On the Alt-Right and the ‘Alt-Left’
In one of his several press appearances addressing last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, President Trump asked, “What about the ‘alt-left’?” — a question that a few on the right have taken up, along with the label. A quick thought.
The Welfare Culture and Its Discontents
Theodore Dalrymple’s The Proper Procedure and Other Stories is filled with lousy neighbors. They play music loud and all night; they deal drugs; they urinate in the stairwells. The women seduce the men, and the men beat the women. ...
Don Jr. and the Magnitsky Myth
With regard to l’affaire Donald Trump Jr., one further thought about why you don’t “take the meeting,” particularly this meeting.
Anyone remotely familiar with the tensions that prevail between Russia and the United States knows the name “Magnitsky.” ...
Alabama’s Food-Stamp Experiment: Those Who Can Work, Should
It turns out that work requirements . . . work.
According to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, between January 1 and May 1, 13 counties in the Yellowhammer State saw their food-stamp rolls drop by a combined 85 percent. The reason? At the beginning of the ...
The Court-Ordered Killing of Charlie Gard
Any day now, they’ll kill Charlie Gard.
Charlie Gard, born last August, suffers from an inherited disease called infantile onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, generally referred to as “MDDS.” The disease is extraordinarily rare: At present, there are ...
Except perhaps for his faith in the power of the human will to overcome economic reality, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is an unreligious man. An article in Religion News Service last year called him “perhaps the least religious person in ...
Thunder Down Under: Aussie Columnist Fights Off Antifa
Forget the Thrilla in Manila. On Tuesday, in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Bolt — a conservative columnist for the Herald Sun and a commentator for Sky News — was attacked by two left-wing “protesters.” They got a little more than they bargained for:
In the wake of London, an obvious, and grim, thought.
For several years after the September 11 attacks, Americans breathed a sigh of relief: Al-Qaeda had an incorrigible desire for the theatrical. Intelligence services and law enforcement were generally successful in ...
The Fanatical Prophet of Climate-Change Doom
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared in the February 20, 2017 issue of National Review.
In early January, Slate columnist Eric Holthaus tweeted: “I’m starting my 11th year working on climate change, including the last 4 in daily journalism. Today I ...
The Paris Agreement Is a Treaty. Treat It as Such.
President Trump is, apparently, mulling what to do about the Paris climate accords. Opinion among White House advisers reportedly is split: Steve Bannon wants to leave, as does EPA administrator Scott Pruitt; Ivanka wants to stay, and so does Secretary ...
Gianforte and Middlebury: Our Political-Violence Problem
It’s a fitting coincidence that on the same day Middlebury College announced the end of disciplinary proceedings against the student mob that attacked American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray and Middlebury political-science professor Allison Stanger in March, Montana congressional ...
Against the ‘25th Amendment Option’
Less than four months into his term, members of Congress and commentators are openly speculating about whether President Donald Trump ought to be removed from office, and about how to do so. There are two constitutional mechanisms available: impeachment, as ...
Reform the Scandal-Plagued EB-5 Visa Program
Nicole Kushner Meyer’s troubling pitch to Chinese investors — invest in her real-estate project, get a U.S. visa — has inadvertently performed a public service: She’s brought much-needed attention to the scandal-plagued EB-5 visa program, and added yet another ...
Berkeley Forgets Its Purpose
What is the University of California–Berkeley for?
It’s a question worth asking in the wake of recent events. In February, violent protesters set fires on campus to prevent a speech by ex-Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. (They succeeded.) This ...
Richard Spencer’s White Supremacism Is Boring, Not Newsworthy
During Super Bowl LI, back in February, with the New England Patriots down early to the Atlanta Falcons, alt-right celebrity Richard Spencer tweeted that he was rooting for the Pats. He explained his pick:
1/ Belichick & Brady support Trump 2/ Three White ...
'Racism' (Still) Didn't Elect Trump
The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog has an eye-grabbing headline up today: “Racism Motivated Trump Voters More than Authoritarianism.” Predictably, the headline oversells.
Thomas Woods, a professor of political science at Ohio State University, uses the just-released 2016 American National ...
