald Trump has a simple formula for smearing his opponents and pushing his desired outcomes.
Step one: Find or create a baseless rumor and/or make a vague, thinly veiled threat.
Step two: Tweet the rumor, attributing it to a ...
The Definitive Roundup of Trump’s Scandals and Business Failures
Given their number and scale, it can be difficult to keep track of all of Donald Trump’s many scandals and debacles. And so, for those whose heads are still spinning, here is a comprehensive roundup of the man’s ...
Charles Koch Is Right to Co-opt Sanders’s Anti-Corporate-Cronyism Sentiment
As Mad Men’s great sage Don Draper once put it, “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”
Charles G. Koch, head of Koch Industries, boogeyman of the Left’s anti-corporate, anti-money-in-politics (except when those ...
Fellow Millennials: Don’t Be Deceived by Democratic Socialism
Bernie Sanders has prompted a new trend: Millennial-splaining of the term “democratic socialism.”
“Bernie isn’t a socialist, he’s a democratic socialist!” Millennials explain, with an eye roll. “It’s about the people retaking control from greedy corporations and ...
Obamacare for Illegal Immigrants?
Remember when we were assured that undocumented immigrants wouldn’t be insured under the Affordable Care Act? Now it looks as if yet another feature of the act has been so badly designed that this assurance has proven to be ...
Erdogan Is Saruman, Not Gollum, and He’s Turning Turkey into Isengard
A Turkish judge has enlisted a team of experts to determine whether a comparison of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the character of Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is an ...
Media Claims that Obama Faced Same Scrutiny as Carson Don't Stand Up
Dr. Ben Carson, we’re told, has been inducted into the “big leagues” of presidential front-runners, where the press is equally assiduous in vetting each candidate. Politico parsed Carson’s imprecise public and written statements about receiving a full scholarship ...
Florida’s Abortion Industry Breaks the Law as a Matter of Course
The regulation of abortion providers has historically been a thorny, bitterly contested issue in Florida. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, politicians began scrutinizing the sordid and illicit practices of the state’s abortion clinics. Then as now, pro-choice ...
Trump Doesn’t Represent Republicans on Vaccine Question
Are Republicans more prone to be “anti-vaxxers” than are Democrats? The controversy over vaccination resurfaced in Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate after CNN moderator Jake Tapper asked Dr. Ben Carson if Donald Trump should stop falsely tying vaccines to autism.
A Black Woman Condemns 'Black Lives Matter' in Viral Video
A black grandmother with a smartphone and a Facebook account has become a viral sensation, in a series of videos critiquing the Black Lives Matter movement and its approach to the entrenched problems facing black communities.
Last weekend, Peggy Hubbard ...
Why a Pro-Choice Politician in New Hampshire Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood
States should not fund an organization facing credible criminal allegations and currently being investigated by Congress and a dozen state governments.
That’s the opinion of one pro-choice politician in New Hampshire who previously supported allotting taxpayer dollars to his ...
Donald Trump Loves Gold, as a Matter of Home Decor and Monetary Policy
Among other astute observations since his campaign launch, Donald Trump noted: “I’m really rich.”
The one-page wealth summary he released in June reveals that his net worth exceeds $8.7 billion. (The Forbes list of billionaires pegged it at less than ...
Bill Aims to Exempt Student Workers from Obamacare
Concern over capped hours and student unemployment caused by the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate has prompted Representative Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) to introduce a bill exempting colleges from the provision requiring them to provide health insurance to ...
Environmentalists: Shrink Population to Shrink Carbon Footprint
The lengths environmentalists will go to protect the atmosphere may extend into women’s wombs.
In a recent New York Times article, Eduardo Porter presents a case for reducing carbon emissions by reducing projected population growth between now and 2050. He ...
This College's Strategy: Get the Money, Figure out How to Spend It
The president of the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is trying to secure $20 million in state tax money for — well, it doesn’t matter really, as long as it’s “politically attractive.”
An email from the community ...
Anti-Feminists Baffle Feminists
A Tumblr hashtag campaign called Women Against Feminism is predictably causing an internet furor.
The Tumblr site features women holding handmade signs advertising their reasons for opposing feminism in its current incarnation. The movement explains its position to make clear ...
Planned Parenthood's Profit Motive
The slogan of Planned Parenthood, the huge national organization of women’s clinics, promises to keep abortion “safe, legal, and rare.” The group’s fulfillment of the first part has long been questioned. Now, in some cases, it seems to ...
Netanyahu: 'Hamas Wants Palestinian Civilians Dead'
Hamas is purposely placing Palestinian citizens in Gaza in harm’s way to cause more civilian casualties at the hands of Israeli troops, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday on Special Report.
“This is the cruelest, most grotesque war ...
