Politics & Policy

Obama: GOP ‘Counting on Black Folks Staying Home’

President Obama came to Philadelphia yesterday to rally supporters in the heart of the Keystone State’s Democrat base. During his remarks, the president warned that Republicans were “counting on young people staying home, union workers staying home, black folks staying home.”

So much for the era of the post-racial, post-partisan presidency.

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Economy & Business

The Compulsory Society

Vox may still be keeping up its risible just-the-facts posturing, but it is tendentious to the point of dishonesty: “Colorado baker who refused to serve gay couple now wants to refuse to serve transgender person,” it says. That is not true, of course. (But everybody knows that.) Phillips serves ... Read More

The Maker of Middle-earth, in Gorgeous Detail

Oxford, England — After five months of ferocious and futile slaughter in “the Great War,” an Oxford undergraduate — knowing his deployment to the Western Front was inevitable — used his Christmas break in 1914 to cultivate his imagination. Twenty-two-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien began writing “The Story ... Read More