The White House Should Not Be Promoting Mike Cernovich
In June, Mike Cernovich published a post at his blog Danger & Play, declaring that “there was more than one shooter” in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fl., that killed 49 people and injured 53 others; on Twitter, he accused the government ...
California’s Moral Atrocity
In a parade of horrors exposed by the Center for Medical Progress, one episode stands out. In the seventh video released by undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, former StemExpress technician Holly O’Donnell describes an experience at Planned ...
Lost amid last weekend’s headlines about guitarist Chuck Berry and reporter Jimmy Breslin was the death, also, of poet Derek Walcott.
The recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, Walcott was a native of the island of Saint Lucia, ...
Democrats’ Sudden Amnesia about Obamacare’s Many Ills
Hillary Clinton was conspicuously quiet about Obamacare in the final weeks of the election, and for good reason. One week before Election Day, the law’s fourth open-enrollment period began, accompanied by a wave of policy cancellations and rate hikes. ...
Where Are the Republican Party’s Leaders?
The House Republican conference has unveiled a health-care bill that pleases just about no one. Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times on Wednesday, described the “American Health Care Act” this way:
It’s a piece of legislation caught ...
Feds Arrest Ex-Journalist for Several Anti-Jewish Bomb Threats
A bit of good news this morning, via the New York Times:
The federal authorities have charged a St. Louis man with making more than half a dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum, ...
What’s Behind the Rash of Anti-Semitic Incidents?
On Monday, for the fourth time since the beginning of the year, bomb threats shut down multiple Jewish Community Centers across the country. The calls are the latest in a series: Sixty-nine threats have been called into 54 Jewish Community Centers ...
Oregon’s Euthanasia Bill Is Intentionally Ambiguous
Savagery can be subtle.
Oregon, which in 1997 became the first state in the U.S. to legalize assisted suicide, is considering tweaking the laws surrounding advance directives, the legal documents by means of which a person can dictate ahead of ...
The Consequences of Trump’s Bungled Immigration Order
If something is worth doing, they say, it’s worth doing right. The Trump administration should take that advice to heart.
On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court upheld a restraining order against Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily ...
Cory Booker Turns on His One-Time Ally, Betsy DeVos
Cory Booker should think about consulting a physician. He seems to be suffering a severe case of amnesia.
Last month, Booker became the first senator in history to testify against a colleague in a Cabinet confirmation hearing — in this ...
Journalists, Please — the World Has Enough Activists
What does it take to be a journalist in the age of Trump? Do the opposite of what happened last week.
On Thursday, Peter Alexander, national correspondent at NBC News, reported (on Twitter, where most reporting happens now) that the ...
Senate Dems Astonished GOP Colleagues Don't Respect Hissy Fit
NR’s editors, yesterday:
Knowing that they cannot sink his nomination, and having no extraordinary reasons to oppose him, Senate Democrats have decided to boycott Tom Price’s Finance Committee confirmation vote — the senatorial equivalent of throwing a temper-tantrum. This ...
The Use and Abuse of History
Varad Mehta (one of my favorite conservative Twitterers; see this thread, for example) had an essay here over the weekend, in which he criticized those conservatives who leapt to condemn the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., for scrapping ...
Anatomy of a Hit Job: The NYT’s Disgraceful Attack on Rick Perry
On Wednesday, on the eve of Rick Perry’s confirmation hearing to head the Department of Energy, the New York Times published: “‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood.” The headline is intended to summarize the ...
Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Need Our Taxes
What the government giveth, the government almost never taketh away, and that’s what Planned Parenthood has been counting on.
Planned Parenthood is an industrial-scale baby abattoir responsible for more than 300,000 American deaths annually and a degradation of human ...
Progressives’ Plan B: Violent Protest or Principled Opposition?
The dawn of a new year, and of a new administration, has progressives rediscovering their Dickens. Jelani Cobb, scrying the signs of the coming year (or four) for the latest issue of the New Yorker, might as well have written: “...
Children Don’t Exist to Advance Your Politics
Polly Dunning has managed to compose perhaps the creepiest sentence ever written: “By having sons, we do feminism a great service.”
The line appears in Wednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald, in a piece entitled “Having a Son Went from a ...