Oklahoma's Common Core Ban Aces Test In Court
The Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday upheld Governor Mary Fallin’s repeal of Common Core standards for English and math
The Sooner State’s high court voted 8 to 1 for Fallin in a lawsuit brought by Common Core supporters.
Attorney Robert McCampbell, ...
So How Many Penguins Are There?
Global-warming alarmists are denying scientific evidence indicating that penguin populations are healthy and growing.
Researchers recently attempted to count all of the Adélie penguins in Antarctica and found, to their own surprise, that the numbers of this white-eyed breed ...
EPA Tries to Cut Off Crucial Supply of Military Surplus Trucks for Fire Departments
Rural fire departments and law enforcement agencies nearly lost access to the army surplus equipment they need to protect property and citizens because the Environmental Protection Agency had discontinued the program.
The program has now been reinstated, though access may ...
Employers Try to Get Seattle to Reconsider Its $15 Minimum Wage
Seattle’s plan to dramatically increase the minimum wage is going to be unsustainable in the long term and is already costing jobs and raising prices, business owners say.
Seattle businessmen lead by Forward Seattle, a non-partisan organization representing independent ...
Self-Parodies Have Now Been Parodied
Two new Twitter accounts give you everything you love about Vox and Salon, and something more.
@Salondotcom, a parody account of the 19-year-old Web pioneer Salon.com, and @vauxnews, a parody of the six-month-old Ezra Klein “explanatory journalism” venture Vox....
Hillary Clinton Claims Six-Figure Speaking Fees from Universities While Students Struggle to Pay Tuition
Hillary Clinton has collected at least $1.8 million in fees for speeches to eight universities during the past nine months, receiving over $200,000 for each, the Washington Post reported. She earned an estimated $5 million total on the speaking circuit from April 2013 to ...
Slate Lets Us Know: The Unanimous Rulings Weren't Actually Decided Unanimously
Slate told us yesterday how to interpret those two nine-to-nothing SCOTUS rulings: They only seemed unanimous. The front page headline of an article by Laurence H. Tribe reads, “The Justices Weren’t Actually Unanimous in Those Unanimous Decisions.” The reason? ...
New York Soda Ban Loses Again
New York’s appeals court struck down New York City’s ban on the sale of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces.
The state’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Board of Health appointed by former New York City ...
Here's How Little Chelsea Clinton Cares About Money, In Dollars
Chelsea Clinton doesn’t care about money as sincerely as her parents struggle to make ends meet.
In the latest Clinton money quote, the career first daughter pronounced in a Fast Company interview that she has “tried really hard to ...
Polyamorists Come Out of the Closet
Polyamorists are coming out of the closet.
Non-monogamists have remained largely underground to avoid social disapproval, but increasing national acceptance of Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) relationships have encouraged some polyamory supporters to go public about their growing communities.
Leon Feingold, co-president ...
Remember When Obama Was Boasting about His Iraq Policy?
Throughout their two terms in office and during his reelection campaign, President Obama boasted about “responsibly” ending the war in Iraq, withdrawing troops, and ending the conflict there. With al-Qaeda-linked militants now controlling multiple cities in that country, his accomplishments ...
Poll: Vets Oppose Bergdahl Deal Four to One
Most Americans oppose President Obama’s handling of the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and don’t have a strong opinion of Bergdahl himself.
Forty-three percent of Americans say it was wrong for Obama ...
Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie: The Quick List of Clinton’s Eight E-mail Lies
James Comey, the FBI director, said in a statement Tuesday that the FBI would not recommend Hillary Clinton for indictment for using a private e-mail address and server for work communication while secretary of state. But he also detailed the ...
NYC Has a New Bathroom Policy
The New York city council has approved a law requiring all single-occupant restrooms in private establishments to be gender neutral — a relatively simple way, according to the bill’s sponsor, Councilman Daniel Dromm, to make transgender and gender-nonconforming people feel ...
Elizabeth Warren: Republicans Are Blocking Garland to Protect the Rich
In the age of Bernie Sanders, the rich are to blame for everything. According to Senator Elizabeth Warren, they’re the reason there are currently eight Supreme Court justices.
In a speech during an American Constitution Society Convention, Warren excoriated ...
Vox’s Disingenuous Abortion Anecdote
Spot the error in these statements:
“I’ve met some unpleasant gay people, so now I am justified in believing homosexuality is wrong.”
“My former colleagues at a socialist think tank were manipulative and wrote some misleading articles, so now ...
Making Sense of Transgenderism
Public policy relating to transgender people is the issue of the moment. North Carolina’s “bathroom law” prompted Target to let transgender customers use their preferred bathroom. Now, the Obama administration has issued a transgender edict, the implications of which ...