YouTube Hoaxer Claims He Was Kicked Off Delta Flight for 'Speaking Arabic'
It’s almost like our collective “fake news” freakout never happened.
This morning, “YouTube celebrity” Adam Saleh tweeted video showing him being kicked off a Delta flight purportedly for speaking to his mother over the phone in Arabic, and it’...
Celebrities Rallying to Overturn Trump’s Election Are Not Helping the Democratic Party
Unite for America, a “multi-partisan movement of concerned citizens and volunteers, united against the unprecedented threat of an unqualified candidate taking our nation’s office,” has enlisted a group of celebrities to appear in a two-and-a-half-minute YouTube PSA. The video ...
The Folly of Trump’s Command Economy
If you’re a business, Donald Trump is making it hard to plan for the future.
Last week, President-elect Trump intervened to keep the Carrier air-conditioner company from moving part of its operation to Mexico and shutting down its plant ...
Why Trump’s Phone Conversation with Taiwan’s President Is a Good Sign
When the president-elect of the U.S. took a phone call last week with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen, he may not have known that he was breaking a four-decades-old precedent and potentially disrupting the delicate state of affairs that prevails ...
‘Fake News’ Isn’t Just a Rightwing Problem
Following Donald Trump’s upset victory earlier this month, the media has suddenly grown deeply troubled about the proliferation of “fake” news — gossip-mongering and fabrication and “news” reports devoid of a factual basis. Naturally, this brings us to Vox.com.
Trump U Fraud Lawsuits Settled for $25M
Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University.
The deal will keep the president-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin November 28.
The settlement ...
Steve Bannon Is Not a Nazi—But Let’s Be Honest about What He Represents
Let’s start with some sense: Steve Bannon is not Josef Goebbels.
That is how Bannon was described recently by French cable news network La Chaîne Info (The Info Channel), and American media have taken up the comparison, particularly ...
My colleagues, and the editors, have struck a tone of graciousness and hopefulness in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, and I co-sign what they have written.
However, Donald Trump’s ascent has brought with it an undeniable strain ...
Evan McMullin against the Leviathans
Bountiful, Utah — El Matador Mexican Restaurant in Bountiful, Utah, is an odd place to be thinking about Thomas Hobbes, but here we are.
“We” is David Evan McMullin, independent candidate for president, and his running mate, Mindy Finn, who are ...
The Most Despicable Accusation Yet against 'Never Trump'
Disgusting, just disgusting. Via the Washington Examiner:
Talk radio host Laura Ingraham claimed Thursday morning that conservatives who refuse to vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump explicitly support abortion.
“They’re standing with the woman who stood up there today ...
Will Hurd, Homeland-Security Heavyweight
Will Hurd has put serious miles on his car.
Hurd, a freshman Republican congressman, represents Texas’s 23rd congressional district, which wraps itself most of the way around San Antonio, then spreads out westward, covering 29 counties out to the eastern ...
Liberty U. Students: 'Donald Trump & Jerry Falwell Jr. Don't Represent Us'
Liberty University students want to be free — of their president’s surrogacy for Donald Trump. On Wednesday, a group of students calling themselves “Liberty United Against Trump” released a letter dissociating themselves from the Republican nominee and his chief Evangelical ...
Keep Congress, and Let Trump Self-Fund His Campaign, as He Promised
It’s all about Congress now.
On Friday evening, America discovered that Donald Trump is exactly the person everyone thought he was. It turns out that the same man who bragged about his adultery in his books, advertised his affair ...
Tim Kaine’s Claim that Clinton Destroyed Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Preposterous
On a night awash in lies — offensive lies and defensive lies, primitive lies (“He never said that!”) and sophisticated lies (“The Clinton Foundation . . . ”) — perhaps the boldest lie was this: Hillary Clinton “eliminated the Iranian nuclear-weapons program without firing a shot.”
Trump’s Communication Problem
Donald Trump could learn a lesson from Pope Francis.
The current pope, unlike his predecessor, has the gift of gab. But he has discovered, in his new role, that there is such a thing as talking too much. The secular ...
Who Is Terrorist Bomber Ahmad Rahami?
Lo and behold, it turns out that Ahmad Rahami, the 28-year-old naturalized citizen of Afghan descent who detonated bombs in New Jersey and New York City over the weekend, is exactly who you thought he was.
On Wednesday, authorities released ...
An interesting tidbit from the NY Post:
A Manhattan photographer was the first person to find the second explosive device in Chelsea on Saturday night — and almost didn’t report the contraption to cops because she thought it was a ...
H. R. McMaster Is Not the Enemy
H. R. McMaster, lieutenant general in the U.S. Army and now the Trump administration’s (second) national-security adviser, has spent most of his career defending the U.S. against Islamists. Now, he’s being tarred as one.
Over the ...
Ted Lieu’s Conspiracy Theories
In politics, as in physics, certain laws seem to obtain. Exempli gratia: For every stupid thing said or done by someone on the right, an equal and opposite stupid thing is done by someone on the left. This law having ...
Nation or Idea? Neither and Both.
I’ve appreciated the sparring among Jonah, Charlie, Michael, and Rich over our last podcast. Allow me to add a brief thought.
Jonah says in passing that he’s not enamored of the nation-vs.-idea framing of the “What is ...
California’s Medicaid-Spending Crisis
California officials, intimately familiar with seismic activity, are forecasting a “Big One” coming to the Golden State — in the form of the Republican Congress’s health-care legislation.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times editorial board accused Republicans of planning to “...
Iraqi Christians Detained by ICE Shouldn’t Be Deported
Legend has it that Abgar V, “the Black,” ruler of the small Mesopotamian kingdom of Osroene, was incurably ill when a wanderer anointed by the miracle-worker, Jesus, appeared. The stranger’s name was Addai, or Thaddeus, numbered among the Seventy ...
The nightly news takeaway from today’s appearance by Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee will be the attorney general’s exchanges with Senators Heinrich (D., N.M.) and Harris (D., Calif.), who took issue with Sessions’s refusal ...
Good Riddance to the Obama DOJ's Scandalous Settlement 'Slush Fund' Policy
Some good news out of the embattled DOJ:
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans ...
The Roots of Left-Wing Violence
There is currently, on the streets, smashing storefronts and setting things on fire, a group called “Antifa,” for “anti-fascist.” Antifa are not a new phenomenon; they surfaced during the Occupy movement, and during the anti-globalization protests of the late 1990s ...
Politics, like construction, has its boom and bust cycles, and fences — of both the literal and figurative sort — are out of fashion right now. We’re supposed to be erasing borders, not erecting barriers; opening hands, not clenching fists.
They're Good Dogs, Brent. Isn't that Enough? (UPDATED)
One of the best accounts on Twitter is WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates). The account’s purpose is simple: to shower uninhibited praise on adorable canines. E.g.:
Meet Boomer. He’s just checking pup on you. Hopes you had a good ...
The FCC’s ‘Open Internet Rules’ Make the Internet Less Open
As usual, John Oliver is not helping.
Earlier this month, the HBO funnyman revived his crusade for “net neutrality,” taking a segment of his show to scold and mock newly appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, who is aiming ...
Lois Lerner, IRS Bully: 'Too Dangerous' to Testify in Public
The chutzpah of these folks will never cease to amaze:
Details about tea party bias claims against the IRS could remain secret because current and former agency officials say their lives are in danger if they publicly testify about the ...
Trump Discovers the Trouble with Being President
It turns out that being president is hard.
“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Donald Trump told Reuters in a newly published interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it ...
I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News’s flagship evening program, hosted by the now-ousted Bill O’Reilly, in the summer of 2015. An average number of people tuned in that night — somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 million. My ...
Maxine Waters Is Millennials' Next Great Hope, and That's Hilarious
For conservatives in need of a laugh today, CNN has you covered, with this story: “Maxine Waters Is Having a Moment.” Yes, that Maxine Waters.
Waters, the longest-serving black woman in Congress, has attracted the kind of Internet buzz not ...
Norman Podhoretz, Still a Dazzling Success
‘Whom the gods wish to destroy,” Cyril Connolly wrote in 1938, “they first call promising.” If that is true, Norman Podhoretz is that rarest of Greek myths: a mortal who evades the designs of the gods. For his writerly career is ...