Marco Rubio Will ‘Support the Nominee’ but Stops Short of Embracing Trump
Marco Rubio appeared careful not to utter the words “I will support Donald Trump for president” to Jake Tapper Tuesday on CNN, though he repeatedly said he still plans to “support the Republican nominee.” He said outright that he does ...
Silver Lining: The GOP Can Become a Majority Party … in Time
American demographics are transforming. Millennials of all races will soon ascend to business and leadership positions now occupied by white Baby Boomers. Women are attending college at a higher rate than men are, climbing corporate ranks, and becoming the main ...
Kasich’s Poisonous Chill Pills
The Prince of Lightness strikes again.
To supporters of a Mississippi law allowing business owners to withhold service that violates their conscience, John Kasich said Sunday on CNN,
What I’d like to say is, just relax. If you don’...
Sanders Supporters Want a Socialism without High Taxes
A Vox poll asked Bernie Sanders supporters how much they’d be willing to shell out to fund his college and nearly universal health-care proposals.
From IJ Review:
The study found that more than half of all supporters would not ...
Globalism and Free Trade: Apples and Oranges
Support for free international trade does not entail support for political globalization. Importing bananas from a country that has a comparative advantage in banana production is in the economic interest of the United States, as is exporting goods in which ...
Yet Another Trump Debacle
Three weeks ago I chronicled Trump’s many scandals and business failures — a 20-item list. Add to that this latest item, reported by Mike McIntire in the New York Times:
Buyers of units in Trump SoHo, a 46-story luxury condominium-hotel ...
Corporations and the People: Who Influences Whom?
As corporate political advocacy becomes more liberal, leftists who blame businesses for corrupting the democratic process might experience some cognitive dissonance.
Georgia governor Nathan Deal (R) decided Monday to veto a bill that would allow clergy to refuse to perform ...
Berkeley Students to Administration: Take Pay Cuts to Fund On-Campus Abortion
The University of California in Berkeley administration must decide whether to provide abortions on campus to students who deem their uninterrupted education more important than the lives of their unborn children.
The Berkeley student senate has passed a resolution demanding ...
Trump Spent $1 Million Per Week on Himself While Stiffing Builders
What is Donald Trump’s art of deal-making? Failing to uphold his end of the bargain.
In 1990, while Trump was dropping $1 million every week on his homes, yacht, private jet, and other personal expenses, he had defrauded contractors and construction ...
Rubio Can Be a Winning Voice for the GOP
Senator Marco Rubio’s performance in CNN’s GOP town hall Wednesday was a 45-minute lesson on how to articulate conservative Republican ideas.
Some conservative voters might prefer, for example, Senator Ted Cruz’s approach to Syria policy or his ...
Justice Scalia’s Death Isn’t a Time for Political Opportunism
Of all the examples of shameless triumphalism that we have seen on the left since the death of Antonin Scalia, the hope that President Obama will thwart the GOP’s capacity to “advise and consent” by nominating a racial minority ...
The Myth of Wanton Police Shootings Collapses under the Weight of Facts
In a project titled “The Counted,” the Guardian is tracking killings by police in the United States and has compiled a comprehensive list for the year 2015. The tracker was motivated by much-discussed but poorly founded concern about excessive use of ...
Gender Equality Ranked by the World Economic Forum: Rwanda Far Ahead of the U.S.
By the calculations of the social scientists at the World Economic Forum, the United States’ gender-equality ranking has slipped from 20th place to 28th since 2014. WEF’s Global Gender Gap Index 2015 found that the U.S. is outranked not only ...
What Supergirl’s Feminist Cheerleaders Get Wrong about Female Strength
Feminists have largely praised CBS’s Supergirl, which premiered Monday, for portraying a woman who can throw punches as powerfully as Superman. They have been eager to see a female superhero in a TV lead. Superheroes are archetypes, and Supergirl (...
The Sage-Grouse Flap: D.C. vs. Western States
At first glance, the Obama administration’s decision Tuesday not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species seems like a win for the businesses and residents who develop land, drill, hunt, or ranch on the 165 million acres ...
New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Minors from Buying Large-Size Sodas
‘I’ll have a large coke.”
“Can I see some I.D.?”
This exchange could become the norm in the state of New York if Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D., Staten Island) gets his way. Titone has proposed a bill that ...
A New Map Debunks Claims that Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Produce a Women’s-Health Crisis
The recent effort by congressional Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood has been denounced as in effect a divestment from funding women’s basic health care — a loss that couldn’t be fully absorbed by other health centers.
Critics have warned ...
Poll: More Americans Oppose Obergefell than Support It
Three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled 5–4 in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, support for the institution has fallen by six points, according to a July 18 Associated Press Gfk-Poll. An April poll found that 48 percent of Americans ...