What Exactly Is Scandalous about Trump’s ‘Russia Scandal’?
A recent report in Spain’s El País touts “the Spanish connection with Trump’s Russia scandal”:
On February 1, Alexander Porfirievich Torshin, 63, a Russian politician and banker who is close to Vladimir Putin and whom the Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor ...
Obamacare’s Mistakes: GOP Sets Dial to Lather, Rinse, Repeat
It feels like 2009 all over again.
Eight years ago, a new president was in the White House, flanked by friendly congressional majorities and eyeing an overhaul of the American health-care system. That president and Congress intended to provide universal health-insurance ...
Chuck Schumer Knows His Attack on Neil Gorsuch Is a Fraud
Charles E. Schumer, besides being minority leader of the U.S. Senate, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Class of 1974, so it seems reasonable to think that, between the two, he has at least glanced at the oath required ...
Preet Bharara, now former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has never shied away from the theatrical. In 2015, while prosecuting former New York assemblyman Sheldon Silver for corruption, he was scolded by federal judge Valerie Caproni ...
Is Abortion 'Health Care'? Activists Want It Both Ways.
Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News published an article (Ramesh noted it here in the Corner) about Planned Parenthood’s anxieties under the new administration. It included this quote, from Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards:
The stakes have become quite clear ...
Could Trump Build a Broad Centrist Coalition?
It’s unwise to overread a speech, especially a Donald Trump speech — words are at bargain prices in the Trump administration — but it’s striking just how non-ideological the president’s address last night was. Some bits could have been ...
Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark. It's the Welfare System.
From today’s you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me file:
The Danish government has been inadvertently paying benefits to citizens fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, Danish officials said Tuesday, as outrage grows that militants are manipulating the country’s generous welfare system. . . .
The Life Cycle of a Sidney Blumenthal Smear
From “A Short History of the Trump Family,” written by Sidney Blumenthal (yes, that Sidney Blumenthal), published today by the London Review of Books:
In 1969, Fred Trump plotted to run for mayor of New York against John Lindsay, a ...
Linda Sarsour Rekindles the Left’s Love Affair with Radical Extremism
In 2015, the New York Times wrote, fawningly:
Linda Sarsour is, in every sense of the phrase, a woman in a hurry. Only 35, she has already helped to partly dismantle the New York Police Department’s program of spying on the ...
Over at the Washington Post today, Catherine Rampell has one of the dumber columns you’ll see this month. Here are the opening paragraphs:
Much-dreaded “sharia law,” or something resembling it, may well be coming to the United States.
'The Christians of Nigeria Are Alone.'
Occasionally, one stumbles upon a piece of truly astonishing reporting. Douglas Murray has just penned one such piece in The Spectator, about the ongoing slaughter of Christians in northern Nigeria:
Another day in northern Nigeria, another Christian village reeling from ...
Tom Brady Owes You Nothing
As long as we’re tallying up indicators of fascism, spare a thought for USA Today’s Nancy Armour, who published one of the most repulsive columns I’ve seen in some time on Monday, about New England Patriots quarterback ...
NYT: We Stand by Our Fake News
Over on the homepage, I have a piece about the New York Times’ hit job on Rick Perry. America’s paper of record claims that Trump’s nominee for Energy secretary “knew almost nothing” about DOE’s responsibility for the ...
Be Skeptical of the Conflict-of-Interest Charges Being Thrown at Tom Price
With Obamacare in the balance, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has not been coy about his plans to make confirmation difficult for Georgia congressman Tom Price, Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Now, ...
Milo Yiannopoulos’s Critics Play Right into His Hands
Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow would do well to shut up.
Comedian Silverman (last seen stumping for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention) and movie director Apatow (present at the after-parties) both recently tweeted their support for a campaign ...
GW’s Decision to Ditch U.S. History Exemplifies How Elite Schools Fail Their Students
The George Washington University is named for:
a) America’s first president
b) the president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention
c) the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army
d) all of the above
If you struggled to answer that question, you may ...
Newt: 'Drain the Swamp' Was Just a 'Cute' Thing Trump Said
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington of corruption, but now that he’s preparing to move into the White House, Newt Gingrich said the Manhattan real estate mogul is looking to ...
Repent, Wicked White Guys
Russell Kirk, that conservative sage, referred frequently in his work to “the moral imagination.” It was an idea taken from his muse, the English statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke. “By this ‘moral imagination,’” Kirk wrote in a 1981 essay, “Burke signifies ...
No, Scott Pruitt at the EPA Will Not Be a Threat to the Planet
On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a Republican from an energy-rich state, so his opinions on the EPA are about what one might expect — ...
More Boeing for Your Buck
There seems to be a great deal of harrumphing at Donald Trump’s tweet about Boeing and Air Force One, but I’m struggling to figure out why.
By way of background, this morning Donald Trump tweeted: “Boeing is building ...
America Needs a Sane Left
The Left is not going to learn any lessons from 2016, apparently.
Democrats in the House just crushed an upstart challenge to Nancy Pelosi’s decade-long leadership, rejecting Tim Ryan, a 43-year-old congressman who represents a swath of post-industrial Ohio from ...
Green Day, 2016, about Trump:
No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump! pic.twitter.com/Lv2pRgOJJX
— Green Day Authority (@GDA) November 21, 2016
Green Day, 2004, about Bush:
Sieg heil to the president gasman!Bombs away is your punishment!Pulverize the Eiffel TowersWho ...
Twitter Says Richard Spencer Is Beyond the Pale. They’re Right This Time.
I’m supposed to be angry at Twitter, I realize. But I’m finding it difficult.
On Wednesday, the social-media giant went on a “purge,” removing white-nationalist Richard Spencer and the account for his “think tank,” the National Policy Institute; ...
Of Course Donald Trump Supports Same-Sex Marriage
Some conservatives seem to be dismayed at Donald Trump’s comments on 60 Minutes last night — see the video above — that he is “fine” with same-sex marriage. Said Trump: “It’s done. . . . These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’...
This Is Not James Comey’s Fault, Democrats
Judging by Democrats’ reactions, you’d think James Comey had endangered classified national-security information or something.
“Apocalyptic” is the only adequate description of the Left’s reaction to Comey’s recent letter to Congress announcing new information in the Hillary ...
Trump's National Political Director 'Steps Back' from Campaign
Jim Murphy, Donald Trump’s national political director, is no longer playing an active role on the campaign, according to three sources briefed on the move – a troubling development for the Republican nominee coming just 19 days before the ...
A New, Credible Bill Clinton Accuser
In a surprising development, Breitbart News appears to have done some actual by-God journalism. On the site’s homepage currently, Aaron Klein has a long piece about a heretofore-unknown victim of Bill Clinton:
Speaking publicly for the first time in ...
Dan: I’m afraid not as avant-garde as you. Call me unsophisticated, but isn’t Bob Dylan a songwriter? To my mind, the achievement of a great song is that words and music are seamlessly integrated, and you’d ruin ...
Trump’s Campaign against the GOP
On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced that “the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.” What constitutes unshackled fighting “for America”? Apparently, going hammer-and-tongs after the sitting Republican speaker ...
Hillary’s Smearing of Women Matters
Having no aversion to rolling about in the slop-heaps of our politics, Donald Trump has spent the last two weeks dangling before voters the prospect that he will use the second presidential debate as an opportunity to dilate on Hillary ...
These Aren't the Jews Politico Is Looking For
It’s not clear whether Ben Wofford and his superiors at Politico Magazine were lazy, ignorant, or malicious. But one of the three is to explain for Wofford’s most recent essay, “In a Time of Trump, Millennial Jews Awaken ...
Tonight’s Presidential Debate Will Not Be Epic
At 9 p.m. EST tonight, the two major-party presidential candidates will take the stage for the season’s first general-election debate. One candidate is a pathological liar and egomaniac. The other is Donald Trump.
Whether their sparring match will actually ...
Now That's a Family Health-care Plan . . .
Today in crony capitalism:
After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.
Codias, a New Social Network for Conservatives
To the great consternation of conservatives, the Obama years have demonstrated, if there was any doubt, where the political sympathies of social-media giants such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter really lie.
Cody Brown wants to do something about that.