All the Areas Where Illegal Aliens Aren’t Deported, on One Map
A map created by the Center for Immigration Studies shows over 200 states, counties, and cities in the United States known as “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. In these locales, law officers disobey Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer orders for criminal ...
Former Postmaster General Upset over Harry Potter Stamps
Stamp collector and former postmaster general Benjamin F. Bailar is criticizing the U.S. Postal Service for putting figures from popular culture such as Harry Potter on stamps instead of historical icons.
The Washington Post writes that Bailar is accusing ...
LGBT Advocacy Group Condemns Gay Congressman's Support of ENDA
National LGBT activist group Queer Nation is targeting an openly gay gubernatorial candidate for supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) along with a narrower version of its religious exemption.
Queer Nation decries Democratic Representative Mike Michaud of Maine for his ...
DOJ Sues Cops Over Fitness Tests
Pennsylvania’s State Police commissioner is asking the Justice Department to withdraw a lawsuit claiming the physical fitness tests the force uses to qualify applicants for state trooper positions illegally discriminate against women.
“We will not be bullied into changing ...
When Hiring Staff, This Democratic Congressman Sure Can Pick ’Em
A campaign intern for a Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate won’t be fired for tweeting slurs against women, insults against religion, and sexually explicit material.
Ben Gagnon, an intern for Maine Democratic representative Mike Michaud’s gubernatorial campaign, was “suspended ...
Palestinian Party Leader Cites Kerry's Open-Mic Comments
Mustafa Barghouti, the general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative party, accused Israel Defense Forces of targeting civilians tonight, following an interview Fox News did with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he argued that Hamas has been responsible ...
Hobby Lobby Makes Atheists Knit Bricks
In response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, atheists are sitting around knitting. And in this time of national crisis, they are knitting bricks.
Worried about the supposedly crumbling wall of separation between church and state, the Secular ...
Can the Miami ocean and sky do their stormy-Florida thing without summoning a tempest of worried climate-change prophets cowering in their slickers?
Seasonal Miami flooding has recently been called a direct consequence of climate change, depicted with sinister language such ...
VA Representative: VA Officials Have Power to 'Ruin People's Lives'
Whistleblower Kristen Ruell testified before a House committee on Monday that “morally bankrupt managers” at the Department of Veterans Affairs retaliated against her for raising concerns about the department’s practices, which were later confirmed in an inspector general’s ...
S.F. Giants May Force Fans to Leave Their Indian Headdresses at Home
The San Francisco Giants might ban fans from wearing politically incorrect clothing or using culturally insensitive language at baseball games. Fans of teams with Indian names have worn feathers and war paint to baseball games for a long time, but ...
Meet the Bird That Could Drop a Spoiler on Senate Races
–The greater sage grouse may now clasp the November fate of the U.S. Senate in its fowl claws.
This chicken-sized bird known for its distinctive mating ritual has initiated debate between Democrats and Republicans about federal- versus local-government control ...
Doughnuts to Blame for Deforestation?
Environmentalists are taking on an unexpected — and unexpectedly delicious — enemy of the Earth.
Protestors say the Krispy Kreme doughnut company is responsible for destroying the habitat of endangered animals such as Sumatran tigers and orangutans.
Volunteers for the Forest Heroes ...
Was Oklahoma's Repeal of Common Core Unconstitutional?
Litigants in a suit against the legislation that repealed Common Core in Oklahoma disagree over whether the state legislature has overstepped its bounds and infringed upon the state Board of Education’s power to set school standards.
Petitioners including members ...
Bill Clinton Made Over $100 Million on the Speech Circuit
Now we know how Bill and Hillary Clinton could afford to own their two homes worth millions and rent an $11 million summer mansion in the Hamptons. In addition to Hillary’s multi-million-dollar book advances and six-figure speaking fees, funded in ...
Hillary Clinton Earned Millions Speaking to Corporate Executives
For consistency’s sake, populist voters with animosity toward big business should steer clear of Hillary Clinton in the next presidential election.
This warning is not merely due to Clinton’s wealth. It’s true she has an estimated net ...
U.S. Christians Are Not Following Presbyterians
Other Christian leaders tell National Review Online they are not eager to follow the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination in saying yes to same-sex marriage.
At its 221st general assembly in Detroit Friday, the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA), which represents 1.7 ...
Sex Ed Program's Shoddy Anatomy Panned
Hawaii parents scored a big win over a middle school sexual education program that was filled with medical inaccuracies and graphic material that placed a higher premium on promoting homosexuality than delivering health education.
Opponents are preparing a rebuttal report ...
Five American Troops Killed in One of Deadliest Friendly-Fire Incidents in Afghanistan
Five American troops and their interpreter were killed by apparently friendly fire in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday, in one of the deadliest friendly-fire incidents since the war began in 2001.
“Five American troops were killed yesterday during a security operation ...